According to a Nov. 11 press release, DowAksa has signed an agreement with the Chicago Cubs to help restore and preserve Wrigley Field with DowAksa CarbonWrap, the industry’s original carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) system. The system, which has a strength-to-weight ratio more than 50 times greater than steel, will used to strengthen and extend the life of the stadium. The preservation and restoration of Wrigley Field, known as the 1060 Project, was initially announced in 2013 and is expected to be finished by the opening of the 2019 season, according to CBS Sports.
“The 1060 Project is a historic undertaking to preserve and restore Wrigley Field, and it is critical for our project team to complete the job with the safest and highest quality materials possible,” said Carl Rice, vice president of the Wrigley Field restoration and expansion. “DowAksa CarbonWrap will allow us to save time and limit costs, while improving the quality of the restoration.”
The 1060 Project will also include structural updates, improved player facilities, new signage, video boards in left and right field, expanded concessions, new and improved restroom facilities, and more. According to DowAksa, the Cubs will gain a number over advantages through the implementation of CarbonWrap, including minimal disruption to operations, design flexibility, high strength and ductility, and minimal access for installation.
DowAksa explains that unlike typical concrete repair technologies, which often require major chipping and replacing or demolition, the DowAksa CarbonWrap system is applied in a manner similar to hanging wallpaper. After patching and smoothing the degraded concrete substrate, a thin fabric of woven carbon fibers is applied to it and saturated with a resin matrix. Once cured, the resulting composite adds significant strength to the structure while only adding about an eighth of an inch in thickness. The ease of application not only saves money in comparison to traditional repair alternatives, but also helps to accelerate repair efforts.
“This engineered solution has been proven in the field for more than two decades, including restoration of other historic structures,” said Eric Coleman, U.S. General Manager of DowAksa. “We are pleased to partner with the Chicago Cubs to not only help restore this American icon, but to also strengthen it for future generations of fans.”