First Soccer Specific Stadium in the U.S.

Inside the Project

Kokosing’s role as the construction manager/general contractor for the Columbus Crew Stadium started while the stadium design was still in conceptual form with only the site location and general bleacher arrangement determined and with a critical and very public deadline. The stadium design utilizes split-face concrete, horizontal steel and glass. The stadium features a unique four-corner tilted lighting system that enhances shadows on the field and creates a distinct atmosphere. Construction of the stadium was originally designed for 22,500 fans and built in less than nine months in time for the Major League Soccer (MLS) season home opener.

Why it matters

The diversity of construction experience and skills of Kokosing’s management team, coupled with a carefully selected group of specialty contractors and the use of a highly-detailed schedule all combined to meet the challenges of this extremely complex project. In the 2010 showcase issue of Stadia Magazine, the historic Crew Stadium was named the most influential stadium built in the last decade and remains one of the most important events in Major League Soccer’s history.

Raising the bar on an Ohio Dam

Inside the Project

This project consisted of raising the existing Earthen Dam using precast concrete mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall panels and vinyl sheet piling (VSP) as a cutoff wall. The VSP was installed at a depth of 30 feet through a bentonite slurry wall that ran the entire length of the dam. The dam raising was approximately 1,600 feet long and 13 feet high. This project also included the construction of a mile long access road, existing spillway and spillway inlet raising.

New Marina Offers Access to Cleveland Waterfront


The marina includes 52 slips and a ‘floating’ amenities building with showers, a laundry and restrooms. Associated lighting, security and signage were also included in the scope of work. Kokosing Industrial was the selected to provide full professional design-build services which included architecture, engineering and general contracting. Kokosing Industrial self performed the underground utilities and sitework. Kokosing Industrial also provided the pile driving services to secure a high-quality, floating dock system. Kokosing Industrial led the team to provide the Owner with controlled project costs and constructability solutions. The project was designed to the Owner’s budget and contracted with a design-build Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Kokosing Industrial successfully completed this project with zero safety incidents.


The City of Cleveland responded to a major need to add high-quality recreational access to its waterfront with the development of a new marina at the North Coast Harbor. The new transient marina brings ambitious boaters looking to enjoy the recreation and amusement that downtown has to offer including three major league sports teams, the Rock N’ Roll of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center, and numerous world class restaurants all within walking distance of the North Coast Harbor.

New Dock Slips Invite Boaters


The Cleveland Edgewater Rehabilitation Phase II consisted of constructing 250 dual dock slips. Each of the slips have access to water and electrical hook ups. New electrical and water service to the marina were installed utilizing a local women’s business enterprise subcontractor. The project was fast paced and schedule driven during an unlikely time of year for marine construction — the winter. The Kokosing team has worked in Ohio’s intense winters for over 60 years. Our expertise to plan and execute through the historically cold winter allowed for the successful completion of the marina installation project


Both safety and production improvements were a direct result of pre-planning by our team. During the construction phase of the project, the owner and engineer learned the project was required to have a permit through the Ohio Department of Commerce. Due to the lengthy process of obtaining the permits necessary to gain occupancy, Kokosing and its electrical subcontractor offered solutions, made changes, and accelerated the schedule to accommodate a temporary occupancy date. The temporary certificate of occupancy allowed the marina to open for the season prior to their deadline of Memorial Day Weekend.

Making Room for More Fans

inside the project

Kokosing Industrial completed the two-year major renovation and expansion of The Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium, also known as “The Horseshoe,” removing the track and adding additional seating, which raised the capacity to 101,568.  The stadium project included lowering of the playing field by 14 feet to accommodate additional seating inside the existing stadium; construction of new upper decks on the east and west sides of the stadium; construction of a south end grandstand and new scoreboard, which replaced portable bleachers; and construction and renovation of a new press box, luxury suites, band room, concession stands, restrooms and additional stairs and elevators.

why it matters

The stadium renovation project provided a much needed renovation, modernization, and expansion of the venerable landmark on the OSU campus.  Future generations of fans can now enjoy the additional seating provided by lowering the field and by expanding C-deck on the east and west sides of the stadium.  The luxury boxes added on the West side of the stadium provide a venue for corporate entertaining, and the new press box provides a state-of-the-art facility for representatives of the local and national media commensurate with the program’s national exposure.  With the replacement of the temporary south end zone stands with a permanent structure, complete with a mammoth video score board, the transformation of the stadium provides OSU and the Columbus community with the world-class stadium from where loyal fans can enjoy their game-day experience and welcome visitors from around the nation with pride. Kokosing sequenced this work to accommodate the football season and delivered on a very critical schedule.


New Modern Lock Improves Efficiency

Inside the project

Kokosing joined efforts with Fru-Con Construction Corp., as part of a joint-venture, on this more than six-year, U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers project outside Charleston, West Virginia. Construction of the 110-foot-by-800-foot lock chamber entailed Kokosing moving 2.9-million cubic yards of earth and 107,000 cy of rock. In the piling portion of the project, Kokosing installed 216,000 linear feet of flat sheet piling and value-engineered the installation of 105,000 lf of Z-piling. In self-performing the concrete work, Kokosing installed and operated an on-site batch plant, which batched, hauled and placed 320,000 cubic yards of concrete.

Why it matters

The addition of the new lock reduced schedule delays for barges using these, the busiest locks in the Ohio River System. The larger lock allows many more barges to be processed at once, thus increasing speed and efficiency.