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With more than 110 years of experience in the industry, Manhattan Construction Company is nationally known for its successful and award-winning completion of large and complex projects. The company was founded in 1896 by Laurence H. Rooney in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and majority ownership has remained in the Rooney family through four generations. The company holds the first corporate charter ever issued in the State of Oklahoma. In its early years, the company built courthouses, office buildings, schools, industrial plants, and hospitals in the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Among these were the original Oklahoma State Capitol Building in Guthrie (1907) and the relocated Capitol in Oklahoma City (1919). During World War II, Manhattan completed military base, hangar, apron, barracks, and other projects for the US Defense Department valued at over a billion dollars. For its achievements, the company was awarded two coveted Army-Navy “E” awards for excellence. Today, the company operates from offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Mexico City, Mexico. Its portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the Southwest and East regions of the US. So what’s a nice Oklahoma-based construction company doing with a name like “Manhattan”? Well, this much is known for sure: Oklahoma had not yet attained statehood in 1896, so its founders had to go to New York to incorporate the company. Legend has it that the founders, told that the company needed a name, simply picked the first one that came to mind, and that was “Manhattan.” Whatever the origin, that name has stuck for more than a century. Manhattan’s reputation for providing welldesigned and well-built structures on time and on budget has led to the award of many major projects. The company is currently serving as general contractor for the new stadium facility being built for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Located near the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, it will replace Texas Stadium in Irving, which opened in 1971. Manhattan has formed a strategic alliance with local minority-owned firms Rayco Construction and 3i Construction to direct the on-site construction of the stadium. Manhattan brings considerable stadium construction experience to the project team. The company recently provided construction services on Reliant Stadium in Houston (home of the NFL’s Houston Texans), which included the first-ever retractable roof on an NFL stadium. Closer to home, Manhattan is also responsible for the national award-winning construction of Cowboyup Phil Lepage learns how a Southwest construction firm with a big-city name has built on its reputation for operational excellence to land a contract for an NFL stadium ManhattanConstruction May 08 83

owner and general manager Jerry Jones announced that Texas A&M University and the University of Arkansas would renew their rivalry with annual games at the stadium, beginning in 2009. In addition, the AT&T Cotton Bowl will move its annual game to the stadium once it opens. The $1.1 billion stadium has yet to receive a naming rights sponsor, but there is a petition by some fans to name the stadium after longtime Cowboys coach Tom Landry. It is scheduled to be completed in August 2009, and the Cowboys will play their fi rst home game there in September. The stadium will host Super Bowl XLV in 2011. the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas (subsequently renamed Ameriquest Field in Arlington, then Rangers Ballpark in Arlington). The state-of-the-art facility, designed by the architectural fi rm HKS Inc., will consist of a retractable-roof stadium seating up to 100,000 fans, with approximately 300 suites. The Cowboys had initially planned to sell only 200 suites in the new stadium, leaving the remaining suites as open spaces or club areas until it needed more. With sales of suites continuing to be strong, however, the team has decided to fi nish building all 300 suites for the stadium. The cost of a suite starts at $100,000 per year with a 20-year contract. Dallas Cowboys New Stadium (to give it its working title) will be the home fi eld for the team but will also accommodate large concerts, high school football games, NCAA bowl games, and other major events. In March, Dallas Cowboys ManhattanConstruction Birdair is a leading specialty contractor for long-span and large custom tensile structures. Birdair’s expertise and decades of experience allow tensile projects to proceed with a high level of effi ciency with minimal risk. Birdair is adept at working as a key member of the client’s building team and diligently promotes the most modern technology available to continually innovate signature, award-winning tensile designs. Birdair 84 May 08