Celebrating the Topping Out of One Cardinal Way

The Topping Out of One Cardinal Way, the new luxury, mixed-use residential tower in Ballpark Village, occurred at Busch Stadium. Former St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt II, The Cordish Companies Vice President Nick Benjamin, PARIC President Keith Wolkoff, and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson were among the speakers at the event.

At 29 stories, One Cardinal Way offers unprecedented views of Busch Stadium and downtown St. Louis, offering an urban living experience almost completely immersed in the game experience. Not only that, phase 2 of Ballpark Village continues to draw new attractions into the entertainment District. Salt + Smoke was announced as a new tenant, offering another dining option to the residents of One Cardinal Way and the employees of the new PwC Pennant Building.

To achieve the topping out of this iconic new building, it took 400,000 man-hours of work, with an average of 240 tradespeople on site each day. As of the topping out ceremony, approximately 34 percent of this project is being completed by minority and women-owned businesses. This accounts for almost $35 million of the construction costs. Of the total project hours so far, more than 50,000 hours were from minority workers, more than 30,000 were from city residents, more than 48,000 were from apprentices and more than 11,000 were from female workers.

The massive structure includes the following materials:

• 29,000 cubic yards of concrete poured
• 1,500 tons of rebar
• 700,000 tons of post-tension cabling
• 3,700 panes of glass on the exterior
• 200,000 pounds of ductwork
• 150 miles of electric cable

The celebration culminated with fireworks and the tradition of lifting of a pine tree to the roof of the building, to symbolize life throughout the project and hope for the building’s future.