Toronto Blue Jays Player Development Complex

Dunedin, Florida
  • Client: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Size: 115,000 SF on 65 Acres
  • Location: Dunedin, FL
  • Market Sector: Entertainment & Hospitality
  • Date Completed: October 30, 2020
The Lunz Group worked with Global Design Firm, Populous and Contractor, Gilbane Building Company to complete the interior design for the newly constructed Player Development Complex for the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, FL.

The Toronto Blue Jays have held their spring training in Dunedin, FL since 1990, establishing a large fan base in Central Florida over time. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Corporate office is located in Toronto, Canada. This meant that the players needed home to sleep, train and workout for their games in the springtime. The PDC is also home to the Florida Administration Team.

The project started in September of 2018 and ended October 2020. The 2021 spring training season is the first-time players will get to use the new amenities. The Lunz Group worked as the Interior Designer and Sustainable Consultant for The Blue Jays Player Development Complex (PDC). The Lunz Group collaborated on the Project for six new full-sized training fields and two half fields (making for eight fields total), new batting cages, a 10,000 SF weight room, variable depth pool, plunge pools and sauna for the players overall development strategy.

The newly built PDC, totaling 115,000 SF, also includes an astonishing large reception area and entry way, administrative offices, a large board room, classrooms, conference rooms and collaboration spaces.

The building is separated within the interiors for the major and minor league players. Each have their own dining areas, training rooms and locker rooms. The new plan hosts a state-of-the-art Major League locker room and over 250 custom manufactured lockers.

Our firm served as the Consultant for the Player Development Complex’s Green Globes Certification process and was awarded a 2 Globe Certification. To see how much of a big deal that is and learn more about Green Globes, click here.

The Lunz team focused on the overall intent of use of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, materials, finishes and the overall designs of the spaces, selection of furnishings and human interaction within each space to provide enough data on the designs of the PDC to create a report for the certification. The project involved communication and collaboration with all of the engineers and consultants, including the City of Dunedin, MEP and Civil engineers, the kitchen consultant, landscaping consultant, the General Contractor and of course, The Blue Jays’ internal team including their Toronto staff.

Throughout the design process, The Lunz Group worked closely with consultants such as Populous (Architect), George F. Young (Civil Engineering), Pennoni (Structural Engineering), Phil Graham Landscape Architecture (Landscape Architecture), and TLC (MEP/FP Engineering), along with BigeLow Companies (Food Service), Waters Edge Aquatic Design – We Design Pools (Pool Design), Studio 08 Consultants (Door Hardware), FTE, Inc. (Florida Transportation Engineering), and our Green Globes Representative.

The Lunz Group is grateful to have worked together with the General Contractor, Gilbane and Turner, and the owner on site and in meetings on such a great project.

The Lunz Group also worked with Dealer’s Representatives, manufacturers and fabricators on the project such as Business Office Solutions, Commercial Design Services, Allsteel, Haworth, Kimball, The Adams Group, Corian, Mohawk Flooring, Wilsonart, Sherwin Williams, Daltile, Crossville Studios, Cambria, and Schluter.

Spring 2021 was the first season the Blue Jays got to use the amenities at the Player Development Complex. They have now nicknamed it the “mini Disneyland” for players. We are so happy the Toronto Blue Jays love their new digs!
Christa Broderick

Interior Designer, The Lunz Group

Look at the picture slide show below to see more pictures and get an inside look at the Player Development Complex.