Walking around Nationals Park on opening day with HOK Sport Project Architect Joe Spear was a special experience. He gave us a thorough tour of the public spaces, but, to him, it was obviously another walk-through, checking details.
At one point, he observed that the massive project had crossed from construction project to living building, just as the day’s baseball fans were starting to swarm, in a highly controlled way, through the security checkpoints. (Having President Bush throw out the first pitch on the opening day of a new ballpark, with ingress of 40,000 people, was definitely an issue of its own that day—Secret Service agents and officers were everywhere.)
There were two or three out-of-place details that particularly concerned Joe, and, toward the end of the tour, it was apparent he had important things to tend to. We thanked him, shook hands, and he hurried off. Lo and behold, on a later sweep of the by-then-crowded park, we notice those details attended to.
Coincidence? Maybe. But with so much that was right, there is also so much that can be wrong in the eyes of a creator who knows that God is in the details. Indeed, is a project ever complete?