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A Game Changing Approach to Sports Field Design

At Draper Aden Associates, we’re huge sports fans and we pride ourselves on providing a game-changing approach to sports field design. We engineer the sports experience for fans, players, parents, and coaches at first-class facilities where memories are created, dreams are born, and athletic programs flourish. With the FIFA World Cup currently taking place, we wanted to spotlight past projects with a soccer component that perfectly encapsulate our commitment to create a lasting, positive impact. Let’s take a look at three signature projects: River City Sportsplex (formerly SportsQuest): DAA performed field engineering and construction management for the installation of 12 synthetic turf fields at the River City Sportsplex in Chesterfield, Virginia. Prior to the synthetic turf installation, DAA tested the installed aggregate drainage base as well as the planarity to make sure that the performance met the overall design and specifications. The synthetic turf installation was inspected for seam quality, striping plan...

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DAA Scores Big for Henrico County with Athletic Fields Upgrade

Although Henrico County public schools are quieter for the summer break, there is still a lot of activity on the football fields at Douglas S. Freeman, Hermitage, and Varina high schools. Those schools are the first set of county high schools to receive a major athletic upgrade as the fields are converted from natural grass to synthetic turf fields. Working with Sports Construction Management, DAA is on the project team responsible for designing and installing the new fields. Among the updated features include school names and colors on the tracks surrounding the fields and school logos on the 50-yard lines. Improved underground drainage and stormwater controls are further enhancements for the fields. DAA is responsible for designing the underground drainage and stormwater systems. We’re also is providing surveying, site planning, and civil engineering services. [caption id="attachment_7100" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Douglas S. Freeman High School[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7101" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Hermitage High School[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7103" align="aligncenter" width="770"]...

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Draper Aden Provides Construction Administration for Greenwood Park

Creating a lasting, positive impact through engineering, surveying, and environmental expertise is at the very core of what we do at Draper Aden Associates. It’s always a fulfilling and enriching feeling to know that our firm and talented team members leave lasting effects in our local communities. This week, we want to highlight a project that perfectly encapsulates that lasting, positive impact: Greenwood Park in Henrico County, one of our most recent projects that will benefit local residents and help boost sports tourism in the Richmond region. Partnering with CHA Consulting, Inc., which designed Greenwood Park’s master plan, Draper Aden provided construction administration services. The plan for Phase One of the new 90-acre tournament quality sports complex included four lighted multi-purpose athletic fields, sand volleyball courts, a large restroom building, paved parking areas for over 300 vehicles, access road and roadway improvements, utilities, and on-site bio filters for low impact stormwater...

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Battle at Bristol

Overlooked by most fans the playing surface is one of the most important aspects of a football competition. With the BIG game coming up in Bristol between Virginia Tech and Tennessee and not a lot of time to create a field, AstroTurf asked Draper Aden Associates to team with them. Using scanning technology, in only a few hours we provided survey verification of stone base planarity (proposed grade) of the playing field before the playing surface was installed. Uniformity may not seem like a huge deal tossing the ball around in the backyard but the NCAA has strict tolerance requirements for college football game surfaces. Even though the field is sloped for drainage you might say we helped level the playing field… (pun completely intended!)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtuuxi4giSE&feature=youtu.be...

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3D Laser Scan: Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility

[metaslider id=3818] Last week, Bob Bonk (DAA-Richmond) performed a complete indoor and outdoor 3D scan of the brand new Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility. Using point butt technology, the 3D scan created a true-scale 3D record of the existing conditions of the new facility. This scan will allow Virginia Tech to access 100% accurate data regarding the facility--information that can be used in future planning, creating a 3D model for BIM purposes, and even determining how to move large equipment or materials in and out of the building. In less than 12 months, HKS Architects and WM Jordan, along with Draper Aden Associates, broke ground and completed the soaring, state-of-the-art practice facility. With over 92,000 square feet of turf, and a ceiling more than 100 feet tall, it's the largest practice facility of its kind and is one that will allow not just the Hokies football team to practice in all kinds...

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Pitt Field Renovation

In 1975, the University of Richmond Spiders baseball team walked onto Pitt Field for the first time. Since that opening pitch, the NCAA Division I team has realized four conference championships and produced eight Major League Baseball players who have played for teams like the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox. A stadium with capacity for 600 people, Pitt Field houses the team well, but forty years later, a few improvements were much needed. Due to the existing field’s poor drainage capabilities, practices and games were rained out, an issue which needed to be addressed in any updates. In winter 2015, Draper Aden Associates, spearheaded by Charlie Kreye, PE (DAA-Richmond) and Justin Cornwell, PG (DAA-Richmond), designed a brand new artificial turf system with accompanying drainage updates. Dubbed the “most drastic renovations since opening in March 1975,” DAA installed a drainage stone base under the new Diamond Series AstroTurf,...

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VT Indoor Practice Facility Preview

[metaslider id=3262] Yesterday, W.M. Jordan gave Hoppy Knighting (DAA-Blacksburg), Bob Bonk (DAA-Richmond), Lee White (DAA-Richmond), and Kris Kaister (DAA-Newport News) a tour of the Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility. Set to be completed in June 2015, the state of the art facility will offer the VT football team (as well as soccer, lacrosse, and other field-based teams) a state-of-the-art indoor practice turf. As Mike Depp of WM Jordan indicated, "It's pretty bare bones" with the focus purely on housing the NCAA regulation football field in the best building possible. With a soaring roof (which allows for 88 feet clear space at mid-field), a coaches platform to watch the players from above (to be equipped with audio/video systems), and cutting edge artificial turf (soon to be installed), the facility will be one of the best in the country. Draper Aden Associates worked hand-in-hand with HKS Architects and W.M. Jordan on...

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Saints March in to the Greenbrier

On July 24, 2014, the New Orleans Saints will arrive at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to kick off their summer training camp. Designing and building the three practice fields (two are natural turf and one is synthetic) and 55,000 square foot multi-purpose building (which houses locker, weight and meeting rooms along with physical therapy accommodations and a kitchen and dining facility) in advance of the late July deadline has been no small feat, but the construction phase is moving along right on schedule. Draper Aden Associates has been involved from the get-go with site planning and engineering design support in addition to surveying services. With broad experience in athletic facility and field design, Draper Aden Associates brings a local, knowledgeable eye to the multi-team project. The Saints will practice 20 times from July 24-August 13 with most sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon each...

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