Bud

Swanson

experienced, professional construction management

 

Scharbauer Sports Complex

The Scharbauer Sports Complex was a 35 million dollar, 115 acre project consisting of a Baseball Field, a Football Field and a large civil or site package. The two fields are recessed 14 to 16 feet below the surrounding park. The material excavated for the recessed fields was stockpiled on site and processed to create road base for the massive amount of parking required to support the Complex. The Civil portion of the project included a series of detention ponds, a forty foot deep Lift Station that allows drainage from the sunken fields to be collected and pumped into the various detention ponds.

The Baseball Field consists of a large concrete outfield retaining wall, two underground dugouts and concrete tunnels that lead from the field to the basements of the two field houses. This portion of the project was considerably more complicated than the Football Field or the civil work as it was much more time sensitive. From the notice to proceed, we had ninety days to complete all work that would have to be accomplished or accessed from the field. (That would include the outfield wall, the dugouts and the tunnels that led to the field houses.) This had to be done to allow time for the field to be installed and groomed prior to opening day. The seating is supported by a series of cast in place concrete steps. Constructed of heavy steel and masonry, the Press Boxes, eight Suites, the Restaurant and Concessions, were built on and above grade to create a covered walkway above the seating to access the various concession facilities.

The Football Field is similar in some aspects yet unique in itself. This portion of the project included a combination of cast in place concrete poured on grade, and precast concrete risers, installed on a steel structure to support the seating. A concrete, heavy steel and masonry structures were utilized at the Press Boxes, the Coach Boxes and the Suites above the field. This facility also includes six different Concession areas and a Clubhouse connected by concrete ramps. Two long span bridge structures were installed over the ramps to allow access all the way around the field.

This project was completed in sixteen months, was on time and under budget.