Clayco Inc. Builds Premier Sports Facilities For Nashville’s Innovative Shared Facilities Concept
St. Louis, MO (November 2, 2010)
Clayco Inc. has begun construction on a $9 million sporting facilities project in Nashville, Tenn., for a revolutionary shared facilities concept. The 24-acre project will feature baseball, softball and soccer fields, a walking track, and a training facility which will meet NCAA Division I standards.
Located at Nashville’s local E.S. Rose Park in the Edgehill area, the design will provide state-of-the-art improvements to facilitate partnerships among the area’s community organizations, adjacent elementary and middle schools, and nearby Belmont University. In the unique shared arrangement, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation will coordinate usage.
In the past, organized sports for children and schools in the area were limited because of a lack of facilities and the dated condition of the park. The new sporting complex will also bring many of the University’s athletics into one centralized location, vastly improving its current situation of holding events on multiple sites throughout Nashville.
Redeveloping the site includes design and installation of 750-seat baseball operations, 250-seat softball fields, and 300-seat track and soccer facilities. Synthetic turf will be used in the baseball and soccer fields, while natural grass will be used for the softball areas. Construction will also include a single-story 5,150-square-foot training center with exercise and locker rooms, as well as concession areas.
Adjacent to Carter Lawrence Elementary School and Rose Park Middle School, the redeveloped park will provide top-of-the-line facilities for use and accessibility by the entire community – including athletic teams from the nearby schools, the Edgehill community, recreational programs of the parks district, neighborhood organizations and non-profit sports groups.
“The project gives Belmont University NCAA Division I-quality playing fields to host collegiate sporting events and meet the needs of their players. For example, the synthetic turf on the baseball and soccer fields offers the University’s coaches and players a more durable and consistent surface for practices and games. The project will also provide a place where university students can interact with children in the neighborhood,” said Kirk Warden, Clayco Senior Vice President and Partner.
“A collaboration of this kind is unusual in a community. We anticipate the facility will foster a special relationship between the University, nearby schools, and the community. To facilitate that goal, our team is dedicated to making the complex user-friendly for all groups,” continued Warden.
Clayco’s team, led by Warden, includes project executive Steve Street and project manager Craig Lamping. Joining Clayco on the project is Pinnacle assisting with general contracting services. Forum Studio is serving as the architect. Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc. is acting as the civil engineer. Alper Audi Inc. is the project’s structural engineer. With fast-track construction techniques in place, the design-build team expects the athletic complex to be complete for 2011 spring sports.