NYC School Construction Authority, Queens, New York
This open space at Grover Cleveland High School had been a vast expanse of asphalt pavement that offered little recreational or educational value to the 1,800-plus student community and its many sports teams. The school administration worked with the local elected officials to secure funding to convert the paved lot into a multi-purpose synthetic turf field for use by the Grover Cleveland HS athletic teams, as well by neighborhood teams and as practice space for other school teams.
Saratoga Associates, as a prime landscape architectural consultant, led a team of structural, civil, and MEP engineers to redesign the main entrance plaza, replace drinking fountains, renovate the aged storm water infrastructure, repair spectator seating structure, and rebuild tennis and handball courts with perimeter fences and gates. The worn and unusable surfacing of both multi-purpose athletic fields was replaced with durable and safe synthetic turf.
Design studies were conducted to determine the optimal field layout to maximize spatial gains on the irregularly shaped site. Materials for the field and the spectator areas were carefully selected to ensure player safety and comfort, ease of maintenance, and longevity. A network of collector and transport pipes were designed to capture the storm water from the field and deliver it to the existing site storm infrastructure.