UC Davis Dairy Recreation Field
When UC Davis Campus Recreation saw a need to increase their recreation field resources to accommodate growing sports club and intramural sports programming needs, they decided to convert their natural turf Dairy Recreation Field into an all-purpose, all-weather synthetic turf field. Callander Associates was brought in to work with a team of UC Davis Department representatives toward developing a master plan for a renovated Dairy Field. The new field design not only addresses sports programming needs, but also includes other facilities for student use, such as restrooms, storage, bike racks and bench seating.
Including environmentally sustainable elements was at the forefront of the project goals and was achieved through the implementation of energy-efficient field and pedestrian lighting, the construction of bioswales for stormwater quality/groundwater infiltration, and the use of recycled materials in components of the synthetic turf system.
As part of our services, Callander prepared a comprehensive synthetic turf system analysis which compared several manufacturers, turf styles and turf system component options based on over thirty characteristics. This analysis provided the project team with the information needed to select the most appropriate system for the project’s specific needs. The final turf chosen uses a system that includes a bent mono-filament fiber turf on top of a poured in place recycled rubber layer “E-Layer”, similar to a playground surfacing, that provides better and more consistent g-max testing over the life of the field and allows the field to be rolled up and replaced.
Following completion of the master plan process, Callander Associates and our team of subconsultants prepared construction documents and provided bidding and construction assistance for the Dairy Field master plan improvements. The completed 125,000 square foot field includes a full-sized women’s lacrosse field, a full-sized men’s lacrosse field, full-sized soccer field, and three intramural soccer fields.
Some great shots of the new field in use:
YouTube video of the renovation:
February 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm