With growing demand from club and intramural sports programs, UC Davis Campus Recreation needed creative options to increase field availability without obtaining more land.

At Dairy Recreation Field, this meant extending the season of play by converting the existing turf field to all-weather synthetic turf.


Sustainability was at the forefront of the project’s goals, and drove the inclusion 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.

Turf was selected through a comprehensive system analysis and comparison, in order to select the most appropriate system for the project’s needs. The system chosen includes a bent mono-filament fiber turf on top of a poured in place recycled rubber layer “E-Layer”, similar to a playground surfacing. This layer provides better and more consistent g-max testing over the life of the field, and allows the field to be rolled up and replaced.


CALA worked with a team of UC Davis representatives to develop a master plan for the Dairy Field renovation. Following completion of the master plan, the CALA-led team prepared construction documents and provided bidding and construction support for the Dairy Field improvements. The completed 125,000 square foot renovation includes striping for a full-sized soccer field, full-sized men’s and women’s lacrosse fields, and three intramural soccer fields.

    Dair Field
    Davis, CA
    Master Plan
    Design Development
    Construction Documents
    Construction Support

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