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UVA Davenport Field Expansion

UVA Davenport Field Expansion

The University of Virginia’s Davenport Field project was fast-paced from design through construction, following these design phases: programing, schematic design, design development, early sitework construction documents, final sitework construction documents, bid negotiations, and construction administration. HG worked closely with UVA Facilities Planning and Construction, our client; UVA Athletics, the end user; DLR and Grimm + Parker, the architects; 2RW, the MEP; and Martin Horn, the contractor, to develop designs and implement construction on a site that was occupied by the owner and sports teams throughout construction.

Challenge 1: Occupied Site

The Davenport Field project is part of a larger park and athletics complex which was occupied by both owners and users during construction. Our construction phasing was tailored to accommodate access for both users and contractors; to adjust work hours and access for events, camps, and competitions; and, to coordinate timing of outages and access with owner’s scheduling needs.

  • HG developed an early site package to relocate utilities in advance of construction and during off-season times for the adjacent Lannigan track and field stadium. The early utility relocation extended water service and power duct banks to the project site; the routes for these lines would have impeded larger construction access had they not been completed early.
  • Work was phased to maintain fire and delivery access through the site during construction, and schedules for access and delivery needs were coordinated during the weekly construction meetings.
  • Temporary paths and bridges were constructed to route athletes and coaches around the construction zones to the adjacent facilities in use. Alternative access to the fields adjacent to the Dorey competition field will be an important consideration. Additionally, staging construction to limit impacts to existing infrastructure was imperative.

Challenge 2: Stormwater Management

The existing stormwater best management practices (BMPs) at Davenport Field were not sufficient to account for the new impervious cover; therefore, innovative stormwater measures for the tight site were required. HG studied the larger regional watershed and determined that downstream channels were sufficient to handle large storm events. Small storm events and water quality improvements were achieved through the use of highflow media filters “hidden” in the landscape islands, pervious pavement in the overflow parking lot, and an underground infiltration chamber. The high-flow media filters are small footprint rain gardens that drain very quickly during rain events and can be nestled into slightly oversized parking lot islands or other available green spaces.

Additional Project Highlights:

Vehicular circulation, fire access, and pedestrian circulation shared a single, 15-foot wide asphalt road prior to the expansion project at Davenport Field. Through the limited use of site walls, HG addressed the site pinch-point to create a separated pedestrian and vehicular zones. A 20-foot road provides vehicular, fire truck and delivery access; pedestrian crossings are limited and demarcated by table-top cross-walks which visually and physically cue drivers to slow for pedestrians. An 8-foot sidewalk with landscaping brings pedestrians to the ticketing plaza. And for the first time, there are ADA and VIP parking spaces located at the ticketed entrance to the field.

LOCATION: Charlottesville, VA
CLIENT: University of Virginia
ARCHITECT: DLR Group, Grimm + Parker
CONSTRUCTION COST: $25 M
DATES: Start: 2016, Completion: 2018
DISCIPLINES: Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering
TEAM: David Gerstenmaier, PLA: Charlene Harper, PE

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Civil Engineering, College Landscape Design, Construction Administration, HG Design Studio, Landscape Architects, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Stormwater Concepts, Stormwater Management, University of Virginia, UVA, VA, Virginia