Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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For years, city officials of Chattanooga, Tennessee and its parks and recreation department had desired a city-owned space where national and regional "fast- pitch" and "slow-pitch" softball could be hosted. There had been a 30-year stretch when Chattanooga was commonly referred to as the "Capital of Softball." The city wanted to recapture that title and was ready to capitalize on the area's rich environmental surroundings and create a softball complex for athletes of all ages to compete. The selected location for the softball facility turned out to be an unconventional space: a borrow pit that had been filled in and capped. Note: A borrow pit, also known as a "sandbox," is an area where soil, gravel or sand have been excavated. The size and location of the proposed space—83 acres near the I-75 highway—was exactly what city officials were looking for. Now it was just a matter of repurposing the land to accommodate softball fields, which in turn would attract big-league tournament play and bring additional revenue to the city. Barge Design Solutions, Inc., was retained to design a world-class facility. It would be called "The Summit of Softball" and comprise eight state-of-the-art sports fields and supporting facilities. As point of contact with the client, the landscape architecture staff at the Chattanooga office of Barge Design Solutions was first tasked with developing a master plan for the facility, and then led the multidiscipline design team through the design and construction phases. Barge Design Solutions prepared the preliminary grading plan and design plans for all sports fields, the landscape, the hardscape and had 70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News S ftball Chattanooga's Summit of Overcomes Challenges, Brings Back Big Tournament Play Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering Services by Barge Design Solutions, Inc., Chattanooga Office & Architecture by Neuhoff Taylor Architects

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