Grant Community High School selected Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) as the civil engineering consultant for campus-wide improvements to its aging facilities.
EEA staff worked with the school to prioritize the improvements and produce site design concepts for the district’s review. As part of the initial project, EEA provided athletics planning, a parking consultation, designs for library and science classroom additions, and construction drawings for a new soccer field and eight new tennis courts. EEA also developed a campus-wide stormwater master plan to accommodate the proposed improvements.
The team also spearheaded the design of an ambitious off-campus athletic facility. The high school purchased a 40-acre parcel containing prairies, woods, and wetlands. A one-of-a-kind, 1.5-mile cross country trail wrapped around existing bridges and through wetlands and large stands of trees. EEA worked with and around the parcel’s existing features to aid with the development of parking facilities, a concessions area, and baseball, softball and soccer fields.
The civil engineering and traffic and parking consultants were subsequently asked to prepare construction drawings for several more building additions, parking expansions, a synthetic turf stadium, a reconstructed running track, and traffic and pedestrian circulation improvements.
Sustainable design features including permeable concrete pavers, were incorporated into the projects to improve water quality and maximize buildable space. EEA also designed an underground detention system to conserve space on the property and maintain valuable practice field area.
EEA recently returned to the campus to assist with due-diligence studies, conceptual master site plans and parking lot pavement restorations. New improvements to the campus infrastructure and buildings are currently under way.