ASBA Recognizes Exemplary Athletic Facilities

Jan 26, 2018
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Three athletic facilities designed by Milone & MacBroom were recently honored by the American Sports Builders Association in its annual awards, which recognizes projects that exemplify construction excellence.

Loomis Chaffee School Tennis Facility was named a Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility, and Agawam High School's Baseball and Track & Field Facilities were both selected in the Single Field Facility category. Winning projects were chosen based on layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation, and overall impression.

Loomis Chaffee Tennis Facility, named Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility by ASBA

In the spring of 2016, Milone & MacBroom was selected by the prestigious Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut,  to redesign an entire tennis facility, and the firm’s sports design team prepared multiple concepts. The number of courts and their general condition placed the school at a competitive disadvantage to its peer institutions. The goal of Loomis Chaffee was to increase the number of courts from 10 to 12, to improve the overall quality of the courts, and to reduce long-term maintenance costs by constructing the new courts using post-tensioned concrete. The project also included the construction of four gazebo structures at each group of courts to provide shade for the athletes between matches. The north courts were benched into a slope to allow for spectator viewing that included a “memorial bench” overlooking the courts. Landscaping was added to blend the courts into the historic fabric of the campus. The final product resulted in a standout among tennis facilities at any public or private high school in the Northeast.

Loomis Chaffee Tennis Facility, named Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility by ASBA

The firm was also retained by the Town of Agawam, Massachusetts, to develop a master plan for Agawam High School’s athletic facility. The project team, including the architectural firm of Caolo & Bieniek Associates, developed several alternatives for the complete renovation of the outdoor athletic venues, as well as the complete renovation of both the boys’ and girls’ locker and team room facilities internal to the school. Working with the Town’s Track Committee, the design team’s project alternatives were refined into a preferred concept plan and an anticipated project engineering and construction budget was developed. Construction bid documents for the $9 million project were developed in 2015, and construction was completed in the spring of 2017.

Agawam High School Track & Field, selected in the Single Field Facility category by ASBA

The improvements at Agawam High School include a new running track; synthetic turf field; premier natural grass baseball and softball field; 1,500-seat bleachers and completely renovated press box; scoreboards; field and court lighting; six post-tensioned concrete tennis and basketball courts; fencing and backstops; concession/ticketing and restrooms; and a storage and Satellite Training Facility Building. 

“Milone & MacBroom and Town staff worked closely to ensure the Agawam High School Athletic Facility project would truly be an asset to our community and a lasting source of pride. The successes we have experienced together are due to the teamwork approach your firm brought to the project, the attention to detail, and the hands-on, service-oriented approach of your project team,” said Jennifer Bonfiglio, MCCPPO, Town of Agawam Chief Procurement Officer.

Agawam High School Baseball Field, selected in the Single Field Facility category by ASBA