Services
Architecture
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Technology
Size
Project Size
400 Sq. ft.
DATES
Completion Date
August 2019
COST
Project Budget
$500,000
Construction Cost
$462,000
Client Contact
Jean-Claude Azar Cranbrook Schools
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The Cranbrook Educational Community’s Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Athletic Booster Club, were looking to improve upon their existing
athletic facilities at the Thompson Oval-Del Walden Field venue. Used primarily for football and lacrosse, the existing field has permanent concrete bleacher seating along the south side with an open upper-tier grassy area that was utilized for filming and general game operation activities.

The project included a new press box with three separate conditioned spaces for home coaches, visiting coaches, and staff managing game operations. A large roof overhang provides additional covered spaces for visitor filming. The press box’s location at field center-line and its raised elevation above the existing concrete bleachers now provides unobstructed views of the field below. A portion of the existing bleachers and steps were also reworked to improve overall circulation at the upper tier. All mechanical, electrical and technology infrastructure was evaluated and improved upon to support the new fully functioning press box. The custom nature of this design solution, through its configuration and materiality fully embrace and compliment the existing contextual aesthetic of campus.

Project Overview

IDS worked with the Cranbrook Educational Community’s Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Athletic Booster Club, to develop ways to improve upon their existing athletic facilities at the Thompson Oval-Del Walden Field venue. With the main focus of this project being the new press box. See what Crankbrook Booster Club co-presidents Christine Stephens and Howard Brophy thought of the new press box on page 22 of the Fall/Winter edition of the the Tradition.

Project Team

Principal-In-Charge
Project Designer, Project Architect
Electrical Engineer
Rae A. Killips, BSET
Electrical Support
Nicholas W. P. Furgason, LC
Mechanical Engineer
Ben Cornell
Technology Designer
Cassandra Damer, PMP, CTS
Technology Support
Leonard R. Napoli
Architectural Support
Marek Nowakowski, Assoc. AIA
Specifications Writer
Civil Consultant
NF Engineers
Structural Consultant
SDI Structures