AME Master Plan
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Programming & Planning
Project Size
37,000 Sq. Ft.
Expected Completion
August 2024
Initial Project Budget
Client Contact
James Larson-Shidler Birmingham Public Schools

The existing athletic fields and high school building at Groves feel as though they’re miles apart from one another. Separated by a busy parking lot and access road, student-athletes attending daily practice or breaking at half time must make the arduous trek in full pads and helmets. For visitors, long lines for toilet rooms, congested concessions windows, and tight quarters have been the hallmark of the Groves athletic experience. How could we help strengthen the sense of community and improve facilities while maintaining the vital site circulation paths?


The design for the new fields and auxiliary gym prioritizes public space, visual connections, and overlap to stitch the site together. New team and concession buildings reduce travel distances for players while shaping a public plaza at the stadium that flows into a concourse under the new bleachers. This public space will provide fans ample room to gather, even during the half-time rush, and it is the perfect place to grab a selfie with the repurposed school falcon sculpture. From the track level of the auxiliary gym, one can watch nearly every outdoor sporting event, including rock climbing, creating the sense of a connected campus.

Project Overview

High School athletic facilities serve more than the student-athlete; they are spaces for the entire school community to come together. Whether used on game night, for educational purposes, or after hours by neighbors for clubs, recreation, and exercise, they can come to symbolize the strength of a group of people. With this in mind, Birmingham Public Schools set out to improve their existing facilities at both district high schools.

Project Team

Project Manager
Salvatore A. Moschelli, AIA, NOMA, LEED® AP
Lead Project Designer
Project Designer
Jacob Klee, AIA, NCARB, LEED® Green Associate
Interior Designer
Caitlyn Koeth, NCIDQ
Technical Lead Architect
Project Architect
Benjamin Jones
Mechanical Designer
Dirk Greene
Lead Electrical Engineer
Electrical Designer
Electrical Designer
Shawn Schiappacasse, LC
Civil Consultant
Spalding DeDecker
Landscape Consultant
Foresite Design
Structural Consultant
Food Service Consultant
E.F. Whitney, Inc.
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