A Never-Ending Battle

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, which utilized a CM and contract-negotiation construction method, is located in the Tonawanda, which borders the city of Buffalo. The St. Joe’s campus was different than the Canisius campus in that it already had a quarter-mile cinder track encircling the football/soccer field and a baseball field on its premises. However, the students had a limited area to practice if they wanted the natural turf to be perfect for game day. The old athletic fields were good for one team per season.

A construction-savvy graduate of the school wanted to transform the old fields into a “state-of-the-art” athletic facility. He came to our company, in part, because a principal of our firm, a St. Joe’s graduate, needed to assess our services for master-plan design, permitting assistance and construction-observation assistance. This graduate performed as a CM for the school, and worked with us to develop a schematic design. From there, we created multiple contracts for each individual construction activity; including the synthetic-turf field and track, fencing (including the backstop) and upgrades to the bleachers, as well as new ones and new scoreboards.

The new design created a non-regulation, all-weather running track with practice-field areas around the new 184,000-square-foot synthetic-turf playing surface for football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball. The 11.9-acre multisport facility is now known as the Robert T. Scott AFSC Athletic Complex.

It Keeps Going …

Since St. Joe’s constructed its baseball field to include synthetic turf, Canisius is considering options for developing its complex, including the possibility of a new synthetic-turf baseball field. The school is also considering developing natural-grass practice fields so that the athletes can prepare for those schools that do not have synthetic turf.

Canisius High School and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute are League AA members of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. In this league, the highest honor is the Supremacy Cup, which recognizes larger, independent Catholic high schools with the top overall athletic program. In the league’s 58-year history, one of these teams has won the cup more than 50 percent of the time. With the new sport complexes and synthetic-turf fields, this rivalry looks like it will continue for another 58 years.

Wendel Duchscherer A-E, PC, is a nationally recognized architectural and engineering firm dedicated to the betterment of the communities and industries it serves. For more information, visit www.wd-ae.com.

Robert J. Frazer, lead landscape architect for the project, has been with Wendel since 2000 in the Landscape Architecture department.

Darryl L. Jones, a senior landscape architect and project manager, has been with Wendel since 1995.

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