Chappaqua, New York is a small hamlet about 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. The Chappaqua Central School District (CCSD) serves approximately 4,000 children of the small town and part of neighboring New Castle. CCSD hired Woodard & Curran to design Horace Greeley High School’s long-awaited athletic field and track facility.
The site’s location in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) East of Hudson Watershed proved challenging for the design and permitting of the proposed facility. However, the project team’s experience working in the area proved beneficial to building on schedule and on budget for the start of the 2017 athletic season.
The project began with extensive planning, site investigations, and coordination with NYC DEP personnel to gain a better understanding of permit approvals necessary to redevelop natural grass into a synthetic turf field. Woodard & Curran oversaw the planning, permitting, and design of the project, including geotechnical investigations, NYC DEP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) approval, synthetic turf field and running track design, installation of new sports equipment for field events, and site electrical and service upgrades to support a new LED lighting system.
The project team’s comprehensive stepwise approach led to an efficient, cost-effective project while keeping CCSD informed of risks involved with various decisions related to materials and other products throughout the project. The dual fiber synthetic turf is infilled with polymer coated sand, high quality shock pad, and drainage system to enhance player safety and field performance. The new lighting also reduces light pollution for the field’s neighbors. The resulting six-lane, 400-meter running track with resilient surface, multi-purpose synthetic turf field delineated for football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, new sports equipment, and strategically designed LED lighting was ready for the fall 2017 athletic season.
The project was recognized in 2018 with an American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) Distinguished Single Field Facility Award. The project success led to additional projects with CCSD to design a second multi-purpose synthetic turf field on campus and to rehabilitate a natural grass athletic field and drainage improvements at the Robert E. Bell Middle School.