VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY | LEED-SILVER CERTIFIED
Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center
This new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning athletic center features upgraded training and medical facilities and serves the university’s student athlete population. In addition to the Howie Long Sports Performance Center (shown above), the complex also houses football team locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, academic support, and a large reception hall. Conveniently located near the track and Jake Nevin Fieldhouse, this area defines the west end stadium.
AEC, Inc. provided engineering for this new complex, including: new central heating and cooling plant with high-efficiency condensing boilers, water cooled chillers, variable speed pumping and complete DDC controls. Additional engineering features include new central station VAV air handling units with VAV distribution throughout, new central domestic water plant with high-efficiency condensing water heaters, electrical distribution with backup generator, cold/hot therapy pool room with related MEP infrastructure and LED light and controls throughout.
NCAA Soccer and Practice Field
AEC, Inc. developed a complete set of documents for this NCAA soccer and practice field. Both fields are artificial turf and designed for storm water management. The under drain system includes a 12” thick stone layer, which is designed to perk, retain and then discharge into an existing stream as per Radnor Township storm water management requirements and DEP regulations.
As part of this project, existing electric, gas and water services were relocated and a concrete pad was installed between the two fields for future bleachers.
NCAA Football Field and Stadium
The football field and stadium both required extensive engineering modifications to comply with NCAA standards, and to accommodate installation of the new Nexturf playing surface.
Civil engineering design encompassed re-routing communication and electrical service under the football playing surface. The original Astroturf system was demolished and a completely new underground drainage system was engineered. The new design allowed the artificial turf system to be installed almost flat, with a minimum crown.
The total improvements included land development engineering and reconstruction of the parking area and landscaping for the stadium’s new President’s Box and Press Facilities.
AEC, Inc. will provide engineering for the re-turf and upgrade project scheduled for Spring 2018.
VALLEY FORGE MILITARY ACADEMY
Football Field and Track
AEC, Inc. prepared construction documents for the natural turf football field complete with an irrigation and surface drainage system, six land synthetic track and all track field event stations. As part of this project, AEC directed surface water from the adjacent golf course to new inlets, which prevents flooding of the new track.
VILLA MARIA ACADEMY
Field Hockey Field and Track
AEC, Inc. designed this natural turf field hockey field inside a new synthetic track. The field is irrigated and surface drained. Also completed as part of this project were all required track field event stations, a new pedestrian access to the area from the school campus and an extension of the parking lot.
NCAA Baseball Complex – Plymouth Township, PA
Located at the intersection of Ridge Pike and Walton Road, ACE, Inc. designed this new $1 million NCAA baseball field, which is shared between Villanova University and Plymouth Township.
The state-of-the-art design includes underground drainage and a totally automated irrigation system. A 10’ high reinforced concrete retaining bunker behind home plate houses electrical services and storage. Reinforced concrete dugouts on either side are stepped into the earth. The future elevated control booth for the scorekeeper and announcer is a full-equipped broadcast station, allowing students back at the Main campus to hear games over the University’s radio station.
Bullpens and batting cages are along the first and third base lines. Bullpens are equipped with telephone lines for communication to the dugout. The batting cages, with Astroturf floors, have 110-volt service for batting machines.
Designed and constructed at 10’ above the playing surface, stepped bleachers provide seating for 400, allowing for expanded University and Township events. Civil engineering design includes safety netting and future requirements for stadium lighting. Other amenities include a 200-seat band shell, softball field, volleyball courts, parking and an information booth.