PHOTO: An artist’s rendering of the proposed updates to Adzick Field at Shaw Park in Clayton.
The Clayton Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board decided Monday to table a vote on whether to award approval to a local architecture company for the Adzick Field project renovation.
St. Louis-based Bond Architects pitched an alteration and exterior renovation of Clayton High School’s Adzick Field that would transform the 195,000 square-foot site into a multi-use facility replete with synthetic turf and additional updates to the entire facility.
The multi-purpose artificial turf field will allow Adzick Field to host a number of high school athletic events, including baseball, softball, field hockey and Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer games, according to the proposal. It has been used by the high school baseball team for several years.
Citing concerns over the color of brick being proposed for a press box/concession stand, the design of the concrete surrounding the facility and whether or not the padding on the backstop would be compatible with the rest of the building, city officials invited representative with Bond Architects to return with updated information at the commission’s June 4 meeting.
Erik Wilson of Bond Architects is leading the design team on behalf of the Clayton School District and added that his team is still waiting on approval from the Missouri Sewer District for a drainage system, which will be located under the synthetic turf surface.
If approved, the plan would include new dugouts, a new concession stand/press box building with restrooms, additional bleachers, new lights and a new scoreboard.
The 195,000 square-foot site is located southwest of Clayton High School, adjacent to Shaw Park. A portion of the project area is on city property.
Aldermanic representative Joanne Boulton and Chairman Steve Lichtenfeld voiced concerns for the overall design of the concession stand/press box, which will have a mixture of red and beige brick.
“It’s very dark,” said Lichtenfeld, who added that he would like to see fewer colors and the overall building lightened up.
Boulton disagreed that it was too dark but said it could use some tweaking, specifically on the striping that run through the middle of the building.
“It feels ver busy to me,” Boulton said.
Jennifer Carlson, a Project Architect with Bond, defended the design of the building, saying it is unique for a reason.
“We’re trying to give an identity to this field that it’s never had before,” Carlson said. “You’ll always know you’re at Adsick Field when you see the stripes.”
City Manager Craig Owens also raised concerns over the design of the concrete which will surround the entire facility. Owens said he’d like to see some designs in the concrete, perhaps bricks, instead of a flat, white slab.
Bond representatives said they would look into the cost of adding a design and bring back examples during their next meeting with the commission.
The rest of the project will consist of the installation of a synthetic turf field in the same location as the existing baseball field, new fence enclosure, new dugout structures along with the 913 square-foot, 27 foot concession stand/press box.The new scoreboard will be designed and reviewed at a future date.
According to the plans, an 8-foot, black chain link fence will be used to enclose most of the field. The metal fence design is similar to the fencing along the two baseball field located east of the subject field.
Safety netting ranging in height from 16 feet to 32 feet is proposed along the southeast and west sides of the field. The safety netting is specifically designed for athletic fields.
A 2 1/2 foot tall red cordova stone CMU wall with safety netting measuring 32 feet tall will wrap home plate, between the dugouts.
The applicant also proposes to replace the current field lights. The new lights will go in the same locations, but will feature upgraded LED lights with shields, allowing users to dictate how far the light reaches inside and outside of the field.
The estimated cost for the project or estimated time for construction was not disclosed.