PROJECT OF THE YEAR: STRUCTURES LESS THAN $5 MILLION
Surprise Farms Park Phase II Managing Agency: City of Surprise, Arizona Primary Contractor: Haydon Building Corp Primary Consultant: Logan Simpson Design Nominated By: Arizona Chapter
t was important to the City of Surprise, Ariz., that Phase II of Surprise Farms Park fostered a physical climate that engaged the needs of its residents. The park’s inward and outward design is one that instills community pride, encourages environmental stewardship, and exhibits a commitment to valuing each visitor. Through an extensive public process, the project team received input on the park program. The following activities and amenities were deemed to be critical for the City, Logan Simpson Design, and Haydon Building Corp to deliver the project under budget: park; skate park; splash pad; playgrounds with benches (2-5 year and 5-12 years); basketball court; shade structures with tables and BBQ grills; passive recreation (open
multi-purpose lawn areas); restroom building; parking (46 spaces, including three ADA stalls); landscape and security lighting. The design for the new park had already been condensed to nestle the 155,826 SF footprint—a fraction of the existing 789,285 SF developed park site—leaving in-place existing sidewalks and adjacent retention basins and right-of-way amenities, which left little opportunity for basic cost reduction strategies like reuse of existing square footage that are typically available on new park sites. The team worked with the geotechnical engineer to review the recommendations for site preparation, as the existing onsite soils were clayey
and expansive, requiring extensive remediation and import to allow the onsite material to be suitable for use under sidewalks and structures. Haydon worked with the design team to develop a strategy to use a mixture of material from the deep cuts from the skate park, the onsite clayey material, and some import material to “cap” the fill for placement of structures and flatwork throughout the park. Then, Haydon worked with the civil engineer to revise some of the grades around the basketball court to further reduce the import quantities required for the project. These import quantity reductions reduced the overall earthwork costs by 10%. To strengthen the pedestrian friendly design of the park, the new layout maintains access design with regards to ADA circulation. The playground’s surface was installed with engineered wood fibar that knit together to provide a surface springy enough to cushion falls, yet firm enough for wheelchairs to access all of the components. The design and layout of the playground, splash pad, and skate park components are universal to the greatest extent possible to not functionally limit age groups, children with disabilities, or skill levels. The skate park design primarily provided gentle drop-ins, ramps, and railings for the progressive skaters while balancing the design with street-type spaces and terraced transition elements for both the beginner and expert skaters.
July 2016 issue of the APWA Reporter, the official magazine of the American Public Works Association