Portfolio: Stadia Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Project Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona Client Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Architect HKS Design team Morris A. Stein, FAIA; Andrew C. Henning, AIA; Byron Chambers; Kevin Suter; M. Ellen Mitchell, AIA; Thomas H. Smith, AIA; Deva Powell, AIA Photographer Blake Marvin
Completed in January 2011 by HKS, the new spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies consists of an 11,000-seat ballpark, 18 practice fields, two clubhouses, covered batting cages, and administrative offices. It is situated on 144 acres on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and is the first such facility to be both LEED Gold-certified and located on tribal land. The design of Salt River Fields was inspired by significant cultural values and characteristics embodied by its Native American community. For example, the orientation of the various buildings harkens back to the concept of traditional Huhugam dwellings. These ancient homes evolved and developed around a central courtyard and shared walls. Similarly, the new facility centers on the main ballpark while its interconnecting elements radiate outward. The ballpark and various fields were carved from the land and arranged to create an intimate seating environment, framing and taking advantage of the breathtaking natural surroundings and views. At times, the architecture serves as a backdrop to the lush native landscape, and at other times, it reinforces the natural color palette and forms found in the community. Other interesting features of this complex include a main shade canopy designed as a modern reinterpretation of the traditional ramada shade structure, and clubhouse buildings that serve as a central home for all team activity. limited the use of team colors and branding to the team clubhouse and practice areas. Subtle layers of earthen colors are balanced with the native landscape to complete the overall design composition throughout the entire complex. The exterior color palette was inspired by the rocks found at the convergence of the Salt River, and many of the venue’s raw materials were taken from earthen excavations located on community lands. Further connections to the land, as well as the stewardship that the Community
has for the entire valley, are found in the project’s sustainable elements. These include siting the stadium and relocating vegetation to provide for maximum shade; passive water harvesting via desert arroyos and an onsite retention pond; and a displacement ventilation system that focuses air conditioning only in the occupied spaces, among others.
The design team
72 Texas Architect
Contractor M.A. Mortensen Company Consultants
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: HKS Structures;
SUSTAINABILITY: HKS DesignGreen; INTERIOR DESIGN : HKS Inte-
riors; MEP ENGINEERING: WSP Flack + Kurtz; CIVIL ENGINEERING: Lloyd Consulting Group; FOOD SERVICE: Systems Design International; WAYFINDING: FocusEGD; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Ten Eyck; ADA/ACCESSIBILITY: Access By Design
UNIT PAVERS: Acker-Stone; ATHLETIC AND RECRE-
ATIONAL SURFACING: Astroturf; ROOF AND WALL PANELS: Centria; METAL DECKING: Epic Metals; ATHLETIC FLOORING: Mondo USA; WHIRLPOOLS, SPAS, AND HOT TUBS: Hydroworx; GLASS: Viracon; GLAZED CURTAINWALL : Kawneer
SITE PLAN 1 MAIN STADIUM 2 DIAMONDBACKS MINOR LEAGUE FIELDS 3 DIAMONDBACKS MAJOR LEAGUE FIELDS 4 ROCKIES MAJOR LEAGUE FIELDS 5 ROCKIES MINOR LEAGUE FIELDS 6 COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP TRAIL
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