Hounsfield Heights Sportsfield Upgrade, Calgary, Alberta
City of Calgary – Parks
ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COST:
0.81 ha (2 acres)
- Medium Turf Rotors – Rain Bird Falcons
- Bubblers – Hunter Root Watering Systems
- HDPE Main Line Network
- Rain/Freeze Sensor Combo – Hunter RFC
- Motorola IRRInet M 12-Station c/w Expansion Module
- 150mm Parks Water Service with 100mm Point of Connection
- Big Roll Sod c/w Imported Top Soil
- Mulch for Tree Wells
Hounsfield Heights Sportsfield is located in the community of Briar Hill in NW Calgary. The Park is used extensively by the Community Association for soccer and other outdoor sports activities. The Park upgrade included rotodairon of existing turf, earthworks, grading, demolition, relocation of trees, irrigation system replacement, and landscape rehabilitation. The design package and bidding process were completed in the summer of 2012 with construction start up in spring of 2013. Construction is scheduled to end in June 2013. LIS was hired by The City of Calgary to satisfy the design, bidding, and project management requirements of the sportsfield upgrade.
The park is located between the Louise Riley Public Library, the Fire Hall, the Community Association, the LRT Track, and the LRT Traffic Control. Site access presented a significant construction challenge. The Parks water service was in a dangerous, high traffic area and was to be abandoned, and a new Parks water service was coordinated. The open green space suffered from poor drainage and required detailed grading and drainage plans.
The project required extensive coordination among the different stakeholders. A tour of the adjacent fire hall facility to coordinate irrigation control communications with the City central computer as well as project meetings with the City of Calgary Project Manager, Water Management Lead, and Field Inspector. LIS provided design and coordination services for Central Control communications to the on-site Master Motorola irrigation controller and Piccolo Interface Unit (PIU) to control the irrigation along the corridor of the 16th Avenue Landscape and Irrigation project.
LIS prepared detailed grading plans to address the site’s poor drainage issues. Several trees will be relocated on site to maximize the sportsfield play area. Irrigation was provided only to the sportsfield playing surface in accordance with the City of Calgary’s Strategic Water management Plan.