When Thomas More University decided to update their existing turf field to be able to withstand the demand of their football team and other sports teams they selected Bayer Becker as their designer. The BB&T Field (formerly The Bank of Kentucky Field) and Griffin Plaza project featured a major upgrade and renovation to the university’s existing natural turf field as well as grandstands and a new building featuring concessions, restrooms, locker rooms and a weight room.
The project’s size did pose challenges. The larger footprint of the proposed football field and track made it necessary to relocate an existing overhead transmission line and electric facilities. Coordination and communication with Duke Energy’s Distribution Design Group and Right of Way Services was critical to have the facilities relocated based on both the project’s schedule and Duke Energy’s requirements. For the relocation, Bayer Becker conducted meetings and coordinated the design of the pole lines to minimize the impact to the campus. By preparing easement exhibits and descriptions for Duke Energy, Bayer Becker helped streamline the project timeline, adding further value.
Bayer Becker’s extensive experience with public meetings also came into play on the project. Based on meetings with Thomas More University, the City of Crestview Hills and feedback from the university’s residential neighbors, Bayer Becker decided to rotate and shift the field and track layout to minimize the clearing of the existing treeline. This change in layout eased residents’ concerns about visibility and noise to the nearby neighborhood.