When De Smet Jesuit High School decided to undertake major exterior athletic facility improvements, M+H was selected to be the design team leader. The existing 6 lane running track and natural grass infield utilized for football were modified and enlarged. A new 8 lane synthetic surface track now encircles a synthetic turf infield large enough to contain a full size soccer field, pole vault and dual long jump runways, and a high jump area, in addition to the football field. New stadium lights and poles are also included. A new plaza has paved the way to the existing stadium bleachers and includes the addition of a new press box storage facility and an open air pavilion.
In the interest of equality, the baseball program also received attention with improvements to the baseball field. Dugouts have been replaced, along with the addition of a new press box, grandstand, backstop and storage building, all with permanent masonry construction.
Press Box Building Evaluation
The original press box at De Smet Jesuit High School was showing signs of structural damage, wear and aging with concerns of safety for the building occupants. De Smet decided to have a formal assessment of the building done by M+H to evaluate the continued use and status of the building. Based on the initial conversations with De Smet it was understood that there were physical deficiencies with the building based on excessive cracking and settlement issues. A visual inspection was conducted which confirmed the deteriorating status of the building. Due to the magnitude of the deterioration, M+H utilized the ACT-20 Field Manual by Applied Technology Council to rate the structure, which provided an objective set of standards for the evaluation. The load bearing structure, floor framing and stairs all showed signs of failure and it was recommended that the structure be vacated and use suspended immediately. The original structure was demolished and a new press box was constructed.
The new press box includes a viewing platform for video taping, separate home and visitor coaching suites, and a central broadcasting booth. The lower level accommodates athletic equipment and storage.
De Smet Jesuit High School is a faith-based learning environment for young men. With their growing student population and today’s technological requirements, expansion of the athletic fields, classrooms, science labs and computer labs were needed.