St. Gertrude High School Outdoor Athletics Center
Henrico County, VA
Ken Piazza, Jr, PE
Saint Gertrude High School (SGHS) turned to Draper Aden Associates to re-envision and revise their master plan for a 13.13-acre piece of land. The original concept included a track and field stadium, athletic training facility, and parking to serve the undeveloped property. However, SGHS wanted to explore additional opportunities for use including field and playing surfaces their athletics programs desperately needed. In a collaborative effort between SGHS and Draper Aden Associates, the re-envisioned concept and subsequent design included an artificial turf field, a multi-purpose natural turf field, a softball field, six tennis courts, an athletic training facility, concessions, an events pavilion, and an interpretive walking trail throughout the Outdoor Athletics Center.
The new complex now provides a home for all outdoor athletic programs at a single location which gives Saint Gertrude a home field identity. Additionally, the athletic center allows family and friends to attend events at a central location, while serving as a recruitment and retention tool for prospective and current athletes and is built to facilitate up to four sporting events at one time.