Sports & Recreation

Linn-Mar Aquatic Center

Novak Design Group retained Hall and Hall Engineers to provide design services for a new multilevel aquatic center for Linn-Mar High School located on the east side of their football field which is on the east side of 10th Street in Marion, Iowa. Our work included site design, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan preparation and DNR utility permitting, storm water analysis and detention basin design, landscape planning, and preparation of associated contract documents.

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In addition, we conducted a pool survey to certify dimensions for competitions. Linn-Mar Aquatic Center front elevation Due to our strong expertise and history with teaming up with architects, we were a perfect fit to join Novak Design Group’s design team to work closely with their architect’s in order to complete the project successfully and smoothly.

College Community Youth Baseball Fields

College Community School District retained Hall and Hall Engineers to provide master planning and design services for a 45 acre parcel south of their main campus.

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Our work included completing a flood impact analysis, wetland delineation, jurisdictional permitting, master planning, preparation of construction documents and construction administration. At project startup we worked closely with the steering committee to identify project goals and objectives. Then our project team collaborated with user groups, the athletic department and school officials to gather vital information about their long-term vision for this area. This provided a solid foundation for the design team as the master plan was developed. We worked closely with school officials throughout the design process and always considered the project budget as we made design decisions. Our teams anticipated a construction cost of $2.9 million, which fell in between the low and high bidder. The extra attention given to the project budget allowed school officials to accept some bid alternate upgrades while meeting the overall allocated budget.

Fairfax City Park & Athletic Complex

Fairfax City Park Ball Fields Hall and Hall Engineers completed master planning services, design and construction administration for Fairfax’s City Park & Athletic Field Complex. The entire project site is approximately 45 acres with phase one occupying roughly 25 acres.
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Phase one includes two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a concession building, rain gardens, a playground structure, parking and walking trails. In addition to our in-house landscape architecture, civil engineering and surveying disciplines, we collaborated with architectural, mechanical and electrical design professionals to complete this project. The concessions building contained rest rooms, storage space and large shade structure. Ball field lighting was also designed into the project.

Prospect Meadows Ball Field Complex Master Plan

Prospect Meadows group selected Hall & Hall Engineers (HHE) to create a vision for a ‘One-of-a-kind’ regional recreation destination and sports complex. It is anticipated to provide a new level of service for both local community use and regional use through the Perfect Game amateur baseball organization.

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HHE provided site master planning services to guide the development of the sports complex. This process included the site selection and analysis of three sites to determine the best candidate to accommodate the regional attraction. An analysis of site features, including current and future adjacent land uses, land forms, utility access, vehicle access and roadway capacity were part of the process. HHE worked collaboratively with a market research group to determine appropriate size, uses and amenities within the complex. Phased implementation scenarios were also studied to determine appropriate phasing to align with available budget. A site traffic impact study, also, was prepared for and reviewed by Linn County and the Iowa Department of Transportation. Prospect Meadows Basball Complex illustration The 140-acre project site will include 17 ballfields, two miracle fields, a lake, walking trails, a splash pad, a playground, a grand entry plaza, and many other site amenities. The lake will capture stormwater for storage and irrigation, and double as an amenity. Several elevated spectator viewing plazas are designed to blend with site topography and showcasing vistas..

Dyersville City Park Master Plan

The City of Dyersville selected Hall & Hall Engineers (HHE) to provide master planning services for flood prone areas in the heart of their community. The devastating flood of 2008 caused significant damage to a number of homes south of 3rd Avenue SW and east of 2nd Street SW.

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Immediately following the flood, the City, in conjunction with FEMA, offered a voluntary buyout of the properties damaged. Thirty property owners participated in this program.

After the buyout, strict guidelines limited what could be redeveloped within the buyout areas to primarily green space. With careful planning HHE prepared a viable park plan which turned this significant greenbelt into a valuable asset for the community.

A number of amenities are proposed within the 55-acre green space including disc golf, passive recreation areas with native prairie plots, community gardens, a community orchard and a farmers market pavilion. The space is also intertwined with walking trails linking green space with the surrounding neighborhoods. These types of amenities invite social belonging and offer a quality of life that will attract people to live in the Dyersville community. When complete this green “necklace” will be a significant attraction that few other communities can match.

Helen G. Nassif YMCA

Novak Design Group retained Hall & Hall Engineers to provide civil engineering, landscape architecture and survey design services for the construction of a 40,000 sf facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The facility contains a running track, swimming pool,various courts and fitness areas.

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Our work included site planning, preparation of land entitlement documents, construction documents and construction administration. This facility is also located within a floodplain area which required special attention to flood proof detailing.

HHE was an integral component on the design team to fit the facility within a one square block area while maintaining an existing nearby business. An alley was required to be vacated and sanitary sewer re-routed to provide the necessary land area to fit this facility. Reconstruction of 7th Avenue SE and associated streetscape components, parking lot expansion and service vehicle access were also design obstacles that were overcome by the HHE team.