Follis Field – Wooster City School District
The Wooster City School District has been a recurring client for 25 years, BSHM’s services have been renewed annually at their January Board of Education meeting, in anticipation of their capital improvements such as paving, roofing, ADA renovations, etc. In addition to the District’s capital improvements, BSHM performs planning exercises for future growth and general District strategies for facility management.
Such planning resulted in the multi-phased stadium upgrades. Phase I was the $1,200,000 reconfiguration and installation of an all-weather equal quadrant track and relocation of the visitor’s grandstands with ADA upgrades. This phase also included a new artificial turf field, accommodating high school soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.
Phase II concentrated on the replacement of the District’s old Press Box. Demolition and new construction was challenged by difficult terrain and weather conditions, but the District’s patience was rewarded by their custom, two-tiered interior space, divided into three sound separating compartments and a covered roof deck, protected on one side from wind. Over 500 SF of new decking was added to the top of the home grand stands with new fencing and paving below, for the District’s athletic, performance and graduation use.
For phase III, BSHM was again retained to design and construct a grand entry complex with multiple locker rooms, flexible in sport and gender use, with showers, restrooms, official’s changing rooms, ticket sales and a large weight room accompanied by a new state-of-the-art training facility. This training facility is incredibly valuable to the District as it is so close to the field, to provide everything from whirlpool, ice and first aid.