Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Student Recreation Fields

Allendale, MI
United States
Project Size: 
45.38 acres
Project type: 
Institutional / Educational
Site Context: 
Former Land Use: 
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Grasslands, Savannas and Shrublands
Project overview: 

The project consisted of a multi-sport, multi-field athletic complex that provides playing surfaces and support facilities for GVSU’s intramural, club and varsity sports teams. The project timing and location was adjacent to a significant stormwater management project that GVSU was undertaking, so the projects were combined in pursuit of certification. This integration allowed these two projects to better utilize the valuable land resources at the university, while taking advantage of site planning, sharing of earthwork volumes, and integration of landscaping and stormwater management techniques. The recreational fields help further GVSU’s intent to create health and well-being opportunities for the campus community, and the stormwater management complex allowed GVSU to further their campus stormwater goals. The GVSU campus was founded in 1960, and their stormwater management goals seek to restore the historic drainage patterns for the entire campus and reduce the total runoff levels to pre-development conditions.

photo by: Grand Valley State University