Many perceive the design of a sports field or facility to be simple, however there are several decisions to be made, that impact the quality, usability, performance, aesthetics, environment, or a sense of place. Landscape Architects are uniquely qualified to design such facilities because it’s not only the field that makes a venue great, but it’s everything else around the field that can make the venue notable.
While designing a sports facility, Landscape Architects are looking at the bigger picture of how all the sport specific components will work with the needs of the athletes, visitors, maintenance personnel, facilities operations staff, as well as the site topography, existing circulation patterns, and utility connections. There are sport specific needs that can be less visually appealing or impede pedestrian or vehicular circulation. However, with a little thought, these elements can gently slip into the landscape, while remaining completely functional. Take a look at some of these sports facilities where it’s more than just a field.
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As we continue to highlight our team for Landscape Architecture Month, we'd like to feature Associate, Jane Theobald, and her interesting background into the profession!
As a kid, I was always drawing house floor plans or building houses with Legos or blocks. Somewhere in middle school, I remember my Mom suggesting landscape architecture instead of architecture since I was the one who kept creating gardens at our new house. In high school, I did a year long research project on landscape architecture, for an “Honors Diploma” and was also allowed to convert my parents grass filled front yard, to a drought tolerant landscape and I loved every minute of both projects.
While I was in college, I worked on the Cal Poly Rose Floats for three years, and ultimately ended up as the Program Leader, my last year. It was through this demonstration of leadership and project management skills, plus a background of building things with my dad, that I landed my first job as a project manager at a landscape construction firm. That’s where I learned how important correctly detailed information really is…
After getting my license, I transitioned back into the design world where I landed on the Sports and Recreation team at a large, multi-disciplinary firm. I’ve helped design facilities for public schools, private schools, Cities, Community Colleges, and Universities. I love being able to personalize each facility, based on their needs as well as the community at large.
-- JANE THEOBALD, PLA
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Successful sports and recreation facilities require more than a relatively flat field these days. Multiple sport flexibility, gathering spaces and environmental considerations are all necessary to create places where communities and students can thrive. St. Anthony High School Athletic Complex in Long Beach California is a fine example of putting this into action and is wrapping construction with a fully integrated design approach.
The athletic complex boasts a state of the art track and field and multi-sport stadium with team buildings and training center. However, what sets this project apart are the exceptionally landscaped gathering spaces that are intimately tied to competition and training venues. Additionally, stormwater from the large surface areas are gathered in landscaped retention basins to clean runoff, recharge groundwater and provide a park setting and habitat for birds, birds and wildlife that can be found in the adjacent canals.
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Lloyd is excited to announce and welcome our newest team member (but not so new!) Lia Delucchi.
Here at Lloyd, we love hiring and developing the talented team members who exemplify our core values of expertise and integrity. We are excited to announce Lia Delucchi has joined our team full time. Ms. Delucchi majored in Landscape Architecture, with a minor in Sustainable Environments, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Originally from the Bay Area, Ms. Delucchi has been interning with Lloyd over the past two years while finishing her degree. Her senior project examined athletic recreation in a winery setting to help expand the wine tasting season.
“Being an intern at Lloyd for the last two years allowed me to compare and receive advice on the skills I was learning in the classroom. Working alongside professionals has helped me understand the balance between creativity and feasibility within the design process.” - Lia
Lia is also a self-professed foodie, baking since high school and expanding her cooking knowledge and expertise through traditional Italian dishes and recipes passed down from her parents. She loves trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Welcome to the team Lia!
"I am excited and honored to transition from a student intern to a full-time employee at Lloyd! I recently finished my time at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, receiving a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Sustainable Environments. I also recently completed my senior project, and it is surreal to think my time at Cal Poly has come to an end. With the numerous focus design studios and supplementary courses I have taken, I feel prepared for the next chapter, yet still bittersweet.
Being an intern at Lloyd for the last two years allowed me to compare and receive advice on the skills I was learning in the classroom. Working alongside professionals has helped me understand the balance between creativity and feasibility within the design process. Thank you to the amazing Lloyd team and I cannot wait to continue learning from you all!"
- Lia Delucchi
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Happy Landscape Architecture Month!
To kick off the month, we will be highlighting some of our Landscape Architecture staff throughout the month of April. Learn more about Senior Associate, Brett Long, and his journey to finding the landscape architecture profession!
When I was 13; my dad who grew up on a farm and wanted me to gain an appreciation for physical labor, got me a summer job landscaping where we lived in South Lake Tahoe. Initially, it was really hard work for a 90 lb. kid and I hated it. But I kept at it and continued landscaping jobs among others through college. In high school I was lucky to have a drafting class and had some art in my background from my father who was also an art teacher.
I grew up appreciating outdoor spaces with my childhood split between Bermuda and Lake Tahoe. When it was time to decide about college my background in landscaping seemed to come together and I relished the idea of being the guy pointing with plans in his hands rather than at the backend of a shovel. I was fortunate to get a track and field scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona where there was an excellent Landscape Architecture program.
After college my adventures of landscape architecture really took off and continues amaze me. From living and designing resorts in the islands of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii to shore zone restoration in Lake Tahoe I have had a varied experience. The past 15 years my work has been focused on recreation and athletics and our current work at Lloyd Consulting Group is always dynamic and expanding. We are fortunate to be involved in many complex and high profile projects that satisfy our design craving and connect us to the sports world. -- BRETT LONG, PLA, QSD
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