This project was a joint venture of George Washington University (GWU) and Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department for the improvements to the existing baseball facilities at Barcroft Park on Four Mile Run Drive.

VIKA provided design and engineering services related to planned improvements to the site, which is approximately 5.5 acres and consists of a synthetic turf playing field, fencing, backstops, dugouts, and parking facilities. GWU Baseball has used Barcroft Park as their home baseball facility for more than 20 years. Arlington County, the owner of the park, and the University identified key improvements to the facility necessary to upgrade both the player and spectator experiences.

Construction was required to be completed by February 29, 2012 to allow use of the ball fields by GWU for its 2012 season. Construction was phased so that playing fields and stormwater management improvements were completed in advance of the remainder of the improvements, allowing the GWU Baseball Team access to the field for practice in February 2012 as work was being completed on the balance of the project.

VIKA’s scope of work for this project was an existing park that required an updated planimetric, topographic, and tree survey to be utilized as an existing conditions plan for the design of a new baseball field. The site had numerous trees and was adjacent to an existing resource protection area (RPA). During the course of the project, VIKA researched the Arlington County records and FEMA Maps to determine and establish the limits of the RPA. VIKA developed project-specific procedures to survey the trees and our ISA-Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, identified and inventoried the existing trees in a coordinated effort to save our Client time and money.