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Diamond at the Summit
Waterford, MI
2007
This Frontier League Ballpark will hold 3,900 fans. The Clubhouse at the southwest corner of the site includes team locker rooms, offices, storage and mechanical space on the first level. There are seven skybox suites and media facilities on the second level. Two one-story buildings to the North and East of the Clubhouse contain concessions, toilet rooms and a retail store. There are have roof terraces on these two buildings for private parties.

The ballpark is on a brown-field site in the northwest quadrant of the Summit Place Mall parking area. It is a compact site and the overall plan conforms to its setting like the urban “Jewel Box” ballpark built in the early part of the 20th century.

A rolling natural terrain allows us to sculpt the site using on-site earth, cut and filled, to create a bermed seating bowl. The main entry, at the high point of the site, features a long low cantilevered roof. Once in the stadium you are on the concourse, looking down at the field of play.

The building forms and materials are economical with an exterior wall of integrally insulated concrete block that offers superior energy efficiency and an efficient use of labor. This will be the first building in Michigan to use this system.

We have combined the qualities of an intimate and traditional ballpark, the minimal details and forms of modern efficient sustainable architecture and the evocative elements epitomized by 1950s drive-ins and “Cruiser Culture” to create a unique ballpark that naturally fits its place, time and function.
 

View from South
   
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