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Lawrence, Kansas

As an outgrowth of the 2007 PLAY Feasibility Study, which evaluated the adequacy of playing fields in the City of Lawrence, USD 497, in 2008, undertook a significant improvement project to upgrade the playing fields at both Lawrence high schools. Phase I of the project improved the conditions at eight sports fields at three different District locations. Landplan Engineering provided project coordination, design, construction documentation, and construction observation/inspection for all projects. Landplan designed the various venues utilizing first-of-their-kind structures, with designs that harken back to stadiums of old, but with delivered costs below equivalent aluminum bleacher facilities.

Free State High School had existing football field/track, soccer field, baseball field, softball field and tennis courts. As lead consultant, Landplan coordinated efforts to provide new synthetic turf surface on all fields and lighting for the football and soccer fields and tennis courts. Grandstands with seating for 4,000 and storage beneath were developed for the football field.

The Lawrence High School site had existing football field/track and eight tennis courts. Landplan Engineering worked with the School District to develop a new synthetic turf football field/track, softball field and soccer field. Lighting was added to all sports fields. Grandstands with seating for 4,000 and storage beneath were developed for the football field. The existing tennis courts were converted to new parking (350 stalls); an additional 600 stalls were also placed at the Lawrence High School site.

The third site, the location of the Lawrence Virtual School, had an existing area that was used for soccer practice and 45 parking stalls. Landplan developed plans that provided a full-size synthetic turf baseball field with lights and seating for 200 people and eight tennis courts with lights and seating for 200 people, along with 150 parking stalls and underground stormwater detention.


As an extension of Landplan Engineering's expertise in planning and design, we have been acknowledged as a leader in sports and recreational projects. This expertise is especially obvious in our designs of stadiums for football, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis. Our innovative designs to overcome accessibility issues and construction material concerns have clearly set our designs apart from others. Frequently, we recommend using a program management approach that is tailored to save the client money as well as time.