Students design Boilermaker baseball complex
How did engineering and baseball mix?
Patrick Jaschek: We like engineering and we like baseball, so when we put the two together, good things happened.
Was it fun designing a baseball complex? What were the particular challenges?
Jess Pounds: It was fun, for the most part. One of the main challenges was designing such a complex building with so many rooms and levels in such a short time period. The project taught me how to work well with a team to get such a large project done. It also taught me how much paper work can go into a project like this.
Nam Nguyen: The challenge was that I did not know baseball at all. I am from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The project helped me understand the sport better. Learning how to work in a team was also a challenge.
What makes your team’s design unique?
Jess Pounds: I think the most unique part of it is the family-friendly hill we put outside of right field. It’s a place where families can sit, kids can run around, and people can barbecue.
What were your individual responsibilities?
Nguyen: I focused on structural engineering.
Jaschek: I did the foundations, drainage stuff, and site considerations.
Pounds: I did a lot of the architectural design.
Rachel Lockhart: I focused on environmental and construction management.
Do you play baseball?
Jaschek: I did in high school. I was an outfielder.
Pounds: When I was little. I still like to play on the weekends.
Do you have a favorite ballpark?
Rachel Lockhart: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. It really has the “classic” baseball character that our group was striving for in this project. The nice view of the Gateway Arch isn’t a bad touch either.
Will you ever be able to go to a baseball game again without thinking about the design of the ballpark?
Pounds: I don’t think so. I already look closer at the ballparks I see on TV to see the details, how they are designed, and what is unique about them.
If you could design something else for Purdue, what would it be?
Nguyen: A civil engineering building.
Pounds: I’d love to work on more sports buildings.
Who would you name the complex after?
Jaschek: We’d name it the Vince Drnevich Stadium. (Drnevich, professor of civil engineering, was the faculty advisor for the project.)
Pounds: He was a great professor. He really taught us a lot.