The women’s softball team was in need of an indoor hitting facility for batting and infield practice.  Oates Associates was engaged to determine the feasibility of developing a facility to meet the requirements of the softball team, meet the campus standards and stay within the designated budget.  As a result, a new 12,000 square foot, pre-engineered building was designed constructed.

Now, the Cougars can prepare on campus and in any weather.  The facility features a full infield with bases, three pitching areas and batting cages.  Oates Associates collaborated with the softball team’s head coach to come up with a layout for the cages. The final layout consisted of a large netted cage, 80 feet long by 28 feet wide by 14 feet tall, which could be retracted to fully utilize the indoor practice infield. Additionally, the large cage was designed so that it could be divided into 4 smaller hitting cages, giving the team flexibility in their use of the space.

Work also included the construction of an access road, parking lot, and drainage.  Oates provided civil and structural engineering and architectural services.

Project Stats

Softball Practice Facility
Edwardsville, Illinois
Construction Cost: $885,000
Completion Date: 2012
Client: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville