Olsson Associates is proud to be part of the team that brought one of the world’s most popular sports to Overland Park, Kansas. The City of Overland Park selected Olsson to perform civil site and environmental services for construction of a new soccer complex that consists of 12 lighted, regulation-size, synthetic-turf fields, three cafes, and a 16,000-square-foot field house.
The fields are broken into three pods with a stream corridor that splits the pods. The complex’s overall layout was designed to work in harmony with the environment by preserving existing stream vegetation, enhancing the natural corridor for wildlife habitat, and protecting water quality.
The fields are not the only green feature in this complex. "Green” best management practices are used through bioswales and a rain garden with native plantings. Both were installed to remove pollutants found in stormwater runoff, to reduce erosion, and to minimize frequent flooding. Water quality storm drainage structures were installed as large underground filters to remove and store pollutants found in parking lots. Some of the stormwater runoff is directed to ponds at a nearby golf course and reused to irrigate the course and green spaces.
The 96-acre facility, which opened in September 2009, is the country’s largest complex with synthetic turf and lights. It hosts a variety of local, regional, and national tournaments, as well as recreational leagues. This $36 million world-class facility delivers an unforgettable experience for both players and spectators alike.
In June of 2012, Livability.com rated the Overland Park Soccer Complex the No. 1 soccer facility in the nation.