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Beckman Field

Beckman Field started as a green field project, conceived by a wealthy donor and alumnus of the Estelline High School. CDI was involved in this project from the start with planning and budgeting. CDI also acted as the project manager on this project as all phases of the project were performed under separate contracts. In all there were 18 separate contracts for construction.


The scope of the project included construction of a football field, eight lane running track, and field event areas (high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus and shotput). Additional support facilities included a grandstand a press box, Daktronics scoreboard with an electronic timing system, sports lighting, irrigation, security and spectator fencing, parking, and a support building. The support building included concessions, restrooms, and general storage.


Design of the football field and track included a subsurface drainage system to convey surface water away from the field and track. All drainage outside of the track is conveyed by surface drainage to outside the perimeter of the site. The site lighting used was MUSCO Sports Lighting with special provisions for loudspeakers. 


Challenges of this project included coordination of all of the contractors during the construction process. Budget control was especially critical considering the number of contracts for construction. A special underground vault was constructed for irrigation/potable water valves and a pressure booster pump for the irrigation system. The subsurface consisted entirely of sugar sand making grade control challenging. Additional topsoil was placed on the field to ensure adequate depth for a root system on the football field. CDI was involved with additional construction in 2006 to construct facilities for pole vaulting and an extension of the long jump runway. 

Project Facts

Estelline High School

Estelline, SD