Babcock Street and Ashford Street

The three-acre site at the corner of Babcock Street and Ashford Street was selected for the development of an athletic field on a deck above parking, thanks to a $3 million pledge from Boston-based shoe manufacturer New Balance. The design allows for use by various field sports, but the playing surface is primarily intended to support the Women’s Field Hockey program for competition. The parking level accommodates 340 vehicles and the field level features bleacher-style seating that accommodates 500 people. Construction began in the summer of 2012 and was completed in August of 2013. While not LEED eligible, the project closely followed LEED guidelines. The field incorporates many sustainable features, including rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and storm water management.


parking spots


bleacher seats


acres of turf


gallons of rainwater used for irrigation


water cannons to wet field for regulation field hockey play

Project Team

Project Management: Beth Macaluso (Campus Planning & Operations)
Architect:CHA Architects
Construction Manager:Bond Bros., Inc.
Structural Engineer:Desman Associates