2024 Winner: Red Mountain Park Expansion

Red Mountain Park Expansion

Mesa, Arizona – Honor Award, Parks & Recreational Fields


Doug Macdonald, Aqua Engineering, Inc.


  • Red Mountain Park: a multi-phase sports complex in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Original goal: expansion with additional sports fields funded by a 2018 bond issue.
  • Features: six soccer fields, four softball fields, three little league baseball fields, park amenities, aquatic center, and a 7.7-acre lake.
  • Project goals: construction of up to ten lighted soccer fields, increasing irrigation capacity, and adding landscape improvements.
  • Plan includes constructing four new youth baseball/softball fields on undeveloped land.
  • Irrigation system master planning, water source development, and pumping system design.
  • Coordination with civil, structural, and electrical engineers for installation and interface of various components.
  • Collaboration with turfgrass engineering consultant for sprinkler layout and piping connections.
  • Coordination with General Contractor and City for Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery.
  • Calculation of peak season and annual water requirements for site landscape and park expansion.
  • Design of irrigation control system using City of Mesa standard cloud-based central control system.
  • Mainline piping network design based on computerized hydraulic modeling for cost-effective and efficient sizing.
  • Construction Observation services for water source and irrigation system elements.
  • Consultant was required to provide creative solutions for a variety of unique and unforeseen issues that were identified throughout the design and construction process, as described in the previous narrative.
  • Water Treatment Facility is federally regulated by Homeland Security, so any work done within the secured walls of the facility must be approved, and all workers must be screened and cleared for access.
  • Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery, requiring significant collaboration between consultant and contractor to maintain design integrity throughout ongoing value engineering process during project construction.