2024 Winner: San Francisco Giants Baseball Complex

San Francisco Giants Baseball Complex at Papago

Phoenix, Arizona – Honor Award, Parks & Recreational Fields


William Whitmore, Whitmore Consulting & Marvin Mills, Marvin Mills Irrigation Consulting


  • In 2016, Papago Baseball & Sports Complex became the year-round home for San Francisco Giants player development and training.
  • Lease agreement with City of Scottsdale and City of Phoenix for 35 years.
  • Chosen for proximity to Scottsdale Stadium, where Giants play cactus league games.
  • Located in Upper Sonoran Desert near Barns Butte/Papago Buttes.
  • Development constraints: two 404 jurisdictional ephemeral washes.
  • Possible buried Hohokam historic cultural resources required strict construction limits.
  • Continuous monitoring to report any uncovered/disturbed Hohokam historic cultural resources.
  • Conducted flow capacity and pressure modeling for existing and new irrigation points-of-connection.
  • Calculated peak season demand for various landscape types.
  • Planned irrigation system layout and equipment selection in consultation with Giants representatives.
  • Developed irrigation system routing based on hydraulic modeling.
  • Designed irrigation pumping system and integrated it with central control system.
  • Designed irrigation systems for sand-based and artificial turf sports fields, ornamental turf, trees, palms, shrubs, and accent urn planting.
  • Provided construction observation services for irrigation installation.
  • Coordinated with Civil, Mechanical (fire system), and Electrical Engineers during system development and design.
  • Collaborated with Site Development Landscape Architect and General Contractor for design coordination.
  • Accelerated site and baseball field design schedule to accommodate Giants’ player development programs.
  • Preliminary mainline routing plan for east fields, followed by final hydraulic modeling for entire mainline network.
  • Immediate revisions to sprinkler head layout during field construction to maintain even coverage.
  • Complete irrigation design overhaul for Field 5 after switch to artificial turf, including new cooling rotor system.
  • Modification of rotor head layouts and control valves for compatibility with two-wire control system.
  • Development of outfield sprinkler zoning and lateral layouts to maximize uniformity and address wear patterns, including coordination with fertilizer application.