BSSW Architects Complete Preliminary Designs for FSW Baseball and Softball Complex
FORT MYERS, Fla. – BSSW Architects has completed preliminary designs for the new Florida SouthWestern State College baseball and softball complex at the northwest corner of the FSW campus in Fort Myers.
The first phase includes the construction of adjacent turf baseball and softball fields, portable seating and batting cages, which allow the Buccaneers to play home games on campus beginning in the spring of 2023.
When future phases are completed, the ballpark will have covered seating for 586 Buccaneers fans, while the softball field will accommodate 311 people under cover. Both pitches will be equipped with stadium quality lighting. The baseball and softball teams will share a locker room and practice facility, which also includes public restrooms and concessions. The complex will include a press box and the overall design incorporates FSW’s signature school colors of aqua and purple.
FSW competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Suncoast Conference.
“When complete, FSW will have one of the best baseball and softball facilities on campus in all divisions of college athletics in Florida – NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA,” said BSSW Vice President Kevin Williams, AIA, NCARB. “FSW student-athletes will be able to train and play in state-of-the-art facilities just steps from their residence halls and college buildings, while fans will appreciate the first-class amenities and covered seating that will make Bucs games THE place to be. to watch the action every spring.”
The FSW softball team has won two consecutive NJCAA national championships, while the baseball team has won three consecutive Suncoast Conference regular season championships. Since the programs relaunched seven years ago, both teams have played their home games at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers.
“It has been my priority to continue to improve the student life experience here on campus,” said FSW President Jeff Allbritten. “By building this facility, we continue to provide our students with extracurricular opportunities on campus at world-class athletic venues.”
The design of sports facilities is one of BSSW’s areas of experience. The company recently completed its final designs for a large-scale renovation of the Tom Golisano Field House, home to the Ave Maria University men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams, as well as sports medicine and strength and conditioning programs. The company has also designed gymnasiums and sports complexes for Marathon, Gateway High School and Bonita Springs High School.
Williams is the BSSW director in charge of the FSW project and Bryan Lee is the project manager. Johnson Engineering provides civil engineering services and Skanska is the general contractor.
Phase I of the FSW project is expected to be completed before the spring 2023 baseball and softball seasons. Future phases will include the grandstands, press boxes and adjacent multi-purpose building.