Location: Indian Wells, California
Michael Baker International provided planning, environmental, engineering and construction support services for the 86 acre Garden of Champions Tennis Stadium Complex site located within the City of Indian Wells. The original design and construction of the facility was completed in 2000. Due to the client's tight schedule, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was fast-tracked and entitlements were obtained in eight months, a normal 12-month or longer process for a project of this size. Michael Baker was then contracted in 2013 to prepare on-site and off-site improvement plans for the $75 million dollar, 24 acre expansion which included a new 8,000 seat stadium, 1,800 additional parking spaces, new east gate and entry, media center, and a 19,000 square foot shade structure. The 110-acre tennis stadium complex includes the 16,000 seat center court stadium; the 8,000 seat stadium 2 with also includes three restaurants with court view seating, and a combined total of 41,485 seats within all of the 29 onsite courts. The site contains parking for over 13,000 vehicles. Services provided include planning, grading design, street design, pedestrian tunnels, drainage, water and wastewater design, mapping, traffic and noise analysis, and Environmental Impact Report preparation. The development plan includes: educational uses including High Tech High School; office research-and-development facilities; over 200 residential units; two resort hotels; parks, promenades, multi-use sports fields, open space for special events as well as natural habitat areas and waterfront bicycle, pedestrian and recreational trails; a non-profit arts-and-culture center housed in 22 historic buildings, and a pedestrian-friendly esplanade along the boat channel. Sustainable reuse of 300,000 tons of crushed concrete and 200,000 tons of pulverized asphalt were used in fill and road bases.