Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission
Prior to development, the site was considered a brownfield with known soil contaminations (PCBs). The industrial site had sat vacant for many years in the once vibrant Seven Oaks commercial business district. KBS worked closely with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to devise a plan that would allow this site to be reclaimed for safe, public, recreation.
Location of PCBs were delineated with high visibility demarcation fabric and then covered with a minimum of 1 foot of soil. KBS creatively incorporated the need for fill dirt with the projects overall design. By recessing two tournament level sports fields, the necessary fill was generated to cover the contaminated soils. KBS balanced cut and fill volumes across the site to reduce overall construction cost. The recessed fields provide an elevated views for spectators. The site boasts six soccer fields, 10 tennis courts, and pro shop, boating access to the Saluda River, concessions, park office, control access, and maintenance building. The first tournament held at Saluda Shoals was the US Quidditch Cup with attracted over 5,000 people and generated $850,000 in local spending, according to data from the Columbia regional sports Council.