Rocky and Berenice Miller Park

Project Status: COMPLETED

Construction start: September 2014
Completion: April 2016

Project Description & Statistics

The old baseball stadium, located at 2750 Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL, was badly in need of upgrades: a field prone to flooding interrupted practices and games; the press box, concessions area and ticket booth were undersized; and there was no team clubhouse.
FGM Architects with associate architect, Populous, and Pepper Construction serving as Construction Manager collaborated closely with Northwestern’s Athletics Department in addressing the goals and challenges the project presented. The existing natural grass field was replaced with a synthetic turf system, and the extensive underground drainage system greatly improved the team’s ability to confidently schedule practices and games throughout the often rainy spring season. The existing concrete seating bowl was updated and expanded, including new seating. The freestanding ticket booth and concession stand, linked by new aluminum fencing with masonry piers, anchor the corners of a new public face for the ballpark. The elevator tower, providing access to the new press box structure, does double duty as a welcoming, vertical icon marking the main entrance plaza. A new clubhouse stretches along the third base line, providing a locker room, training rooms, support spaces, and a welcoming lounge space for current players and potential recruits and their families.Phase 1: Installation of a new synthetic turf playing field to replace the original grass field. The work includes substantial excavation to provide new, code compliant storm water detention.


Project Team

Project Management

Bonnie Humphrey, Director Facilities Design & Construction
Steven Matz, Project Manager

Architect, Engineers & Consultants

Architect: FGM Architects and Populous
Engineers: Terra Engineering, WMA Engineering, C.E. Anderson and Associates

General Contractor

Pepper Construction, Richard Mueller 847-381-2760

Contact Information

All inquiries should be directed to:

Steven Matz, Project Manager
Northwestern University
Facilities Design and Construction
2020 Ridge Ave., Suite 270
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-0681