Florida Citrus Bowl Underfield Drainage System
RS&H evaluated and developed a repair plan for the underfield drainage system at the Florida Citrus Bowl, as part of a Continuing Stormwater and Engineering Design Contract with the City of Orlando. RS&H saved the city approximately $500,000 by recommending the existing system be repaired and reused rather than replaced with new pipes.
To complete the assessment, RS&H performed a geotechnical evaluation of the playing field and used video to inspect the underfield and perimeter drainage pipes. Based on the data collected, RS&H recommended a repair plan for the underfield drainage system and replacement of the natural turf playing surface with artificial turf, which eliminates the need for fertilizers and irrigation.
Repairs to the underfield drainage system and replacement of the playing field needed to be completed between scheduled events at the Citrus Bowl, leaving only two to three months for construction. RS&H worked with the city to complete the inspection and repair and obtained permit exemptions from the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The team also used video to inspect the repairs to the pipes once completed.