Pacific's Holce Courts Recognized with Prestigious Design Award

Pacific's Holce Courts Recognized with Prestigious Design Award
Winner of American Sports Builders Association Distinguished Facility Award

Courtesy: Pacific Athletics

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific University's new Thomas Holce Tennis Courts has been honored as one of the top new outdoor tennis facilities in the United States by one of the nation's leading athletics facilities builders organizations.

The University and its partners in the Holce Courts project received the 2009 Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility award by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA).  The award was presented by the organization at their December technical meetings, which were held in Savannah, Ga.

The Holce Courts was one of 18 outdoor court projects recognized this year by the ASBA, and the only one that features both fully outdoor courts and covered courts.

"I am truly excited to see the Holce Courts recognized as one of the best facilities of its kind in the nation," said Pacific Director of Athletics Ken Schumann.  "With the help of our construction partners, Pacific has succeeded in completing a first class tennis facility that is functional year round, pleasing to the eyes and along the caliber of many tennis clubs.  We look forward to providing this facility for our varsity teams and the larger Pacific community for years to come."

Lease Crutcher Lewis was the general contractor on the project and Atlas Track & Tennis of Tualatin assisted in the design the six-court facility, which is located on the northwest corner of campus at the intersection of University Ave. and Cedar St., and replaced the former Holce Courts which were located where Gilbert Hall now stands.

"The tennis facility at Pacific University stands out among the best facilities in the Pacific Northwest," said Bob Lundgren, vice president of tennis at Atlas Track & Tennis and the lead designer on the project.  "The school, the students and the community will benefit for years to come from the investment the University has made to grow the sport of tennis in our area."

A select panel of ASBA members judged entries for the organization's distinguished facilities award program. Projects were scored individually based on layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation and overall impression.  Winning entries had cumulative scores that either met of exceeded the panel's standard.

Lease Crutcher Lewis constructed the covering over the three south courts and provided the primary design work for the project. Atlas Track & Tennis assisted in the design as well as providing the fencing, surfacing, equipment and windscreens for the project. Pihl Excavating prepared the ground and paved the asphalt pad.

The Holce Tennis Courts, named for longtime Pacific Board of Trustees member Thomas Holce, were dedicated in September. The Pacific men's and women's tennis teams played their first varsity matches on the courts in February after two years of practice and competition at off-site facilities.

Founded In 1965, the American Sports Builders Association is a national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, synthetic turf fields, indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces.  It is recognized as a centralized source for technical information, including consumer-oriented information.  For more information on the ASBA, please visit
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