Ripken Design and Fields, Inc. Installing Multi-Use Athletic Field at 160-Year-Old Mount De Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD

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Baltimore, Md. – Ripken Design and FIELDS, Inc. today announced plans to install a state-of-the-art synthetic field at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Maryland. The multi-use facility will feature hillside seating and accommodate all students through athletic competitions and physical education classes.

Ripken Design and FIELDS will work in tandem to design and construct the new 80,614-square-foot field, made of AstroTurf XPe synthetic turf. The primary use for the multi-purpose regulation field will be for soccer, lacrosse, softball and field hockey games, as well as physical education classes. The facility will also include a removable backstop for softball; a 200-meter track for increased flexibility, as well as a Mount de Sales Academy logo at midfield; bleacher seats accommodating more than 200 spectators; and a visitor’s plaza for school events.

“We are proud to be working with Mount de Sales Academy to create an innovative field that will help maximize student programming and athletic competition,” said Jim Arnold, Director of Projects at Ripken Design. “The high-quality playing surface will allow for year-round usage and is designed to keep maintenance needs to a minimum.”

The new facilities will serve all students through physical education classes, team competitions and intramural sports, while enabling more teams to utilize the field for practice space. The prior athletic field was constructed in 1981 and only served athletes participating in lacrosse and field hockey. The new facility will now serve all team sports at Mount de Sales Academy, including soccer; field hockey; lacrosse; and softball. The project also includes major landscaping surrounding the field, enhancing the overall beautification of the campus.

“We are honored to play a role in the creation of a state-of-the-art athletic centerpiece for such a historic school,” said FIELDS president and CEO, Brian Storm. “We are excited to have the opportunity to create such a versatile field that will provide Mount de Sales athletics with a facility they are proud to call home.”

“The new field project supports our mission, which is nurturing the “whole person,” said Sister Philip Joseph Davis, O.P., Director of Academy Advancement for Mount de Sales Academy. “Physical fitness, team competition, and school spirit are all encompassed in our responsibility to our students.”

The target completion date is August 2012, with a Dedication Ceremony set for the Academy’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 6.

The Anchored in Excellence; Charting our Future Capital Campaign for Mount de Sales Academy is a three-phase $15.5 campaign. Phase I brought in $5 million for the construction of a convent, HVAC for the 1852 building, and improved campus security. Phase II is a $1.5 million project for an artificial turf field and hillside stadium seating and Phase III will provide for the Performing Arts Building estimated at $9 million. For more information about Mount de Sales Academy fundraising efforts and how to get involved, please contact Sister Philip Joseph at or 443-636-2060.

About Ripken Design:

Ripken Design assists municipalities, ownership groups and investors with the design, management and development of unique complexes used for sports and other activities. Their experience, insight and perspective gives Ripken Design the ability to forge strong public/private partnerships maximizing the benefits for their clients and partners. Professional baseball wisdom, from both an executive and player perspective, provides Ripken Design a unique position in today’s marketplace that achieves the goals of builders. Ripken Design (RD) is a division of Ripken Baseball, the sales and marketing company based in Baltimore, Md. that represents all business and philanthropic efforts of National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr. and 12-year Major League Baseball veteran, Bill Ripken.

About FIELDS, Inc.:

FIELDS is a Sports General Contractor building sports fields of distinction. FIELDS work includes both collaborative design efforts with well know sports architects and also Design/Build projects where FIELDS is the head designer. FIELDS work consists of sports field construction, both natural grass and synthetic turf, sports lighting, decorative concrete and hardscaping, fencing, bleachers, and multi-use areas designed to enhance the fan experience. FIELDS is an award-winning company well known for its professional quality athletic field construction. Headed by principals with a combined 100+ years of industry experience, we apply our knowledge and creativity to every project we undertake. For more information, visit

About Mount De Sales Academy:

Since 1852, Mount de Sales has educated thousands of young women from Baltimore and beyond in a tradition of academic excellence within a vibrant Catholic community. Mount de Sales Academy forms young women in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales and in fidelity to the Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church through a college preparatory education that nurtures the whole person. Mount de Sales Academy has consecutively been named as one of Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America since the honor’s inception in 2004.

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