Sportworks Design replaced Xavier University’s synthetic turf and top course of finish stone, conducted testing, and improved drainage around the west side of the soccer complex. Our team of sports engineers worked hand-in-hand with Xavier’s facilities staff to identify the root causes of the poor drainage along the field perimeter and the western 25% of the field itself. Additional trench drains were designed and installed in critical locations to catch the off-site water coming onto the field from the surrounding hillside. When removing the old synthetic turf field carpet, it became apparent that the underlying top course of the drainage stone was not draining water. We found that silty fines obstructed good drainage for the field. We decided to remove the top layer of fines (about 3″) and replace it with 3″ of number 8’s during construction.