3-D rendering of ballpark

Heritage Engineering is a company with an impressive resume, working on high-profile, high-dollar projects such as America Place in River Ridge, the trail projects in the city of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, and Bennett and Bloom Eye Centers. But the firm, which offers numerous engineering services including civil engineering, landscape architecture and land planning consulting, is also committed to working with the community to produce community-changing projects.

“Investing in the areas that we live and work in shows our commitment to the community,” said Heritage Engineering President Bob Woosley. “It allows us to be a part of building a stronger community. Investing in these kinds of projects reinforces community identity and sets the bar high for future projects,” he said.

New Albany Little League project

This project will transform the little league experience for kids and their families in the community of New Albany. Heritage Engineering recently embarked on this two-phase project with other community partners. Phase one of the project is a new 11-acre, seven-field complex situated within the 35-acre Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park.

Landscape designer Camille Hesen said her company wanted to make sure the New Albany Little League (NALL) complex would be a recognized element in the community and be able to host local and regional tournaments. “We were able to create a fantastic facility the community can use for various events.”

Night view of the park

The project began in December 2016 and was completed in the fall of 2017. Opening day for the new field is April 7, 2018. NALL President and local attorney Justin Endres said his three little-leaguers, aged 13, 11 and 5, can’t wait.

“The new complex has created a safe environment for little league kids to play and brought to fruition the wishes of many parents and citizens in our community, said Endres. “It’s something people have been seeking for more than 30 years.”

How Heritage Engineering helped

Heritage Engineering was an early participant in the 3 million-dollar, privately funded NALL ball park project, said Endres, and they went above and beyond to be helpful.

“We were still in the midst of fundraising, and Heritage provided renderings and a full-color layout at a fundraising dinner and a computer-animated flyover of what would be completed if we had the money to do it,” he said. “It was hugely important for donors to see a clear vision, and Heritage translated that into something people could see.”

Community donors stepped up to meet one-million dollars of the fundraising goal, and a two million-dollar signature gift from Baptist Health Floyd completed the campaign’s fundraising.

Endres said Heritage also lent their expertise to keep the project cost-efficient. “They helped us squeeze every dollar to make the most of what we have,” he said. “We’ve seen other communities who spend two to three times what we did, with no better facility than what we have.”

Park pavilian under construction

Phase two

The second phase of the New Albany project, ongoing improvements to Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park, is currently rounding down. These improvements, funded by Floyd County and the Floyd County Parks Board, will include a playground area, basketball court, and plaza area with stage pavilion and meeting building, and a new centralized maintenance garage. If funding permits, they also want to make a spray park area and fully accessible play area for children with special needs and sensory processing disorders.

For both phases of the project, Heritage Engineering partnered with a variety of clients, consultants and community entities to bring it to fruition. These included MAC Construction, another local company that gave back and donated time to the project, and the Floyd County Parks Department.

Camille noted that The New Albany Little League complex will benefit the city, with improved athletic fields that can host local, regional and national tournaments, bringing in tourist dollars.

“As a locally owned company, Heritage prides itself in looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Camille. “We were proud to be selected for the work and were able to donate a significant amount of our time to the NALL project. This facility will have a marvelous impact on the lives of young people. It will give the kids a sense of pride and a place to connect to within their community.”

What’s next?

Heritage Engineering is looking to add more great people to their team. Are you a civil engineer, landscape architect or land planning consultant that would like to work for a busy company that also gives back to the community? If so, please send your resume to [email protected].

Heritage Engineering would like to recognize the many other amazing and talented folks who contributed to  this project and helped make it happen.

 Floyd County Commissioners

Floyd County Park Board

NALL Little Board and Volunteers  

Floyd County Parks Department Volunteers and staff

Don Lopp, Director of Operations and County Planning

Roger Jeffers, Floyd County Parks Director

JTL Engineering

John G. Brinkworth, Inc.

Laughlin Millea Hillman Architecture, LLC

Lynn H Armstrong & Associates, PC

Temple and Temple Contracting

MAC Construction

Koetter Construction