Local architect selected to design Miracle FieldBy Emily Etheredge Published 6:55pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Barry Davis Architects P.C. in Clanton has been selected to design a baseball field in Hoover for children with special needs.
Barry Davis Architects director of business development Olivia Davis said her father Barry Davis has been in business for 25 years with two company locations, one in Clanton and one in Hoover.
Davis said the city of Hoover selected the firm to design a Miracle Field, a custom-designed baseball field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, equipped with wheelchair accessible dugouts and a flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.
The Miracle Field will serve the Miracle League that started in 1999 with the goal to provide those dealing with medical issues or disabilities to have the ability to play baseball.
Davis said the company was selected to design the Miracle Field due to a strong history of design service for the city of Hoover.
Davis said the Miracle Field will be Alabama’s 13th field and will be located at the Hoover East Sports Complex on Old Rocky Ridge Road.
Barry Davis Architects is a business owned by a disabled veteran during service and has projects at many locations including the Northside Fire Station and the Southside Fire Station in Clanton, Clanton City Hall, Chilton County Jail, Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the Galleria Mall, several Veterans Administration facilities, detention centers, health facilities and retail stores.
Barry Davis grew up in Clanton where he graduated from Chilton County High School in 1973. While in high school, he learned mechanical drafting and is a Vietnam veteran with a service-connected disability from having served in the Army as an airborne ranger.
Davis opened his firm in 1988 and said he continues to serve the military through architectural services.
Olivia Davis said her father takes pride in his service to the United States both on the front lines as a young man and now at the drawing board as an architect.
“At Barry Davis Architects, we firmly believe that architects by definition are generalists,” Davis said. “This allows our training and experience to provide the unique perspective and ability to address a wide variety of project types as well as the breadth of responsibilities required for all projects.”
Barry Davis said the firm is excited to design the baseball field and firmly believes in keeping as much business within the community as possible.
“We are proud to serve the city of Clanton and the city of Hoover with our designs,” Davis said.
Although an exact date on when the field will be open has yet to be determined, construction for the field in Hoover is set to begin in early summer.