Cap Timm Field renovations nearing completion

An image of what Cap Timm Field will look like once renovations are complete.

Courtesy of ISU Baseball Club

An image of what Cap Timm Field will look like once renovations are complete.

Jack Macdonald

A project started over three months ago is finally coming together for the ISU Baseball Club and a design studio class, which will showcase its work Saturday in a ceremony at Cap Timm Field.

A team of 42 students from the College of Design were enlisted to complete renovations to Cap Timm Field that have totaled nearly $55,000. ISU professors Bruce Bassler, architecture, and Harlen Groe, landscape architecture, have overseen the project.

“The ceremony is really just a nice way to show all of the hard work that we have done to the field,” said Taylor Danger, senior in architecture-professional design who worked on the project. “We got off to a slow start, but we really ended on a roll.”

Highlights of the project include a new backstop, dugouts, seating area, plaza entrance and Cap Timm Memorial. The memorial, arguably the most fascinating feature, will include a mural consisting of 22 poles that create a silhouette of Timm’s face when you look at it from a certain angle.

The 22 poles will represent each member of the Iowa State baseball team that won the conference championship and finished third at the College World Series in 1957. The athletic department is providing $25,000 to the mural and a wall that will highlight the program’s accomplishments before it was cut in 2001.

The other $30,000 provided by recreation service will go toward all other aspects of the field renovation.

In an interview with the Daily at the beginning of the project, Bassler said each project he has done has been unique in its own way. He added that the Cap Timm project has the most components to it compared to past projects.

Throughout the semester, Danger said the team has gained valuable experience and life lessons. One of the main experiences she noted was when someone would use a power tool for the first time. Danger said their eyes would just light up.

“It’s really neat to see the entire thing,” Danger said. “To look at it and say we built it, not someone else, is really cool. It gives us a sense of pride knowing we did it ourselves.”

The ribbon cutting will start at approximately 10 a.m., followed by a reception, lunch and a tour of the worksite. Cap Timm Field is located in the Southwest Athletic Complex.