For Architects


An Irrigation Consultant’s role in an overall architect involvement is in a support role to bring the architect’s plan to fruition. Through establishing design parameters to final plans and specifications, the goal is to meet the client and architect’s objectives both from an architectural and grassing concepts to the goal of meeting established budgets as well.



Phase 1: Site Study

The site study begins with a thorough examination and evaluation of a new site or the existing irrigation system as it relates to the present agronomic condition of the golf course. This determines the the design process. Recommendations, along with a preliminary budget will be presented.

The site study will provide a detailed evaluation of the following system components:

  • Sprinkler coverage and spacing

  • Hydraulics and piping

  • Control system and water windows

  • Power requirements

  • Pumping station and structures

  • Water source, quality, and alternatives


Phase 2: Design

When site parameters and budget considerations are clearly defined, the design process begins. A complete irrigation system is designed for the purpose of bidding and construction.

Preliminary Design:

The preliminary design will provide an irrigation layout representing color coverage plans, a mechanical irrigation plan, and detailed cost estimates. Key components of the preliminary design include:

  • Sprinkler head layout

    • Type of head spacing and effective coverage

  • Pipe routing

  • Pumping station

  • Equipment

    • Sprinkler heads and control system

Final Design:

The final design provides the construction documents formulated from owner review of the preliminary design.
Mechanical, electrical, pump station, and detail sheets are provided and include the following:

  • Sprinkler head layout

  • Controller

  • Pump station - detail

    • Inlet, Wet wells, & Pump pad

  • Construction cost estimates

    • Electrical

      • Power and communication to field

    • Specification and bid forms

      • Pump house schematic (optional)

Review a Final Plan:

Phase 3: Bidding & Selection

The purpose of this phase is to assist in contractor selection for installation purposes. Our experience allows us to negotiate and provide the best product, the best contractor, and the best price.

Bidding and selection include:

  • Distribution of irrigation plans and specifications

  • Assistance in pre-bid meetings

  • Addenda

  • Assistance in evaluation of bid proposals and selection of contract

  • Recommendations and negotiations


Phase 4: Construction

The role of irrigation consultant is to turn the final design into a tangible process. This includes adapting to everything from architectural field changes to underground site condition changes.

The scope of the construction phase consists of the following:

  • Assistance in pre-construction conference

  • Assistance in procurement of material and pump station

  • Staking

    • Flag actual sprinkler head locations and provide “as-staked” drawing to contractor for construction

  • Observations

    • Change orders, field changes, installation techniques, and more

Phase 5: As-Builts & Water Programming

The ability to record and formulate as-built drawings and to program the initial irrigation scheduling and programming become integral parts of the consultant’s role. The ultimate result is to provide the owner with accurate and thorough documentation and complete satisfaction.

Prepare record drawings and as-build documents to include:

  • Irrigation system specifics

  • Individual controller sheets

  • Mechanical, electrical, and combined as-builts

  • Program disk

  • Combined overall as-build drawing (color)

Prepare GPS record drawings to include:

  • Record Drawing and as-built binder to include:

    • Irrigation system specifics

    • Mechanical, electrical, and combined as-builts

    • Program disk

    • Combined overall as-built drawing (color)

  • Provide GPS Record Drawings

    • GPS Collection

      • Generate Record Drawings during the construction phase of the project. 

      • GPS Equipment Use

        • To ensure best possible accuracy (typically sub-centimeter). GPS data shall be gathered by differential measurement with Survey Grade equipment.

Programming to include:

  • Initial Database Development

  • Following data defined for each station:

    • A station name consisting of a minimum of the Hole Number and Turf Type

    • Proper program selected

    • Correct Nozzle and number of heads

    • Correct sprinkler pressure, arc, pattern and typical spacing

  • A Computer Generated Hydraulic System Configuration, based on actual piping structure from the GPS Record Drawing

  • Map representation of site to include:

    • Sprinklers, Piping, Wire Splices, Isolation valves, Vegetation lines

      Electrical lines, Cart paths, Pump house, Maintenance facility

  • CAD Work

    • The GPS data will be converted into the appropriate coordinate system and imported into an AutoCAD drawing. 

    • All critical irrigation non-sprinkler head components (valves, drains, splice boxes) shall be dimensioned to at least 2 triangulated points 

  • Final Product/Deliverables

    • The final record drawings will consist of a hydraulic plan, electrical plan, and programming plan to include both station identification and area tags. 

    • Provided Square footages of all primary turf areas

    • Provide individual hole sprinkler yardages


Phase 6: Aerial Imaging & Topography Maps

The ability to produce a scaled aerial image and topography map either before or after construction is a key component to a successful project.

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Testimonial:

We thank you very much for the extremely professional experience that was had by all here at the club. We work with hundreds of vendors and it is very difficult to find a handful that actually do what they say and go about their business professionally. Your two teams are the exception. From inception to completion (even into the future) both of you and your employees were a pleasure to work with. There is a reason you both are the “best in the business” and it’s clear why that consideration has taken place!
— Frank Leahy, General Manager at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club
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