In this recurring Q&A series, Sasaki staff share what inspires them, what they are working on, and a bit about life outside the office. Today, say hello to Trey Sasser, senior associate and civil engineer sports facility designer in our Campus Studio!
Why do you do what you do?
I originally chose my alma mater, Clemson University in South Carolina, because of its great traditions in engineering and sports. While a student, I was a team manager for men's basketball team, and spent most of my time at Clemson in classes, at the coliseum, or in the athletic equipment room. Traveling with the team, I gained an understanding of the ins and outs of athletic facilities, both how they function and how they are used.
I was a team manager because I loved college basketball and wanted to be a part of the team, but never in a million years did I think that what I was learning would help me in the real world after college. My first project after beginning my career at Sasaki was a sports facility and now this is my passion.
What are you working on now?
DeSales University (Pennsylvania) Athletic Facilities
Boston College Field Hockey Field Northeastern University Track and Field Complex
Plymouth State University AllWell Center Phase 2
Middlebury College Fieldhouse
Iowa State University South Campus Land Use Analysis
In which research topics or concepts are you most interested?
Safety in sports surfaces. How can I help design a field that is safer for the user by decreasing concussions by applying research done by the Sports Legacy Institute?
Hideo Sasaki once said, "Contribution is the only value." What do you contribute?
Knowledge and love of sports.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Sassafras Springs in Maine. My family spends every weekend and two weeks up there between May and September. There have been many great gatherings of the extended family at the camp over the last 30 years, including my sister's wedding. My grandfather built all the beds and side tables in the camp over the years, and I continue that tradition of working with wood in the summer months. In preparation for the summer camp themed wedding, I created all of the table numbers and assignments from birch logs.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I designed a timber frame barn.
What's on your iPod?
I created a playlist called "Flying" that I began to listen to while traveling. The shuffle will touch on songs by Zac Brown Band, Fun, The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Every Friday, we listen to the Glee cast's version of "Friday" on the way to daycare as my daughter sings along. Her favorite requests during the week are "Jump Right In" and "Chicken Fried" by the Zach Brown Band.