When a squeeze doesn’t have to be a sacrifice

One of the biggest obstacles many of our clients face is a lack of space. Urban schools and older fields often suffer from this problem. Retaining walls and well-planned fencing can help several athletic facilities fit neatly next to each other, but sometimes it is still necessary to get creative. A carefully thought-out design can help ensure the owner doesn’t have to make too many sacrifices. Below are a few examples of recent projects where creative design helped the owner meet their goals. Wyoming High School Baseball Stadium When Wyoming decided to renovate their baseball stadium, there wasn’t enough room…

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Preparing for weather before a project begins

This past summer is every contractor’s worst nightmare. Rainstorm after rainstorm kept projects from moving forward. A delay on one project easily leads to a delay on the next. Weather is a big schedule risk on any type of project, but on any project that is outdoors, the risk is significantly increased. Recently, Sportworks Field Design worked with a local client on design plans for their stadium. The unusually heavy rain meant the contractor couldn’t start until a week after he initially planned. Once he started, they worked for a few days and then additional rain meant they had to…

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Choosing a track surface

Every project has a budget and no one wants to find out that they have spent too much. Whether the track is for a high school, college, or other type of sports facility, selecting a track surface can often mean balancing cost and quality to figure out which option is right for you. So what questions should you ask before laying a new track or replacing your track surface to make sure you get the most bang for your buck? It starts with your budget. There is a very large range of track surfaces and the most expensive options may…

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What information should a good concept plan include?

The first step in any successful project should be a concept plan. Done right, a good concept plan helps set the priorities for the project, gives owners a realistic picture about how money will be spent, and identifies potential obstacles—all before the specifications of the project are set. But depending on who you talk to, a concept plan can mean many different things and too often the result of the concept plan for a sports field or court doesn’t include the detail needed to fully consider all aspects of a project. Now don’t get us wrong, pictures of a project…

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Sportworks Adds G-MAX Testing

As concussions caused by sports injuries continue to gain attention, it becomes more and more important for synthetic field owners to complete regular maintenance to ensure that their field continues to be safe for their players. G-MAX Testing In November, Sportworks Field Design added G-MAX testing to its arsenal of field testing tools, allowing schools and other field owners to test the impact of the synthetic turf on players’ bodies and, more importantly, their heads. Some studies highlight ways a synthetic field can be safer for players than natural grass. But over time, as a field gets more and more…

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Roster Update

Sportworks Field Design is thrilled to announce the latest addition to our team lineup. Brad D’Agnillo, a former high school and collegiate athlete brings a players-perspective to our design team having hands on experience with synthetic surfaces and fields from across the country, both on and off the field. Brad’s lifelong love for athletics and his knowledge of design creates a welcomed synergy in the world of athletics and field design. Brad will incorporate his athletic experience into the design process, whether it be the overall layout and flow of an athletic facility to player-surface interaction and preference during competition….

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Field Expert Craig Honkomp Shares Head Games Documentary with Design Team

Recently, a lot of attention and concern has been placed on concussions and head injuries among athletes of all sorts, ranging from little league to professional players.  After attending a presentation by Chris Nowinski, writer of the featured book, and subsequently watching the film, Sportworks Field Design expert, Craig Honkomp came back to the office and shared the 2012 documentary Head Games with the design team.  ”As a person and a father, it was an emotional movie.  As a sports field designer, it was very educational, thought provoking and insightful.  If you have kids, or know kids that play in any sport; not just…

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Fayette County Public Schools Replaces Synthetic Turf at Two High School Fields

The synthetic turf athletic fields at Tates Creek High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, in the Fayette County Public School District in Lexington, Kentucky, had reached the end of their expected life. The district has faithfully performed annual ASTM Standard G-max testing, which had revealed that, as expected, the fields were hardening with age but still testing within safe standards. Tates Creek field exhibited symptoms of poor drainage, which was confirmed by ASTM Standard dual ring drainage testing that was conducted in February, 2013. After reviewing the test reports, the district determined that replacement of the synthetic turf on both fields and repair…

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Dublin City Schools Put Their Synthetic Turf Fields To The Test

Many high schools are moving away from the maintenance and limited use of natural turf fields and choosing synthetic turf.  One of the many benefits of a synthetic turf system is increased field availability during the rainy seasons of the year.  After a storm, many natural turf fields would not be available for use for days to allow the field to drain and dry.  A high performing synthetic turf drainage system will evacuate any water from the playing surface within minutes, providing safety and seemingly instant playability. High School staff at a Dublin City Schools campus outside of Columbus, Ohio, reported an issue with…

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Xavier University Soccer keeps the ball rolling

Cincinnati’s Xavier University has a long history of performance excellence. Last summer, this strive for quality was extended to the recently renovated synthetic turf soccer field. Sportworks Field Design assisted the University with monitoring the performance excellence of the field by conducting specific ASTM and FIFA designed standard tests. The results of the ball roll test, featured here, will be compared to test results from installation of the turf and each year following to determine the current performance. This information is essential to the University. Ball roll impacts the speed of play on the field and is an indicator of fiber…

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