Your 2016 OSBA Questions Answered

Sportworks Field Design was pleased to participate in the OSBA Capital Conference last month. Not only do we often see dozens of past clients at the events, we love hearing directly from administrators, school board members and district staff about their questions, ideas and success stories. As field and court technology changes and becomes more advanced, each year we hear new questions. Since we know that when one person has a question, there are usually dozens more with the same concern, we thought we would share some of our most common questions and their answers. Below are a sampling: We…

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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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