Extending the life of your field

While a synthetic turf field and track system won’t last forever, some maintenance can help extend its life — anywhere from a few years to many more. Among other services, Sportworks Field Design works with several local school districts to evaluate the turf systems and tracks, giving recommendations on how much longer the owner has before the system needs to be replaced and if there is anything that can be done in the meantime to improve the quality of the field. Through a combination of Gmax testing, measuring infill depths, calculating the overall planarity of the field and microscopic photos…

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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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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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