Sportworks adds another member to the team

Sportworks Field Design is pleased to announce that Kayleigh Hammond recently joined The Kleingers Group’s division which focuses on a variety of sports design and engineering. Kayleigh joins the growing sports engineering division and will work in our West Chester, Ohio location alongside Craig Honkomp and Brad D’Agnillo. As part of her role, Kayleigh will support a strong team of sport engineering experts. Kayleigh has worked with the Sportworks team through several co-op terms. This co-op experience provided her the opportunity to work on several sport engineering projects, including the new Xenia Community Schools synthetic track, Batavia Schools tennis facility…

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10 Things to Consider When Planning a Sports Park

It’s not every day that an Owner takes on planning a 100+ acre sports park, but when the scenario arises, Sportworks Field Design brings proven experience to the team. Over the years, Sportworks has designed a number of large scale sports parks and have found that many of the same considerations tend to come up during our design process. We would like to share with you what to consider before you take on your sports park design. 1. Connect to Existing Community Assets Creating transportation linkages to other community resources such as, parks, schools, YMCA’s, and more will encourage participation at…

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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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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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Examining the Components of Synthetic Turf

Building a quality field is about finding the right mix of performance, durability, maintenance and safety all within your budget. No one wants to spend too much or alternatively, build a field that requires lots of maintenance and deteriorates quickly. Having designed nearly 100 synthetic turf fields, Sportworks often serves as a third-party turf consultant for our clients, helping them find the best mix of performance and durability within their budget. We have established relationships with a majority of synthetic turf manufacturers and installers, which gives us the ability to help keep our clients informed of the various products offered….

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Sportworks to present at OPRA: When does synthetic turf make sense for parks?

Synthetic turf has been gaining acceptance in a variety of sports facilities for over a decade. Incorporating synthetic turf in parks and recreational facilities is the next frontier for this alternative to natural grass. But does it make sense for your park? Kleingers (the parent company of Sportworks) will explore this topic at this weekend’s 2016 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Trade Show. Synthetic Turf used in New and Interesting Ways As synthetic turf improves in quality and becomes more and more popular for various sport fields, it has begun to become more popular for new and varied…

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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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