Design Standard For Athletic Field Light Structures Coming   

Reston, Va.—The collapse of more than 12 light structures at athletic fields around the country over the past several years, and another 200 other sports lighting structures removed from service as a safety precaution, has prompted members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to examine these structures and create a new design standard for the industry.

The ASCE Athletic Field Lighting Structures Standard Committee was created in the fall of 2011 and is working to create a national consensus standard for the proper specification, design and system support of these structures.

Until a formal standard is finalized, the committee recommends the following measures:

  1. Design professionals should use the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaries and Traffic Signals, fifth edition 2009 with 2010  and 2011 interim revisions.
  2. Design should be made for a minimum life of 50 years and Fatigue Category I as it applies to the AASHTO Standard Specifications.
  3. Owners should be encouraged to develop routine scheduled inspection and maintenance programs and contact qualified inspection professionals if cracks or corrosion is observed.

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ASBA Publishes Updated Running Tracks Manual

Ellicott City, Md.–The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has published the seventh edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

The book is designed for anyone involved in building, maintaining, repairing or renovating any type of running track. It includes technical information on all aspects of tracks, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities and accessories and more. In addition, it includes diagrams, photos, governing bodies and sources for further information.

Copies can be purchased for $44.95 each can be ordered by contacting ASBA at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by visiting The book is also available instantly as a download.



I certainly enjoy reading your maintenance-related information as it appears in PRB. I do have a question/request and was wondering if you could provide sample info that I am looking for:

  • Would anyone have available a template/spreadsheet that would list long-term maintenance schedules with the cost estimates and timeframes for community centers, senior centers, sports centers, and aquatics complexes?

  • I am looking to compare/update our Aquatics Complex and the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual maintenance task/checklist. Would anyone have a task/checklist that I could review and compare to what we are currently doing at our complex?

Ron Collins

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There are basically two ways you can go on this: find a free source, or buy an off-the-shelf product. There are many options under both choices.

I did a quick internet search and found quite a few of each, such as Manager Plus, a computer program that allows you to document and track all your work orders and preventive maintenance. The advantage of this is it’s designed for exactly what you’re asking for, the “templates” are in the program; one disadvantage—it’s going to cost money.

There are quite a few free samples out there. Free is good, but the catch is that you have to do more work up front because it’s not nicely digitized like the more costly programs—however, you may be able to deal with that and in today’s economy, it might be your best bet.

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