Category Archives: Sports Fields

BBS Designs School Athletic Complex

A view of the new track and athletic field. Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

The North Shore School District in Glen Head, N.Y., recently celebrated the official opening of its new athletic field, running track, and supporting facilities. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, served the district as architect and engineer for the project.  Savin Engineers provided construction management services. “We are delighted with our new track and stadium field, and look forward to supporting our students’ athletic development for years come,” said district Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick. “I would like to thank the … Continue reading

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Brock Pads Help Prevent Concussions

From the University of Oregon to Boston College, a growing number of NCAA schools have installed Brock PowerBase underneath their synthetic turf fields to help prevent brain injuries and keep student-athletes safe. Brock PowerBase has been proven to reduce G-max, the peak force of impact, which may reduce the risk and severity of concussion. “With escalating concerns about concussions, collegiate football programs are using the latest technological innovations in areas like shock pads to build state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields that … Continue reading

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New Guidelines For Turf Performance

The Synthetic Turf Council recently released “Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Performance.” These guidelines can help owners, buyers and designers to better understand the quality and performance of multi-purpose synthetic sports systems during design, selection, after installation and throughout its useful life. This is the first time guidance has been provided for multi-purpose sports fields. “This is a major development for the synthetic turf industry,” said Rick Doyle, president of the Synthetic Turf Council. “Our voluntary guidelines help answer many questions … Continue reading

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Light Up The Night

The strange thing about sports facilities–tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, soccer pitches, and others–is that we don’t often think of them as energy-hogging areas. And generally, they’re not, unless we’re talking about a professional-level stadium for baseball, football, etc., which has electronic scoreboards, P.A. systems, concessions, Wi-Fi, and more. In fact, the energy expended in a local or recreational-level facility is mainly that of the athletes. Unless the facilities are lit for night play, that is. While lighting can … Continue reading

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Natural Grass Or Synthetic Turf?

The good news is that you’re acquiring a new multi-sports field. The bad news is that your desk suddenly resembles a city skyline, with different stacks of brochures and catalogues advertising everything from seed to sod to synthetic turf to maintenance products you never knew existed. Welcome to the decision-making process. It’s nerve-wracking, especially since there’s probably been plenty of input (not all of it useful) from front-office management to end users who want to weigh in on what to … Continue reading

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