Turf, Track & Court, LLC (TTC) was founded in 2010 by Landscape Architect Brian Bingeman, who discovered there was a real need for his area of expertise in Central Pennsylvania. Located in Hershey, PA, TTC is your one-stop shop for all things athletic facility related to the outdoors.
We provide three areas of specialized service: Professional, Maintenance and Testing.
TTC provides all required professional services for the planning and design of your athletic facilities projects. From existing facilities analysis to detailed construction document development, TTC is dedicated to providing creative, cost effective design services for all of your outdoor athletic facility needs.
TTC provides Facility Analysis and Feasibility Studies to identify all pertinent aspects of your project prior to the initiation of the design. Facility Analysis identify and document existing physical conditions, use patterns, spatial relations and maintenance procedures. Feasibility Studies outline and analyze all contributing factors and typically provide guidelines for the development of your athletic facility. Facility analytics and/or Feasibility Studies are generally prepared for new stadiums, stadium renovations as well as new or existing running tracks, tennis courts, multiple field complexes, etc.
Master planning / Design & Layout
Site planning is crucial to the maximization and functionality of your specific space. TTC’s planning process will identify all components of the facility, athletic venues, traffic patterns – both pedestrian and vehicular – parking needs, infrastructure requirements, environmental considerations, etc. The plan components will be assembled in a logical and practical layout which will lay the groundwork for the physical development of the athletic facility. Master Planning is a critical phase in the planning, design and construction of your athletic facility projects. The process will provide the most logical, cost effective, phased development plan.
Construction Drawings / Details / Specifications
Construction document preparation includes all aspects of the bidding process, contract negotiations, project conditions, specific construction requirements as well as concise plan drawings and detail required for the proper construction of your athletic facilities. Thorough construction documentation is imperative to educating the contractor of the parameters and specifications of the construction project. Written construction documents will be thoroughly prepared by TTC utilizing industry standard base documents tailored to each project’s needs. Plan drawings and details are prepared utilizing Auto CADD technology to identify specific tolerances and ensure dimensional requirements meet all of the governing body standards.
Examples of our awesome design work from 2016:
York Suburban School District Trojan Field Returf
Dover Area School District Tennis Court Renovations
Spring-Ford Area School District Track Renovation
Turf Maintenance 101
The synthetic infill turf industry has evolved over the past ten years, and so have the turf’s maintenance requirements. Contaminants of many forms find their way into the infill systems and detrimentally effect their integrity, which lessens the life of the turf. A typical grooming process redistributes contaminants throughout the
playing surface, rather than removing them. TTC’s service extracts field contaminants, de-compacts the infill and can potentially increase a new field’s usable life by 20-25%. Similar to panning for gold, only the opposite. The equipment used to maintain your turf’s life puts the gold (infill) back into the turf while removing the stones and other debris that could irreparably damage your investment.
Benefits of Turf Maintenance
• Removes hard, potentially dangerous contaminants (see above – ouch!)
• Extracts fine particles, such as pollen, dust and dander, as well as organic matter (ew), grass, leaves, hair and clothing fibers. (FYI, just because the sign says “No Dogs Allowed” doesn’t necessarily mean dogs are never on it)
• Grooms turf fibers vertical, thereby keeping the wear areas on the ends of the fibers and no on its sides.
TTC’s Turf Maintenance Services offer you a State of the Art deep cleaning, top dressing infill material, Seam/wrinkle repairs, field base repairs and line painting/graphics.
A few of the fields we maintain are: Alvernia University, HersheyPark Stadium, Derry Township School District, Daniel Boone Area School District,
Hempfield School District, State College Area School District, Spring Grove Area School District, Franklin & Marshall College, Elizabethtown College, Tulpehocken Area School District, Southern York County School District and many, many others.
Sounds like a good idea, right? Go ahead and give us a call or send an email to schedule a cleaning or for more information! 717-312-3012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saying “Astroturf” when referring to synthetic turf is like saying “Kleenex” when using tissues. It’s a brand of synthetic turf but it isn’t the ONLY brand.
G-Max Testing Services
G-Max testing of athletic fields, both natural and synthetic, measures specific shock-absorbing characteristics. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has set standards for testing procedures and safety limits. Initial testing will benchmark conditions, and subsequent annual testing will allow comparative analysis. Testing results will potentially identify maintenance needs as well as projected field life cycles.
Playing surfaces typically get compacted with use and require maintenance for maximization of use. Over use, combined with minimal maintenance, may create a less than desirable playing environment. Annual G-Max testing will provide documentation of surface hardness as well as a record of safety compliance.
Benefits of G-Max Testing
• Verification and documentation of surface G-Max readings and infill levels are within manufactures specification
• Monitoring athletic surfaces to document safe play standards as established by the ASTM
• Identification of “wear” areas that may require additional maintenance to extent field life
The Clegg Impact Tester is a professional instrument to determine hardness of predominantly natural playing surfaces. The principle behind the Clegg Impact Soil Tester is to obtain a measurement of the deceleration of a free-falling object from a set height onto a surface to determine hardness. The impact of the “hammer” (what was dropped) produces an electrical pulse, which is converted and displayed on the control unit in gravities, or “G-Max”. The lower the number, the better the surface.
DID YOU KNOW? The NFL requires all playing surfaces to be G-max tested prior to every game.
The Triax2010 is a device used to test the resiliency of synthetic playing surfaces. When properly configured and used by a trained operator (which we are!), the Triax2010 can be used to perform surface impact attenuation tests in accordance with the ASTM Standard Specifications. This system consists of a hand-held controller, a hemispherical head form and a support tripod. The operator will then drop the “missile” in several locations throughout the playing surface to test the resiliency and buoyancy of the surface area.
Protect your investments and give us a call today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the works for TTC:
YORK SUBURBAN STADIUM (TURF REPLACEMENT AT DICK MAY FIELD) – TTC previously managed the Trojan Field returf in 2016 (pictured above), and is now assisting the District in replacing the synthetic turf at Dick May Field, as well as making drainage improvements. Estimated completion late July 2017.
LEBANON SCHOOL DISTRICT (RUNNING TRACK RENOVATION) – Repair and resurfacing of synthetic running tracks, estimated completion late July 2017.
SPRING-FORD SCHOOL DISTRICT (MCNELLY STADIUM TURF REPLACEMENT) – Removal of synthetic turf and installation of new synthetic turf. Estimated completion August 2017.
BIG SPRING SCHOOL DISTRICT (TRACK & FIELD ATHLETIC FACILITIES) – starting fresh with site excavation, grading and drainage improvements for the installation of their new athletic facilities. Included with construction will be a new synthetic running track, as well as a new synthetic turf athletic field which will be used primarily for soccer and field hockey. Estimated completion August 2017.
Next Blog: We’re Parents, Too: G-Max testing – why it’s important and why you need it for your athletes.