Turfs & Tracks & Courts (oh my!) – A study in project diversity

When you see the name Turf, Track & Court, you can imagine that is just a nifty, no-nonsense name for a company that deals with turfs, tracks and courts. Nothing super fancy, just the facts. But when you delve a little deeper, you’ll see that, obviously it makes perfect sense because those are indeed the surfaces we work with, but it’s kind of a glossing over what we actually do here. When people ask me what TTC does, I tend to dumb it down (a lot) because, really, what do we do? Well, not me personally. I’m just a(n occasional) blogger, and a do-whatever-anyone-tells-me-to-doer. But the people who are In The Know and Do The Things. What do they do?

In looking at the various projects here, it amazes me how we can go from this…

…to this

in just a few months??

Or I guess more specifically, from THIS

to that, although the planning to completion was a bit more than “a few months”!

Big Spring School District (“BSSD”) was looking to develop an open field near their middle school to create a track and field athletic facility. Among the items they wanted were a 400 meter running track, synthetic turf multi-purpose field, storage, access to the parking facilities and infrastructure planning, as well as lighting, drainage and grading. Multiple professionals were called in to ensure the project was done exactly how BSSD wanted it done. Sand samples and sand colors, paint colors, logos, track colors, door samples, fence samples, you name it and it’s been discussed back and forth between TTC, BSSD and the contractors doing the job (Horst Excavating and Pagoda Electrical). In the end (or near the end, anyway), it’s an amazing facility that BSSD will enjoy for years to come.

So there’s a sampling of the Turf & Track in the title, the Court comes from tennis courts, another thing I never really thought of until joining the TTC crew. Who maintains that and what does it take? Actually if we’re being honest, I never thought about tennis courts at all, but then I’m not a great or even good tennis player. Or even mediocre. But I digress.

We’ve (and by “we” I don’t even a little bit mean to imply “I”) done several projects with tennis courts and are currently working on Wyomissing Area School District’s. This was kind of a pickle because we needed to get various permits from the local governments, had to work out drainage improvement issues as well as cleaning up already existing tennis courts. I can really only show you the “during” but it’s quite a mess right now, working on the drainage and whatnot, so we’ll skip that and head on over to East Pennsboro School District until WASD is completed.

East Pennsboro is a really awesome looking tennis court. The colors they chose are outside the box which makes for excellent presentation.
Before

It’s a nice tennis court as far as tennis courts go. It’s green and reddish. The fence is ok.

After

WOW. Look at that beautiful orange! I personally think there needs to be more orange in the world. Being the exact opposite of green, it tends to balance things.

Spring Grove Area School District also did a great job choosing to think outside the box as far as court colors go.

The employees of TTC don’t actually do the hard labor involved, what the Smart Ones do is create what the school district or “owner” wants, put it on paper and work with construction companies to get precisely what the person, school, whomever, wants. From working with civil engineers, electricians, turf companies, fencing companies, the project is managed from start to finish by TTC. Sometimes it’s easier to say we’re the Middle Man or Liaison between the owner and the construction professionals, but it’s a lot more involved than that.

If you’re interested in talking to TTC about an upcoming project you’re considering, please give us a call at 717-312-3012 or send an email to info@turftrackandcourt.com. If you’re not quite ready to take that first step, we also have Qualifications Packages that skim over some of the fantastic work that’s been done by TTC over the past several years.

Next up: an overview of The Summer of 2017 for TTC.

 

Turf, Track & Court, LLC – who we are and what we do

Office, Sweet Office

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.

Professional Services

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.

Studies
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

Before:

After:

Wow, even the sky is cooperating to make this look even more stunning!

Dover Area School District Tennis Court Renovations

Before:

After:

The color combination Dover chose looks fantastic!

Spring-Ford Area School District Track Renovation

Before:

After:

The wear and tear was replaced with a sparkly new running track!

Maintenance Services

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

This could be hiding in your turf! Imagine falling on that? Also, Finders Keepers.

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,

Cleaning the field at Hempfield’s Georgelis Stadium.

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 info@turftrackandcourt.com.

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 101
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

G-Max Diagram

This is an example of what a report looks like, with a diagram of what work was done and the location, as well as the results of the G-Max impact tests and infill depth measurements.

Testing Units
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.