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Volume 4 • Issue 11 Publisher Oser-Bentley Custom Publishers, LLC. a division of Oser Communications Group Senior Editor Karrie Welborn Associate Editor Carrie Bui Art Director Valerie Wilson Graphic Designer Yasmine Brown

ore than ever, top notch facilities are vital to the health and viability of a college football program. Without modern facilities your recruiting efforts fall behind your competition, and your present players may not be able to achieve their full potential. When we decided to upgrade our practice facilities here at The University of Arizona, we decided that FieldTurf was the best option for performance. We have had the opportunity to use a FieldTurf surface for practices over the past two years at a site off campus. We were all impressed with the quality of the field and the fact that no matter what the weather, we could get the most out of our practice time. We did research into all of the available products on the market and decided on FieldTurf, based on their experience and reputation. As the Arizona Wildcat Football program continues to grow and excel, FieldTurf will help us to be the best we can be. When our players step onto the practice field they will know, come rain or shine, that they will have a solid and sound field to work on to prepare and grow athletically. Recruits will know that we want only the best for them. After our trip to the Holiday Bowl in December 2009, our second consecutive bowl appearance, we knew that to keep achieving success we would need to modernize and keep reaching higher. FieldTurf is one of our partners on that journey.


Contributing Writers Chris Bonney Project Manager Jason Smollett

Athletic Facility Design magazine is a resource for architects, engineers, consultants, athletic directors, stadium managers, school district administrators, as well as owners and developers of payfor-play recreational facilities. Designed to feature synthetic turf innovations and installations, Athletic Facility Design seeks to educate and inform those influencing the construction, renovation, and maintenance of athletic facilities.

Athletic Facility Design is published by OserBentley Custom Publishers, LLC, a division of Oser Communications Group, Inc., 1877 N. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ 85715. Phone (520) 721-1300, fax (520) 721-6300, Oser-Bentley Custom Publishers, LLC specializes in creating and publishing custom magazines. Editorial comments: Karrie Welborn, Please call or fax for a new subscription, change of address, or single copy. This publication may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written permission of Oser-Bentley Custom Publishers, LLC. To advertise in an upcoming issue of this publication, please contact us at (520) 721-1300 or visit us on the web at July 2010

Mike Stoops Head Football Coach The University of Arizona

Inside This Issue 4 Only the Best for Villanova

7 Securing Safety with Science

The Villanova Wildcats are excited that the upgrade to their field is a FieldTurf surface.

Dr. Michael C. Meyers’ research shows that the advanced safety features of FieldTurf fields results in fewer injuries than on natural grass.

5 Artificial Turf with REAL Benefits The clear advantage of FieldTurf in plain numbers, a cost analysis.

6 Beynon Sports Launches New PolyTurf SP System With Beynon’s new PolyTurf SP system, facility managers have greater flexibility in what they can purchase.

10 Innovative Solutions Tarkett Sports offers five different flooring options (Omnisports, ClutchCourt, Ecopure, Dropzone and Resicore) giving flexibility of choice to facility managers.

12 Purchasing Made Easy The Cooperative Purchasing Division of Atlas Track & Tennis provides help to customers seeking the best and most cost-effective athletic field purchase for their budget.

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Duraspine PRO, with its new, patented polymer, is the most innovative fiber available for optimal playability. Each blade of Duraspine PRO features a single spine and is 50 percent softer than previous blades. Duraspine PRO has the strongest wear resistance and pile recovery possible.

Only the Best Villanova chooses Duraspine PRO By Karrie Welborn illanova Stadium is getting another facelift, (it’s had one or two since 1927 when it was first built). This time it is with FieldTurf, and in particular, with FieldTurf’s newly launched Duraspine PRO. The product, released in February 2010, already has strong supporters. The stadium has had synthetic turf of one kind or another since 1992, but never FieldTurf, and the Wildcats are excited that it has now been chosen, and they will be playing on it this season. Mick Keelan, Associate AD/Facilities & Operations, said the college researched all the options available but kept coming back to FieldTurf because the quality of the company, their products and their services were evident many times over. Keelan explained that the Villanova stadium is multi-use—football, lacrosse and field hockey are played on it regularly. “Duraspine PRO,” he said, “offered the greatest versatility for use and fit the budget. It was our first choice.” The first football game to be played on the Duraspine PRO will be against the Towson University Tigers on September 18, 2010. Villanova was not the first to announce they were going to resurface a field with this


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next-generation turf. The New England Patriots and Sacramento State College have both announced the installation of Duraspine PRO. For the Patriots, this is their second FieldTurf surface, an upgrade that will continue to help attract many international FIFA-sanctioned soccer games and also lacrosse championships. NFL Hall of Famer, Villanova Alumnus, and FieldTurf Spokesman Howie Long weighed in on the Villanova Stadium announcement. “I'm excited that my fellow Wildcats will be playing on FieldTurf. Like Villanova’s athletic programs FieldTurf strives to be the best and has proven to be the leader in safety innovation for artificial turf surfaces. I’m proud to be associated with both FieldTurf and Villanova and I know Nova’s decision to upgrade their playing surfaces will pay dividends for many years to come.”

Duraspine PRO is created with the latest in turf technology, including built-in safety characteristics for the players, and is soft to the touch. An added benefit, using Duraspine PRO can contribute numerous credits towards LEED certification. Although Villanova had not previously used FieldTurf for the stadium field, they were already familiar with the company. Villanova purchased a running track in 2007—a Beynon BSS 1000 tuned, embedded track. The Big East Conference Championships were run on the Villanova track in 2008 and 2009. “All involved,” said Keelan, “loved the track.” With a new surface for football, field hockey and lacrosse, as well as an already established winning track by Beynon, Villanova is in the upper echelon of college athletic best bets. ♦

N o ta b l e D u r a s p i n e P R O I n s ta l l at i o n s Gillette Stadium — New England Patriots & New England Revolution Hornet Stadium — Sacramento State Bobcat Stadium — Texas State War Memorial Stadium Commonwealth Stadium — Edmonton Eskimos Jimenez Football Practice Field — University of Arizona


Artificial Turf with REAL Benefits A FieldTurf cost analysis By Michael Hainsey nitially, only those who couldn’t grow grass, mainly indoor facilities, used artificial turf. Turf was not affordable for most and therefore adoption was limited. The extent of injuries incurred on the original artificial surfaces wasn’t anticipated and artificial turf was something to be avoided. The very phrase conjured up images of carpet and concrete, non-contact injuries, and careers ended prematurely. It wasn’t until the improvements made by FieldTurf that the demand for artificial surfaces took off. FieldTurf developed a grass-like surface that reduced the risks of injuries in high-contact sports. FieldTurf represents the best of both worlds; economics in managing the maintenance of the field and providing a product that delivers superior safety for the participants to any playing surface, natural or artificial. Development of the patented FieldTurf system included years of trials, tests, samples, equipment innovations and advanced formulas—all with the goal of developing an artificial turf system that combined the performance properties of natural grass with the benefits of a synthetic solution. It worked. Many current FieldTurf field owners selected the world’s most trusted turf system despite low-ball offers of almost $100,000 less from other artificial turf companies. Why are they so happy with FieldTurf and spending more? Because they did their research and opted for the long-term durability and consistency that only the FieldTurf system can bring to their programs. Years after installing FieldTurf, these clients are not only thrilled with their purchase but many have enjoyed a very significant return on their investment. ♦


Borough of Fairlawn, N.J.

FieldTurf vs. Natural Grass FieldTurf may be priced slightly higher than natural or artificial alternatives but it costs significantly less. The following comparisons and conclusions have been derived from industry data on thousands of artificial turf and natural grass fields across North America over the last 10 years. Natural Grass


Base Preparation




$2.75 per sq ft = $220,000

$5.00 per sq ft = $400,000


$20,000 x 10 yrs = $200,000

$5,000 x 10 yrs = $50,000




Scheduling Possibilities

25 hrs x 25 wks x 10 yrs = 6,250 hrs

68 hrs x 44 wks x 10 yrs = 29,920 hrs

Average Cost Per Hours of Use




FieldTurf vs. Competing Artificial Systems As the years go by, the FieldTurf system will not only be safer and play more consistently, but will need less maintenance and will last much longer than competing systems. FieldTurf fields have been in the ground for over 10 years of consistent play, season after season. Competition


Base Preparation




$4.00 per sq ft = $320,000

$5.00 per sq ft = $400.000


$10,000 x 7 yrs = $70,000

5,000 x 9 yrs = $45,000

Total Cost



Turf Life

6–8 years

8–10 years

Average cost per Year




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Beynon Sports Launches New PolyTurf SP System The Ultimate in Flexibility for Facility Managers By Carrie Bui

McQuaid Fieldhouse, N.Y.

n 2010, Beynon Sports announced the release of its latest innovation, the PolyTurf SP system. This new athletic surfacing system features Beynon’s smooth polyurethane texture with no spike restrictions. “This system is ideal for large field houses and gymnasiums that want to have a surrounding indoor track and field system, such as our BSS 1000 with Hobart or Encapsulated Texture, and do not want to limit the balance of the facility to non-spike footwear,” said Drew Beynon, Vice President of Beynon Sports Surfaces. “This product gives facility managers the flexibility they desire.” The PolyTurf SP system features Beypur 500, which provides a spike-resistant polyurethane wear coat to the surface’s elastic base. The new system removes the spike restrictions of the previous PolyTurf and PolyTurf Plus systems, creating a more multi-purpose athletic surface. The floor is completely seamless, offering a consistent feeling throughout that is easy to


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maintain. Prior to market release, the system underwent rigorous research and development and testing in order to ensure that the surface met and exceeded DIN and ASTM athletic surfacing requirements. “All of the PolyTurf SP components and the finished surface were tested using the latest testing machines and procedures for the highest performance and weather resistance in the industry,” said Beynon. “These advanced testing methodologies and equipment allowed Beynon Sports to develop a surface ideal for multiple functional uses and delayed wear characteristics.” Beynon Sports strives to use environmentally friendly materials within their athletic surfaces. The company’s surfaces have no heavy metals, are mercury-free, and use natural polyols and renewable resources. Beynon’s surfaces are designed to exceed volatile organic compound regulations, and many of their coatings do not use additional, harmful chemicals or solvents.

The PolyTurf SP system exceeds all VOC regulations. This new surface features a water-based coating that is odorless and solvent-free. Beynon’s association with the United States Green Building Council, American Standard Testing Methods, Federal Society of Coatings Technology and the American Chemical Society keeps Beynon products on the cutting edge of technology and renewable sources in athletic surfacing. Beynon Sports Surfaces is a leader in the design, manufacturing and installation of outdoor track and field and indoor gymnasium polyurethane surfaces. Beynon surfaces provide more resilience and return on energy, allowing athletes to train daily without risk of injury. They are completely seamless, customizable and can be resurfaced at a reasonable cost in order to extend the product’s lifecycle. Beynon has contracting partners across the globe in North America, Canada, Mexico and Southeast Asia. ♦


University of Texas

Securing Safety with Science Allowing athletes to maximize their abilities By Chris Bonney here are a great number of factors that go into making the very serious decision regarding which surface to play on. Throughout the majority of sports history, there have been little to no options. The decision was made by the lack of technology. The only playing surface available was natural grass. That is, until the 1970s when Astroturf burst on to the scene. For more than 30 years the argument as to what the best alternative is, has been ongoing—and the debate continues to rage today. With the advances in technology, FieldTurf is now the surface most challenging to the old norm, natural grass. The debate has remained constant. The main argument circles


around potential injuries. It is generally thought by many athletes and coaches that natural grass is the safest surface. On the football field, under normal weather conditions, natural grass is preferred over Astroturf by athletes all over the world. When Astroturf was, for all intents and purposes, a synthetic surface that quickly became unpopular with athletes and athletic administrators concerned about safety, the sports community took a natural step back. Many people decided to fall back on what they knew, and in the world of sports, that was playing on a grass surface. While that may have been the dominant thought in the athletic community, it is not, according to one leading researcher, what science says. Athletic Facility Design | 7


Dr. Michael C. Meyers is an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. According to Dr. Meyers, scientific results are starting to indicate that in the case of FieldTurf playing surfaces versus natural grass, injuries are occurring at a higher rate on grass as opposed to FieldTurf. “We found more severe injuries—we are talking about 22 days of time loss or more. We found a greater number of head and neurotrauma, a greater amount of concussions, and we also found a greater number of ligament injuries reported on natural grass,” Dr. Meyers said of his landmark high school study. In addition to the high school study, Dr. Meyers performed a similar study at the collegiate level and the results showed that the level of competition didn't matter, the playing surface did. “The collegiate study and the high school study are similar in many ways,” said Dr. Meyers. “They both come to the end result of FieldTurf being a safer and more stable playing surface.” The reasons for the difference in injury statistics between natural grass and FieldTurf may not be readily noticeable to a layperson, but for Dr. Meyers, the reason for the disparity was clear. “Well that’s easy,” said the professor. “FieldTurf is a more consistent playing surface. You have all types of breeds of grass, all different and always changing weather conditions, and you have all of these fields at high schools that are multi-purpose and multi-use facilities. The band plays on them, soccer is played on them and all kinds of activities other than football are taking place on the same surface. Many of these places can’t afford to pay to maintain natural grass as much as it needs to be in order to remain a more consistent playing surface.” Even knowing all of the factors, many athletes, coaches and athletic trainers still prefer natural grass to FieldTurf or other surfaces. That kind of thinking, warned Dr. Meyers, can lead to

incorrect decision-making. “After looking at all the different synthetic turf providers available, we felt FieldTurf was the best choice. FieldTurf’s commitment to player performance and safety was a major factor in our decision.” said Houston Nutt, Head Football Coach, University of Mississippi. Butch Ford, Head Football Coach at Celina High School in Celina, Texas stated, “FieldTurf is a tremendous asset to our football program. We practice on it daily. We believe we have fewer injuries. It is a great surface that is both useable and safe.” Dr. Meyers added that NFL players are taking notice, and that attitudes at the collegiate level are changing as well. More than 60 top NCAA universities currently play their home games on FieldTurf. Twenty-one of the NFL’s 32 teams have chosen FieldTurf for their stadiums and/or practice facilities. “The NFL Players Association released their bi-annual ranking of NFL stadium fields during the January 2009 press conference in Tampa prior to the Super Bowl. In polling/voting of more than 1,500 NFL players, 40 percent of the leagues’ Top Ten surfaces were FieldTurf fields. In addition, four of the top five and eight of the top 10 artificial turf fields in the league are FieldTurf, according to the NFLPA data. Coaches and trainers, however, may still be mired in the artificial turf problems of the ’70s and ’80s. “They are not looking at the statistics and the research. The medical community has also taken notice based on these two studies,” he said. “People need to change the way they think about this issue.” Changing minds regarding health considerations is difficult though, and the toughest thing is getting the results of the studies out to the right people—those who have the influence to make changes. “You have to change them one at a time and show them the data,” Dr. Meyers explained. “I know a guy, an athlete, who hates all kinds

University of Mississippi

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of turf but he has had more injuries, more serious injuries on grass and he can’t explain why. A lot of people in sports took to the artificial turf craze over 30 years ago and now that it has passed, they are sticking to what they know (grass), but this time they are wrong. The studies show that.” Recently, the NFL released a report that stated, with relative certainty, that a natural grass playing surface was more reliable and safer than other surfaces. According to Dr. Meyers, there are a number of problems with the NFL report and other studies that will not sustain the results those studies purport. “The design and quality control of the NFL study are questionable,” said Dr. Meyers. “A lot of these studies tend to over-simplify the extensive number of factors that influence injury on any surface, which ultimately confounds the findings, with little confidence in the results. This lack of strong oversight and quality control into the numerous indices affecting sport trauma leads to a lack of credibility with many playing surface studies.” When it comes down to the crux of the issue—safety differences between grass and FieldTurf—the main problem is consistency in the surface of natural grass. Dr. Meyers explained why. “The biggest problem with grass is that you are playing on the surface rather than in the surface,” he said. “If there is too much give or too much traction, injury can be caused. Dirt dries and hardens, moves and changes when it is played or walked on, so the consistency is never the same. FieldTurf shows to be the better, safer surface, regardless of weather conditions, because it is more consistent and reliable than natural grass.” According to Dr. Meyers, when all of the wear and tear that these multi-purpose surfaces experience adds up, you have surfaces that are much less reliable and far less consistent. Conditions such as weather and variety of use will change the dynamics of a natural grass playing surface. “Natural grass has a lot of factors that come with it that allow it to be changed by outside factors,” he added. “You have to take into consideration the variety of different sports that are played on these surfaces in addition to the multitude of other activities that occur— like bands using them and ceremonies and things like this. Grass can be changed and be made less reliable by all of the forces. FieldTurf holds up much better under any and all conditions, and it has the ability to stay a much more consistent playing and multipurpose surface.” Obviously the safety aspect of FieldTurf versus natural grass debate is the most important issue. There is, however, another large issue in this debate. Dr. Meyers believes that the second issue may easily trump safety in the minds of many people. “The cost of changing from grass to FieldTurf is a tough thing for a lot of people to deal with. They do not realize how much money would be saved on total costs, health and maintenance costs in the long run, if FieldTurf was preferred over grass. The number of injuries and the safety of the playing surface is greatly improved as well as cost effective in the long-term, but short-term may be a heavy burden for many to carry.” A third and growing issue in the debate is the environmental issue. The installation of FieldTurf can have huge benefits to the environment as well as increased safety and long-term cost reduction. “The costs and safety are big concerns but the environmental

aspect is an issue that will continue to grow,” said Dr. Meyers. “The fact that natural grass fields consume so much water to keep healthy is something that many people feel is becoming more and more important. The growing need for water and to conserve it is another driving issue in this debate.” The overall costs and safety concerns of FieldTurf versus grass is an ongoing debate that will continue in the years to come. One thing is certain—the study of playing surfaces and related injuries needs to continue. More importantly, they need to be true to the science involved and state the real answers. The studies are continuing, and if it were up to Dr. Meyers, they will always be ongoing—consistently and continuously studied. “We are still doing the studies and we are carrying them out as far as we can,” he said. “The more games, and the more years, and the more experiences that we can track and study, the better for everybody. The more details we can get, the more people will come to find that FieldTurf is safer than natural grass.” Although the response to synthetic turf in the 1970s and ’80s initially had a negative effect on the sporting community, scientific research led to the technology that ultimately produced FieldTurf. The subsequent upswing in the reception of synthetic turf indicated that further study would simply add to that positive response. Therefore, ongoing scientific and technological research regarding safety, turf quality and sports play continues, increasing the already impressive evidence documenting not only FieldTurf’s cost-effectiveness, but most importantly, player safety. ♦

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Innovative Solutions Tarkett Sports: Indoor Sports Flooring Experts By Karrie Welborn

asketball, invented in 1891 by James Naismith to keep a group of rowdy boys at the YMCA occupied and out of the cold, was first played with two peach baskets and a soccer ball, on a hardwood floor at Springfield College in Massachusetts. For decades, hardwood floors were synonymous with basketball courts while synthetic flooring was quickly


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discounted as a sports flooring option. Despite the fact that synthetic indoor sports flooring has been around for a while, recent advances in technology are now making hardwood court fans think twice. With so many options to choose from, facility managers are now realizing the tremendous benefits that synthetic sports floors can bring to their gym and their athletes. Whether

you are a coach or architect looking for a hardwood or synthetic court option, Tarkett Sports and their complete range of indoor sports flooring solutions will help you determine the most appropriate court for the application. The first thing to understand when beginning your search for a new court is that there are substantially more choices for


indoor sports flooring on the market today than ever before. Tarkett Sports offers five different flooring options (Omnisports, ClutchCourt, Ecopure, Dropzone and Resicore) that include everything from hardwood, to sport vinyl, to sport linoleum, to rubber. Each flooring system has a specialized purpose and offers additional, refined choices within the product line designed for high and low levels of play. Tarkett Sports prides itself on making sure that the best flooring for each facility is installed. With five diverse options, Tarkett Sports works closely with their clients in order to match the best flooring option to the specific facility’s needs. Tarkett Sports’ ClutchCourt Hardwood Systems consist of eight sub-surface system options, each one specialized for a particular level of play. The Core Cushion pad makes play on these wood floors a delight and the industry-leading 10-year warranty ensures that the customer is protected over time. A prefinished option has also been introduced that helps save time and money on installation and facility down-time. If a wood floor is not desired or the upfront and maintenance costs of hardwood is simply not in the facility’s budget, Tarkett Sports has four unique, synthetic flooring products that potential customers can consider. Determining the best flooring for

a facility is not an over-the-counter kind of sale. It is a process of expert consultation, careful consideration regarding intended use, and in-depth knowledge of the product. Tarkett Sports personnel know how to listen, educate and offer the best options for each individual situation. Omnisports is a multi-purpose vinyl sports floor that not only provides for outstanding safety and performance, but can also handle school assemblies, rallies, science fairs, fundraisers and the senior prom. It offers many of the benefits of hardwood but without the intensive maintenance requirements and potentially pricy upfront costs. The flooring is customizable to the type of sport and athlete and is available in a wide array of wood-like and solid colors. For those sports enthusiasts who are also strong “green” advocates, Tarkett Sports has a sports floor to fit that need as well. EcoPure, the world’s most natural sports floor, is a revolutionary new linoleum-based sports floor that has been engineered with an absorbent foam backing, a combination of rosin, limestone, cork, linseed oil and wood flour, and Tarkett’s award-winning XF finish. This floor will add LEED points to the building. This all-natural flooring is the green solution to sports flooring and helps to dramatically cut down on maintenancerelated costs and resource consumption.

EcoPure won the 2009 Green GOOD DESIGNTM award presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design, and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Also available is Dropzone, Tarkett Sports’ weight room flooring line. As are all of the flooring systems at Tarkett Sports, Dropzone has a variety of design and construction options to choose from depending on the unique needs of the facility. The variations of Dropzone are excellent for fitness centers, training rooms and skating rinks, to name a few. Rounding out the Tarkett Sports indoor offering is Resicore, a rubber and polyurethane cured surface. Resicore is a seamless multipurpose surface that has excellent durability and does not require reinforcement for bleachers. An industry-leading 25 color options have been made available. Sean Adelsohn, Marketing Manager for Tarkett Sports’ Indoor Division noted, “As an industry leader, our only interest is in ensuring that our clients receive the best sports flooring option for their facility and athletes. With our wide range of products we have the capability of listening before we lead. In the end, our ability to customize the offering and deliver a long lasting, successful sports floor is what keeps our customers happy and coming back.” ♦


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Columbus Elementary Deming, N.M.

Purchasing Made Easy Simplifying the purchasing process for athletic facilities By Chris Bonney

ometimes, when organizations are looking to make changes to their existing facilities they can hit a snag as to where to look. Many times, potential customers choose to use cooperative purchasing as a solution. Co-ops help customers find the best possibilities to suit any budget. One such example is the Cooperative Purchasing Division of Atlas, a company that specializes in the design and construction of sports facilities. Cooperatives are set up to help streamline communication between customer and vendor and to bring an overall level of efficiency to an often complicated and arduous task. Brad Dietz, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Seaman


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High School in Topeka, Kan. recently used the Atlas Cooperative Purchasing Contract to purchase a new turf for a facility at his school. “We resurfaced one field, football—but also marked it for soccer, and of course our PE classes and marching band. It’s a multi-purpose field. We do a lot of things on it.” He added, “You just walk out there and everything’s bright and it looks like it’s just been painted. It’s in perfect condition.” Atlas Cooperative Purchasing helps academic and municipal organizations provide fun and safe alternatives to natural grass for their facilities. Atlas aids schools by finding the best available deals, helping to increase a school’s purchasing power and


providing them with the appropriate solution that meets their needs. In addition to the potential of reducing costs, using a purchasing co-op and installing FieldTurf is a cost-efficient endeavor for many cash-strapped schools and smaller towns. Brian Dunnihoo, Director of Facilities and Construction Management for Deming, N.M. Schools, said the school district decided to install FieldTurf at an elementary school. To the best of their knowledge, this is the first such installation in an elementary school in the state. The school went through an extensive search plan and then finalized a purchase of FieldTurf based on the merits of the product. FieldTurf was the top candidate for overall quality and strength of the warranty. According to Dunnihoo, using the Atlas Co-op was helpful in achieving a competitive price in a timely manner. “The children,” he said, “had been told the turf would feel different than grass does, so the first time they stepped on it they were initially quite cautious, but that didn’t last long. We are very, very happy with the school’s FieldTurf field.” Dale Carlstrom, Director of Operations at Osseo Area Schools District 279 in Osseo, Minn. said they were looking for a more efficient use of space when they decided to switch from natural

grass to synthetic turf. Three fields for football, soccer and lacrosse were procured using this cooperative method. He added, “I didn’t have to go through the sealed bid process which probably cut a month or two months off the entire process. Using Atlas’s Purchasing Cooperative was a valuable tool in dealing with tight time lines. It streamlined the process.” Senior Landscape Architect Ted Holden of the City of Seattle has used the Atlas Co-op for several years. They’ve purchased FieldTurf fields to reduce maintenance and increase playability. Holden said, “It has a very true surface. It replicates natural grass as close as possible, and it drains well. FieldTurf provides for a first class facility and wears well for eight to 10 years.” Holden noted that Atlas’s Purchasing Cooperative allowed them to obtain a product at a known price and with a known top quality. “By using the co-op approach,” he added, “we are assured the public’s money will be spent to purchase the highest quality field.” Installing FieldTurf as a replacement to natural grass is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception. One of the most effective and timely ways to obtain FieldTurf products is through the use of a purchasing cooperative. ♦

Osseo High School, Minn.

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