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Cameron McCarthy Changes Name

Cameron McCarthy is the new name for the landscape architecture and planning firm formerly known as Cameron McCarthy Gilbert & Scheibe. Colin McArthur (AICP) and Matthew Koehler (ASLA, LEED AP) have joined Larry Gilbert (ASLA) and Matthew Scheibe (ASLA, LEED AP), as new partners leading the 15-member professional staff.

McArthur joined Cameron McCarthy in 2005. He received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2001, a Certificate in Sustainable Development and Energy Planning from the University of Oslo in 2005 and a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2006. McArthur received an AICP certification in 2007. McArthur’s diverse background has been instrumental in developing a wide range of professional works, including: land use planning for several University of Oregon capital projects and the ODOT I-5 Willamette River Bridge; parks master plans for Oregon communities such as Monmouth, Sisters and Warrenton; and designs for collegiate track and field facilities including Hayward Field (Eugene 08), Lane Community College and Oregon State University. McArthur is currently engaged with the EWEB Riverfront Land Use planning study as principal-incharge.

Koehler joined the firm in 1996 after receiving Associates of Applied Science Degrees from Lane Community College in Mechanical Drafting and Architectural Drafting. He became registered as a Landscape Architect in Oregon in 2003, is licensed to practice in Washington and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council. Koehler’s most notable recent works as a design leader include: Eugene Train Depot, Eugene Downtown Fire Station, UO’s Outdoor Tennis Complex, OSU’s INTO Student Housing, and a variety of urban design projects for Oregon coastal communities including Seaside, Lincoln City, North Bend and Coos Bay. Koehler is currently engaged with the Lane Community College Downtown Campus as the firm’s lead design principal.

Gilbert is the senior principal having joined the firm in 1986. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Portland Art Museum, Museum of Art School (now known as Pacific Northwest College of Art) and a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. Scheibe joined the firm in 1994 and holds degrees from North Dakota State University in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. He is a registered Landscape Architect in Oregon, California and Idaho.

With roots back to 1952, and establishment of Cameron & Associates in 1980, Cameron McCarthy is the largest independent landscape architecture and planning firm between Portland and Sacramento. Six of the fifteen member staff are licensed Landscape Architects and one is a certified Planner. Cameron McCarthy is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and three members are LEED Accredited Professionals. Licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho, the firm has a diverse portfolio in both the public and private sectors. Award winning projects include Oakway Center’s Heritage Courtyard, Slocum Center for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, North Bend Boardwalk, Eugene Public Library, Ashland Creek Restoration, and Lane Transit District’s Springfield Station and EmX Green Line Corridor. Additional active projects include UO’s East Campus Residence Hall and Casanova
Center Expansion, Sacred Heart University District, Serenity Lane Coburg Campus and the Eugene Police Department Headquarters. Cameron McCarthy is located at 160 E. Broadway in downtown Eugene in the historic Quackenbush Building. For more information about the company, please visit www.cameronmccarthy.com or contact: Matthew Scheibe or Larry Gilbert at 541 485-7385, email matt@cameronmccarthy.com or larry@cameronmccarthy.com

 

Covington and Polytan Complete New Saraland Stadium

Polytan, the international provider of FIFA Two-Star certified football fields and IAAF Certified outdoor running tracks, and Covington Flooring Company of Birmingham, Alabama recently completed the new artificial turf field at Saraland High School. The school is located in Saraland Alabama near Mobile.
The Polytan Liga®Sport turf was installed in the new stadium constructed for the 2011 season at Saraland High School. The new field contains bi-directional turf creating a unique pattern in the field along with end zone graphics and the Spartan center-field logo.

Covington Flooring Company, Inc., founded in 1982, has grown to be a multi-million dollar operation and continues to be a dominant force in sport and commercial flooring in their five-state trade area. Covington Flooring Company has received numerous sales awards by Robbins Maple Flooring and Polytan-USA for their consistent excellence in sport flooring installation.

For more information, contact Tommy Ellison, 205-328-2330, tommyellison@covington.com, www.covington.com
 

Deco Turf Named Official Tennis Court Surface of the China Open

The China Open a WTA Women’s Single/Doubles, ATP Men’s Single/Doubles, Mixed Doubles, International Tennis Federation event has chosen DecoTurf’s cushioned tennis surface. This elite event will be played at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China October 2nd – 10th. The Beijing National Tennis Center with 18 full cushioned DecoTurf Courts was host to the 2008 Olympic Games.

"DecoTurf is pleased and honored to be the preferred court surface for this event which has the highest prize money of tennis tournaments that take place in the Asian region" said John Graham, DecoTurf's Managing Director.

Pro DecoTurf has been the Surface of the US Open for 34 years and is the most recognized tennis court surface in the world. DecoTurf's multi-layer cushioned tennis surface has been selected for use at the world's most prestigious events including the two most-recent Olympic Games, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and at many of the finest facilities around the world. DecoTurf tennis surfaces have been classified by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Court Pace Rating system. DecoTurf has authorized applicators around the globe that are trained to install the surface that is known for its consistent speed of play, true ball bounce, durability, low maintenance, vibrant long lasting colors, and overall customer value.

For more information on DecoTurf visit www.decoturf.com or call 800-332-6178/978-623-9980.

Edwards RolDri Announces the RolDri Sun Shield

The Edwards RolDri Division of Athletic Connection, Dallas Texas announces a new product, the RolDri Sun Shield. The new powder coated Sun Shield helps protect the roller from the damaging effects of the sun, which adds life to the roller. The Sun Shield will retrofit all RolDri units. Call Pam Wood for details 800 527 0871 x 9044.


Hinding
Tennis Teams Up with American Express Fresh Courts Again

American Express and USTA’s Fresh Court Program has once again Teamed up with Hinding Tennis to rehabilitate 3 Courts @ Astoria Park in Queens, NY. The rejuvenated courts got an overhaul using Riteway Crack Repair and Deco Acrylic. American Express and USTA donated $25,000 for this project and Hinding’s Crew got it done in 3 days. Spokeswomen Chris Everett officially opened the courts right before the start of the US Open. # 4 in the World Victoria Azarenka spend a good portion of the day hitting with NY Juniors and even teamed up with Chrissy for a match against the young stars.

“Overall this is a great day for NY, I grew up playing in parks and this facility now is equipped with 10 and Under Lines that offers a new level of excitement for the entire area. We hope the next rising star will be down the street playing on the stadium courts at the US Open someday.” stated Chris Everett.
 

Virgil Christian, director of USTA Community Development, stated “We called Hinding Tennis on a Monday and gave him four days to complete this job. We knew it would be tough, but I was assured it would be completed and we are very happy with the outcome. It is a pleasure to be involved with both American Express and Fresh Courts.”

Hinding Tennis Overhauls Manhattan Facility

Hinding Tennis and Global Tennis Design recently completed an overhaul project at the World’s Most famous Tennis Facility in Manhattan, NY on the world’s busiest 42nd street . The Club consist of 4 Permanent 78’s courts and a teaching Singles Court. The Club also added Blended Lines for “10 and Under Tennis” to all 5 Courts. The new bubble, lighting and backdrops combined with Hinding Tennis “Cushion Extreme” Surface has turned this facility into a state of the art 21st Century technology club. Co-Owner Skip Hartman states “ We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome, we had researched many types of surfaces for this project and when we came across the Cushion Extreme System, our search was over. The members are very happy. It was a pleasure to work with both Sheldon Westervelt and Tom Hinding”

For additional information on Hinding Tennis – Contact: www.hindingtennis.com and Global Tennis Design contact: www. globaltennisdesign.com 
 

Louisville Dedicates New Tennis Courts

Louisville, KY city officials have dedicated six new tennis courts in Central Park. The complex has been named the William E. McNulty Jr. Tennis Center. Located near downtown, the new courts replaced several old, deteriorated courts. Louisville Metro Parks director Mike Heitz commented, "Players who travel downtown to play tennis will find a tennis complex that is greatly enhanced and one of the best in Louisville." The upgraded Central Park tennis facility is illuminated for night play with the Courtsider XL lighting system from LSI Industries. Each court utilizes (8) 1000 watt metal halide fixtures at a 26' mounting height. 

New Versatile Outdoor Adhesive

NORDOT® Adhesive #34P-4 from Synthetic Surfaces Inc. is a new, one component outdoor adhesive that was designed to install and/or repair synthetic turf and other outdoor surfaces in widely variable and sometimes hostile weather conditions. It fills the need for a versatile adhesive which allows the outdoor installation and repair season to expand from only “fair weather” days to year-round. Synthetic turf surfaces that benefit are: playgrounds, athletic fields, landscaping, tennis, golf, rooftops, airports and lounging areas.

NORDOT® Adhesive #34P-4 can be applied to a dry or damp surface at any outdoor temperature and humidity in which an installer can work. It is particularly useful in cold weather, when turf installations and repairs usually stop because, to our knowledge, no other adhesive can be used for installation from hot desert temperatures down to below

freezing. After curing, NORDOT® Adhesive #34P-4 has outstanding durability both above ground and under water.

Further information is available from: Synthetic Surfaces Inc., PO Box 241, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076-0241, Tel: (908) 233-6803; Fax: (908) 233-6844; E-mail: info@nordot.com; Web: www.nordot.com.

Sportica and TigerTurf Team Up for First Pro Trophy Turf Installation in Canada at Mill Woods Sports Park

Sportica, Inc. has completed Canada’s first installation of ProTrophy Turf manufactured by TigerTurf Americas for Mill Woods Sports Park in the City of Edmonton, Alberta. The new field has secured a prestigious 2 Star certification from Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Mill Woods Sports Park is located at 2730 66 Street in Edmonton. The new field opened for public use in July 2011 and already is being well received, according to Gary Chung, project coordinator for recreation facility development with the Department of Community Services at the City of Edmonton.

Sportica, an authorized dealer of TigerTurf Americas since January 2010, replaced natural grass and completed the installation of 113,750 square feet of ProTrophy Turf for the Mill Woods artifical turf sportsfield within a three-week timeframe. The 236-foot by 482-foot athletic field includes game lines for football, soccer and field hockey.

“ProTrophy Turf is manufactured at TigerTurf Americas’ facilities in Austin, Texas, with TenCate’s patented manufacturing process of monofilament turf fibers,” explained Bob Aurich, regional sales manager for TigerSports Americas, Inc.

Project Details

The City of Edmonton selected Sportica through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

“For the Mill Woods project, the City of Edmonton was searching for a product that could accommodate a high volume of users while also providing a quality playing surface in all types of weather. Through our RFP process and by comparing product specifications, we determined that TigerTurf's ProTrophy Turf was the product that would best meet our needs,” Chung said. “With Sportica, we recognized extensive experience in installing artificial turf in a range of conditions, particularly those with a climate similar to Edmonton. Sportica was responsive to our needs and was able to accommodate a last minute addition of field hockey lines to the project scope without delays to the installation schedule.”

Chung said that athletes and coaches are enjoying the benefits of consistent, safe playing surface, noting that they appreciate the feel of the artificial turf and how well the surface responds in a variety of weather conditions given that Edmonton has experienced many days of rain. Chung expects usage of the new field to exceed 2,000 hours annually as compared with 600 hours of usage with the natural grass field.

“The resilience of the new surface will allow the playing season to extend earlier in the spring and later into the fall - rain, snow or shine,” Chung commented. “The aesthetics of the ProTrophy product have been a surprising benefit: more than our other existing artificial turf fields, we have received comments on how good the new ProTrophy field looks. The dual profile fibers and multi-tone colors incorporated in the product give a more natural look to the field. I've even been asked by the general public how they can have this product installed at their residences!”

Chung explained what FIFA 2 Star certification means for the City of Edmonton and also for those who enjoy play on the fields at the park: “The FIFA 2 Star certification has several benefits for the City of Edmonton. The most important benefit is having the peace of mind that the playing surface of the Mill Woods field has been manufactured and installed to a high standard according to the quality concept outlined by FIFA. The certification also raises the City's profile in making Edmonton more appealing to host larger scale soccer events and tournaments.”

Sylvain Leclair, president of Sportica, said that the new Mill Woods synthetic field is one of 10 that Sportica has installed in Canada with TigerTurf Americas.

Leclair explained: “We decided to have this installation tested to determine if the ProTrophy Turf met FIFA performance criteria and if we could secure FIFA certification. Prior to the installation, the ProTrophy had been subjected to several lab tests to determine if the construction of the carpet met the FIFA requirement and if the complete system met the FIFA 2 star strict standards for performance. For example, tests were performed on ball roll, ball bounce, surface deformation, rotational resistance and other factors conducive to better playability. After the installation at Mill Woods Park, the ProTrophy material was tested on site to confirm that it matched what was tested in the lab and if the installed turf again met the FIFA requirements. All tests were completed by an independent, certified FIFA Laboratory.

“Achieving a FIFA 2 Star rating is better and more difficult to achieve because a significantly higher level of performance is required,” Leclair said.

 

Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc. Expands

Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc., a polyurethane systems manufacturer, has added 12,000 ft2 to their facility located in Clarksburg, WV during the summer of 2011. The expansion will be used for additional warehousing space as well as to manufacture products for the Alsagym® indoor system. The Alsagym® system is IHF certified (International Handball Federation) and includes base mat adhesives, pore sealers, base coatings, top coatings and line marking paints for indoor sports flooring. Similar to the components for the Alsatan® running track line, these products are heavy metal free and tested to their environmental compatibility. For installers, dealers, and distributors who are interested in getting more information, please contact our experienced representatives Bill Aubey (1-843-577-6361) and Robert Dougherty (1-773-490-8158).

Established in 1991, Stockmeier Urethanes is a worldwide supplier of quality polyurethane products recognized by IHF, IAAF, DIN, and EN. Stockmeier Urethanes specializes in coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers, and offers a product line specific to running tracks, poured in place safety surfacing, rubber recycling, rubber coloring and indoor gym flooring. Stockmeier Urethanes is ISO 9001 certified and has production and laboratory sites in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and North America. For general information contact Melissa Martinkat (1-304-624-7002).

 

29 Gyms Ready for Action

This fall, many students in Georgia will return to find a brand new floor in their school gymnasium. Since the beginning of summer, Tarkett Sports has installed an unprecedented 29 gyms across the state using the popular Omnisports flooring system. Eighteen of these projects utilized the innovative GreenLay™ installation method, which is 98% adhesive free. This method allowed the gyms to be installed faster than traditional, full adhesive installations giving each gym less downtime. GreenLay™ also gives each gym greater moisture protection without using an expensive moisture barrier.

During a time when schools districts have smaller budgets for renovation, these installations are a testament to the strength of the Omnisports product as a high performance and cost effective sports floor. They are also indicative of the value customers place on the service they receive from Tarkett Sports and its partners.

Tarkett Sports is a division of the Tarkett Group, which was established in 1886. The Tarkett Group has now reached over $2.5 billion in annual sales and is a global leader in commercial, residential and sports flooring. Tarkett Sports surfacing solutions include hardwood and synthetic basketball courts, volleyball courts, multi-purpose gymnasium floors, weight room floor protection, running tracks, and its world-renowned FieldTurf brand of artificial turf.

Omnisports 8.3 GreenLayTM is Now a Category 3-Shock Absorbing Sports Floor

With an improved backing system, Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports 8.3 GreenLay™ is now a category 3 shock absorbing sports floor. According to the ASTM F2772 standard, Category 3 flooring offers shock absorption between 34% and 45% while maintaining a ball-rebound factor above 90%. In relation to categories 1 and 2, this means optimal game performance with a reduced likelihood of injury due to impact; as a category 3 sports floor, Omnisports 8.3 GreenLay™ offers an ideal solution to sports facilities that value quality game-play and safety.

In addition to the advantages of a category 3 surface, Omnisports 8.3 GreenLay™ is installed with 98% less adhesive than other sports floors. It can also tolerate up to 92% relative humidity or 15 lbs. of moisture! This means quick installation, reduced cost, and fewer problems related to moisture conditions. Most importantly for the environment, Omnisports 8.3 GreenLay™ is easier to recycle than alternative sports floors. With over 250,000 sq. ft. of Omnisports 8.3 GreenLay™ and Omnisports 6.5 GreenLay™ installed in North America, GreenLay™ is becoming the new standard for high quality sports flooring.

Creative Sport Concepts/UltraBaseSystemsTM announces completion of 15,000 sq. ft. synthetic turf play field at The Academy Prep Center of Tampa

Creative Sport Concepts, Inc. announced recently that their UltraBaseSystems™ panels were used solve a problem at The Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

The problem - The 15,000 sq. ft. school play yard was in desperate need of a makeover. The dream of the many dedicated volunteers, teachers, and generous supporters was to provide these deserving students with a safe playing field that would last for years to come regardless of the weather.

The solution - In less than a week this heavily used and abused school yard was converted into a professional quality synthetic turf play field with very little mess or vehicle traffic to disrupt the important working going on in this model school. The new field was constructed in just a matter of days with the help of student volunteers and staff.

“Amazing things happen when a community comes together like this,” said Dave Barlow, President of UltraBaseSystems. “I’m confident that the students and volunteers, who worked on this project, will take great pride in their accomplishment for many years to come.”

Minimal ground preparation is necessary when installing the UBS panels, which made easy work of this project in spite of the blistering summer heat. You can view the installations and see for yourself how easy it is to transform an inner city schoolyard to an unbelievable athletic field to help promote after school activities and teamwork for the kids in Tampa by clicking on this link below:

http://www.ultrabasesystems.com/gallery.shtml

The Academy Prep Center was created and is funded by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to provide quality education for need based qualified students in Tampa. Their motto is to "work and play like a champion", and they will on this newly created sports field which they themselves had the opportunity to help build!

UltraBaseSystems is proud to be recognized as the solution to their athletic field problem, and to have had the opportunity to work alongside these incredible students and staff, and be a part of this great endeavor.

Stay tuned for their next project, where they make a wheel chair accessible baseball field, a 10,000 sq. ft. dog park and their first synthetic tennis court, as well as a test Rugby practice field in the UK!

For more information on UltraBaseSystems call 866 921-7888 or visit their website at www.ultrabasesystems.com.


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