News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2106

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Tim Valder Named Regional Manager at Aacer Sports Flooring

Aacer Sports Flooring, a leading manufacturer of high-performance hardwood flooring and sub-flooring systems for the sports industry, is pleased to announce that Tim Valder has joined their staff as Regional Manager for the Northeast Territory. Aacer is a member of Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFM) and is a certified mill.

“Aacer is excited to add Tim Valder to their Sports Flooring roster”, said Ray Webb, General Manager of Aacer Flooring. “Tim has an impressive history in the hardwood flooring and finishing industry. His energy and 20+ years of sales management experience will serve Aacer well as the company focuses on relationships and service.” In his new role, Valder will be focusing on fostering relationships with Dealers, Architects and Owners; ensuring customer satisfaction; and recommending and creating floor solutions.

Aacer Flooring is a privately owned family business headquartered in Peshtigo, WI. Aacer Flooring is a leading manufacturer of northern hardwood flooring for the sport & recreation, residential and commercial markets. With a 315,000 square foot, environmentally controlled manufacturing facility and 15 kilns, all material is kiln-dried, milled and graded to precision on-site. Aacer also supplies sub-floor systems and synthetic flooring to the sports & recreational market. Aacer products can be found installed throughout the world. To learn more about Aacer Flooring, visit www.aacerflooring.com or call 715-582-1181.
 


American Tennis Courts Completes Towson University Project

American Tennis Courts has completed the Towson University Tennis Center project. TU, home of the Tigers, replaced 10 United States Tennis Association Regulation courts in the Two-Tone Gray Plexipave Color System. Nets, posts, and fencing were also installed by American Tennis Courts with Musco Lighting installing the new lighting system.


Laykold, Manufactured by Advanced Polymer Technology, and Competition Athletic Surfaces Create Unique Color Scheme for the University of Tennessee

Is gray the new orange at UT?

No, orange remains the Big Color on Campus in Knoxville, but a classy charcoal hue -- dubbed Smokey gray -- made its debut on a Tennessee alternate football jersey two years ago. Now Barksdale Tennis Stadium sports the new team colors with handsome gray courts and orange playing lines.

UT athletics officials reached out to an alumnus, Lee Murray (B.E.,'75) to renovate the six Barksdale courts with a surface colored Smokey gray. A veteran of the sports surface industry, Murray co-founded Chattanooga-based Competition Athletic Surfaces in 2000.

Over the years he has surfaced tennis courts at colleges all over the southeast, including Alabama, NCAA Champions Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and the University of the South.

Murray's experience includes introducing a fresh look to tradition-bound courts. In 2005 CAS assisted in testing prior to the changed the color scheme at the U.S. Open from standard green to blue and green.

"The UT project was especially appealing since all of us who worked on it are huge Vols' fans," said Murray, who doubled his crew to six for the job so they could complete it last fall, ahead of bad weather. The courts are now ready for UT spring tennis practice beginning in February.

Murray also enjoyed the challenge of coming up with the Smokey gray color that would satisfy UT’ athletics department. He turned to frequent partner, Laykold, to produce a high-performance acrylic surface with playability and endurance -- in just the right shade of gray.

"In the end we used the Smokey gray on the playing area and Laykold’s standard grey on the border, for an unusual two-tone effect, all accented by the bright Big Orange boundary lines," Murray said. "The coaches and facilities staffers all commented on how much they liked the finished product. We were very pleased."

For photos and videos of the project go to Competition Athletic Surfaces You Tube channel


NCAA DI, DII and DIII Women’s Volleyball Championships Played on Sport Court

As official court of the NCAA Volleyball Championships, Sport Court volleyball courts are installed by expert court builders for top NCAA DI, DII and DIII schools and athletes. The volleyball championships begin in November, with DIII Women’s Volleyball Championships, and culminate in December with the DI Women’s Volleyball Championships. This year, the DI Championship was held in Omaha, NE and played on a custom designed Maple SelectTM volleyball court with a black boarder and red attack zone.

Sport Court has been a partner of the NCAA for more than 20 years. Over these years, we have seen athletes give their all on Sport Court volleyball courts in hopes of capturing a title. Sport Court commends these dedicated athletes and provides a professional court built with an equal dedication to support these athletes in their quest for a National Championship.

Competitions like these give us a chance to reflect on the talent that has developed on our playing surfaces. From practicing serving in their back yards, to playing on volleyball club teams, to competing in volleyball tournaments, Sport Court has helped cultivate athletes’ skills and dreams of being the top players in their sport. Now, they step onto a Sport Court volleyball court to use these skills to win a collegiate championship.

Congratulations to the newly crowned DI, DII and DIII NCAA Women’s Volleyball Champions! As Official Court of NCAA Volleyball we couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate the athletes who have grown up on our custom volleyball courts.


Har-Tru Sports Launches Electric Tennis Court Roller

Har-Tru Sports is proud to introduce the latest edition to its innovative line of tennis court rollers, the CourtPac Electric. “Customers have indicated that they want a roller that doesn’t make noise, doesn’t make a mess, and is easy to use and effective,” says Terry Aasland, Har-Tru’s Design Engineer. “That’s why we designed the CourtPac Electric.”

This truly unique product is perfect for communities where noise restrictions are in place. It has zero emissions, and can be operated indoors or in covered areas. Its single AC motor is powered by four 12-volt deep-cycle batteries, and the CourtPac Electric Roller is easy to maintain – simply plug in the smart charger (included) once the rolling is complete. No messy oil changes, no filters or spark plugs to change, no gasoline spills to deal with, and no pull-cords to wrestle with.

Safety features include a back-up beeper, an operator presence switch, an E-stop button, and an emergency brake. Operators will love the low-effort steering, foot-pedal throttle, cruise control, adjustable padded seat, and cup holder. Neighbors and members will love its clean, quiet performance.

The CourtPac Electric is in stock and available for purchase. For more information contact Har-Tru Sports at 1-877-4HARTRU or visit us at www.hartru.com.


NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Track Complex Features State-of-the-Art Mondo Hydraulic Banked Track

At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled a new venue that is expected to quickly become a highly sought-after destination for top track and field athletes. Staten Island’s new Ocean Breeze Park Track & Field Athletic Complex is home to a state-of-the-art indoor track designed to help runners achieve their best times: a Mondo hydraulic banked track with a Super X Performance track surface.

Manufactured by Mondo, the global leader in the sports flooring market, the hydraulic banked track system is one of only a few such tracks in the world, and it boasts tremendous flexibility.

The 200-meter oval track can be set up as an eight-lane flat track, or—thanks to the Mondo hydraulic system that raises and lowers the curved track sections—it can be figured as a six-lane track with banked curves at both ends.

In addition, the track layout includes several long straightaways for sprints or warmups. When the oval track is flat, the lanes on the straight sides of the track are part of extended eight-lane straightaways (85 meters on one side; 89 meters on the other). The track infield also sports a 65-meter eight-lane straightaway.

All of these tracks, in addition to the venue’s long jump, pole vault and throw areas, and two straight warm-up lanes in a separate room, have Mondo’s Super X Performance track surface.

In the months ahead, the Ocean Breeze complex is scheduled to host a full slate of youth, high school, college and open/masters events, including championship meets for the Northeast, America East, Big East, and East Coast Athletic conferences. The 135,000 square foot facility, which also houses fitness and cardio rooms and a covered parking lot, was funded by New York City’s PlaNYC initiative.


Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has new Tech Bulletin #557A on Pre-Fabrication of Synthetic Turf Recreational Surfaces, Athletic Fields, Logos, Inserts and Floor Mats

There is a growing trend in the synthetic turf industry towards pre-fabricating all or part of a synthetic turf assembly before transferring it to another location for final installation. The goal of pre-fabricating is to achieve a fast, reliable, economical assembly beforehand, followed later by a faster and better installation. Pre-fabricating can reduce or eliminate unexpected delays and other expenses on the jobsite, thus increasing bottom line profits.

Synthetic Surfaces Inc., the maker of NORDOT® Adhesives that are used for pre-fabrication, explains in Tech Bulletin TS#557A how to determine which of their adhesives is best suited to your pre-fabrication process. TS#557A is available for free upon request, along with Tech Sheet SS#55, which includes proper handling guidelines and an explanation of “High Green Strength” (an essential property for efficient pre-fabrication). Please contact Synthetic Surfaces at 908-233-6803, or at info@nordot.com to request this educational information.

Synthetic Surfaces has been developing NORDOT® Adhesives for the global synthetic turf industry for over 42 years. Its NORDOT® Adhesives are recognized worldwide as being the highest quality adhesives for synthetic turf. Photos of installations in progress can be found on the “Action Pictures” page of the SSI website at www.nordot.com.


SSI Delivers Rugby Goal Post Solution for Multi-Sport Field

With rugby participation growing in the United States, spurred greatly by the return of the sport to the Summer Olympics in 2016, Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) is increasingly being asked for rugby equipment that meets the needs of multi-sport playing fields. Of special note is the customized solutions SSI created for Avaya Stadium, the new European-styled home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

Well before construction was scheduled at Avaya Stadium in summer of 2014, the design firm Verde Design, Inc. and field contractor, Robert A. Bothman, Inc. had more than soccer to consider. This was because Avaya Stadium was scheduled to host two matches of the Pacific Nations Cup International Rugby Tournament in July of 2015.

With these matches occurring during the Earthquake’s inaugural regular season, the plan to have the stadium rugby-ready by the opening meant implementing the alterations during the construction phase. With this in mind, Verde contacted Sportsfield Specialties’ David Cloud, Western Regional Manager, to discuss equipment needs and customization solutions for installing easily removable rugby goal posts without disturbing the grass playing surface.

Central to the SSI plan, advanced by Cloud, was an in-ground mounting system that features customized ground sleeves and footings, along with custom-cut goal posts to ensure proper above-field dimensions. Once SSI’s GR4944 Rugby Goal Posts (44’ uprights) were specified by Verde, it was up to Bothman to execute the plan.

In August 2014, Bothman and crew installed four 5’ ground sleeves (two at each goal post location), which were set at 9” below grade. SSI had previously designed stamped footings, which would accommodate the shorter sleeves and cut the upright posts 3” to ensure the correct height at the time of installation. The design enabled the capping of the sleeves when the rugby posts were not in use so that the soccer field sub-grade could be filled over with dirt and sod and then leveled to the surface of the playing field.

After the sleeves were installed the below-ground and above-ground components did not come together again until December 2014 when Bothman and crew demonstrated complete assembly, installation and removal for the Avaya facilities staff.

The stadium officially opened for business on February 27, 2015 and the Earthquake’s home opener took place on March 22. On July 14, the changeover for the Pacific Nations Cup, including the installation of the rugby goal posts took place, as the stadium was made ready for the single-day double header using SSI’s innovative solutions for multi-sport fields.


Stockmeier Urethanes Expands Facilities

Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc., a polyurethane systems manufacturer located in Clarksburg, WV, continues to invest in expanding its facilities, equipment and staff. The company is excited to have added numerous reactors with various capabilities, new dispersion units, laboratory and research equipment upgrades and more staff members to better serve customers in a growing market.

Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc. has also expanded their warehouse facility, added an administration building, and most importantly completed a remodel and expansion of the production and laboratory facility. The company is also looking forward to two more stages of expansion scheduled to be completed in the next couple of years.

“All of these expansions will allow Stockmeier Urethanes to better suit the customer’s needs and remain a high quality, reliable supplier for many years to come,” said Christian Martinkat, President and CEO of Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc.

As a specialist within the Stockmeier Group, one of the leading chemical distributers in Europe, Stockmeier Urethanes is a global leader in the manufacturing of polyurethane products for sports and leisure surfaces. The company was founded in 1991 in Germany as a polyurethane systems house focused on the development and manufacturing of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers for a wide variety of sports and industrial markets. Operating worldwide with ISO 9001 certified production facilities and laboratories in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, Stockmeier Urethanes provides customers with consistent global delivery of high quality polyurethane products remaining the smart solution for their customers urethane needs.


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