Selected for USS Arizona Mall Memorial at University of Arizona
Accella Performance Materials is very proud to be selected to support
the unique architectural design of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial located
on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ. The Mall Memorial,
which was dedicated on December 4, 2016, is an open-space design
situated on the grassy university mall area in front of the university’s
historic Old Main building. The special design includes a full-scale
deck outline, made with specialty materials provided by Accella, of the
iconic U.S. battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7,
1941- a date which will “live in infamy” as described by then-President,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The USS Arizona Mall Memorial honors the
1,177 fallen heroes who died on the USS Arizona, and it calls upon
future generations to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate
sacrifice for our nation. A curving brick wall garden, representing the
ship’s bridge, cut across the campus mall near the midpoint of the
ship’s outline and on top of the brick walls, panels hold brass
medallions with the names of the 1,177 men who died, one medallion for
each crew member.
The ship’s outline is distinctively made of
Accella materials traditionally used for outdoor athletic surfaces,
similar to sport tracks, to support the creative architectural design by
David Carter. This 97 foot wide and 597 foot long curving 6-inch
rubberized curb outlines the ship’s deck on the grass mall using custom
colored red EPDM granules to match the bricks combined with a durable
athletic surface polyurethane binder, both provided by Accella. The
Accella sport surface materials were selected for the unique aesthetics
they bring to David Carter’s design, as well as providing a durable,
safe surface in one of the highest traffic and visible areas on the
University of Arizona campus.
“We could not be more proud to support this
meaningful memorial and that Accella’s athletic surface materials were
chosen as an integral part of this unique design,” said Andy Harris,
President and CEO of Accella Performance Materials. “We utilized our
custom color capabilities associated with our polyurethane/EPDM sport
surface products to create a surfacing result that will be a lasting and
durable element of the tribute to the fallen who served on the USS
Arizona. We are deeply moved to honor our veterans and those who died on
the USS Arizona. Accella has many employees who are veterans and/or
children of World War II veterans, and we are profoundly honored to be a
part of this very special project.”
Accella, a leader in materials for indoor
and outdoor sport and safety surfaces, teamed with Hellas Construction,
a leader in track and sports construction, to install the rubberized
surface as the outline of the USS Arizona. “We are honored to be
selected to support this important memorial project. This was a detailed
and one-of-a-kind project that we are very proud of, in honor of our
armed forces and those who make the ultimate sacrifice,” stated Bob
Allison, vice president of Hellas.
Accella Tru- Motion
PP™: Indoor Multi-Purpose Athletic Pad and Pour Surface Receive
Accella Polyurethane Systems (Accella), a leading manufacturer of
polyurethane systems, announces that Tru-Motion PPTM: Indoor
Multi-Purpose Athletic Pad and Pour surface has received FloorScore®
certification. FloorScore® was developed by the RFCI (Resilient Floor
Covering Institute) in combination with Scientific Certification Systems
(SCS) to create a strict standard around indoor air quality and
flooring. To qualify, products must pass the California Department of
Public Health section 01350 standard testing for VOC emissions from
indoor sources. SCS provides 3rd party certification on this testing in
conjunction with a detailed audit of the manufacturing facility. This
ensures the facility has proper historical record keeping and quality
control measures in place. FloorScore® is qualified for many green
building certifications including LEED v4, BREEAM, and CHPS. Tru-Motion
PPTM and all its component parts received registration number
SCS-FS-04177 from SCS Global Services.
“We’ve brought together industry leading
technical composition expertise in polyurethane binder and custom
colored rubber crumb, all manufactured at Accella companies and packaged
as the Tru-Motion Brand offering one-stop-shop value to our customers,”
said Al Restaino, Vice President of Marketing. “We are committed to
developing products and solutions to exceed the industry standard for
health, safety and sustainability.”
Tru-Motion PPTM, an indoor polyurethane
athletic surface, is a durable, long lasting alternative to traditional
wood gym floors. Through a unique combination of materials, this system
is designed to provide the highest levels of athletic performance and
athlete safety as well as great aesthetics. From the adhesive to the
game line paint, all components are environmentally friendly without
sacrificing durability and ease of maintenance. This product system is
made up of 64% post-consumer recycled content when used with Accella’s
Ultimate RB base-mat.
“This FloorScore certification is the first
initiative of a number of ongoing projects for Tru-Motion PP as one of
our most sustainable and healthy product lines,” explains Bob
Cunningham, Vice President Technology & Innovation, Accella Performance
Materials. “In addition to meeting the California standards for low
emitting materials, the polyurethane technology is made with a bio-based
polyol that is rapidly renewable, having a limited impact on the
eco-system. Keep an eye out for more on this in the coming months.”
Acquires UBU and Turfscape Brands
Act Global has acquired the UBU and Turfscape brands from Turf Industry
Holdings. UBU is best known as the synthetic turf chosen by 14 National
Football League teams, numerous NCAA teams and other top-tier venues
throughout the United States. This prestigious group of installations
includes NRG Stadium in Houston, host venue of the upcoming Super Bowl
LI on February 5.
“Going forward, we’re very excited for UBU and Turfscape to join the Act
Global family of brands,” said Turf Industry president Joe Vrankin. “Act
Global is known for its focus on player safety, biomechanics and quality
manufacturing, as well as being a strong partner to field owners,
consultants, contractors and the industry as a whole. Most importantly,
they’re a great organization with strong moral values and a culture to
do the best job possible. In many ways, Act Global is perfectly poised
to take the UBU and Turfscape brands to a new level.”
“The addition of the UBU and Turfscape brands will accelerate the growth
of Act Global and our partners,” said John Baize, Act Global CEO. “Act
Global’s pipeline of new turf technologies will be available in both our
Xtreme Turf and UBU brands for the professional and amateur ranks,
starting in 2017 and beyond. We appreciate the support of our valued
employees and partners as we look forward to a bright future.”
Act Global’s long-term strategy has been developing synthetic turf
systems that excel through hundreds of independent laboratory tests for
quality, durability, safety, environmental soundness and performance.
This methodology has yielded proprietary technologies with expansion
into landfill coverings, airport surfaces and landscape solutions, as
well as sport fields. UBU’s brand value combined with Act Global’s
existing technical strengths will provide tremendous opportunities and
great solutions for both market partners and clients.
Action Floor Systems
Announces New Brand
Action Floor Systems is showing a little more action today. The company
has unveiled the new branding which uses a modern design while giving a
nod to the company’s long history in the flooring industry.
The updated logo features a more angular “A”
and a streamlined swoosh. The colors have also been simplified and the
fonts updated. These modifications bring a more current, cleaner look to
the logo better representing their shift to becoming a larger, global
The logo still features a maple leaf, which
reflects Action Floor Systems’ roots in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and
its experience manufacturing maple wood flooring for athletic facilities
and other commercial applications.
Founded in 1988, Action Floor Systems
currently has 90 employees and manufactures quality flooring systems in
its production facility in Mercer, Wisconsin. Although located in a
small town, Action Floor Systems is anything but small, with a strong
national and international presence and continual growth year over year.
“Our new branding truly reflects how
streamlined we’ve become, with national and international dealers in our
network,” Tom Abendroth, company president, said. “The logo especially
represents movement and action, explaining the way we work and lead in
The new Action Floor Systems branding is the
first of many changes the company will experience over the next year. A
new website will be launched in Dec. 2016, with features that make it
easier to identify a system to best match specifications.
Introduces SmarTrack by Rekortan – Intelligent Track For Athletes and
Coaches Who Want To Know More!
SmarTrack systems provide effortless and precise data logging thanks to
their built-in time recording systems. Measurement systems are built
into the track using magnetic gates. The measurement data is recorded
automatically by a fabric based measurement sensor attached to the
athletes. Data, such as running time, distance, step frequency, step
quantity, step length, speed, jumping, and tapping is documented in a
training log. Pre-drafted training plans make it easy to compare and
analyze your training level, identify performance reserves, and improve
overall performance. SmarTrack provides athletes and coaches with the
perfect solution for increasing effectiveness during training and
prevents strain and injury from too much training.
What makes SmarTrack different from other coaching software? Because the
measurement system is built into the track, there is no set up or
dismantling, the system is waterproof and vandal proof, and there is no
barrier necessary for the diagnostic training areas. But what truly
separates SmarTrack is the fact that multiple athletes can train at the
same time! Coaches can evaluate data on various athletes in a realistic
competition setting all at once. There is also no need for a diagnostic
professional to read and report the data. Results are logged and
available for immediate review by coaches and athletes.
To learn more about SmarTrack, please visit
Armacell's Component Foams Sales Organizational Update
Armacell is pleased to announce that Patrick Nelson has been appointed
to the position of Business Development Manager, Sports and Leisure,
Component Foams Division. In this new role at Armacell, Pat will focus
on repositioning and promoting ArmaSport® Turf Underlayment products
within the sports and leisure markets, with primary focus on gaining
share into the quickly growing artificial turf sector. Pat joined
Armacell in 2003 as Manager, Major Projects and Engineering Services and
was promoted to National Sales Manager in 2011. Pat’s many years of
Armacell product knowledge and sales experience will be an asset to
developing a new market strategy for capturing new business.
For 35 years, Armacell has provided the industry with turf underlayment
pad. Armacell is a global innovator of foam technologies and produces
elastomeric and thermoplastic foam materials for insulation, covering
systems, acoustic products and specialty foams for industrial and
Classic Turf Company Builds New Sports Facility for Region 10 School
District in Burlington, CT
Earlier this year, the 20-year-old asphalt outdoor track at Lewis S.
Mills High School in Burlington, CT was falling into disrepair.
Similarly, the football field that the track surrounded was becoming
overrun with weeds. That’s why the Region 10 School District hired
Classic Turf Company, LLC. to replace the aging track and field with an
innovative new design.
The bulk of the work went into the new track
which was built with post-tension concrete instead of conventional
asphalt. This state-of-the-art type of concrete is reinforced with steel
cables which are tensioned after the concrete is placed to make it
especially durable and resistant to environmental influences that
typically cause cracking, heaving, and settling. In recent years, it’s
become an especially popular system for outdoor tennis and basketball
courts. The post-tension concrete running track at Lewis S. Mills is one
of the first of its kind successfully installed in the Northeastern
“This project was both challenging and
exciting,” said Classic Turf Vice President John Eren in a statement.
“There are many problems with the quality and longevity of asphalt, so
we were looking for other alternatives,” he continued. “We build
hundreds of tennis courts using post-tension concrete and wanted to use
the same technology for running tracks.
Eren and his team recognized that District
10 would be investing a great deal of money into their new track and
field facility, so they wanted to make sure it would stand the test of
“We wanted to build this track to last a
lifetime, and post-tension concrete allowed us to do so,” said Eren.
“Constructing athletic running tracks using post-tension concrete should
be considered the industry standard.”
After installing the post tension concrete
base, Classic Turf installed their Classic Elastic Track surface on top
of the post-tension slab which is made up of a 10mm prefabricated SBR
base mat and a polyurethane wearing course. After laying fresh sod on
the football field, the team put the finishing touches on the new
facility with fencing installed around the perimeter of the track.
Har-Tru is excited to announce that the company has acquired
Treadblaster® from Medora Corporation. It is the only shoe cleaner of
its type on the market. Treadblaster features a patented design that
shoots pressurized jets of water into the soles of shoes to clean out
lodged clay, dirt, and debris, all without allowing any over-splash.
“There is no doubt that Har-Tru is the right
home for the Treadblaster” says Tracy Lynch, Har-Tru’s Director of
Sales. “We are always trying to serve tennis court owners by creating
better places to play the game. Our HAR-TRU surface is immensely
forgiving and superb for keeping tennis players healthy, but the
material can wander off on the soles of tennis shoes and end up in
places you don’t want it. Treadblaster may be the best product we have
for solving that problem.”
Treadblaster was developed by Joel Bleth,
Co-Founder, President & CEO of Medora Corporation. In 1986 he was
seeking a solution to his 10-year-old daughter’s consistently muddy
shoes. Several years later, with the assistance of company scientists in
the water laboratory, Treadblaster came to life.
Har-Tru first brought the product to the
tennis world in 2008 and it sold extremely well alongside the company’s
other shoe cleaning mainstays such as the Tennie Two Step and the
Har-Tru Shoe Brush. Many facilities combined all the products together
at a shoe cleaning station. Then Medora Corporation pulled the product
for a year or two while rebuilding the molds and improving the design.
Treadblaster was sold direct to the tennis industry between 2011 and
2016 before making its way back to Har-Tru.
“Har-Tru offers an extensive line of court
equipment and accessories for clay and hard courts and we are always
eager to add products to our line that can help others best maintain
their tennis courts” says Sandy Hunt, Har-Tru’s Product Manager.
“Treadblaster is a perfect fit for this. It does an incredible job of
keeping tennis players’ shoes clean and this, in turn, keeps tennis
facilities clean. Plus, we think there is a great potential fit for
other sports as well, such as golf.”
Har-Tru will begin selling the product
immediately through its network of contractors and distributors. The
product will also be available online at
beginning in February.
LSI Industries, a leader in lighting systems for court sports facilities
has announced the appointment of Frasure Reps LLC as their exclusive
sales representative for domestic and international sports lighting
customers. Bruce Frasure will be transitioning from his longtime
management position at LSI Industries to owner and president of Frasure
Reps. LSI Industries is the manufacturer and supplier of the Courtsider
XL and Aeropro HID lighting systems, as well as the CourtBlade LED
lighting systems for tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball
courts. “I am excited by this opportunity to concentrate on the sports
lighting market and to continue to work with many longtime customers,
whether they be court builders, architects and engineers,” says Bruce
Frasure of his new role. To learn more about LSI’s sports lighting
Sports Turf Company Installs
Ole Miss Field
There are certain challenges inherent in growing natural grass in large
stadium environments. Stadiums cast shadows which limit sunlight. Edges
of the field are difficult to maintain because of high volumes of
traffic. Field maintenance crews have to balance providing the right
amount of water without flooding portions of the field. Coaches saw a
perfect looking synthetic field as exciting to fans and a great
recruiting tool as it always looked ready for game day. In 2003, the
University of Mississippi installed synthetic turf at Vaught Hemingway
Stadium and in 2015 a decision was made to return back to their roots
after the season. Sports Turf Company Inc. was found to be the most
qualified to pull up the carpet and replace it with natural grass.
Sports Turf Company, Inc. installed a
complete natural grass field underdrain system including a 10-inch sand
root zone layer, 4 inches of gravel and the drainage pipe itself. The
irrigation system for the stadium consists of a new booster pump and
Hunter STK-6V’s with eight retractable heads spread around the perimeter
of the football field. The sprinklers make maintenance simple while
keeping the surface intact, playable and safe. Each head produces 326.8
GPM and distributes water to a range of 165’, making eight of them the
max that was needed to cover the entire football field.
Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda was installed
inside Vaught Hemingway Stadium and on practice field number two to form
a dense and durable surface. Tifway 419 Bermuda has become the gold
standard for athletic fields and is extremely popular in the realm of
A total of 188,325 sq. ft. or 20 loads of
sod, were delivered for the stadium and the natural grass practice
field. After it was installed it underwent a growing period, where it
rooted and knitted together during a three-week process.
Leaders Team Up to Customize $1.1 Billion Vikings Stadium for
With an NFL franchise as its prime tenant, the new U.S. Bank Stadium in
Minneapolis is destined to be best known as the home of the Vikings.
However, the venue will be used for soccer and America’s favorite
pastime, baseball, which created the biggest challenge for Sportsfield
Specialties, Inc. (SSI) and Promats Athletics (PAL) in preparing the
venue to function as a multi-sport stadium.
Specified by HKS Sports & Entertainment (Dallas, TX), SSI and PAL were
entrusted to provide an array of customized equipment for football,
baseball, and soccer. The team, in conjunction with lead contractor M.A.
Mortenson Co. (Golden Valley, MN) and installers at Peterson Companies
(Minneapolis, MN), provided several netting systems, stadium wall
padding, and a variety of portable equipment.
For baseball, a 40’H x 170’L tension backstop netting system was
installed using Ultra Cross® Knotless Dyneema® net. The net’s
low-profile twine, which is constructed from high-strength Dyneema®
fiber, has a knotless and braided construction that makes it nearly
invisible to spectators while still offering exceptional protection from
batted balls. An Ultra Cross netting system was also installed to
protect the stadium’s massive 51’H x 123’W Daktroniks LED video board to
protect it from potential damage caused by batted balls.
Also, related to baseball, SSI manufactured their first-ever customized
dual Porta-Pitch portable pitching mound, designed with two pitching
rubbers. SSI also supplied two standard Porta-Pitch mounds for game use,
two portable modular dugouts, and two semi-permanent SportaFence
portable fencing systems that define the playing field dimensions. Field
wall padding with custom cutouts and digital graphics, and rail and post
pads were provided for both baseball and football applications.
Additionally, for football, an Ultra Cross® football netting system was
installed behind each goal post, which is raised and lowered for field
goal and extra point attempts.
Lastly, SSI manufactured its first portable International Soccer Goal,
which debuted at the U.S. Bank Stadium’s sold out inaugural event, the
International Champion’s Cup, on August 3, featuring European soccer
powers A.C. Milan and Chelsea F.C.
“Equipping U.S. Bank Stadium for multi-sport use was an immense
undertaking that required the combined skills of Sportsfield Specialties
and Promats Athletics,” said Wayne Oliver, President of SSI. “As this
new showplace of sports takes the spotlight, the results of our efforts
stand as an example of the teamwork that made it possible.”
Two New Educational Articles
from The Guru Of Glue® on Choosing a Turf Adhesive, and the Advantages
of Solvent-Based over Solvent-Free Adhesives
Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI), the maker of NORDOT® Adhesives, has two
new educational articles that provide specifiers and end-users with
thoughts to keep in mind when selecting an outdoor turf adhesive.
SS#79, titled “Synthetic Turf: Choose Your Adhesive Carefully”, points
out four main dynamics to consider before specifying or buying an
adhesive for your project. It provides “food for thought” on important
factors that can be of great benefit in the decision-making process.
A second educational article (Boxer #151) titled “Knock Out”, takes on
the topic of “hazmat” as it applies to turf adhesives. It explains why
some turf adhesives are classified as “hazmat” (a term that is widely
misinterpreted and, consequently, needlessly feared); and points out
five of the many advantages to using solvent-based “hazmat” turf
adhesives over solvent-free adhesives to achieve superior installation
and long-term performance outcomes.
If you would like a free copy of SS#79 and/or Boxer #151, please contact
SSI at 908-233-6803, or at
SSI has been developing NORDOT® Adhesives for the global synthetic turf
industry for over 43 years. Its brand name, NORDOT® Adhesives, is
recognized worldwide as being the highest quality adhesives for
synthetic turf. Norris Legue, President of SSI, was a pioneer in the
synthetic turf industry in the 1960’s. He was dubbed The Guru of Glue®
by his peers and is still consulted today for his thoughts about the
accomplishments, problems and future growth of the industry.
Josh Millonig Joins Warner
Warner Larson Landscape Architects is excited to announce that Joshua
Millonig, LEED AP joined our team in Boston as Senior Project Manager in
October 2016. Joshua received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape
Architecture from Colorado State University in 2006 and has over 10
years of combined experience with AECOM, Stantec Consulting and Geller
DeVellis. His project experience has extended from small urban pocket
parks to large university athletic complexes for public and private
sector clients. Joshua’s design approach focuses on creating elegant and
functional spaces that enrich the lives of the communities they serve.