News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July  2015

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APT's Laykold Masters Chosen for Rooftop Court

Laykold Masters 8mm cushion court was the surface of choice for a recent rooftop basketball court installation at Barry Farms Recreation Center. After months of researching the perfect rooftop basketball court, the District of Columbia selected Advanced Polymer Technology's (APT) Laykold Masters 8 as the surface of choice. Leading DC's Parks Department to their decision was the extreme shock absorption from the Laykold Masters 8mm shock pad at 26%. Second would be a secondary waterproofing capability which is built into all of the Laykold Masters shock pad products and lastly, the Laykold Masters 8 system's ability to span construction joints and cracks by being installed as a completely floating surface. The surfaces capabilities include a 5-year warranty, up to 60% force reduction and equal play to a hard court, all making the Laykold Masters surfaces a no-brainer for cities, counties and homeowners alike.

Penn Relays Choose Rekortan, Once Again in 2015

The decision was made by the University of Pennsylvania to perform a complete track renovation after the 2015 events at Franklin Field. Advanced Polymer Technology’s (APT) Rekortan running track was an easy choice as it simply outlasts the competition.

Rekortan has been the official surface of the Penn Relays since 1988. According to Gary Wilson, Director of Sales at APT, Rekortan was selected once again because of its superior characteristics of speed and longevity.

Rekortan’s superior reputation is known around the world by world class athletes.

“I made three Olympic teams all while training on Rekortan surfaces. Injury-free my entire career! In my 15 years of competing, I’ve found Rekortan to be the most outstanding surface in the world.” – Harvey Glance, Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008 Assistant Olympic Coach, and Coach of 2012 Olympic 400m champion.

For more information about the U Penn/Penn Relay project at Franklin Field and Rekortan, please contact Gary Wilson at wilson@advpolytech.com or visit www.sportsbyapt.com.
 


David DiGeronimo Joins AstroTurf

AstroTurf is pleased to announce a strong addition to its lineup of experienced personnel. David DiGeronimo has been hired as a Product Manager to cultivate the market for the company’s new Golden Series product line. He will be responsible to drive sales for this innovative, rubber-free line of turf systems.

Having been raised in the business, David’s hands-on industry experience dates back 15 years to his college summers, when he built fields. After graduating with a BS from the University of Worcester, David received a certification of Applied Project Management from Villanova University. David has gained a wide range of experience working for firms across the business of athletic field building – from landscape architecture firms to turf manufacturers to installation companies. His overarching industry knowledge will be invaluable to AstroTurf.

David lives in California with his wife, Elizabeth, and young daughter, Ila Jane.


Rusty Russell Retires from Astroturf

AstroTurf announces with sadness that Rusty Russell retired at the end of May.

After a long career coaching football at colleges across the country, Rusty Russell began his turf career at FieldTurf, eventually moving to AstroTurf in 2010. The strategic sales methods he employed were impressive. AstroTurf owes many of its high profile football accounts to his efforts, including the Citrus Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, Mississippi State, University of Tennessee, Auburn, University of South Carolina, and others.

His shoes will be difficult to fill, but AstroTurf wishes him well!
 


Blazer Manufacturing Has New Ownership

Kirk Diers and Brent Ogle have acquired sports equipment manufacturer, Blazer Manufacturing. The new ownership team has retained all the employees and has placed emphasis on new growth with the continued quality manufacturing that has kept customers coming back for 40 years. Blazer’s manufacturing plant is located in Columbus, NE, with a sales office in Fremont, NE. The company has been making sports equipment since 1974 and offers a full line of track and field equipment and volleyball equipment, as well as equipment for baseball, softball, football and soccer. For more information on products, please visit the website: www.blazerathletic.com. You can also call the sales office at 800-322-2731.
 


BSC Group Names David N. Hayes, PE New President and CEO

The BSC Companies, Inc. board of directors voted unanimously to name David N. Hayes, PE, LEED AP as the next President of BSC Companies, Inc., the parent firm of BSC Group and Geonetics. Hayes will also assume the position of Chief Executive Officer. Formerly the Executive Vice President of BSC, David will succeed outgoing President Charles Kalauskas, PE who has led the firm’s engineering consulting business since 2012. Hayes will begin his role immediately, having responsibility for the operational and financial management of BSC Group and its affiliate. Kalauskas, who has been with BSC since 1981, will remain available to assist in the transition as Chairman of the Board, a role he is assuming from the firm’s Chairman and former President (1990 to 2012) Richard Long.

Hayes joined BSC in 1987 and has worked with Kalauskas and Long for more than 25 years. Hayes is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Mathematics and Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland. In December 2012, Hayes was re-elected to his second, three-year term on the MassEcon Board of Directors—the Commonwealth’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth.

Celebrating its 50th year, BSC is a leader in providing integrated planning and engineering solutions to public and private sector clients for land development, transportation, and energy-utility projects throughout New England. Founded in 1965, the firm has 120 professionals and operates from offices in Boston, Worcester, and Yarmouth, MA, as well as Glastonbury, CT.


PanAm and ParaPan Games to be played on DecoTurf

California Sports Surfaces is pleased to announce that our DecoTurf cushioned acrylic system has been chosen for use at the 2015 PanAm Games and the 2015 ParaPan Games, both to take place in Toronto this July.

The PanAm Games tennis tournament will take place on the courts of the Rexall Centre, also home to the Rogers Cup, on the grounds of York University from July 10-26th. The wheelchair tennis tournament of the ParaPan Games will take place on the newly constructed courts at University of Toronto-Scarborough from August 7-10th.

DecoTurf, a California Sports Surfaces brand, is best known as the Surface of the US Open since 1978. For more information, please visit www.decoturf.com.


California Sports Surfaces chosen for USTA National Campus

California Sports Surfaces™ (CSS) is pleased to announce that they have been chosen by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the Official Cushioned Acrylics Supplier of the USTA National Campus, the new Home of American Tennis. The USTA’s tennis center is being developed on 63 acres in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida

Three of CSS’ world-class cushioned surfacing systems will be installed on 46 courts at the site: DecoTurf®, the Official surface of the US Open since 1978, Plexicushion® Prestige, the Official surface of the Australian Open since 2008 and Rebound Ace®, the surface of the Asian Games and Singapore Youth Olympics. More professional and recreational tennis is played on CSS brand surfaces than any other courts in the world.

“California Sports Surfaces is proud and honored to be providing the most recognized tennis surfacing brands in the world for this prestigious venue” said CSS Managing Director John Graham. “This is a great opportunity for youth and adult players at all skill levels to compete on three Grand Slam surfaces in one location.”

For more information, visit www.californiasportssurfaces.com.

California Sports Surfaces awarded first Two-Star ITF Recognized courts in the USA

Three outdoor acrylic courts in Florida, USA have been awarded Two-Star ITF Recognition.

Two courts at Palm Beach Atlantic University were tested against the ITF recommendations for evenness, slope, planarity, dimensions and court pace rating, and gained Two-Star ITF Recognition which is an acknowledgement of high-quality installation. The DecoColor Cat 3 surface was supplied by California Sports Surfaces®, a company well-established in the court surface industry and a long-standing member of the ITF Foundation. The courts were installed by ProCourts in conjunction with Global Sports & Tennis Design Group design team.

One court at Fisher Island Racquet Club also obtained Two-Star ITF Recognition using DecoTurf Select, supplied by California Sports Surfaces®. This court was installed by Agile Tennis Courts.

California Sports Surfaces® (CSS) is pleased and honoured to be awarded the first Two-Star ITF recognised courts in the United States” said John Graham, Managing Director of CSS. “Thank you to the ITF and our partners ProCourts and Agile for working with us on these projects. We maintain that the ITF Recognition programme differentiates the manufacturers who have had their products tested on-site, in the field, from those who have not. We encourage all manufacturers and court builders to demonstrate the calibre of their products and installation skills by submitting for official recognition.”

With five laboratories accredited to conduct Two-Star ITF Recognition testing worldwide and three approved One-Star assessors, the programme is set to expand further in 2015.

For more information about the ITF Recognition programme, visit www.itftennis.com/technical/courts/recognised-courts.aspx or email the ITF Technical Centre at technical@itftennis.com.
 


Classic Turf Company Receives Project Award of Excellence from the Post-Tensioning Institute

Classic Turf Company was given the Award of Excellence in the ‘Slab-On-Ground’ category for the 2015 Post-Tensioning Institute Project Awards. This prestigious award is given every two years to a project that demonstrates excellence in post-tensioning applications.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Classic Turf Company’s entry, the Sky View Parc Tennis Facility, has been chosen as the recipient for the Award of Excellence in the ‘Slab-On-Ground’ category for the 2015 Post-Tensioning Institute Project Awards. This award is given every two years to a project that demonstrates excellence in post-tensioning applications. The Award of Excellence is an honor that serves to recognize the best in our industry.” says Theodore L. Neff the Executive Director of the Post-Tensioning Institute. In choosing the recipient, several things are considered, including: creativity, innovation, ingenuity, cost-effectiveness, functionality, constructability, and aesthetics.

The Skyview Parc Project, a 3.5-acre rooftop project, is located in Flushing, New York across the river from the US Tennis Center. The court portion of the project consisted of a highly customized structural post tension concrete tennis and multi-purpose courts situated on top of a prefabricated garage structure. Specialized fence anchors and light pole footings were integral to the court structure. The 10mm Classic Turf Cushioned Sports Surface was installed on the concrete slab for the finished playing surface.

The attention to details and construction logistics required for the Skyview Parc project was critical to the success of the installation and Classic Turf performed with excellence.

"Classic Turf successfully implemented the installation of the courts in a very short window using the details and methods requested by our firm and the process was closely coordinated between our offices. Classic Turf was the only court installation contractor we interviewed that understood our needs, site limitations, and the uniqueness of the project," says James Gilday President of Moss Gilday Group.

The courts at Skyview Parc were successfully opened in 2012 and were celebrated with play from tennis professional Michael Chang.
 


Chris Banner Joins Ecore as International Sales Manager

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces that makes people’s lives better, is delighted to announce Chris Banner has joined the company as an International Sales Manager.

“Chris is an excellent addition to the Ecore family,” said Art Dodge, III, president and CEO of Ecore. “In this new role, Chris will help to develop Ecore’s presence internationally. We are excited for him to introduce Ecore products to new parts of the world.”

Banner was born and raised near Manchester in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Hull with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish. Prior to joining Ecore, Banner worked in international sales for a commercial textile company. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

To learn more about Ecore visit: http://www.ecoreintl.com/

Ecore Issues Environmental Product Declarations for 12 Products

Ecore International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces that make people’s lives better, recently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by issuing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for twelve products.

An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other information in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025. Ecore’s EPDs were prepared by SCS Global Services and based on the NSF International Product Category Rule (PCR) for Flooring: Carpet, Resilient, Laminate, Ceramic and Wood. Several Ecore products have gone through the rigorous EPD process, which includes a comprehensive life cycle assessment.

Ecore has conducted EPDs for Forest rx, Terrain rx, UltraTile®, ECOmax, Performance, ECOrx, ECOfit, PlayGuard, Everlast Basic Rolls & Tiles, ECOsurfaces, QT, and ECOsilence.

Following completion, Ecore’s EPDs were externally verified by FFK LTD as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14025:2006 and ISO 21930:2007. This verification meets LEEDv4 requirements. Ecore considers these Environmental Product Declarations a useful tool in providing transparent, comparable, and authenticated information with regards to environmental performance of its products.

Ecore’s EPDs can be downloaded here or on SCS Global Services’ Green Product Guide: http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-green-products-guide.
 


The Motz Group Expands Footprint with the Addition of New Field Consultant

The Motz Group (TMG), provider of world-class athletic surfaces, is expanding its  business development team to accommodate growing market demand. TMG is excited to welcome Reese Hicks as its newest Field Consultant.

As a TMG Field Consultant, Reese will drive business development by creating and fostering long-lasting relationships with clients throughout the entire lifespan of their field. He will work to identify prospective customers to further expand the Midwest athletic field market. In addition, he will become a trusted adviser, leveraging his knowledge and expertise as a former professional athlete.

Reese joins TMG with over 10+ years of experience in account management and professional sports. Reese graduated from Georgetown College where he earned his bachelor degree in Business Administration/Communication. An athlete at heart, Reese played football for the college, taking part in two National Championship teams. Reese went on to play in the NFL for three seasons with the Chargers, Texans and Browns among others.

“Reese’s expertise will significantly contribute to TMG’s key growth areas, helping to expand our capability and further serve our clients. His drive and dedication is apparent. As a proven team player, we are excited and proud to welcome him to the Motz family,” said Zach Burns, President of TMG.


Putterman Improves Gym Floor Covers

Putterman Athletics has continued to perfect the exclusive make-up of their Gym Floor Covers so the covers last for decades. Their unique coating process provides durability on the surface and a better floor grip. Available in a variety of weights and colors, Putterman boasts a full line of Gym Floor Cover Systems. Last year, Putterman introduced a line of eco-friendly Gym Floor Cover Systems including ReGard and EnviroGard to add to their ever growing line. Customers can add a printed logo to a Gym Floor Cover or a Mobile Storage Rack System for simple storage and installation. www.puttermanathletics.com, 800-621-0146.


SSI Expands Track & Field Presence in Southeast United States

Two small southern colleges—Berry College (NCAA Div. III) in Mt. Berry, GA and the University of Montevallo (NCAA Div. II) in Montevallo, AL—are going big time with sparkling new track and field facilities that have been outfitted exclusively with competition equipment made by Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI). Thanks greatly to SSI’s reputation for product quality, timely delivery, and personalized customer service; it was an easy decision for college officials and the builder, Sports Turf Company of Whitesburg, GA, to turn to the upstate NY company for all the essential track and field equipment at the new on-campus venues.

On both projects the point person for SSI was Brian Jaeger, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, who worked closely with Dan Wright, CFB of Sports Turf and met often with the track and field coaches at both schools. Jaeger, who is based in Atlanta, counseled both coaches on the functionality and durability of SSI track and field equipment.

In equipping the new Montevallo facility for the 2015 season, SSI provided one dual pad hammer and discus cage with separate circles for both, one shot put toe board and ring, eight comboxes (for in-ground electrical connections), six takeoff boards, and one steeplechase pit with a single hurdle for the water pit. The season was capped off when Montevallo showed off its new venue as host of the Peach Belt Conference Championships.

At Berry, the new track and field venue will mean the expansion of what has been strictly a cross-country running program and enable full participation in track and field by both men’s and women teams in the spring of 2016. The lineup of equipment provided by SSI includes one dual pad hammer and discus cage with separate circles for both, two shot put toe boards and rings, four comboxes, four pole vault boxes, eight takeoff boards, one steeplechase pit with cover and four stationary hurdles including one for the water pit.

“These projects give SSI track and field equipment important visibility in the southeastern United States where the sport is especially robust,” said David Moxley, Director of New Construction Sales for SSI.

On the working relationships he has built in the region, Jaeger added,”It’s always great collaborating with the team at Sports Turf Company plus it was a pleasure advising and getting to know the head coaches and athletic administrators at both schools.”
 


New IAAF Class 2 Track certified for Stockmeier Urethanes

Stockmeier Urethanes is pleased to announce the latest addition of a Class 2 IAAF certified Stobitan® full pour running track. The stadium is Swaraj Maidan Moodabidri and was installed in Moodabidri, Karnataka, India adding to an already extensive list of certified athletic running tracks around the globe for Stockmeier Urethanes.

Christian Martinkat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Stockmeier Urethanes Group and CEO of Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc. states: "Stobitan® running track systems have been earning IAAF Class 1 and 2 certificates with greater frequency throughout the recent years, which is a clear testament on how the consumers view these systems as a great choice as a running track system. We are proud to offer products that are recognized as components that have long lasting quality and performance."

As a specialist within the Stockmeier Group, Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH & Co. was founded in 1991 in Germany as a polyurethane systems house focused on the development, production and marketing 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 and services.
For more information on the company or products please contact David Painter at +1-304-841-4655 or d.painter@stockmeier.us.com.
 


Verde Design Kezar Stadium Track

Verde Design Inc., of Santa Clara, CA recently completed renovation efforts for the track at historic Kezar stadium located within Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department sponsored the project.

The project included the expansion and renovation of Kezar Track to a nine-lane NFHS track. The running surface is a Mondo Super X 720 13.5 MM and replaces the original 20+ year old Mondo track.

The track was re-graded and repaved to allow for a new 1% maximum cross slope to be developed. New ACO perimeter trench drains, Sportsfield Specialties long and triple jump pits with sand catchers, football goal posts, soccer goals and a dual shot put throwing area were included in the project.

New ADA improvements, drinking fountains and perimeter walkways rounded out the improvements. Robert A. Bothman was the General Contractor.


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