News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October 2013

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Wright Throws Out First Pitch at Busch Stadium

ASBA member Dan Wright threw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium for the Pirates vs Cardinals baseball game on August 13, 2013. The honor was arranged by Bill Courtney and Jim Surrell of Midwest Diversified Technologies while Wright was a guest of theirs for the day. Midwest is one of ASBA’s Technical Meeting exhibitors and a supplier of drain pipe.

Wagner College Resurfaces Tennis Courts

Ace Surfaces Inc recently resurfaced tennis courts for Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. The courts play host to Wagner’s Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Teams, The Seahawks.

“Great job by you and your staff on the courts! Thank you for fitting us in.”said Brendan Fahey, Associate Athletic Director, Wagner College. The renovations were completed just in time for Wagner’s Men Tennis opening match vs Siena on September 22, 2013 at 12:00pm.

Ace Surfaces Inc was started in 1993 to distribute sport surface systems in the USA. Their first involvements with Nike Grind were in 1995. In 2002 they installed the largest area of Rebound Ace at 36 Parks in Portland, OR – 220,000 sf . In 2005 they signed a licensing Agreement with Nike Grind for the use in tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts.

Court installations by Ace Surfaces outside the USA include Netherlands, Tanzania, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean, Ecuador, Canada and Puerto Rico. They have also done high profile projects such as The LeBron James residence,Four Seasons Hualalai ,Portland Parks,Nike HQ & European HQ,Lifetime Fitness,Grumeti Reserve, Arusha, Tanzania,US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador and Lancaster Country Club.

“The tennis courts look awesome! Your guys did an excellent job.” Maria Tommasini, Assistant for Facilities and Operations at Wagner College.

AstroTurf® Hires Mike Knoll

AstroTurf® is pleased to announce that it has hired long time college football coach Mike Knoll as Sales Manager of its Texas region. Knoll brings 37 years of far ranging experience to his new position with the pioneers of the synthetic turf industry.

Knoll began his coaching career as the linebackers coach for Missouri Western in 1975. He has roamed the sidelines all over the country, including head coaching stints with New Mexico State and Upper Iowa. But whether he was coaching defensive backs for the vaunted Hurricanes of Miami under Jimmie Johnson or defensive line for the Golden Hurricane under John Cooper, Mike Knoll was a consistently tireless recruiter. Knoll endeavors to bring that same road warrior’s mentality to his new role at AstroTurf, where he will be tasked with growing AstroTurf’s share of the Texas market. And whether he was coaching in nearby New Mexico and Oklahoma or in Big Ten or ACC Country, the fertile football recruiting lands of Texas were always on the travel docket. Knoll hopes to capitalize on the extensive network of relationships with coaches and administrators he developed over the years in the Lone Star State in his new capacity with AstroTurf.

“After coaching for 37 years I knew I wanted to remain in athletics but change my direction,” said Mike Knoll. “I was attracted to AstroTurf because of the sterling reputation of their brand and the outstanding people in leadership. This is an exceptional organization and I am excited for the opportunity.”

APT Achieves ISO Certification

Advanced Polymer Technologies is proud to announce that we have been officially certified to the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management!

APT’s Green History

APT has been using green chemistry since its inception in 1994. Even then, many products were designed using renewable raw materials and nearly all products were designed without solvents. APT became the industry leaders in terms of low VOC and the elimination of heavy metals, asbestos, etc.

APT has continued with this mind set when developing new products over the years. Today, the APT Group offers purpose built systems comprised of renewable and recyclable materials. Many products and systems offer various LEED credits as well.

Why Did APT Seek ISO 14001 Certification?

APT is continuously finding innovative ways to maintain practices that are friendly to our workers, product end-users, and the environment. We wanted to find the best program to continue to build on this momentum. During our research, we came across dozens of organizations that will certify a company as eco-friendly. Sadly, many of these organizations turned out to be nothing more than a “pay to play” scheme and required little to no testing or data to back up a company’s green statement.

With ISO certification, onsite audits occur annually to ensure that not only are your written policies and procedures adhering to the ISO standard, but that your organization is in fact following these procedures. In addition to abiding by this internationally accredited standard, ISO certified companies are required to continually improve upon these practices.

When deciding to evaluate and improve upon our environmental impacts, APT wanted to not only say that we were being environmentally conscious but actually adopt these practices into our corporate culture. As many of you know, APT has been ISO 9001 certified for Quality Management since 1999. Therefore, APT decided to fully integrate the two systems into one and truly make our environmental program part of our overall management commitment.

If you require copies of APT’s ISO Certificates, please visit our corporate website, and click on the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 logos.

New Product: 5’ Aluminum Tennis Court Benches in White or Green

Athletic Connection’s new five-foot long bench is built for durability and comfort. Seat planks are 10” wide with a ribbed, non-slip surface. Planks are powder coated, anodized aluminum; nothing will rub off on clothing. Bench comes with safety end caps in order to eliminate sharp edges to snag skin or clothing. Heavy-duty, commercial-grade galvanized steel legs are 2⅜” outside diameter. Portable, In-ground and surface mount benches available.

University of Portland Weight Lifting Facility Features Water Jet Logos and Custom Colors

The University of Portland (UP) was founded in September 1901 by Portland, Ore., Archbishop Alexander Christie. Today, this private Catholic school has around 4,000 students. In addition to its focus on teaching and research, UP offers many extracurricular activities. This includes access to both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities at no charge.

One of these facilities, the Chiles Center, features a weight room exclusively for athletes that recently underwent a renovation. This transformation included upgrading the existing weight room. “We added about 1,200-square-feet of open floor space and two pieces of equipment,” said Bradford Scott, Director of Athletic Performance at the University of Portland. UP removed and replaced the existing rubber floor. “The existing floor was not ideal for a number of reasons,” said Scott. “It was too thin, ripped, was very dirty, and difficult to clean.”

In its place, UP selected Everlast UltraTile™, which is manufactured by ECORE, a company where recycling meets original thinking. Designed with a patented “ultra” wear layer to provide unlimited design options, UltraTile is available in more than 18 standard patterns. By featuring a pedestal underside, these tiles help prevent cable clutter by routing fitness equipment wiring beneath the surface.

ECORE worked closely with UP to make sure the flooring contained the right colors. ECORE created a unique purple just for UP that matches the school colors for the field color and the logos. More than five UP logos were then placed at each of the lifting stations in the locking room. Another side of the room contains the UP pilot logo.

“ECORE did a very nice job; it looks terrific,” said Art Stevenson, the ECORE Commercial Flooring agent involved with this project. “The pilot logo goes across 21 tiles. The water jet cut color logo was very easy for the installer to put together. With the UltraTile there was nothing to it. They put it together with the dowels. No figuring out little bits and pieces.”

“We liked the color combinations, density of material, which is one-inch thick, the warranty, and the ability to drop bumpers on it, therefore eliminating platforms,” said Scott. In addition to adding visual excitement, Everlast UltraTile surpasses the noise and shock absorption qualities of any other fitness floor. UltraTile can withstand the constant dropping of weights and pounding of equipment without showing wear and tear.

“We talked about what type of flooring they required for the students using the facility,” said Stevenson. “They needed surfacing that would stand up to athletes using free weights. If you drop a weight on anything besides UltraTile, it will start showing wear. They need university strength flooring.”

“It looks great, and it’s safe for the students to train on,” said Scott. For more information visit:

A Weekend at the USTA

ASBA members Tim Gerrits, LLA and David Bolt, AIA, of GMB Architecture + Engineering of Holland, Michigan, spent the Labor Day weekend in New York City in conjunction with the US Open. Tim and David were on hand, along with GMB client Hope College and consultant Global Sports & Tennis Design Group, to accept an Outstanding Facility Award for the Vande Poel – Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College.

The facility is one of 19 winners from the 32nd annual United States Tennis Association’s Facility Award program that recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The facility was recognized in the Educational Institution category. It was also lauded as the USTA’s Featured Green Facility of the Year.

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

“Great tennis facilities like the Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts help us to grow the game at the grassroots level and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “The Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts has embraced many of our tennis initiatives, especially 10 and Under Tennis, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year.”

Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.

The facility features a total of twelve post tensioned concrete courts. Both sets of six courts are broken down into batteries of two with low partial fences that help with ball control while allowing free viewing. The central spine provides an ideal viewing location for fans, with permanent stadium style seating and sculptural sun shades. Connection stairs at each end and in the center of the spine allow for players and coaches to traverse from the court level to the viewing level quickly. Underneath the spine is an open air, yet sheltered, player area complete with benches, drinking fountains, water filling stations and access to each court.

“The new tennis stadium has become the buzz of the tennis community not only in West Michigan, but also across the country,” said Jorge Capestany, manager of the college’s tennis facilities. “Just last week I was in N.Y.C. to receive this award and I had countless friends and tennis dignitaries comment to me about how beautiful and well designed the new facility was. Most of these people have only seen photos and I have found that when people see it in-person, they are even more impressed. The stadium has already impacted recruiting, the Hope College Summer Tennis Academy and our USTA tournaments in a very positive way. I am so grateful and proud to manage and operate out if this incredible place.”

Construction began on this $2.2 million facility in 2011 and the project was completed in June 2012.

GMB Architecture + Engineering is a full service architecture and engineering firm, employing about 90 professionals, with offices in Holland, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information on GMB’s sports facilities specialists, log on to, “like” the official Facebook page,, or follow @gmb_ae on Twitter.

NGI Sports Gives Running Tracks First Innovation in 40 Years

Environmental-friendly running track surfaces are being developed and tested by NGI Sports over the past 4 years in both urethane and latex finishes which can be applied over cracked asphalt and concrete. The first competitive 400 meter urethane track overlay utilizing the TitanTrax X3 system has just been completed outside of Milwaukee, WI.

Already known for surfacing systems that are economical and aesthetically pleasing for tennis, NGI is now also setting the standard for athletic running tracks by applying environmentally sensitive methods for manufacturing and installation to this industry. The TitanTrax X3 Running Track Surfaces are a smart energy choice because they do not employ high volumes of fossil fuels or release hazardous gases, such as carbon dioxide, because no heavy equipment or specialized track mixing and laying equipment is required for the installation process.

The installation process of TitanTrax X3 for a reconstruction is environmentally noninvasive to the current landscaping or existing vegetation and field areas. Fencing and amenities remain intact as all work can be completed within the track curbs.

The patent pending TitanTrax X3 Series surfaces are separate monolithic tensioned pavements which free-float above and can be installed directly over badly cracked existing asphalt and concrete tracks. TitanTrax surfaces are very efficient because the existing base materials do not need to be removed, or new asphalt applied. Recycling the cracked pavement is accomplished by completing surface repairs and then using the existing damaged pavement as the base for this new process. This recycling of the deteriorating pavement provides a considerable cost savings to the owner.

TitanTrax X3 systems are guaranteed against cracks from below transmitting to the finished surface.

NGI Sports, a division of River City Athletics, LLC, has been a sports surfacing leader for over 20 years. For more information call 800-835-0033 or visit

New IAAF Class 2 Track certified for Stockmeier Urethanes

The already extensive list of certified athletic running tracks around the globe for Stockmeier Urethanes recently received its latest addition with the installation of a Stobitan® full pour system at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, India. Melissa Martinkat,Global Marketing Manager at Stockmeier Urethanes Group is excited about the news: “Since over 20 years now Stobitan® track systems are being installed with great success all around the world, which is a clear testament to their long lasting quality and performance.”

Stockmeier Urethanes Group is a global leader in the manufacturing of polyurethane products for sports and leisure surfaces and operates 4 production sites in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information please contact Melissa Martinkat at +1-304-624-7002 ext 104 or

Beaverton High Begins School Year with New SPRINTURF Field

SPRINTURF, the only fully integrated synthetic turf company in North America that manufactures 100 percent of its products in-house and in the USA, today announced that Beaverton High School – a School of Excellence located outside of Portland, Oregon – and its football program give the new artificial turf by SPRINTURF rave reviews. In a video released by the Beaverton High Football Team, players said:

  • “We love the new turf.”

  • “It’s our favorite field to play on.”

  • “You don’t get turf burns on it.”

  • “So much better than what we played on last year.”

  • “When we set foot on it, we were like, oh my God, this is great!”

“We are thrilled with the feedback from the Beaverton High School football players,” says Bruce Cheskin, Executive VP, SPRINTURF. “The young adults who use our fields for sports and recreation are the most qualified to talk about its performance, quality, and durability. As a leading synthetic turf provider across the world, we’re glad our commitment to excellence matches that of Beaverton High and its sports programs.”

A time-lapse video shows the 84,500 square foot project from start to finish in which SPRINTURF’s Ultrablade product was used. The Beaverton High Football Team officially broke in the field last Friday night in its season kick-off game against Century High.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-686-TURF. Find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Sports Facility Transportation Engineer Kishnani Joins Stantec

Professional traffic engineer Sumeet Kishnani has joined the transportation planning division of design firm Stantec as a senior associate. Based in the firm’s Manhattan office, Kishnani will play a key role in expanding Stantec’s work in the field of transportation planning and traffic engineering for sports facilities.

Kishnani has 12 years of experience in transportation engineering, primarily in the area of transportation planning for major event facilities, including stadiums and arenas. He has helped improve the pedestrian, vehicular traffic and parking operations at over a dozen professional and collegiate sports facilities. He has helped develop standard operations plans that help improve ingress and egress, increase fan retention, and lead to better coordination between event day operations entities.

Kishnani is also a pioneer in the area of micro-simulation modeling for large-scale events. He has developed a prototype emergency evacuation model that accurately shows the interaction between tens of thousands of pedestrians, passenger cars and transit vehicles in the area around a stadium following a sporting event. The model has been used to develop a formal evacuation plan and to help prioritize the utilization of traffic management resources.

A Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, Kishnani has also been a guest speaker at the Sports Management program at Columbia University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at the City College of New York.

Stantec’s Manhattan office employs over 140 engineers, architects, and other design professionals.

New Pre-fab Turf Literature Release

A new technical bulletin entitled “Pre-fabrication of Synthetic Turf Logos, Inserts, Floor Mats and Athletic Fields” is available for free from Synthetic Surfaces Inc. It stresses how speed of assembly, packaging and shipping are essential for making a top quality product. It also emphasizes that, in order to avoid call-backs later due to aging, foot traffic and weathering, the pre-fabricated product must have superior durability, and how to achieve it.

Tech Bulletin #557, as well as other information about pre-fabrication, is available by contacting Synthetic Surfaces Inc. at (908) 233-6803; fax (908) 233-6844; or

TRS Increases Industry Standards with Complete Recycling Capabilities

Turf Reclamation Solutions (TRS) now offers a recycling capability that completes their synthetic turf reclamation process. Until now, the company has specialized solely in synthetic turf removal processes and technologies. This new recycling capability offers sports field managers and installers a turnkey process for removal and recycling of their synthetic fields.

“The industry has struggled for years to answer the question of how to best reclaim synthetic turf. As innovators in the synthetic turf reclamation industry, we now offer the complete solution by providing both removal and recycling services in one standardized process. We are accomplishing our goal of separating and recycling the turf system components, and making history while we do it. Our new recycling capabilities mark an exciting time for our business as well as for our clients,” said president of TRS, Mark Heinlein.

Prior to the establishment of TRS, the typical result of removing synthetic turf was to dispose of it in landfills. In fact, discarding a synthetic turf field accounts for over 500,000 pounds of waste per field. TRS’s solution to this problem includes cutting-edge machinery that provides an efficient, organized removal process, which results in clean turf packaged to fit the recycling requirements. The turf is then processed and re-compounded into pellets, which are shipped to the injection molding industries to be made into plastic goods.

“Our unique machinery was designed to meet the requirements of downstream recycling facilities. Our recycling process itself saves valuable resources that would otherwise have been used to make new plastic goods. With our new capability to control the recycling process as well as the removal process, we’re providing the industry a sustainable solution in the most efficient way possible,” said Heinlein.

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