March 20th is the first day of Spring and we’re seeing green at the 76ers Fieldhouse. Phase 2 of the project has been all about multi-function and multi-tasking for the BPGS Construction team as they charged through the four step process:
- Installation of Finished Stone Dust / Final Grading of Turf Subgrade
- Installation of Green Synthetic Turf
- Installation of Playing Lines
- Installation of Rubber/Sand Infill
Senior Project Manager, Ryan Givler, oversaw the turfs installation and commented on the importance of the fieldhouse as a major social and economic center for the community as well as a cross-functional recreational space:
1. Installation Finished Stone Dust / Final Grading of Turf Sub-grade
“Being the first of its kind here in Delaware, it was important that the different zones of the 76ers Fieldhouse be optimized to cater to large crowds of all ages as well as the different activities that will be taking place. The indoor turf area is a reflection of that thoughtfulness – mezzanine seating accommodates optimal viewing for 450 people, and the multi-functional state of the art synthetic turf can be broken down into a variety of field sizes for indoor and soon to be outdoor usage for a variety of teams and programming.”
Just like BPGS Construction team, the turf needed to work double time. UltraBlade DRE Extreme (2” pile height with rubber / sand infill) from Sprinturf was chosen for the indoor application. Its unique polymer technologies and overall aesthetic reflect a combination of interlocking mono-filament and parallel fibers which nearly eliminate infill fly-out – a common complaint among athletes, coaches and parents.
UltraBlade DRE Extreme
Rubber and Sand Infill
The dynamic two-color configuration (see picture 3 below) looks rich and lush across the 75,000 square foot expanse.
2.Installation of Synthetic Turf
3. Installation of Playing Lines
4. Rubber and Sand Infill Installation
During the rubber and sand installation approximately 405 CY of rubber and sand went down.
Phase 2 Indoor Synthetic Turf Field Complete
The last part of Phase 2 was GMax testing. Commonly referred to as “impact testing”, g-max testing measures the shock-attenuation performance of sports surfaces – including synthetic (artificial) turf and natural turf athletic fields. G-max measures the shock-attenuation performance of sports surfaces – including synthetic (artificial) turf and natural turf athletic fields. The fieldhouse indoor turf GMax passed with flying colors. Without rest, the BPGS fieldhouse team is on to Phase 3 – the outdoor turf field. Stay tuned!