• School Gym Closed After Lead Found

    by Lisa Irizarry October 2017

    The Southampton Intermediate School gymnasium has closed temporarily to allow for a cleanup after small concentrations of lead were discovered in surface dust, school officials said.

  • Study: Recycled Rubber Infill Poses No Health Risk

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    A new study found recycled crumb rubber infill to have no risks to public health. 

    The study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Research, evaluated all available date in North American on the chemical composition of recycled rubber, as well as air sampling data collected on or near synthetic turf fields. Researchers evaluated ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation pathways according to guidelines set by the EPA, and the study also took into account exposure scenarios for adults, adolescents, and children.

    According to the study’s conclusion, the research adds “to the growing body of literature that suggests recycled rubber infill in synthetic turf poses negligible risks to human health. This comprehensive assessment provides data that allow stakeholders to make informed decisions about installing and using these fields.”

    From ABTurf Industry Bolsters Defense of Crumb Rubber Safety

    Dan Bond, president and CEO of the STC, said the study shows that recycled rubber infill poses no greater health risk than natural grass surfaces. “This risk assessment aligns with more than 90 other peer-reviewed academic studies, third-party reports and federal and state government analyses that also have not found public health concerns from playing on synthetic turf fields with this material,” Bond said. “In just the past 12 months, multiple government agencies, including the Washington State Health Department, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and European Chemical Agency have published reports and analyses that have come to a similar conclusion and found no reason to advise people of all ages against playing on synthetic turf fields with recycled rubber infill.” 

    The STC notes that there are more than 11,000 synthetic turf field in the United States, and each saves more than 1.5 million gallons of water per year and eliminates the need for 8,000 pounds of pesticides per year. The STC also claims that a single synthetic turf field with recycled rubber diverts 20,000 tires from landfills.

  • New Projects: Covelli Multi-Sport Arena | Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center | Mizzou Softball Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    Breaking Ground

  • How VR Can Help Design Better Athletic Facilities

    by John McAllister October 2017

    After watching a human student-athlete from the University of Southern Indiana shoot hoops in a virtual model of a facility yet to be built, I’m convinced virtual reality has a key role in helping us design and create better athletic facilities for the future. Let me explain.

  • District Sues Architect, Contractor Over Gym Floor

    by Telegram & Gazette October 2017

    The school district and the School Committee have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against an architect and contractor for allegedly failing to properly remove and replace the gym floor at Mill Pond School.

  • Another Use for Synthetic Turf: Ice Hockey Practice

    by Ezra Amacher October 2017

    The Arizona Wildcats' club hockey team spent the week on the artificial grass field that borders the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility.

  • New Projects: Burlington Aquatic Center | University of Idaho Arena | Ontario High School Football Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Breaking Ground

  • Buffalo Set to Begin Field House Construction

    by Amy Moritz September 2017

    With funding secured over the summer, the University at Buffalo has secured the services of Rochester-based LeChase Construction as the general contractor and New York-based architecture firm CHA.

  • Officials Scrap Plans for Climbing Gym

    by Kip Hill and Eli Francovich September 2017

    Park officials are scrapping plans to build a controversial climbing gym on the north bank of the Spokane River near Riverfront Park.

  • How Branding Took Iowa Football's Practice Facility to the Next Level (Sponsored)

    by Michael McClurg, Forty Nine Degrees July 2017

    This sponsored content was provided by Forty Nine Degrees. What is sponsored content?

    A brand carries a certain emotion and leaves an impression. The Hansen Football Performance Center at the University of Iowa does just that — all 218,000 square feet. Without a doubt the Hawkeye brand leaves an everlasting impact on everyone who walks through the doors — especially recruits. The rich history of the Iowa football program is brought to life throughout the facility, incorporating key architectural elements to unify the space and bring the Hawkeye story to life.