The East Bay German International School Play Field Replacement was a simple turf replacement project with some minor upgrades to ensure the new surfacing would operate at its fullest potential. The newly installed synthetic turf field includes new multi-colored turf with a main youth soccer field (35yd x 25yd) fully striped in white, two smaller soccer fields (25yd x 15yd) indicated with navy blue dots and three full size volleyball courts indicated with light blue dots. The true blue perimeter turf not only adds visual interest to the field, but also serves as an important safety indicator to users that they are getting close to hardscape or a fence. The turf was designed to provide maximum usability for PE and programed uses without cluttering up the small field.
Underneath the turf is a shock/drainage pad for fall safety and directing the flow of water to the newly upsized collector line to the west of the field. This field had asphalt as the base material under the existing synthetic turf. Some work was done to fill low spots to reduce ponding and to make a level playing surface. The shock pad makes for a safer surface by helping level out the finished surface (reducing trip hazards), creating a softer surface if someone were to fall and facilitating the clients request for cork infill, which does not provide the required shock attenuation to meet safety standards.
In conclusion, Lloyd prepared concept diagrams explaining key points that turf manufactures would need to know for the purpose of preparing a CMAS (California Multiple Award Schedule) agreement. The turf vender was able to complete this 110,000sf project in about a month, including some found existing conditions that were navigated with the client/engineer/contractor team.
With the recent rains, we are happy to report that the field drainage is performing as intended. Hopefully students will get to play on it soon.