Renovating existing aged courts can be challenging enough on its own. Renovating the existing courts at North Tahoe Regional Park had some unique challenges, due to its location in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Any construction project located in the Tahoe Basin can potentially have considerable costs due to trucking materials and equipment in and out of the basin. One approach we implemented on this project to help with this challenge was grinding & milling the existing asphalt courts in place.
Originally used for highways and roadway projects, milling/pulverizing isn’t often used on tennis courts. However, since the footprints and extent of the courts were not significantly changing from the existing layout, we could pulverize the aged asphalt in place, and pave over the crushed material for the new courts. This process essentially turns the old asphalt pavement into Recycled Asphalt Base (RAB). Recycling old construction materials helps reduce project costs and the project's overall environmental/carbon impact. This reduced costs in demolition by removing the material to a suitable disposal site, while saving other materials for import to the site. Working closely with the contractor, materials testing engineer, and owner, Lloyd Sports + Engineering provided a design that recycled the old courts into the new Tennis and Pickleball courts the park has today. Look at our previous post from last week to see what the finished product looks like!