NMHS turf field project stays on track
Published 3:53 pm, Friday, July 17, 2015
Turf fields seem destined to be a reality at New Mlford High School.
An engineering firm has been chosen to design the artificial turf fields and track project at NMHS.
Representatives from Glastonbury-based BSC Group recently met with members of the town’s turf committee to make recommendations about turf materials, field lighting and other components of the project.
BSC Group associate Luke McCoy recommends not using Nike Grind, ground Nike shoe soles. He feels it is too new to have sufficient, long-term testing.
He said organic substances are available, but would cost much more and would require additional maintenance.
The estimated budget for the project would be $3.5 million to $3.7 million.
Committee chairman Pete Bass said BSC Group was chosen for its “enthusiasm, experience and willingness to attend all of the meetings necessary as the project plans go forward.
“Obviously, we’re looking at all the ways possible to
control costs,” he said. “We‘re looking at all options for synthetic turf material.”
If the town plans to use crumb rubber and sand infill, McCoy said to stay away from SRB rubber and EPD rubber. The town would want to look for acrylic sand, such as is used on tennis courts, he added.
The foundation beneath the turf will be two layers of dynamic stone, the top layer being one-and-a-half-inch thick. The track surfacing is placed on an asphalt base.
McCoy said their system is designed to catch and drain up to 16 inches of rain per hour. A team can play on the field while it rains, he said. A collector drain in the dynamic stone below the field is used to move the collected storm water.
The fields will be surveyed to determine measurements for the adjacent field. McCoy recommended tall pole lights that can direct light down onto the field like a spotlight and not have spillage to neighboring properties.
Committee members have raised concerns about light spillage affecting the McCarthy Observatory adjacent to the fields, as well as neighboring homes.
A final design and specifications package is expected to be submitted to the town for approval by Aug. 3.