Synthetic Turf ProjectsGardner Elementary School
Owner: San Jose Unified School District
Turf Installer: Sprinturf
Harker School Sports Complex
Owner: Harker School
Turf Installer: Sprinturf
Owner: City of Fremont
Turf Installer: Field Turf
“Artificial grass has long been viewed as a poor substitute for the real thing. But synthetic turf may finally be set to take root in professional soccer, and officials may even consider the possibility of using it for the next World Cup in 2010.” Published 9 June 2006 by Nature.com
Synthetic turf is becoming a popular choice for school districts, city and county parks departments, and other organizations when designing or upgrading recreation facilities.
Graniterock Construction Division started to get into this new type of project by winning the Gardner Elementary School project early this year. Since then, Graniterock Construction Division has completed Harker school, Irvington community park, and two fields in Redwood city. Graniterock Construction Division just started another synthetic turf project at Monterey high school. All of these fields use permeable rock bases. However, none of these fields were designed to have the same rock section. It has been quite a challenge to get the right type of permeable rocks to meet the specifications. Graniterock Construction Division’s confidence has been built up through working on these synthetic turf fields.
Synthetic turf has its distinct advantage, such as: Lower maintenance costs Artificial Turf requires no mowing, watering, fertilizing, or re-seeding. Regular maintenance involves brushing and occasional vacuuming using leased, rented or loaned equipment.
Environmental friendliness Aside from the environmental advantages that come from lower water use, the removal of significant amounts of fertilizer and pesticides means less chance of contaminating groundwater, and safer field conditions for children, pets, and wildlife. In addition, synthetic turf is commonly made of recycled materials.
Higher availability for use Barring local restrictions, synthetic turf is available to use 24 hours a day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. Artificial surfaces don’t become muddy in wet weather. They don’t need to lie fallow to allow recovery time from overuse.
With the maintenance savings, increased playability, usage increases and their associated increased revenues, and it has been found these facilities becoming important economic and community assets for the school districts and municipalities that invest in them.