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Football Field and Field Hockey Facility, University of Maryland
Football Practice Field
- This project consisted of reconstructing two existing natural turf practice fields and one artificial turf practice field being used by the Maryland Terrapins Women's Field Hockey team.
- The synthetic turf field was constructed utilizing "infill" technology which combines polyethylene fibers and crumb rubber and sand infill to replicated natural grass.
- The synthetic surface was installed over compacted, granular fill that will drain approximately 16 inches of rainfall per hour keeping the surface dry and safe for the players.
- A state-of-the-art lighting system in terms of glare and spillage control was also constructed as part of this project.
- The light poles were taller than normal so fixtures can be aimed down instead of across the field, in order to minimize the glare and spillage.
Field Hockey Facility
This project consisted of constructing a synthetic turf field hockey facility over an existing parking lot. The field hockey facility will be used by the Maryland Terrapins Women's Field Hockey program. The constructed facility meets the NCAA regulations for official game play. The field hockey/lacrosse field was constructed using traditional synthetic technology. A carpet of 5/8 inch nylon fibers was installed on a 19 mm poured-in-place shock-absorbing pad on an 8 inch layer of rolled, compacted, granular fill. The granular fill will drain approximately 16 inches of rainfall per hour. An underfield drainage system was installed to collect runoff and direct it to the existing storm drainage system. A locker room and concession facility is also to be built as part of the Field Hockey Project.
AMT'S ROLE: AMT was the prime consultant for this project and was responsible for the oversight of the geotechnical engineer, landscape architect and field design consultant, and the electrical engineer. AMT's design roles included site grading, drainage and utility design. AMT was responsible for obtaining all MDE erosion control and stormwater management permits, as well as construction phase services. The construction phase services included the review of shop drawings, responses to RFI's and site inspection to ensure that the construction was performed in accordance with the construction documents.
UNIQUE COMPONENTS: These projects were unique because of the tight construction schedules. Construction on the practice fields could not begin until after the Terrapins' football season, which was extended due to the Gator Bowl. This caused an initial delay in the start of construction. The Field Hockey project was on a slightly longer schedule due to the need to obtain permits from WSSC for water and sewer, and MDE Waterways and Wetlands division for work within the 100-year floodplain and nontidal wetlands. The field hockey team would have no place to practice once construction began on the football practice field.
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