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Byrne & Jones Sports Construction Receives 5 ASBA Awards in 2022

Byrne & Jones Sports Construction Receives 5 ASBA Awards in 2022

Byrne & Jones Sports Construction Receives Five ASBA Awards in 2022

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which display construction excellence.

Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Pickleball Facilities and Track & Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Sports Field category recognizes single- and multiple-field facilities.

Members of the Byrne & Jones Sports Construction team made their way out to Palm Desert, California where the winners of awards were announced at the Association’s 2022 Technical Meeting. Byrne & Jones Sports Construction was honored to receive the following awards:

Rantoul Family Sports Complex | Gold Medal Multi-Field Distinguished Sports Facility

Among the winners was The Rantoul Family Sports Complex, located in Rantoul, Illinois, for Best Multi- Field Facility. Byrne & Jones Construction completed the Rantoul Family Sports Complex in Spring of 2021. The outdoor Sports Tourism Complex includes 10 ball diamonds and 8 multi-use fields for contact sports. The all-synthetic turf facility recently ended their second season and has seen nearly one million visitors in 2022, hosting play for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, ultimate frisbee, and numerous community events. Mayor Chuck Smith states, “We are thankful to the ASBA for this year’s special honor and recognition. We are proud of our leadership team and also our partnership with Byrne and Jones Sports Construction of St. Louis, Mo. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our facility, I encourage you to visit soon. I am confident that you will find a wide selection of sports options, along with a first-class sports center, located in one of the fastest growing communities in central Illinois.”

The 2023 season begins in late March with the Rantoul Township High School Baseball Invite and will extend well into November. Director of Operations Ryan Reid said, “This award is a true honor. With the leadership of Byrne & Jones, dedication from their subcontractors to see construction through during a tough 2020, and the collaboration between the different departments of the Village of Rantoul, we had the best team for this project. Special thanks to Mayor Smith, our Board of Trustees, Administrator Eisenhauer, and Recreation Director Luke Humphrey for moving this vision forward.”

Seneca Athletic Complex | Distinguished Multi-Field Facility

Seneca School District hired Byrne & Jones through TIPS Cooperative Purchasing early in January of 2021.  The project consisted of an 8 lane running track, a new baseball stadium, and a synthetic turf baseball field.  The new athletic facilities solved many issues for the district. 

Superintendent Dr. Brandon Eggleston said the impressive features are sure to have virtually everyone in this Southwest Missouri town of about 2,500 residents swelling with pride about this project.  “The track is an eight-lane stand-alone track. The new multi-purpose facility will have locker rooms, bathrooms, a storage area and a concession stand. The track will also be open for the public to use.”  Eggleston went on saying, “Our previous baseball and softball fields were in a flood plain and flooded frequently. And with the new location, we do not have to worry about flooding.  We did not even have a track to practice on, so that is significant for our student-athletes. We now have a complex that can host any size track meet and a baseball/softball field that will be a state-of-the-art facility.  The complex will be a point of pride for our community. It is a place where our student-athletes can compete that is safe, high quality and reliable.” 

Westville High School | Distinguished Multi-Field Facility

Westville’s renovations posed a particular challenge only fit for the most experienced design-build sports contractor. They needed to entrust someone to redesign and shift the location of their existing stadium to fit a new concrete plaza and fitness building, and expanded bleachers, in the extremely limited space they had available.

Having saved capital funds for years and having one shot to get it right, Westville entrusted Byrne & Jones with this huge responsibility. Not to mention the tight schedule it needed to be built within – the project was approved in November 2020, design was completed by January 2021, construction started in February and the new stadium was ready for play by August of 2021, along with a full new turf baseball and softball field. The great success of this project was also awarded the project spotlight in TIPS Purchasing Cooperative’s quarterly newsletter.

La Salle Peru High School | Distinguished Single Field Facility

One of the most historic football stadiums in Illinois, Howard Fellows Stadium was originally constructed during the Great Depression with funding from FDR’s New Deal incentives.  LaSalle-Peru (LP) High School has called this field home for over 80 years, and through thoughtful and proper upkeep and restoration projects, have been able to keep the stadium current while maintaining its historic legacy. The most recent of these upgrade projects was a severely important one – upgrading the playing surface.  Having been plagued by poor drainage and dirt runoff, the stadium field had slowly become a surface full of ruts and puddles. 

LP ran an internal analysis of their options to renovate the field, including a full strip, regrading and re-sodding of the field, and installing synthetic turf.

Ultimately, LP decided that installing synthetic turf was the proper decision due its consistency as a safe playing surface, as well as improved drainage for the site and far less maintenance expenditures.  And this wasn’t any ordinary turf field – LP opted to install a field that rivals most NFL stadiums, choosing the highly resilient IronTurf Woven product from Greenfields, resting on top of a Brock concussion safety pad.  In order to accomplish this, LP sought out the best sports construction team in the business and hired Byrne & Jones directly through a purchasing cooperative to get the job done.  Byrne & Jones successfully delivered their project on time and on-budget.

Plummer Family Park | Distinguished Multi-Field Facility

Plummer Family Park opened in Edwardsville, IL, in August of 2020 and is already becoming a regional destination for tournaments and traveling athletes. The 83-acre, $12.8 million park includes four baseball/softball diamonds, six multi-purpose fields, 12 pickleball courts, concession stands, restrooms, a shared-use path, and parking for 821 vehicles, including 22 ADA-compliant spaces. Additional ball diamonds, a community park space, and additional parking are planned for a future phase.

Byrne & Jones Sports Facilty Construction

If you are interested in learning more about designing and building a world-class athletic facility you can reach out to us at  (314) 254-9766 and ask to speak with a member of our Sports Division. We have completed over 1300+ athletic facility improvement projects across the Midwest since 2010. By combining our in-house design team with certified track and field builders, we can help our clients build their dream facility. From start to finish, we will be with you every step of the way. We are now the winners of 14 ASBA awards – which you can view here.

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Understanding the different types of playground surfaces

Understanding the different types of playground surfaces

Understanding the different types of playground surfaces

When it comes to choosing a safe surface for public playgrounds such as schools or parks, there are several options to consider that are both safe and inclusive. These options are grouped into two major categories of surfacing: unitary and loose-fill.

Playground surfacing is a key factor to playground safety. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, falls to the playground surface account for nearly 70 percent of all injuries. Installing playgrounds over dirt, grass, concrete or pavers with no safety surfacing are not safe options and can indeed be life-threatening. To minimize risk and improve playground safety, playground flooring must be soft enough and thick enough to lessen the impact of a child’s fall.

Along with increased safety, certain playground surfaces also improve accessibility for playground visitors with mobility challenges. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which governs public playgrounds, requires that ground cover materials must accommodate all people, including physically challenged people who have mobility and footing issues such as people on crutches or in wheelchairs. 

The different types of unitary material playground surfaces include:

    • Synthetic Playground Grass
    • Pour-in-place Rubber
    • Rubber Mats
    • Tiles

Unitary surfaces include synthetic playground grass or turf, poured-in-place rubber, bond-in-place rubber, and interlocking resilient tiles – all with protective under-padding to help protect against falls. While the up-front cost is higher than loose-fill surfacing, unitary surfacing can be cheaper in the long run due to its high durability and low maintenance costs. Unitary surfacing is also extremely safe and guarantees complete accessibility and ease-of-use for physically challenged children and adults. Synthetic Grass and Poured-in-place and bond-in-place rubberized surfacing is also available in a wide variety of colors and shapes to make playgrounds more attractive to children and parents. Unitary surfacing design can also be leveraged to introduce additional games, sensory elements and play events ca to a play area bringing another added benefit to this surfacing solution.

The different types of loose-fill playground surfaces include:

    • Rubber Mulch
    • Wood Chips

Rubber mulch and engineered wood fiber (EWF), playground sand, pea gravel and other bulk materials are considered loose-fill material. However, many Owners are looking to excavate and replace the latter materials – pea gravel, sand – as it is dated, messy and not ADA compliant. While loose-fill material has the least expensive upfront costs and is easy to install, it also requires more frequent maintenance to stay within safety and ADA guidelines.

Loose-fill materials will compress at least 25 percent over time due to use and weathering. Additionally, materials must be replenished to ensure the surfacing system remains at the appropriate depth to adequately cushion falls. Generally speaking, 12 inches of loose fill material is recommended under and around playground equipment. Things like shards of glass, other sharp objects or animal waste can get buried in the loose material posing a potential hazard requiring the material to be replenished and/or replaced from time to time.

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If you are interested in learning more about designing and building a recreational or playground space you can reach out to us at  (314) 254-9766 and ask to speak with a playground expert. We will break down the entire process for you and help you choose the best products for your project. Make the world a better place by building inclusive play environments for children and let us help you along the way.

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What to consider when designing and building an inclusive playground

What to consider when designing and building an inclusive playground

What to consider when designing and building an inclusive playground

The ideal playground is designed with the intent for all children, able-bodied or disabled, to play and enjoy their youth. No matter the child’s circumstances, they should have equal opportunity when attending their local park. The most desired parks provide an array of options that give the visitor the ability to choose the experience most suited for them. Parents should feel safe and comfortable when allowing their children to participate in different play activities. The best parks are the ones where children are constantly requesting to go back. We want to help you build your ideal park! 

By leveraging our cross-division synergy, we are able to provide parks departments with the necessary resources to design and build inclusive playgrounds. Below you will find some of our recommended tips for when beginning your next playground project. 

What is an inclusive playground?

An inclusive playground provides a sensory-rich environment designed for all children to develop socially, physically, and emotionally that is easily accessible. They are carefully designed to provide a safe place for children with and without disabilities to come together and play. A true inclusive playground goes beyond the minimum playground requirements to create a truly unique play environment. Communities are diverse. Playgrounds should be too. 

Some components to consider when building an inclusive playground include:

  • Easy access to the playground
  • Select inclusive play equipment
  • Include sensory play elements
  • Provide social areas for all

Provide Easy Access to the playground

When designing a playground with multiple access points, the builder can provide various ways for visitors to enter the playground. An inclusive playground should be easily accessible for all children and parents. One addition would be the construction of ramps. Ramps allow for inclusive mobility into the playground. The surrounding parking lot should include ADA compliant ramps and sidewalks to further create access.

Select inclusive Play Equipment

When selecting the play equipment that will be installed, it is important to consider children with disabilities. For example, swing systems could feature swings that include harnesses,  wheelchair platforms, etc. Selecting ground-level activities is another way to help those who may not be able to climb onto play equipment. By ensuring the playground has play equipment that can be used by all,  more visitors can visit your park.  

Include sensory play elements

Sensory-rich playgrounds allow children of all abilities to integrate and develop their senses. Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Sensory Processing Disorders often prefer sensory stimulation as it allows them to explore and discover their world in an interactive way. When a child is engaged with sensory play, they are working towards enhancing their cognitive and motor skills, stimulating their creativity, and developing social skills. The more they play, the more they develop skills necessary to engage, change and impact the world around them.

Provide social areas for all

Is it important to include both individual and group play settings within the equipment. Not all children enjoy or want to play in large groups everyday so it important to give them choices. Including safe spaces can provide children areas for sensory relief. Equally important is the aspect of a playground that offers children the space to interact and play with one another. Play structures that incorporate both of the recommendations above can provide great balance for visitors. 

Get Started by speaking with a Byrne & Jones Playground Expert

If you are interested in learning more about designing and building an inclusive playground you can reach out to us at (314) 254-9766 and ask to speak with a playground expert. We will break down the entire process for you and help you choose the best equipment for your project. Make the world a better place by building inclusive play environments for children and let us help you along the way. 

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The advantages of installing a ProBounce tennis court surface

The advantages of installing a ProBounce tennis court surface

The advantages of installing a probounce tennis court surface

Tennis Court Installation

ProBounce Tennis Courts Are Stronger than you might think

 There are many factors that go into constructing a new tennis court. These include choosing a site, deciding what type of material to use for the surface, fencing, lighting, additional accessories and much more. We can help you throughout the entire process and help you choose the best system for your project. In this blog, we highlight some of the advantages of installing a ProBounce® tennis court surface. 

Advantages of ProBounce

The ProBounce® surface system is patented technology by NGISports and provides a new tennis court surface to those who love playing the sport.  “A monolithic pavement, cushioned overlay, ProBounce® bridges large structural cracks. The surface ‘floats’ on top of existing crushed stone, asphalt, or concrete. A flexible but stationary pavement for a remarkable look and remarkable play. From surface to resurface, we bring the right fit for every project.” – NGI Sports

Build a new system or install over existing surface

The ProBounce® surface system can be installed on top of an existing asphalt and concrete surfaces.

 a cost-efficient way to install a new surface system

Being able to install the ProBounce® system on top of an existing surface can save hundreds of thousands of dollars for the owner.

Athletes Stay Cooler

The ProBounce® surface will stay cooler compared to traditional asphalt & concrete surfaces when getting hit by the sun. This keeps athletes cooler while they compete.

Less wear and tear on joints and muscles

The ProBounce® patented technology provides a safe cushion underneath the athletes. Athletes will notice less wear and tear on their body compared to traditional surfaces.

Are you looking for a contractor to help you install a probounce court surface?

Are you read to install a ProBounce® tennis court surface?  We can help. At Byrne & Jones Sports Construction, we are a 7-time ASBA Excellence Award Winners with 12 ASBA Certified Builders on staff. Learn more about our tennis court construction at https://www.byrneandjones.com/sports/tennis-court-construction. If you are interested in a free tennis court evaluation or learning more about various court surface systems give us a call at (314) 254-9766.

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Is your project stuck in the mud?

Is your project stuck in the mud?

Is your project stuck in the mud?

Access to the job site, in less-than-ideal conditions, can wreak havoc on construction schedules and create job site safety issues. So, what are your options if you need access to the site without any paved surface leading in and out of the project?

Soil Stabilization!

Soil Stabilization is a method of improving soil properties by adding and mixing soil modifiers to it. It is generally required when the soil, under the foundation for construction, is not suitable to carry the structural load. Stabilization can increase the shear strength of a soil and/or control the shrink-swell properties of a soil, thus improving the load bearing capacity of a sub-grade to support pavements and foundations.

Stabilization may allow you to use less material when surfacing the project…think road, parking lot, or other areas needing surfacing.

What are the options?

  • Mechanical Stabilization
  • Lime Stabilization
  • Cement Stabilization
  • Fly Ash Stabilization
  • Geotextile and Fabric Stabilization

1. Mechanical Stabilization

Mechanical Stabilization – is a method of improving the property of the soil by changing its gradation. This can be done by bringing in new soil or additional rock. Blending, rolling, and compacting is needed to achieve the desired stability.

The benefits of Mechanical Stabilization are its low cost, readily available materials, and time to construct. Weather, rain, snow, frost, can still leave the soil vulnerable. This is not a permanent solution to achieve optimal site access. In addition, by adding material you are changing the grade of the site, which results in import & export of materials. That needs to be taken into consideration when using this type of stabilization method.

2. Lime Stabilization

Lime Stabilization – This is one of the most cost-effective stabilization options. Typically, 5% to 10% lime is spread and tilled into the soil to “firm” up the ground. The lime reacts with the water in the soil to produce cementitious compounds making the soil firm and water resistant. Lime stabilization is an excellent choice when the soils contain a large amount of clay.

Benefits: Fast, low-cost, permanent, increased load capacity and structural benefits, drying agent for wet soil, no grade changes, will continue to stay firm, because of the chemical reaction with the materials. By incorporating lime into the soil, you are increasing the structural coefficients, where you may not need as much material for surfacing.

3. Cement Stabilization

Cement Stabilization – Cement Stabilization is used when you desire the soil particles to be bonded together, by the cement. This process is very similar to Lime Stabilization. Cement is spread and tilled into the existing soils. As the cement hardens, it bonds the material to produce a durable driving surface or material staging area.

Benefits: Fast, affordable, increased bearing capacity of the soils, adds to drying, easy to apply and construct. This produces a durable, firm, water resistant, and dry surface. May require less material to surface. Doesn’t increase the grades.

4. Fly Ash Stabilization

Fly Ash Stabilization – Fly ash is a by-product or waste product from coal-based power generation plants. Fly ash has less cementitious properties compared to cement and lime, so it tends not to perform as well. In addition, you must use much more of this material, which adds to the overall cost and time to construct.

Things to consider: Access to Fly Ash is not always available. Because you need much more of it than you would lime or cement, there is additional trucking, spreading and tilling costs. Fly Ash tends to “swell” as time passes. It’s not as consistent as lime or cement.

5. Geo-textile & Fabrics

Geo-textile & Fabrics – Geotextiles are made from porous synthetic materials such as polyethylene, polyester, and nylons. These come in a variety of options: woven, non-woven and grid. These high strength materials can improve the quality and durability of the soil and may reduce the cost of construction.

Things to Consider: Geo-textiles & fabrics are expensive but effective, tend to be best suited for smaller isolated areas, and typically require some form of mechanical stabilization above or below the grid, if not both. Materials tend to be readily available as well, making this quick and easy to complete.

The benefits of stabilization can include:

  • Higher resistance (R) values
  • Reduction in plasticity
  • Lower permability
  • Reduction of pavement thickness
  • Elimination of excavation, material hauling, handling, and base compaction
  • Provides “all-weather” access onto and within project sites
  • Geotextile and Fabric Stabilization

If you are faced with a muddy, messy job site, soil stabilization might be the solution to get your project out of the mud and on solid ground.

If you are interested in learning more give us a call at (314) 254-9766 and ask for Jake Phelps! 

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