College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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challenges, such as complying with local stormwater management ordinances. The keys to success are: planning to avoid problems likely to occur; adapting quickly to the unexpected; and anticipating future needs for students, as well as the infrastructure. Here are some of the insights we've gained and lessons learned from managing the College of DuPage and numerous athletic field projects throughout the Chicago area. new school year. Project scheduling has no margin for error and requires careful planning and preparation to avoid costly delays. For example, it's important to procure the turf and schedule its installation with contractors as early as possible, probably by January at the latest. Since other universities and local high schools will be doing their field renovations at the same time (often with the same two to three top turf suppliers), you want to lock down your installation dates to make sure your contractor won't get tied up on other projects. { CONT. ON PAGE 48 } PHOTO © BITJUNGLE Planning Considerations Most turf installations begin right after spring classes end and must be completed before the first football or soccer game of the FIELD OF DREAMS. Increasing demand for high-quality playing surfaces has given rise to a new generation of synthetic turf systems that replicate the look and feel of lush, natural grass. More than 6,000 multi-use synthetic turf sports fields are now in place in North American schools, colleges, parks, and professional sports stadiums. In addition, about half of all NFL teams currently play their games on synthetic turf. FEBRUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 45

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