Northern Kentucky University Baseball and Soccer Synthetic Turf Projects
Highland Heights, Kentucky
The renovation of the Bill Aker Baseball Complex included the removal of the existing natural grass and clay infield, the limestone warning track material, all foul and home run fencing, and the installation of a new synthetic turf infield, new crushed red brick warning track material, moving the field location, and installation of new fencing. The infield was pushed approximately 15 feet directly towards center field to make more room behind home plate and between the foul lines and dugouts. Sportworks designed the details for the synthetic turf field, curbing, attachment, the interface with the natural grass outfield, the underdrain and conveyance system, and the new fencing. Special attention to the grading and spot elevations were necessary due to the infield location needing to meet NCAA specifications.
Sportworks Field Design, a division of The Kleingers Group, also provided surveying services, and site design for the $6.5 million lighted synthetic turf soccer stadium. Replacing the natural turf with a synthetic turf system allows for heavier use of the field without compromising the field’s integrity and playing conditions. The stadium, which was completed in 2009, includes seating for 1,000 spectators, concession areas, locker room and training facilities and other associated uses. Sportworks Field Design partnered with MSA Architects to complete this project.