Pomona Unified and the Power of Cooperative Purchasing
The L.A. County Fair won’t be the only attraction in Pomona this fall. Three high schools in the Pomona Unified School District will showcase newly renovated stadiums in August, and all three will feature AstroTurf® synthetic fields. Pomona, Garey, and Diamond Ranch High Schools are each set to kick off their 2013 football seasons with the premier artificial playing surface underfoot.
Construction at all three high school athletic facilities broke ground simultaneously back in May. Brian Watt of LCC3 Construction Services, a leading contractor for public facilities design and build, is serving as the construction manager on the $16 million project. Mr. Watt’s experience and expertise are on display, as the substantial project is slated for completion in August – a miniscule three month turnaround. Installation of the new AstroTurf fields began June 28th , right on schedule.
Each of the three new stadiums will be outfitted with the AstroTurf GameDay Grass™ 3D60H synthetic turf system, the company’s signature playing surface. It’s the same artificial grass used by The Home Depot Center in the last two CIF Championships, and can be found in numerous stadiums and practice facilities throughout Division I college football and the NFL. The 3D product is routinely commended for its excellence across the full spectrum of turf performance, including speed, consistency, safety and appearance.
“We are excited to continue fostering a positive relationship with California high school athletics,” said AstroTurf President Bryan Peeples. “It’s an honor to see these young student athletes get an opportunity to compete on AstroTurf, which is considered to be the finest synthetic surface in the world.”
The opportunity to upgrade some of the district’s athletic facilities was first made possible by a voter-approved bond measure passed in 2008. After careful consideration PUSD decided on a proposal to transform the three athletic fields into modest stadiums, a project geared at enhancing community spirit and student interest as much as improving infrastructure.
The occasion to select a state-of-the-art synthetic turf for the new facilities came about as the result of both AstroTurf and PUSD’s involvement with The Cooperative Purchasing Network. TCPN is a national co-op which facilitates the acquisition of commonly purchased items, such as artificial turf. TCPN’s lead agency, Region 4 Education Center in Texas, solicits competitive bids, evaluates them, and awards contracts to vendors after thorough scrutiny of the vendors’ price, past performance, resources, and more. By allowing public entities such as schools and municipalities to legally and efficiently procure the quality products they need from vetted vendors, TCPN eliminates the hassle and redundancy of the local bidding process. This streamlined method saves TCPN registrants like PUSD valuable time, money, and resources that would otherwise be spent conducting a local bid.
What makes this AstroTurf surface a next generation field is that it combines the innovative features of the Horseshoe™ fiber with AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® technology. The monofilament Horseshoe fiber has an omega shape, which is more resilient and bounces back, helping it stay upright longer. Perhaps the most vital component of the 3D system is the RootZone®, a proprietary technology invented, patented, and improved upon by AstroTurf. It is an infill stabilization system comprised of a thatch layer of textured nylon that radically reduces both infill migration and deep cleat penetration – contributing to a faster, more consistent playing surface with a cleaner look. But perhaps most importantly, the RootZone complements the GameDay Grass 3D engineering to create a synthetic turf system that is proven by independent studies to reduce torque on knees.
Although primarily designated for football, the AstroTurf field will also be lined for soccer use. The company is no stranger to the pitch. They are an approved FIFA provider and have installed several FIFA one and two star fields throughout the world, from Vancouver to Beijing. In August of last year they partnered with CalSouth to become the official synthetic turf provider of the leading youth and adult soccer membership association in the United States.