Total reconstruction has brought a dramatic new look and added functionality to the football and track and field facilities at Amherst College thanks in part to a significant amount of essential competition equipment from Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI). It’s familiar territory for SSI, which in 2007 and 2011 supplied equipment for Amherst’s multi-purpose synthetic turf field, softball field and football practice field.
The SSI equipment for the recent reconstruction project was specified by the landscape architectural firm Brian J. Stephenson & Co. LLC of Washington, DC. Most of the equipment was for installation at the Neuhoff-Lumley Track, which had become outdated for multi-team championship competition. The list of SSI-supplied products now in place at Neuhoff-Lumley includes a steeplechase system with covers, three long/triple jump sand pits with sand catchers and covers, nine take-off boards, a discus cage and throwing circle, shot put toe board and throwing circle, two pole vault boxes with covers, aluminum track curb, and an ACO Sport System 2000 slot drain. With the installation of a new Beynon BSS 1000 track surface, Neuhoff-Lumley is now capable of hosting championship events for the first time since 1996.
As part of the makeover of the Lord Jeff’s venerable Pratt Field, SSI supplied a set of its
GP4183 football goal posts, Promats goal post pads, and six in-ground communications boxes. Because of the multi-sport use of Pratt Field (football, lacrosse and rugby are played there) and its adjacency to the Neuhoff-Lumley Track, SSI also supplied two 400-foot long sections of 12-foot high ball safety netting for installation between the ends of the playing field and the running track.
In praising SSI, Brian Stephenson said: “Sportsfield Specialties has been a pleasure to work with, not only at Amherst, but also on other projects in development. Their equipment is the highest quality and I’ve always found the sales staff to be responsive and thorough. At Amherst, they were able to deliver materials to the jobsite with very short notice. For a project here in DC, their engineers developed custom solutions to fit unique situations.”
“The finished look of this multi-sport project attests to our attentiveness as a one-stop source for equipping such venues,” said Wayne Oliver, President of SSI “We are proud to have once again helped Amherst College provide its athletes some of the best and safest competition facilities in collegiate athletics.”
The construction contractor for the job was Clark Companies of Delhi, NY.