BBS Designs School Athletic Complex

The North Shore School District in Glen Head, N.Y., recently celebrated the official opening of its new athletic field, running track, and supporting facilities.

A view of the new track and athletic field. Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, served the district as architect and engineer for the project.  Savin Engineers provided construction management services.

“We are delighted with our new track and stadium field, and look forward to supporting our students’ athletic development for years come," said district Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick.

"I would like to thank the entire design and construction team, in particular BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, for their dedication, creativity and hard work in ensuring the successful completion of the district’s new sports facilities.”

The $3.8-million, 100,000-square-foot sports complex replaced and expanded the deteriorated facilities which were insufficient for the needs of the district’s 2,850 students, said BBS Director of Architecture Joseph B. Rettig, AIA, LEED AP.

“The new complex includes a multi-use, synthetic turf field; an eight-lane running track; and a 1,700-square-foot concession, bathroom and storage building," Rettig said.

The new field supports a variety of athletic activities, including football, girls and boys lacrosse, and field hockey.  The eight-lane track replaced the deteriorated six-lane one.

The new Field Turf Prestige Monofilament Xm-65 synthetic track and field surfaces will minimize the maintenance cost.  The synthetic grass system consists of the 2½-inch-long, 8,000 denier (linear density), low-friction true monofilament, extruded spined fiber, tufted to a double primary porous backing and a porous secondary backing.

Staff, students, and design team members celebrate the complex's grand opening. Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

The BBS team faced several engineering challenges, including the requirement to protect a neighboring wetland recharge basin and a poorly draining fill and soil at the site of the new field.

BBS developed solutions that corrected the soil condition and protected the nearby basin.

“The new field features a subsurface drainage and a water detention system that prevents storm run-off from entering the wetland,” explained Rettig.  “The drainage system consists of a permeable stone base beneath the synthetic turf surface and a perforated pipe network that directs rain water to the underground, plastic detention chambers.”

The storm water management system utilizes Stormtech SC-740 drainage chambers.  The system is designed for detention of 30,000cf of water using six inches of stone at 40% porosity.

The complex also includes a new, one-story, multi-purpose building that serves as the main entry port to the athletic facilities.  The building consists of two structures connected by a pitched steel truss roof with gray asphalt shingles and a reverse gable.  The entryway between the buildings is protected by a decorative iron gate.

And the entire athletic facility received a new security system.