Talkin' Turf: District hosts walkthrough for prospective field builders

Talkin' Turf: District hosts walkthrough for prospective field builders

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 26 the Norris District hosted a pre-bid walkthrough meeting for prospective field builders. The group convened in the Norris Board room for introductions and included numerous prominent, experienced field builders from the Lincoln and surrounding areas.

Plans for the turf field are well underway, with a geotechnical report and design documents completed. Olsson Associates are serving as the project design team and Hausmann Construction is providing volunteer owner’s representative services.

The turf field fiber requirements dictate an 8 year guarantee and minimal pile weight (tufted fiber weight) of 40 ounces per square yard. Qualified manufacturers include SprintTurf, Ultrablade DF Elite, Shaw Sports Turf, and Sporturf. The project also includes synthetic track resurfacing and marking.

The district will open bids April 7, the Board of Education will approve bids at the April 9 meeting, and construction is expected to begin in early May. The district does not host home soccer after May 1 and so the impact on displaced home events will be minimal and the district will have a better timeline for completion by commencing the excavation prior to Memorial Day when many similar summer projects start. The final completion target date is August 1, 2015.

The pre-bid meeting included introductions, owner comments, and a review of plans and specifications led by Olsson Associates. Project leader Erin Bright fielded questions from the visiting builders and the event concluded with an on-site walkthrough and inspection of the grounds.

Specifications, contract documents, and technical drawings are available from Erin or Tyler with Olsson Associates in Lincoln at 402-458-5608.