Northern Arizona University's Artificial Field Turf Recreational Facility Continues to Thrive Using a Sustainable Athletic Field Design

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In Addition to 6 LEED Certified Buildings on Campus, Northern Arizona University Adds Two Sustainable Recreational Fields Using Artificial Field Turf. NAU Requested only the Best from CMX Sports Engineers of Phoenix, AZ and CMX Selected the AirField System for NAU's Next LEED Project.

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AirField Systems teamed with Ayers Saint Gross Architects, CMX Sports Engineering and Valley Rain Construction to bring a 280,000 square foot playing field project to Northern Arizona University. No need to excavate and displace 22 inches of earth only to replace it with costly shipped in gravel with AirField’s AirDrain geocell. NAU enjoys 100% vertical drainage with air above and below the profile, year round playability and a consistent G-Max from the AirDrain. Without the cost, hassle and negative environmental impact of traditional construction AirField and Valley Rain removed and recycled over 800 pallets from the job site. AirDrain contains 100% recycled content, is made in the U.S.A. and compactly ships saving gas, emissions and transportation costs - all while saving installation time and qualifying your project for valuable LEED Points!

Below are just a few ways AirDrain by AirField Systems could add LEED points to a project.

Recycled Content
From the start the AirDrain geocell by AirField Systems utilizes a 100% recycled resin, adding to the green factor of your facility. At the end of AirDrains useful life, which could be multiple field installations, AirDrain can be sent to many plastic manufacturers and reground for re-use and revenue for the owner, as the resins that make up AirDrain are always in high demand.

Carbon Footprint
With the AirField System delivering up to 97,000 square feet in only 2 semi truckloads the carbon footprint for the subsurface drainage is drastically reduced, sometimes by 50% or more.

Low Impact Development
The AirField System aids in low impact development as well by preserving existing natural areas during and after installation. Designed to limit site disturbance, the AirField System drastically reduces required earthwork and removal as well as storm water trenching.

Storm Water Harvesting
In addition to, the AirField System has the ability to capture, route and store water in a retention facility where the water can be reused at a later date for collateral landscaping, saving the site substantial irrigation and maintenance expenses.

The American Institute of Architects and the United States Green Building Council have both approved the Airfield System continuing education course entitled "Synthetic Drainage for Sustainable Design in Modern Sports Field Construction". The continuing education course discusses aspects of the AirField System including the Texas A&M Research Project in partnership with the USGA. It also defines the basic components of the system, explains it's sustainable attributes and reviews case studies revealing what makes the AirField System the number one choice for architects and engineers all across America. Click on the following link to view's AirField's continuing education course,

In conclusion, over the past decade Northern Arizona University has been integrating sustainability concepts into university policy and their educational curriculum. “We live, learn, research, and advocate sustainability principles with the goal of meeting the needs of this century to bring real, lasting change” is the schools motto so it was no surprise when NAU chose AirDrain by AirField Systems, LLC.

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