AirField Systems Provides Athletic Field Drainage System for the New World Class McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex at the University of Utah

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AirField Systems Provided the Athletic Field Drainage System for McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex, Home for the Ute's Track and Field Program.

The University of Utah officially dedicated the McCarthey Family Track & Field on Oct. 23, 2010. A $2.6 million project, the McCarthey Family Track & Field is the new home for the track and field program. The 93,000 square foot track and field is a world class training and competition venue that allows for flexible training and practicing schedules, while developing some of the best track and field student-athletes in the country.

During designated times when it is not reserved for use by Utah athletics, campus recreation and club sports, the track will be open to the public. Please visit the University of Utah website for more information,

Designed by Dan Losee, Losee Architects of Salt Lake City, the new 93,000 square foot Astro-Turf field meets the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. Dan Losee chose the AirField System synthetic drainage system for artificial turf athletic fields in large part due to the AirField System’s ability to meet the IAAF standards.

In order to provide for the anticipated field drainage requirements, there was an option to import 4" to 6" of free draining granular base, or utilize the AirField synthetic drainage system. Both systems would also require 2" of crusher fines to fine grade to design tolerances. Preliminary costing indicated the placement of the AirField was 40% of the cost of importing gravel base material. Trucking onto and within the Campus was also very confining and added a very intense traffic hazard. The AirField was delivered in one truck, as opposed to several trucks for several weeks.

The AirField System has revolutionized sports field drainage with advantages such as 100% vertical drainage under the entire field surface, constant Gmax from the drainage over the life of the field, storm water reclamation and harvesting capabilities, ASTM tested at 233 PSI/33,552 PSF, no gravel lock ups, and 100% post industrial recycled content, to name just a few. Plus with an AirField LEED credits are possible through the following areas; Minimal Site Disturbance, Storm Water Management, Water Reclamation, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction, Recycled Content and Innovation in Design.

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,

For information please visit Airfield System's website at


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