The Trend Begins — Robert F. Kennedy High School in Delano, CA Goes Green

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On March 21, Hellas Construction returned to RFK to install its Geo Plus infill – an all-organic, infill solution that offers superior foot stability and cools surface temperatures. After rave reviews from Madera High School, located an hour north of RFK, upon installation of their Matrix® Turf with Helix fibers and Geo Plus infill, RFK decided to also take the plunge to Geo.

Infill replacement process by Hellas Construction at RFK High School

Infill replacement process by Hellas Construction at RFK High School

“We’re excited to have it on our campus. We think it’s going to be very beneficial to both our athletic program and our student body community."

Robert F. Kennedy High School in Delano, CA goes green!

On March 21, Hellas Construction returned to RFK to install its Geo Plus infill – an all-organic, infill solution that offers superior foot stability and cools surface temperatures. After rave reviews from Madera High School, located an hour north of RFK, upon installation of their Matrix® Turf with Helix fibers and Geo Plus infill, RFK decided to also take the plunge to Geo.

“We’re excited to have it on our campus. We think it’s going to be very beneficial to both our athletic program and our student body community,” said Les Lucas, Jr., Assistant Principal-Student Support at Robert F. Kennedy High School.

In 2011, Hellas built the RFK high school stadium and installed Matrix Turf and Realfill. Last week, the transformation began with the extraction of the Realfill infill, using Hellas’ unique process. Then, the Geo Plus infill was dispersed and installed, and the crews groomed the field to be game day ready.

The transformation process of rubber infill removal and Geo Plus installation took Hellas crews a total of 8 days – and now RFK athletes and visiting teams will have a completely transformed synthetic turf field with organic infill for the upcoming season.

“This is the first time that crumb tire infill has been removed from a synthetic turf field in the state of California, to the best of our knowledge, and Hellas is leading the charge with unsurpassed ingenuity,” said Dominick Berarducci, Business Development Manager at Hellas.

About Hellas Construction
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Hellas Construction, Inc. is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. To learn more about Hellas Construction, visit hellasconstruction.com.

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About Geo Plus Infill
Made from 100% environmentally friendly and organic materials, Geo Plus uses a combination of carefully selected, specially treated, organic coconut fibers and cork to ensure the highest level of sports performance. It has been proven to reduce temperatures by at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit by resisting heat absorption and retaining humidity.

About Robert F. Kennedy High School
Located in Delano, CA, RFK High School provides education for 9th-12th grades. Established in 2008, RFK is part of the Delano Joint Union High School District. U.S. News ranked RFK among the best high schools in the nation in 2012, 2014, and 2015. For more information about Robert F. Kennedy High School, visit http://www.djuhsd.org/Robert/

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