Berl Huffman Named 2020 Installation Of The Year

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Hellas Construction's Berl Huffman Soccer Complex in Lubbock, Texas was named 2020 Installation of the Year by the Synthetic Turf Council.

Hellas' Berl Huffman Soccer Complex Named Project of the Year

Hellas President and CEO Reed J. Seaton said, “Not only will the community of Lubbock benefit from the economic value of this newly renovated soccer complex, but the athletes are getting a chance to excel on these soccer specific fields."

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) awarded Hellas Construction the 2020 Sports Project of the Year Award – Multi-Field for the Berl Huffman athletic complex in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock’s history with sporting events has proven it to be a top destination for travel. The Berl Huffman athletic complex is composed of 6 full sized synthetic turf soccer fields which can be converted into 12 youth soccer fields.

Hellas President and CEO Reed J. Seaton said, “We are proud to be a part of the STC and truly honored to receive this award. We feel the Berl Huffman athletic complex is a special project. Not only will the community of Lubbock benefit from the economic value of this newly renovated soccer complex, but the athletes are getting a chance to excel on these soccer specific fields. Our construction crews, and turf crews all worked diligently on this project and the results are amazing. We want to thank the City of Lubbock, for entrusting us with this important project that will be enjoyed by thousands of children for years to come.”

Safety, durability, and utility were a priority for the City of Lubbock and this soccer oasis has 293,562 sq/ft of Matrix™ Real M turf and GMAX® drain Pad. Matrix™ Real M is the ultimate synthetic turf designed specifically for soccer. The innovative shape of each blade of fiber offers the durability and resiliency needed for an exceptional field of play. The GMAX® drain is a high density injection molded polypropylene pad made from recycled material and is fully recyclable after use. The infill at Berl Huffman is Ecotherm™ infill which is made from recycled vinyl TPU and cellulose fibers. With cellulose, Ecotherm™ captures ambient moisture from the air, creating an evaporative cooling effect for the turf system and reduces temperature up to 20°F from crumb rubber.

Hellas Construction, headquartered in Austin, TX, has been accumulating acknowledgments this fall as they were recently included in the famed Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 600 Specialty Contractors List. Hellas is the nation’s largest sports surfacing contractor and able to staff more than 125 projects at a given time using its own employees and equipment.

The City of Lubbock in partnership with Market Lubbock, Incorporated funded the renovations. The Architect for the Berl Huffman Athletic complex was Parkhill Smith and Cooper and Hellas Construction was the General Contractor for the project.

Brent Clifford, Senior Associate at Parkhill, Smith and Cooper said “Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, Inc enjoyed working with Marketing Lubbock, Inc, City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation, and Hellas Construction on the creation of the incredible Berl Huffman Sports Complex Championship fields. Don Stephens, job superintendent with Hellas Construction brings on-site experience that proves to be invaluable.”

The STC Awards is a member program designed to honor STC members that help to promote the association’s values and advance the synthetic turf industry. The Multi-Field Installation of the Year Award, in the sports installation category, was based on project scope and impact to customer and community. All submissions required plans, photos and videos of the project.

Hellas Construction, Inc. headquartered in Austin, TX, is the largest vertically integrated sports construction contractor in the United States, specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and sports surfaces. Hellas champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, along with installation and maintenance. Hellas products are protected by one or more of the following patents: 6,800,339; 7,838,096; 7,249,913; 7,364,634.

Synthetic Turf Council (STC) is the world's largest organization representing the synthetic turf industry. Founded in 2003, the STC assists buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. It is a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf, as well as technical guidance on the selection, installation, maintenance, and environmentally responsible disposal of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies.

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc. was established in 1945 and has more than 400 employees in offices across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

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