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Herbst Field Complex Renovation – Pipersville, PA

Athletic Field Reconfiguration

Pipersville, Pennsylvania

Design/Build/Maintain

Shearon Environmental Design is pleased to be expanding our relationship with the Central Bucks Athletic Association (CBAA) at the Herbst Field Complex. Though we’ve maintained the 30-acre athletic complex for some time, this was the first collaboration between Shearon Sports and Shearon Civil Engineering for CBAA.

Tailored to the evolving needs of the organization, the Master Plan was designed to maximize the flexibility and playability of the Herbst Field Complex. This Master Plan was refined by our in-house Landscape Architects and Civil Engineers to comply with Township, County and State regulations. The focus for the 2017 phase was creating versatility of use through renovation of the rear fields. Four fields on four separate planes were regraded to one plane. This allows the entire area to be utilized in a variety of field configurations.


To increase playability over one and a half miles of drainage pipe were installed along with a 26-zone irrigation system. Once on grade over 230,000 sq ft of sod was laid creating a professional playing surface that would be the envy of any high school or college Athletic Department.

From pee-wee to high school club teams, soccer to lacrosse, the athletes and coaches of the Central Bucks Athletic Association now enjoy the flexibility of the upgraded Herbst Field complex and the opportunity to configure their fields for any age, sport or tournament need.

Archbishop John Carroll High School Synthetic Turf Baseball Field – Radnor, PA

Athletic Field

Radnor, Pennsylvania

Athletic Field Design, Athletic Field Construction

When Cabrini University’s new baseball program needed a home and Archbishop John Carroll High School’s scheduled field renovations were set to begin, flexibility was paramount. Shearon adapted its planned natural turf renovation to accommodate the combined rigors of High School and D-III schedules and the result was a state-of-the-art Synthetic Turf field. An outside engineer’s plan called for a lengthy and costly relocation of 15,000 cubic yards of cut to be dumped offsite. Shearon’s forethought turned that drawback into an advantage by choosing instead to utilize that material to level out an adjacent multi-sport field, thus drastically reducing the cost of work on both fields.

After the area was on subgrade, the tiered Infiltration System of four underground basins went in the outfield below a 9,000-ton stone subbase. An additional 800 tons of choker layer was placed to ensure a smooth surface for the installation of the synthetic turf. While the stonebase was being constructed, Shearon’s team installed masonry dugouts, fencing (including 30’ fence and batters’ eye in the outfield), bullpens, batting cages, curbing, and retaining & seating walls. The project earned high praise from AJC HS President Frank Fox, who “would not hesitate to recommend Shearon Sports for any athletic field project.” 

 

 

 

Archbishop John Carroll High School Natural Turf Multi-Purpose Field – Radnor, PA

Athletic Field

Randor, Pennsylvania

Athletic Field Design, Athletic Field Construction

The multi-sport natural grass field at Archbishop Carroll has been in the Shearon Sports Master Plan for the campus for some time.  With the construction of the synthetic turf baseball field by Shearon Sports slated to start in the summer of 2016 it appeared that the grass field would have to wait.  However, our design teams forethought to utilize the excess cut from the new synthetic baseball field on the multi-sport field allowed for a cost savings by balancing the site and thus eliminatingthe hauling of the excess dirt off-site. This drastically lessened the cost of the grass field along with the synthetic turf field.  Additionally, this new fill on the multi-sport field would mitigate the poor subsoil and provide additional topsoil.  The repurposed 15,000 cubic yards of soil was cut, stockpiled, and moved to multi-sport field and was graded to provide the best possible playing surface.Drainage and irrigation were installed to keep the field playable in wet and dry conditions.  The final step for the field was grassing.  Tuckahoe Turf big roll athletic field bluegrass sod was selected for the playing surface and one hundred thousand square feet of sod was laid to create the finished product.

 

 

Neumann University Baseball & Softball Field Construction – Aston, PA

Baseball and Softball Field Construction
Aston, Pennsylvania
Construction, Grow-In & Maintenance

In the spring of 2012, as they looked to develop the finest softball and baseball facilities in the Delaware Valley, Neumann University brought Shearon on board to complete the painstaking detail work that would make the project shine.

After earthwork was completed, Shearon performed the precise construction of both the baseball and softball infields, pitchers mound and warning tracks. Shearon also laser graded the fields, fine grading them for sod installation, installed irrigation and added drainage in key locations. Shearon’s sports field managers and golf course superintendent were then contracted to aggressively grow the fields in and have it ready for a fall grand opening. Shearon continues to provide maintenance services for the state of the art fields including irrigation management, pest and disease control and a fertilization program that keeps the field in top condition. Shearon continues to work with the University, identifying areas of concern and developing cost effective remedies such as targeted underdrainage and grow tarp installation that have the fields ready for play each spring.

La Salle College High School Baseball & Multipurpose Field Construction – Wyndmoore, PA

Baseball and Multi-Purpose Field Construction
Wyndmoore, Pennsylvania
Design/Build/Maintenance

When La Salle College High School constructed two multipurpose fields and a new varsity baseball stadium, they turned to Shearon, a long time partner of the school, to complete the painstaking detail work at the new facility.

Shearon designed and installed a complex underground drainage system that, due to the specified field grades, was installed at the tightest possible tolerances. Shearon also designed and installed a multifaceted irrigation system that includes a well more than ¼ mile from the fields, pumping and filtration system and watering schemes tailor made for each field. Shearon Sports athletic field specialists laser graded the baseball field and infield to less than a 1% grade, seeded and aggressively grew-in the 100% Bluegrass playing field in time for the following spring’s season.

Today, Shearon’s professionals provide a wide-ranging maintenance services for both the new fields and La Salle existing fields along with the entire campus.

Germantown Academy Athletic Facilities Reconstruction – Fort Washington, PA

Athletic Facilities Reconstruction
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Design/Build/Maintenance

When Germantown Academy began the process of completely rebuilding their athletic facilities, they turned to Shearon to design and install an extensive irrigation system for the new baseball, softball, four multi-purpose field, and open spaces. Shearon was also contracted to complete the painstaking finish work at the facility. Shearon performed laser and finish grade the fields, installed over 350,000 square feet of wide roll sod and seeded and aggressively grew-in two multipurpose fields. Shearon Environmental also seeded and stabilized over 15 acres of naturalized meadows, woodland edges, wetlands and remaining turf areas along with handling the installation of an extensive native landscape and design and construction of the rain gardens. Shearon now provides ongoing maintenance of fields including routine mowing services and specialty applications. The result is one of the finest, most comprehensive athletic facilities in the Inter-Ac League.

Abington Friends School Soccer Field – Jenkintown, PA

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Soccer Field
Services Provided:Design/Build

Through years of use, Abington Friends School’s Soccer Field had developed a number of irregularities creating a field that was slowing drainage, causing turf quality to decline with each use.

The school turned to Shearon to analyze the underlying issues with the field and devise a plan to improve the playability of the field. Shearon developed and implemented a plan to regrade the field to a consistent, smooth grade, add a drainage system to ensure playable conditions and install a modern irrigation system, while solving issues on an adjoining baseball field that shared space with the soccer field.

Today the field is utilized more than prior to the reconstruction, but due to improved grading, drainage and the introduction of irrigation, the field recovers quickly after heavy use.

Philadelphia University Soccer & Lacrosse Field – Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia University
Soccer/Lacrosse Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Opened August 2007

Philadelphia University’s soccer and lacrosse field wasn’t performing up to the standards of an ‘A’ level NCAA field. This cost the school money in additional repairs, cancelled games, and yearly overhaul projects.

With a project timeline that started in June and ended in early August, with the beginning of soccer season, the staff turned to Shearon Sport’s to get the job done efficiently. Shearon quickly diagnosed the issues and designed a plan that included a state-of-the-art drainage system, tailored irrigation system, modified soil profile, and an improved grading plan.

Our construction team envisioned a process to complete the field within the tight timeline. As forecasted, Shearon came in on time and within budget. Philadelphia University was able to open their new soccer field on opening day delighting the school officials, coaches, athletes and fans.

As a result, Philadelphia University’s lacrosse and soccer fields are one of the top fields in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. To this day Shearon provides daily maintenance services, expert management of irrigation and drainage systems, and specialized turf services to keep consistently, maintained the fields and keep them at top level.