Baseline Sports Construction has begun the third and final year of a 3 year high school football synthetic turf project for Knox County Schools. The project is funded by the Haslam Family Foundation and Pilot Flying J, and is using Shaw Sports Turf. All 13 high schools in Knox County are being converted from grass to turf, along with running track improvements. Work in the first year saw the conversion of Powell, Fulton, Bearden, Farragut and Central high schools from natural grass to synthetic. The process includes excavating, grading, drainage, curbing, base stone, turf and infill and even some new track and field events. Baseline also renovated Bearden’s track with new asphalt and rubber surfacing. Work was completed on schedule for the start of football season.
Year two included an ambitious project at Carter High which entailed raising the elevation of the field by more than two feet to alleviate flooding due to the nearby creek. Retaining walls were built, as well as adjustments to bleachers, parking lot and areas behind each end zone. New goal posts are being installed at each field along with other track and field updates. South Doyle, Gibbs, Halls and Karns were also in the second year of the project . The Cherokees, Eagles and Red Devils each had their running track repaved and rubberized with a new surface.
The final year includes West, Austin East and Hardin Valley. The West Rebels and AE Roadrunners get new track surface with each school getting new field events including shot put sectors, long jump pits and runways.
Check out each project in the videos below!