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Rockwood saves money on synthetic turf infill installation

Rockwood School District’s Board of Education approved a payment agreement on May 7 with Byrne & Jones Construction and Limonta Sport USA that district officials said will result in savings of about $100,000 on infill material for synthetic turf being installed at all four high schools.

A contract with Byrne & Jones Construction for the districtwide athletic field and running track replacement project at a cost of $ 4,265,500 was approved at the April 9 board meeting, with plans for Byrne & Jones to purchase infill from Limonta Sport USA.

The scope of work – funded by some of the proceeds of Prop 4, a $68.95 million bond issue  approved by district voters in April – includes removal of the existing grass athletic fields and the existing track overlay, and installation of new synthetic turf fields and overlayment on the existing running tracks’ base pad.

The new negotiated plan is for the district to directly pay Limonta Sport USA $483,341.60 for about 17 trailers full of the needed product. The contract price and amount owed to Byrne & Jones then will be reduced by that amount, said Tim Rooney, the district’s chief financial and legislative officer.

The infill material to be used, called “Corkonut” (a propriety coconut shell fiber and Italian cork infill), is only sold through Limonta, Rooney said.

With work at all four schools starting this month, plans are to have two fields – at Marquette and Eureka high schools – done before football season starts this year and the other two – at Lafayette and Rockwood Summit high schools – done by about mid September, said Chris Freund, director of facilities.

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