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APS Soccer Complex Wins National Award
Fields win for design, surface and amenities
April 12, 2011
The American Sports Builders Association has presented Albuquerque Public Schools with its 2010 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award. The APS Soccer Complex was recognized as the Sport Field of the Year, the highest award possible in the Outdoor Multi-Field Facility category.
The soccer complex, completed in August 2009, was built on rugged land located between Tony Hillerman Middle School and Tierra Antigua on Albuquerque’s west side. Designed for low water consumption, a unique turf that absorbs 40 percent less heat than conventional synthetic turf was used. The two-level complex includes bleacher seating, snack bar area, lighting for evening tournaments, and rest rooms.
“It’s not only an artfully designed and built complex, but much needed,” said Brad Winter, chief operations officer for APS. “Our students were previously required to travel to Bernalillo for competitive tournaments.”
In addition to the convenience for APS soccer players, the district can generate revenue by leasing the facility for state tournaments and other functions. Sharing in the recognition of excellence in design and construction are Jeff Mortenson, a designer with High Mesa Engineering, and Bradbury Stamm Construction.
ASBA is a nationally recognized industry organization founded in 1963 for builders, suppliers, and designers of tennis courts, running tracks, and athletic fields. It annually recognizes facilities that exemplify construction excellence based on criteria such as layout and design, site work drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation, and overall impression.
“We aimed to meet the long overdue need for a local recreational facility for the soccer players in our schools,” said Winter. “The national honor is assurance that it will serve its purpose well.”