University of Washington Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium
Landscape + Placemaking, Placemaking Studio, Turf
Erik Sweet, PLA, ASLA
SYNTHETIC TURF REPLACEMENT
Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, NCAA D1, was recently renovated with a replacement synthetic turf system using a design-build alternative delivery process to speed up the process of design and installation. The existing synthetic turf was removed, the existing aggregate subgrade re-graded, the existing and new storm drainage infrastructure was cleaned and updated, and a new padding system was installed and capped with new infill. Sanderson Stewart was a part of the design-build team and worked with the turf contractor on design and construction document drawings related to the storm drainage, potable water access points, and new padding system that was installed over the existing base.
“AstroTurf and Seattle football go back more than a half century when both the UW and Seattle’s Metro League for high school competition decided to go the synthetic route on their respective fields as sort of a test case. Inclement weather made the Husky practice field unplayable at times and the Husky Stadium grass field was hard to maintain, leading to the UW decision to invest in the new surface. On September 21, 1968, the UW became one of the first college football teams to use AstroTurf by playing on it against Rice in its season opener.” – SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (si.com)