AUSTIN, TX – 08/04/2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium in Katy ISD is ready for football this fall, opening its inaugural season with its newly installed Matrix® Turf with Helix Technology. This is not Katy ISD’s first time to choose Hellas for their turf, it’s their ninth time. Just like a majority of school districts throughout the great State of Texas, Katy ISD has selected Hellas Construction time and again for its high-quality products, installation, and timely delivery.
“Along with a great turf product and quality installation, Hellas once again provided timely design support and construction coordination,” said HKS Architects Principal and Senior Vice President Mark Vander Voort.
Hellas partnered with HKS Architects on the Legacy Stadium project. Hellas had previously worked with HKS on the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium, in Arlington TX, where Hellas has previously installed the same Matrix Turf with Helix Technology.
“We look forward to working with Hellas again on future projects,” said Vander Voort.
The Matrix® Turf with Helix technology consists of twisted fibers of two different blade sizes and colors, offering enhanced playability, with fibers that bounce back quickly after use and prevents “splash out” of the infill material. The Matrix family of synthetic turf products offer quality, performance, and longevity that are unparalleled in the industry.
The district also chose the Cushdrain® Pad, which is a monolithic, paved into place, elastic layer that goes under the turf and increases the shock absorption of the artificial turf system, resulting in a lower G-MAX, which means a safer playing surface with reduced concussions. The Cushdrain Pad provides efficient drainage of the field after heavy rains and provides planarity that retains its form and position throughout three to four lifecycles of turf.
Thursday, August 17th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the district is planning a dedication event complete with bands, dance and cheer teams, football and soccer teams, along with school and city officials to celebrate the opening of the stadium. August 31st is the first game at the stadium featuring Taylor Mustangs hosting Foster Falcons.
Legacy Stadium’s Mike Johnston Field is named after the former Katy Tigers head football coach. Coach Johnston put Katy on the map with three State Championship wins during his 21-year career. The new stadium seats 12,000 and has a video board, one-story press box, restrooms, concessions, field house, coed training rooms, an EMT area, a police office, and a place for a Hall of Honor. With Rhodes Stadium right next door, Katy ISD now has a great set up for football playoffs, soccer tournaments, and band competitions. The district hopes to host football playoffs, marching band competitions, and soccer tournaments at the two-stadium complex.
Katy ISD’s eighth high school is being built now, Paetow High School, and scheduled to open Fall 2017. It will also be the 10th Katy ISD field with Hellas’ turf on its field.
Other Texas School districts choosing Hellas for multiple sports construction projects include Anna ISD, Garland ISD, Ysleta ISD, Georgetown ISD, Round Rock ISD, Austin ISD, McKinney ISD, Frisco ISD, Richardson ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, El Paso ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Liberty Hill ISD, Hutto ISD, San Antonio ISD, Rockwall ISD, Wichita Falls ISD, Jourdanton ISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Arlington ISD, Wylie ISD, Irving ISD, Allen ISD, Mesquite ISD, Plano ISD, Northwest ISD, Whitehouse ISD, Midland ISD, Denton ISD, Coppell ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Terrell ISD, Sunnyvale ISD, Mansfield ISD, San Angelo ISD, Ector County ISD, Laredo ISD, and Northeast ISD.
About Hellas Construction, Inc. headquartered in Austin, TX, is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, and field, track, and tennis planning, as well as installation and maintenance. Hellas Construction is the trusted turf provider of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, Ford Center, and The Star at Frisco TX. To learn more about Hellas Construction, visit hellasconstruction.com.
About Katy ISD – Katy ISD is a flourishing suburban school district that encompasses 181 square miles in southeast Texas. Its eastern boundaries stretch to Houston’s energy corridor approximately 16 miles west of downtown Houston and extend along Interstate 10 to a few miles west of the city of Katy. In the 2016-17 school year, student enrollment has grown to more than 76,000 served by 60 schools – including eight four-year high schools. Given the highest possible rating by the Texas Education Agency, Katy ISD offers an outstanding instructional program with facilities, equipment, and materials that are among the best in the state. Visit www.katyisd.org for more information.
About HKS Architects – HKS is a team of more than 1,300 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet. For more information, visit hkinc.com.
Legacy Stadium Photo courtesy of photographer Robert McSpadden
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