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Lafalum

resurfacing of Rappolt Field

I had heard it was to start at the end of May but nothing done yet. There is Lauren's first and goal scheduled on the field tomorrow. Perhaps next week. I hope it is completed on time for preseason.
NewXbo

What are the odds?
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
What are the odds?


Given our past performance on construction 50/50 I would guess. Not finishing is a disaster.
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
What are the odds?


Given our past performance on construction 50/50 I would guess. Not finishing is a disaster.


Well, there was a tractor trailer in the parking lot this morning. Of course there was also a trailer with a smoker and grille on it also. That could mean the tractor was loaded with pigs and there is a cookout tonight. I'll have LCLF swing by after his golf.
ed65

I will be shocked if the resurfacing is not completed well before the preseason.  The AD wil have to answer for this one.  Is it possible they don't have the money yet?
Lafalum

ed65 wrote:
I will be shocked if the resurfacing is not completed well before the preseason.  The AD wil have to answer for this one.  Is it possible they don't have the money yet?


My understanding the moneys committed and a deal signed according to  parents. The project was announced by Katy McKittrick at the FH awards lunch.
NewXbo

Work has begun. They have a crew of 3 removing the existing turf. Two workers finding and cutting a seam, then hooking it up to a frontend loader which backs up and pulls out the turf.  Looks like they will get about 25% up today. It also looks like the new turf may be on site. Trailer with Maine plates sitting on blocks in the parking lot, indicating it may be there for awhile.

I don't know why we have so many doubters, when was the last time a project wasn't completed on time:)  Is it still going to be called Rappoldt Field?
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Work has begun. They have a crew of 3 removing the existing turf. Two workers finding and cutting a seam, then hooking it up to a frontend loader which backs up and pulls out the turf.  Looks like they will get about 25% up today. It also looks like the new turf may be on site. Trailer with Maine plates sitting on blocks in the parking lot, indicating it may be there for awhile.

I don't know why we have so many doubters, when was the last time a project wasn't completed on time:)  Is it still going to be called Rappoldt Field?


Maybe this will be the first on time!
NewXbo

William Rappoldt is making nice with the administration in his most recent post in the sports section of today's Express-Times.  Go to Lehighvalleylive.com click on "sports" to find his article.
NewXbo

No one working today, but all the turf has been removed They are down to the 3" or so rubber layer of what looks like ground up tires. The rubber level sits on a stone base.  They have started to work along the perimeter where the sprinkling system will be installed.

It also appears that DeLorenzo's Italian Restaurant is about to open just up the road a bit. The PLCB has approved the license transfer which was apparently expedited by former liquor lobbyist James Finnen.
NewXbo

No work done last week, nothing so far this week. Only a couple of Lafayette maintenance guys standing around.
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
No work done last week, nothing so far this week. Only a couple of Lafayette maintenance guys standing around.

43 days to preseason. Is anyone managing this!!?? Plumbing for the irrigation system needs to be installed…I wonder if that is holding it up???
bison137

Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
No work done last week, nothing so far this week. Only a couple of Lafayette maintenance guys standing around.

43 days to preseason. Is anyone managing this!!?? Plumbing for the irrigation system needs to be installed…I wonder if that is holding it up???



Aren't they putting in one of the standard FH irrigation systems with a small number of sprinklers (or water guns) that are all off of the field of play?   If so, would any plumbing need delay putting down the turf?
Lafalum

bison137 wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
No work done last week, nothing so far this week. Only a couple of Lafayette maintenance guys standing around.

43 days to preseason. Is anyone managing this!!?? Plumbing for the irrigation system needs to be installed…I wonder if that is holding it up???



Aren't they putting in one of the standard FH irrigation systems with a small number of sprinklers (or water guns) that are all off of the field of play?   If so, would any plumbing need delay putting down the turf?


The guns are off the field of play, the pipes supplying the water probably goes underneath the turf especially on the north side, away from the water source,  as I remember it. ( they were currently using a water source for watering, in the utility building on the southeastern side) Just guessing. Seems logical. I've also seen guns that disappear below the extended turf when not in use.

There is a rubber 1/4 inch layer to be added that essentially repairs the current e-layer which doesn't need to be replaced I hear. Laying the carpet is about a week job with some extra time for glue to dry. So there is plenty of time but I am nervous. This company has great references they have done the turf at many division 1 schools including Maryland, Penn State, Duke and Rutgers all on time, according to their web site.
NewXbo

I spoke with the foreman during the removal of the old turf and was told that the college had not decided if they wanted 3 guns on each side or a configuration of 2 on each side and one behind each goal. There may also be an issue involving water pressure. The wells may not provide enough water and may have to be supplemented with municipal water.

They have removed the about a foot of the pad around the entire perimeter down to the stone.
Lafalum

If there is a water pressure problem that could be a problem as that might need permission from Forks Twp to use municipal water. Hard to believe that was not foreseen in the original permit?? They do water the grass on the soccer fields so any water issues should or could have been anticipated.

As I said earlier..I am nervous. The team already cannot practice at the school and one of the team members told me Lehigh is letting them use their field for 5O dollar per use. The team must come up with the money themselves as per NCAA regs.
bison137

Lafalum wrote:


As I said earlier..I am nervous. The team already cannot practice at the school and one of the team members told me Lehigh is letting them use their field for 5O dollar per use. The team must come up with the money themselves as per NCAA regs.



Is it possible that some Forks Twp low-level bureaucrat is a Lehigh grad and thus holding up the process so Lehigh can incrementally build up its endowment with these $50 checks?  Alternatively, is it possible that whoever is in charge of the project for the installation company happens to be a LU supply chain management grad?

Smile
Lafalum

bison137 wrote:
Lafalum wrote:


As I said earlier..I am nervous. The team already cannot practice at the school and one of the team members told me Lehigh is letting them use their field for 5O dollar per use. The team must come up with the money themselves as per NCAA regs.



Is it possible that some Forks Twp low-level bureaucrat is a Lehigh grad and thus holding up the process so Lehigh can incrementally build up its endowment with these $50 checks?  Alternatively, is it possible that whoever is in charge of the project for the installation company happens to be a LU supply chain management grad?

Smile


wow I'm ashamed to say my usual Lafayette paranoia regarding Lehigh didn't lead me to the above conclusions however I will not eliminate any possibility! Laughing
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
bison137 wrote:
Lafalum wrote:


As I said earlier..I am nervous. The team already cannot practice at the school and one of the team members told me Lehigh is letting them use their field for 5O dollar per use. The team must come up with the money themselves as per NCAA regs.



Is it possible that some Forks Twp low-level bureaucrat is a Lehigh grad and thus holding up the process so Lehigh can incrementally build up its endowment with these $50 checks?  Alternatively, is it possible that whoever is in charge of the project for the installation company happens to be a LU supply chain management grad?

Smile


wow I'm ashamed to say my usual Lafayette paranoia regarding Lehigh didn't lead me to the above conclusions however I will not eliminate any possibility! Laughing


Speaking of Lehigh, they were scheduled to build a new softball stadium, similar to ours, with work to begin at the end of the last semester. As of yesterday not a single shovel of dirt has been turned. They are also going to redo their baseball field, including change the alignment with first base being relocated to the current leftfield corner. Again, nothing has been done. Maybe its a Patriot League thing?
ed65

Lafalum wrote:
If there is a water pressure problem that could be a problem as that might need permission from Forks Twp to use municipal water. Hard to believe that was not foreseen in the original permit?? They do water the grass on the soccer fields so any water issues should or could have been anticipated.

As I said earlier..I am nervous. The team already cannot practice at the school and one of the team members told me Lehigh is letting them use their field for 5O dollar per use. The team must come up with the money themselves as per NCAA regs.


Not foreseeing the water pressure problem (if that is the case) makes LC as an engingeering school seem ridiculous, not to mention incompetent.  I'm not sure what kinds of engineers deal with water (sanitation engineers?? Oops, that is not funny) but surely LC must have some engineering profs who can solve this.  It would seem they have 3-4 weeks to figure it out.

As for LU charging $50 a practice, I would suggest they underpriced it (not a smart move by a school full of business majors!).

Good to see Bison adding a bit of LU Propaganda to this.
NewXbo

Maybe some good news. Although there was no one working, there are a dozen or more large plastic bags sitting near the field, I would judge them to be about 6' high and 5' wide. Didn't have time to see what they are.
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Maybe some good news. Although there was no one working, there are a dozen or more large plastic bags sitting near the field, I would judge them to be about 6' high and 5' wide. Didn't have time to see what they are.


new turf??
ed65

Given the uncertainies surrounding the field replacement for FH, it is very difficult for me not to come to the conclusion that the Athleteic Dept. is finding a way to screw up the one sport we are really good at (apologies to football).  I cannot believe that the AD is not out there screaming at the contractors to get this done.  So typical of the lack of urgency down there in Easton except, of course, when Dan Weiss goes after the Greek System!

The word I was searching for in a previous post was "hydrologists" I think.  Don't we have any of those on the faculty who could assess the potiential water pressure issue or do just have a bunch of greenies in the Engineering Dept? (with tongue in cheek).
Lafalum

I have heard Bruce is not happy and made his feeling known. The contractors have assured Lafayette the field will be ready in time for preseason.

By the way I see there is a field hockey team camp going on with about 170
high school players in attendance in the overnight camp. Fifteen members of the team are there as well as instructors. Without Rappolt field available the teams are playing at Fisher Stadium.
seenalot

If there is no penalty to be assessed for missing the date I would not believe the contractor if he told me today was Saturday.  

If there is no penalty clause in the contract, on a project that HAS TO be done by X that's on whoever negotiated it......

Bruce can express his displeasure all he wants.  But if our contract has no penalty and someone else's does...guess where we fall in line for resources.
NewXbo

If the get the new turf down, we can still use the old water cannon if the sprinklers are not installed on time.
Lost Again

[url]Without Rappolt field available the teams are playing at Fisher Stadium.[/url]

Having the camp has been the plan since February (at the latest). I guess that means the contractor isn't late (yet).
Lafalum

Lost Again wrote:
[url]Without Rappolt field available the teams are playing at Fisher Stadium.[/url]

Having the camp has been the plan since February (at the latest). I guess that means the contractor isn't late (yet).


According to go leopards the original completion date was Aug 1. Its generally conceded that will not happen. Report date for preseason is Aug 13. That means there is no NCAA approved ( for division 1) field hockey turf available for players to practice on before that date!! The first at home scrimmage is schedule for the 20th.

There was also a cancelation of the individual camp because of the lack of turf resulting in a loss of recruiting opportunities and revenue.( that was anticipated)
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
Lost Again wrote:
[url]Without Rappolt field available the teams are playing at Fisher Stadium.[/url]

Having the camp has been the plan since February (at the latest). I guess that means the contractor isn't late (yet).


According to go leopards the original completion date was Aug 1. Its generally conceded that will not happen. Report date for preseason is Aug 13. That means there is no NCAA approved ( for division 1) field hockey turf available for players to practice on before that date!! The first at home scrimmage is schedule for the 20th.

There was also a cancelation of the individual camp because of the lack of turf resulting in a loss of recruiting opportunities and revenue.( that was anticipated)


Possibly some good news. Didn't have time to stop this morning but there were 4 people working in the southwest corner. It appeared they were working in the trench that is dug out around the field perimeter where the sprinkler system will be located.  I'm off tomorrow and will try to stop by.
NewXbo

NewXbo wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
Lost Again wrote:
[url]Without Rappolt field available the teams are playing at Fisher Stadium.[/url]

Having the camp has been the plan since February (at the latest). I guess that means the contractor isn't late (yet).


According to go leopards the original completion date was Aug 1. Its generally conceded that will not happen. Report date for preseason is Aug 13. That means there is no NCAA approved ( for division 1) field hockey turf available for players to practice on before that date!! The first at home scrimmage is schedule for the 20th.

There was also a cancelation of the individual camp because of the lack of turf resulting in a loss of recruiting opportunities and revenue.( that was anticipated)


Possibly some good news. Didn't have time to stop this morning but there were 4 people working in the southwest corner. It appeared they were working in the trench that is dug out around the field perimeter where the sprinkler system will be located.  I'm off tomorrow and will try to stop by.


Work has resumed. They have started to lay down the rubberized layer. That's what was in the large bags delivered earlier. It looks like it will be a slow process based on what they got done today. They have two small front end loaders running back and forth dumping the rubber pellets on the field. When they get enough on the field a small paving machine runs across the field leveling the surface.  It looks to be less than 1/2 inch.

Work has also started on the scoreboard. They have removed the electronic panels and are currently covering the scoreboard with a vinyl.  The old scoreboard faded badly, more red than maroon. New surface is a dark maroon.

No sign of any work on the watering system.
Lafalum

Well, some progress is good!
Bogus Megapardus

With all the delay at Rappolt, I hope we're getting Maroon-colored turf, at minimum.
NewXbo

Five days to the target date of August 1 and no one working.  The question now is will it be ready when the players report? What's the backup plan?
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Five days to the target date of August 1 and no one working.  The question now is will it be ready when the players report? What's the backup plan?


Ok I have been told by experts it will take 14 days to lay the turf on top of the e-layer. So we are now up against it. We have to pray for good weather ( the turf is glued to the e-layer). I am told the automatic water will not go in until the turf is finished so that will NOT be ready by August 14. I hope there is a contingency plan because the likelihood of opening field hockey practice without a field is becoming more of a certainty. Is there a contingency plan or perhaps they are thinking of the money they can save by a later start of practice ( only joking…I think). Maybe our administrators should come back from vacation and do some major table thumping or start planing.

Since every high school and college start in mid August it means we are the last in queue. Perhaps we should ask why!!
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Five days to the target date of August 1 and no one working.  The question now is will it be ready when the players report? What's the backup plan?


Ok I have been told by experts it will take 14 days to lay the turf on top of the e-layer. So we are now up against it. We have to pray for good weather ( the turf is glued to the e-layer). I am told the automatic water will not go in until the turf is finished so that will NOT be ready by August 14. I hope there is a contingency plan because the likelihood of opening field hockey practice without a field is becoming more of a certainty. Is there a contingency plan or perhaps they are thinking of the money they can save by a later start of practice ( only joking…I think). Maybe our administrators should come back from vacation and do some major table thumping or start planing.

So basically the 14 days are 3 weeks since they won't work weekends. I don't understand why NOTHING was done the last 2+ weeks. I'm sure they can use the water cannon until the sprinklers are installed. Who's responsible for making sure projects are done on time?

Since every high school and college start in mid August it means we are the last in queue. Perhaps we should ask why!!
NewXbo

Work resumes. Well, kind of. Nobody's working on the field so the August 1 target date will not be met. Are there penalty provisions in the contract? However, Easton Suburban Water is tapping into their water line near the entrance to the maintenance building. Of course, their only role will be installing a valve. Why can't any project be completed on time?
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Work resumes. Well, kind of. Nobody's working on the field so the August 1 target date will not be met. Are there penalty provisions in the contract? However, Easton Suburban Water is tapping into their water line near the entrance to the maintenance building. Of course, their only role will be installing a valve. Why can't any project be completed on time?


Because we are being managed by politicians and not managers and where is the incentive?? Remember the government is inhabited with people who came from academia.

I hear the new date is Aug 11.
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Work resumes. Well, kind of. Nobody's working on the field so the August 1 target date will not be met. Are there penalty provisions in the contract? However, Easton Suburban Water is tapping into their water line near the entrance to the maintenance building. Of course, their only role will be installing a valve. Why can't any project be completed on time?


Because we are being managed by politicians and not managers and where is the incentive?? Remember the government is inhabited with people who came from academia.

I hear the new date is Aug 11.


Are they claiming the original date was a typo and somebody failed to hit the 1 button twice?
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Work resumes. Well, kind of. Nobody's working on the field so the August 1 target date will not be met. Are there penalty provisions in the contract? However, Easton Suburban Water is tapping into their water line near the entrance to the maintenance building. Of course, their only role will be installing a valve. Why can't any project be completed on time?


Because we are being managed by politicians and not managers and where is the incentive?? Remember the government is inhabited with people who came from academia.

I hear the new date is Aug 11.


Are they claiming the original date was a typo and somebody failed to hit the 1 button twice?


Weather is looking iffy….probably means more delays..a Aug 14 deadline now is looking doubtful..Will they work at nigh??
ed65

Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Work resumes. Well, kind of. Nobody's working on the field so the August 1 target date will not be met. Are there penalty provisions in the contract? However, Easton Suburban Water is tapping into their water line near the entrance to the maintenance building. Of course, their only role will be installing a valve. Why can't any project be completed on time?


Because we are being managed by politicians and not managers and where is the incentive?? Remember the government is inhabited with people who came from academia.

I hear the new date is Aug 11.


Are they claiming the original date was a typo and somebody failed to hit the 1 button twice?


Weather is looking iffy….probably means more delays..a Aug 14 deadline now is looking doubtful..Will they work at nigh??


The situation with the resurfacing of Rappolt Field has evolved well past the point of being an absolute scandal.  Some heads should roll over this.
seenalot

Some heads indeed should roll - but they wont.......

Its embarrassing to anyone involved.  But nothing more severe than hand wringing is going to happen.
Lafalum

Looks like it will not be ready for start of preseason. There will be scrambling to find a site to practice. No apparent plans in place. We'll see.
NewXbo

RR Irrigation on site today. Two backhoes, some kind of a plastic welding machine, hundreds of feet of 8" plastic pipe and a bunch of happy go lucky Mexicans. They have the pipe laid out so I don't think they are going to wait for the turf to be laid.
Lafalum

Does anyone know of an effort to execute a back up plan for when the field is not ready? Not only do they have to find a field, but travel, housing, feed the players, have trainers available, jerseys washed etc. We have 8 days to get that done.

I have been told by a parent  the first scrimmage has been moved to Drexel on the 20th.
NewXbo

Lafalum wrote:
Does anyone know of an effort to execute a back up plan for when the field is not ready? Not only do they have to find a field, but travel, housing, feed the players, have trainers available, jerseys washed etc. We have 8 days to get that done.

I have been told by a parent  the first scrimmage has been moved to Drexel on the 20th.


I've heard unofficially that they are going somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire for a week to begin their pre-season practice. RR making progress, they have the pipe in for half the field.
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
Does anyone know of an effort to execute a back up plan for when the field is not ready? Not only do they have to find a field, but travel, housing, feed the players, have trainers available, jerseys washed etc. We have 8 days to get that done.

I have been told by a parent  the first scrimmage has been moved to Drexel on the 20th.


I've heard unofficially that they are going somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire for a week to begin their pre-season practice. RR making progress, they have the pipe in for half the field.


MIddlebury perhaps?? Div 3, so there is no conflict and their field is a very high quality!! And of course we have the connection with Byerly. In any case the field must be done by the 21st which is the start of freshman orientation and the team must be on site.
NewXbo

More good news. They have removed the turf from the trailer and have them staged in the parking lot.  Looks to be about 30 rolls of 15' by 85' or so. Two guys striking what I assume are the seem lines.

RR has hit rock on the team side and is not making as much progress as the past 2 days. Someone is also running three conduit lines in the irrigation ditch. Got a look at the water intake line, looks to be a 10" line feeding the 6" irrigation line.
Lafalum

I am starting to breathe easier Very Happy Doing the first week off site wouldn't be the worst outcome.
Lafalum

Lafalum wrote:
I am starting to breathe easier Very Happy Doing the first week off site wouldn't be the worst outcome.


It is being reported that the backup site will be close to Easton
www.lehighvalleylive.com/sports/
Lafalum

FH to practice at Princeton

The FH team will practice at Princeton until their scrimmage with Drexel on the 20th. They will leave thursday morning and do two a days. A thank you to the Tigers for their hospitality.
NewXbo

Half way, well not really.  They have turf down up to the center line but they are not half way done.  They started at the end line, installed the 25 yard line and the center line but they have not trimmed the sidelines.  Its a very slow process, lots of fitting, trimming, sewing the new piece to the last piece, rolling it back over the last piece, spray the adhesive on the rubber surface, pull the new piece back onto the surface, rolling the new piece, trim the newly installed piece, start over. After getting the playing surface down they will have to cut in the striking circles, install the perimeter out of play line, and install the black out of play surface.

The irrigation system is only a day or two from completion, with the exception of installing the popup sprinklers. Could be done by 8/22 if weather holds.
flyfisher

I have been following this as well as visiting the site. Unbelievably poor planning and execution.
Lafalum

August 22 is the absolute no option date. There are no alternatives after that date as the freshman are in orientation and classes begin for everyone shortly thereafter. They did work the weekend but it looks like tiring work for the three guys laying the turf, there is a limit.

Who is in charge?? The project manager, the contractor, astro turf, Plant ops,athletic admin, finance, purchasing, or legal?? Maybe my question answers my question!!
flyfisher

Obviously we do not have all the facts but if this happened in the business world and not in academia/college/university, some people would lose their job. I have to assume there is something here we don't know.
Bogus Megapardus

I suppose if Coach Stone wasn't busy running around trying to prep her team for the season - *somewhere* - she'd be out at Rappolt every day pushing things like there's no tomorrow.

First scheduled game apparently is part of a tourney at Quinnipiac with the opener vs. Boston College on August 30.  Home opener is vs. Liberty on September 12.



EDIT - Anyone know why the League hasn't yet done pre-season FH rankings?
bethlehempard

flyfisher wrote:
Obviously we do not have all the facts but if this happened in the business world and not in academia/college/university, some people would lose their job...


I would not be so sure of that. Some immense screw-ups in business are ignored.
Lafalum

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
I suppose if Coach Stone wasn't busy running around trying to prep her team for the season - *somewhere* - she'd be out at Rappolt every day pushing things like there's no tomorrow.

First scheduled game apparently is part of a tourney at Quinnipiac with the opener vs. Boston College on August 30.  Home opener is vs. Liberty on September 12.



EDIT - Anyone know why the League hasn't yet done pre-season FH rankings?


I recall they are usually done the week of the first games. They never pick us ( surprise no respect like in other sports like football and basketball) Even the two years in row that we won it and rank 10th in country at the end. They'll probably pick American, BU, Lafayette, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh in that order.
NewXbo

In the homestretch. They got a lot done over the weekend. They installed the missing black piece in the North end zone. They have installed the out of play line on the bench side and also the black turf the length and width of that side as well as the South end. They still need to do the out of play line and out of play black surface on the bleacher side. They also need the hash marks for the goals and penalty corners as well as the strike circle.

The irrigation guys were trenching to the public water source and should reach it by the end of the day.  The irrigation heads still need to be installed and wired. Looks like the field should be available by the end of the week.
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
In the homestretch. They got a lot done over the weekend. They installed the missing black piece in the North end zone. They have installed the out of play line on the bench side and also the black turf the length and width of that side as well as the South end. They still need to do the out of play line and out of play black surface on the bleacher side. They also need the hash marks for the goals and penalty corners as well as the strike circle.

The irrigation guys were trenching to the public water source and should reach it by the end of the day.  The irrigation heads still need to be installed and wired. Looks like the field should be available by the end of the week.


Whew…thanks for being our correspondent on the spot!!
Bogus Megapardus

Lafalum wrote:

Whew…thanks for being our correspondent on the spot!!


+1.  Thanks, Xbo!

Like all things, you can have it done fast, you can have it done cheap, you can have it done well.

Pick two.
NewXbo

Finally.  The field is done, running the sweeper over it this morning. Work has started installing the sprinkler heads, they had to wait until the turf was down. Looks like they could be done tomorrow. Will still need hookup from Suburban water.

Disappointed with the score board. New vinyl on the front but they have not upgraded the bulbs. Almost impossible to read during day games. They have also not scaled and repainted the steel beams supporting it. Maybe the maintenance department can do it?
Andy

NewXbo wrote:
Finally.  The field is done, running the sweeper over it this morning. Work has started installing the sprinkler heads, they had to wait until the turf was down. Looks like they could be done tomorrow. Will still need hookup from Suburban water.

Disappointed with the score board. New vinyl on the front but they have not upgraded the bulbs. Almost impossible to read during day games. They have also not scaled and repainted the steel beams supporting it. Maybe the maintenance department can do it?


So are you breaking camp, taking down the tent and moving back home?
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Finally.  The field is done, running the sweeper over it this morning. Work has started installing the sprinkler heads, they had to wait until the turf was down. Looks like they could be done tomorrow. Will still need hookup from Suburban water.

Disappointed with the score board. New vinyl on the front but they have not upgraded the bulbs. Almost impossible to read during day games. They have also not scaled and repainted the steel beams supporting it. Maybe the maintenance department can do it?


So are you breaking camp, taking down the tent and moving back home?


Not yet, I'm still making daily inspections of the new interchange on Route 33. We're well ahead of schedule on this project and will be done by the end of the year. I'm pushing them hard so you can get to Metzger 15 minutes sooner.
Bogus Megapardus

NewXbo wrote:
Disappointed with the score board. New vinyl on the front but they have not upgraded the bulbs. Almost impossible to read during day games. They have also not scaled and repainted the steel beams supporting it. Maybe the maintenance department can do it?


Someone has to make a trip to Home Depot.  Rolling Eyes
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Finally.  The field is done, running the sweeper over it this morning. Work has started installing the sprinkler heads, they had to wait until the turf was down. Looks like they could be done tomorrow. Will still need hookup from Suburban water.

Disappointed with the score board. New vinyl on the front but they have not upgraded the bulbs. Almost impossible to read during day games. They have also not scaled and repainted the steel beams supporting it. Maybe the maintenance department can do it?


So are you breaking camp, taking down the tent and moving back home?


Breaking camp tomorrow, they made the hookup to Suburban Water today. Should be able to use the sprinklers tomorrow. You'll be able to reach me at the new Route 33 interchange construction site.  This is a non-government project and will be finished many months ahead of schedule.
Bogus Megapardus

Patriot League Field Hockey Preseason Poll

1. American, 68 points (8 first-place votes)
2. Boston University, 66 (6)
3. Bucknell, 47
4. Lafayette, 46
5. Colgate, 32
6. Lehigh, 19
7. Holy Cross, 16

http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/w-fieldh/spec-rel/081914aab.html
NewXbo

Now the next issue is the softball scoreboard. It was taken down, apparently by a backhoe. Some of it is still hanging on the I beams. The crumbled rest of it was thrown against the fence. No sign of anyone working on it but the first game isn't until March so why worry.

Apparently a mini tornado came across the airport runway, ripped the scoreboard in half, continued behind the Morel Field House and took down two of the large pines planted along then third baseline of the baseball field.
Bogus Megapardus

I note that the new Rappolt Field surface has no lacrosse markings of any kind - men's or women's.  A portend?
NewXbo

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
I note that the new Rappolt Field surface has no lacrosse markings of any kind - men's or women's.  A portend?


They are currently working on a plan to build a lacrosse field parallel and to the West of the field hockey field. It would have a artificial turf surface, like football.  There will be two sided stands with a double-sided press box between the fields and restrooms under the stands. Just waiting or the lacrosse alumni to pony up some $$$$$.
Bogus Megapardus

NewXbo wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
I note that the new Rappolt Field surface has no lacrosse markings of any kind - men's or women's.  A portend?


They are currently working on a plan to build a lacrosse field parallel and to the West of the field hockey field. It would have a artificial turf surface, like football.  There will be two sided stands with a double-sided press box between the fields and restrooms under the stands. Just waiting or the lacrosse alumni to pony up some $$$$$.


Lehigh has a similar setup.  That would be great for Lax and FH fans, especially if they bring the stands right up close to the field.  Maybe a nice, thick stand of Northern White Pine to act as a windbreak.  Throw in some wifi and double the parking area (with a more liberal tailgate policy) and we're getting somewhere.

I still think lax should invest in a couple of trained Border Collies to act as traditional, old-school lacrosse "ball dogs" during breaks and at halftime, and to chase gofers on the overshoots.   Put on a nice little show that would be unique to Lafayette!

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