08 May

Sports Field Contractor “Must-Have” Qualifications

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Choosing a qualified sports field contractor is imperative to the long-term success of your athletic field, so how do you determine the most capable builder? Here are a few recommendations to set you on the right track:

1. CERTIFIED FIELD BUILDER

Building an athletic field is a highly technical process, inexperience could result in premature replacement which may incur unplanned financial commitments. The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) offers certifications after rigorous testing, and only allow individuals who show evidence of experience to apply. Adding to the scrutiny, the exam must be retaken every 3 years for the individual’s certification to remain valid. Be sure to include a Certified Field Builder specification as a contractor qualification requirement.

2. GET TO KNOW KEY PERSONNEL

Interviewing responsive bidders is a given, but do you know who will be on the field each day managing the project? Ask for resumes from the key people who will be overseeing the day-to-day operations. Their experience and qualifications can be critical to the project’s schedule and budget.

3. REQUEST A DETAILED ESTIMATE

An unusually low bid may be an indication of oversight and potentially result in a hefty change order that could push your project over budget in a jiffy. While these are not always avoidable as some conditions simply cannot be known until construction is underway, any obvious errors may be detectable with a review of a detailed estimate.

4. CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR THAT STANDS BEHIND THEIR WORK

No one is perfect, it’s something we can all agree on. Responsible contractors offer in-house and third party warranties to guarantee their work for a selected period of time.

SCG has the certifications, background, experienced estimating team, and seasoned in-house crews to handle your project from design to completion. In addition, we offer warranty programs ranging from 1 to 8 years which cover the base and the turf of your playing field system.

It’s a no-brainer, let’s start planning your project today!

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