Ysleta ISD Takes Athletes’ Safety Seriously

7 Matrix Turf Fields with Cushdrain Shock Pads Installed by Hellas Construction

AUSTIN, TX – 10/3/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — By selecting a safer turf system with a Cushdrain® shock pad, Yesleta ISD has made a long-term investment to reduce injuries and promote safety for athletes. Over the past five months, Hellas has been building and installing the 7 turf systems that will provide a better G-Max (shock absorption) and a consistent playing surface over time, including enhanced drainage and durability.

Ysleta ISD contracted Hellas for the $14.2 million project after the approval of a $430.5 million bond dedicated to bringing major changes to the school district. The entire community and over 14,000 students, athletes, marching band, and cheerleaders will utilize the multi-purpose fields.

Hellas finalized all artificial turf surface installations before the first week of the football season. “The turf is absolutely amazing. In prior years we had to cancel practice after heavy rain, sometimes for days, now the surface drains quickly and we can practice even if it’s raining,” said Jesus J. Perales, Head Football Coach for Del Valle High School. “The feel of the turf is excellent. It has a certain bounce to it. Your body feels better after being on it a few hours as opposed to natural grass,” said Perales.

The athletes and coaches have embraced the new Matrix Turf 100%. “It has changed the dynamics of our practices and team structure for the best – it has completely changed the look of our stadium and I get compliments on the design all the time,” said Ysleta High School’s Head Football Coach, Joe Martinez. “Hellas representatives have been ready to serve us at any moment’s notice in order to better the experience of our kids during this transition,” said Martinez.

The second phase of the project includes the installation of outfield fencing, backstop walls, and netting at all the baseball and softball fields, as well as new batting cages, electrical services, scoreboards, and stadium lighting. Additionally, Hellas will also be installing new lighting systems to every tennis court facility. The project is to be finalized before the end of the year.

“We’re very proud of this project,” said Jesus Moreno, Hellas Project Manager. “After wrapping up phase one, we’re excited to keep the momentum moving forward with our work for the school district. It has definitely been a great experience working with Ysleta ISD,” said Perales.

About Hellas Construction Headquartered in Austin, TX, Hellas Construction, Inc. 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, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. To learn more about Hellas Construction, visit hellasconstruction.com.

About Ysleta ISD Ysleta Independent School District is located in El Paso, TX and is the third largest school district in the city.  Founded in 1915, Ysleta ISD consists of 7 high schools, 11 middle schools, 36 elementary schools, 2 K-8th grade schools, 3 Pre-K centers, and 3 alternative schools. 

About Matrix Turf Consisting of two different blade sizes, fiber colors mimicking a natural-grass field, less infill, and more fibers – this tested and proven artificial turf is the top of the line for sports facilities. 

About Cushdrain Hellas’ Cushdrain pad is an elastic layer that is paved in place over the laser-graded drainstone foundation of an artificial turf system, which increases shock absorption.  Cushdrain is made at Hellas Polymers and uses only non-toxic components and no heavy metals.  Installing Cushdrain not only improves the drainage of the field, but it also provides planarity that holds its form and position through 3-4 lifecycles of the turf.

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