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SUSTAINIBLITY & INOVATION

Seen above turf quality after Pedestrian_Turf_Tiles_​ were used on the National Mall for 20 days! The Tiles preformed the three pillars of sustainability

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Environmental 
Pedestrian_Turf_Tiles_ protected the existing vegetation and kept the turfgrass alive.  Reduced compaction to the soil preserving tree roots and soil organismsEliminated need for site remediation

 

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Social 
The tiles provided a walking pathway and ADA 
access to the site exhibits. Preserved the area for future visitors to see the area as it was before the event

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Economic
Reduced management inputs to the area. Kept area open for further use compared to closing down for reconstruction. 

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But wait there is more!
 

SUSTAINIBLITY & INOVATION

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Faced with another area where it is difficult to keep natural grass alive. Preserving natural turfgrass under concert stages is a challenging task even for a professional groundskeeper! The natural turfgrass they are responsible for is subject to no light for days, has to hold weight of a concert stage and has lots of set up and tear down traffic it has to endure. Basically the plant has no way to produce energy (photosynthesis) and is placed under weight which creates a really tough environment for the plant survive. When changing a baseball field into a concert stage and back to a baseball field creates a unique opportunity for innovation. What if they was something that had grow lights integrated into a platform that could hold weight the stage and withstand traffic and keep the turfgrass growing? Would it work to keep the grass alive and preserve playing field as it was before the event? The answer is in the picture above. The LED_Turf_Tiles_ did preserve the natural turfgrass playing field for 5 days at a Taylor Swift concert in Houston Texas home of the Houston Astros. 
 

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Environmental 
LED_Turf_Tiles_ protected the existing vegetation and kept the turfgrass alive.  Eliminated the need for site remediation. Reduced field management inputs

 

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Social 
The tiles contributed to safe working conditions. Didn't damage the playing surface. Can provide an interactive event experience.

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Economic
Reduced management inputs to the area. Kept area open for further use compared to closing down for reconstruction. Could lead to future potential revenue by adding a new concert experience

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The LED_Turf_Shield™ is a Game Changer! It provides artificial sunlight to the natural grass surface while covered by concert stages, keeping photosynthesis and other natural process continuing during the event.  By keeping the natural process going playing fields are safer after concerts and maximizes the facilities usage. RGT was awarded the Sports Turf Managers Association Innovative award for keeping players safer after non-sporting events and reducing site disturbance. 

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Turfgrass quality

after using LED_Turf_Tile_™  

Turfgrass quality

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Did you know?

Operations professional's are fascinated by this "one factor" that affects this environmental outcome.

This "factor" is light! RGT products are designed to optimize the use of light. Even the locking system is transparent. RGT's product are LED_Turf_Shield_, Flat-Back_Turf_Shield_, Pedestrian_Turf_Shield_, Pedestrian_Turf_Tile_ and Flat-Back_Turf_Tile_.  They allow sunlight through when is there is enough sunlight to keep photosynthesis going. When there is not enough sunlight due to structures the lighted product LED_Turf_Shield_ is able to produce photosynthetic light to keep the grass growing. By providing light to the natural grass field it is able to keep the turf alive in the some of the most challenging situations! Not only is light important but, operationally efficacy is important to have quick "set changes", the modular tiles can be installed quickly ~333 SF per man hour. Research and Development has been invested into perfecting this modular event system. For example, the LED_Turf_Shield_ has added computers over the years giving more control and production design flexibility.  We serve many industries and see how we can help your operation.

Made In The Shade!
 

Seen below RGT's SUN ROVER ® adding photosynthetic light using energy efficient LED lights to shaded areas at BBVA compass stadium in Houston, TX. 

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The Green House Effect Is In Effect!
 

We learned above about how shade and pressure on turfgrass can effect quality. Now how about a hot sunny summer day when sunlight leads to "turf burn". The photo below shows how covers placed at various times of the day can effect turfgrass quality. RGT's LED product didn't allow too much sunlight through and provide shade to keep the turfgrass cool enough to survive the heat of the day. 

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Attention to details
 


RGT didn't stop there. Another area where natural grass was struggling to survive was under cable ramps. Cable ramps were not designed to keep grass alive under them. RGT designed cable ramps that are turf friendly.  See the before and after above. 

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More before and afters

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Pedestrian_Turf _Tiles_ under a tent for 44 days

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Pedestrian_Turf _Tiles_ under a tent for 56 days

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Pedestrian_Turf _Tiles_ under a tent for 146 days

SOLUTIONS

Enhanced TURF QUALITY with supplemental light! Product: SUN ROVER ®

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GROUND_PROTECTION    |   EXPERTS

Our ground protection experts will work with you from the initial site visit and mat installation, all the way through the production and teardown.  Our ground protection and event flooring solutions ensure that you have the right ground protection for your next project or event.