Sporting events provide entertainment, strengthen community pride, foster a spirit of healthy competition, and promote active lifestyles. The right athletic facility can make a space come alive with enthusiasm and spirit, whether it’s a Class 1A outdoor football field that holds a few hundred fans or a Division I basketball arena that holds tens of thousands.

 Shive-Hattery collaborates with K-12 and higher-education institutions to enhance the practice and competition facilities enjoyed by student athletes, family and friends, fans, financial supporters, and the public. We design and engineer solutions that can withstand constant activity, influxes of people, flexible uses, and less-than-ideal weather conditions.

 Our goal is to help you create aesthetically appealing environments that enhance athletic ability, encourage sports program collaboration, bring people together, and promote economic growth – all while keeping safety and operating costs top priorities.


Turf Impact Testing

Over time, it is possible for synthetic turf to compact due to contaminants in the air or lack of routine maintenance. The harder the surface, the more dangerous it can become for players whose bodies are absorbing the impact.

This surface hardness is measured by impact testing (commonly referred to as g-max testing). The higher the g-max value, the poorer the shock-attenuation performance of the surface. The g-max test best simulates a surface impact of a person's torso.

Measuring shock attenuation is a fundamental tool of athletic field safety testing. Although your synthetic turf will be tested when initially installed, the level of impact absorption can change over time.


"Architecture is exciting and the design of Sports Architecture takes that excitement to the next level. I am captivated by the roar of the crowd, the rush of the game and the spectacle of the stadium and arena. As a Sports Architect and Consultant, I am thrilled to help my clients create the total sports experience from the practice facilities, training rooms, team areas and concessions to the competition fields, tracks, stadiums, seating, branding and technology. You have goals; I have the team to help. Together, we’ll fuel your team’s athletic performance, fan base engagement and increase return on investment."

Johnny Boyd, AIA

Sports Architect