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September 2013

Come Visit BCK-IBI Group at NYSCOSS & SBGA

We'll be at NYSCOSS September 22 — 24 taking up residence at booth 30.
The following weekend join us at the SBGA Conference at booth 600.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this year's conferences.


G-Max Testing Your Artificial Turf Field — Is Your Turf Still Safe?

One of the big advantages of an artificial turf athletic field over a natural turf field is that they require significantly less maintenance. Please note we said less maintenance — not no maintenance! In order to keep your artificial turf field a safe and consistent playing surface, you were provided with the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines, which included a regular schedule of brushing and aeration. However, age and use will cause some loss of resiliency as the rubber infill hardens, settles, and is carried off the field on players' clothing and shoes. To be sure your field continues to function safely, it must be tested for resiliency to see if additional infill material and maintenance are needed.

G-Max testing measures the shock absorption of playing surfaces. The more shock impact absorbed by the field, the less shock impact absorbed by the player's protective equipment and body. The higher the G-Max rating, the harder the playing surface. Though less common, a field can also be too resilient, causing poor performance, fatigue, and injuries.

Yearly G-Max testing is becoming the standard of care for owners/operators of artificial turf fields. BCK-IBI Group can provide a list of independent testing laboratories that conduct G-Max testing in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, and help you evaluate the results and determine what maintenance is needed, if any.

Click here for another article regarding G-Max testing.


From Kurdistan to the World's Carousel Capital

Reving Ibrahim is a project designer at BCK-IBI Group who is responsible for detailed design and construction drawings for both renovation and new construction projects including K-12 schools.

Reving is from Kurdistan and earned his bachelor's degree in Architecture from Salahaddin University in Erbil, where he worked in the architectural field before moving to Binghamton in 2006. Reving proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2010.

He enjoys skiing, playing soccer, playing volleyball, and playing music. He is also a proud member of the American Kurdish Council (AKC), which is a nonprofit organization that works towards the advancement of Kurdish-American involvement in the community through public services and educational programs.

Reving recently took a two-month trip to Kurdistan to visit his parents, three brothers, and friends. This was his first visit home since he moved to the United States. He planned his trip so he could enjoy the spring season twice — first in Kurdistan and again in Binghamton. On the way to Kurdistan, he had an 11-hour layover at the Cairo airport, but with the privileges of a U.S. passport he was able to obtain a visa only for $15 and spend time visiting the pyramids.

Despite the instability in the Middle East, Kurdistan has thrived. Reving observed, "Kurdistan is booming in every way. The city of Erbil has expanded rapidly and I was getting lost in a city I once knew so well — luckily I had Google maps."



Capital Project Building Aid — Know the Rules So You Don't Miss Out

As you may know, in 2011, the New York State Education Department (SED) changed the way building aid flows to school districts for capital projects. Previously building aid started to flow from New York State 18 months after the commissioner's approval of the capital project. Now, building aid will start after the Certificate of Substantial Completion (CSC) and Final Cost Reports (FCR) are submitted to SED, but no earlier than 18 months after the commissioner's approval. There are special circumstances in which a school district can apply to receive aid earlier for capital projects, such as complicated or large projects that cannot be completed over an 18 month period.

It is very important that your Architect submit the CSC to SED in a timely fashion. Keep in mind construction needs to be completed prior to submission. It is equally as important that your FCR's are complete and in place in order to start receiving building aid. Missing out on building aid opportunities for a given year can result in significant changes to your district's overall financial plan. Click here to view an article from SED that provides more detail regarding these changes.


2015 Building Condition Surveys Around the Corner

It may be hard to believe, but it is time to start planning for the 2015 Building Condition Survey (BCS) mandated by New York State Education Department (SED). Don't forget to include funding for the BCS when you start planning your 2014-2015 budget this fall. BCK-IBI Group can provide your district with several customized options that meet SED's requirements. Contact Steve Thesier for additional information at


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