By David Giuliani
Las Vegas Optic
Highlands University has chosen a company to put in turf for the university’s baseball and softball fields.
The turf will be applied to the baseball infield and softball outfield and will cost $645,000.
At a recent Board of Regents meeting, the regents chose Austin-based Hellas Construction, which has installed turf for several professional and college teams, including the Dallas Cowboys.
According to a Highlands memo, staff members believed that the $645,000 price was a good one, saying they had expected the project to cost more than $700,000.
Contracts costing more than $500,000 must be approved by the regents, officials said.
Ed Manzanares, the university’s athletic director, said the baseball field hadn’t been improved for more than a decade. He said it will be easier to clear the fields of snow with turf because it melts quicker on turf than grass.
The warranty would last 12 years and the turf is estimated to have a life of two decades, he said. He added that Highlands put in turf at the football field six years ago, and it’s still in good shape.
Manzanares said the turf will help Las Vegas in general because many local teams — including those from the East and West districts — have used Highlands’ fields before.
Regent Jesus Lopez complimented Manzanares, saying he was a good ambassador to the community.
“He gets along well with the school districts,” the regent said.