The Othello Athletic Development Group (OADG) invited Sprinturf regional sales manager Michael Mirante to help explain a number of the options available to the group in their ongoing pursuit of getting an artificial turf field installed at Othello High School. Mirante walked interested parties and the OADG through a number of previous projects his company has worked on and presented some of his recommendations the group could look into if the field project is approved. OADG founder Dale Wagner said he was pleased with Mirante's appearance Saturday, Feb. 23, and hopes ongoing discussions with Mirante and his company will help his group reach their goal. Mirante has been in the business of synthetic turf since 1997 and now works for Sprinturf, a company that is fully integrated, meaning it handles the entire process of designing, manufacturing and installing the components of an artificial turf field. Mirante said the benefits of this integration is their company is better able to control the quality of their product and can quickly adapt to the needs of customers. "If you are going to do this project this year and you have a short time table, we can manufacture our turf in about four or five days, have it on a truck and it's here in a week and a half by the time you say 'go'," Mirante said. "We can turn around a product in a very short time." Wagner and the OADG are hoping to begin their installation of the field, if approved, right around the time school gets out this summer. Mirante said he understands a synthetic turf field is an expensive undertaking and told audience members about his company's 10-year warranty and said Sprinturf will stand behind their product. "With as much money as you're investing, you want a solid company, a company that's going to take care of you, a company that's going to install the field right," Mirante said. "The last thing we want to happen is for someone to come in and install a field and it falls apart - it's a nightmare." One of the options Wagner proposed to help save on costs for the project is to do the preparation and base work with the help from volunteers. When Wagner asked if that was something they could do, Mirante said it would definitely be a possibility. He said as long as the work done before Sprinturf took over and the work passed certain qualifications - such as being level and having properly designed drainage solutions - the installation of the actual field wouldn't be affected. OADG member Janelle Andersen asked Mirante if they would be putting themselves at unnecessary risk by doing the prep work on their own and Mirante said there's always the potential to make mistakes that could affect the quality of the finished product. He recommended hiring a landscape architect to help ensure the work would be done correctly. "We only warranty our turf," Mirante said, adding that having an architect for the base work would help a lot to make sure the proper materials, designs and measurements were made. Mirante recommended using a rubber-sand blend for the infill with a type of synthetic grass blade called Ultrablade DF Elite. According to the Sprinturf website, this type of field offers a good balance of durability and playability and would be similar to the field Sprinturf installed at Eastern Washington University in Cheney back in 2010. Other notable fields Sprinturf installed include University of Montana's Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Marymoor Park in Redmond, UCLA Spaulding field, UC Berkeley Underhill Field and a project finished in November for Sandy High School in Oregon. Following Mirante's presentation, attendees walked down to the OHS football field where Mirante was able to identify problem areas an artificial turf field could potentially address. He explained holes and divots that were on the field would no longer be a problem and the level playing surface of a synthetic field would help to reduce player injuries.