DALTON, GA — SYNLawn®, the largest manufacturer and unrivaled innovator of artificial grass in North America, announced that its company, corporate leadership, and distributors were recognized for their achievements in the artificial turf industry with six industry awards presented by the Synthetic Turf Council (STC.)
“We are thrilled for our company and colleagues to be recognized for innovative projects, industry leadership, and philanthropic endeavors that align with the STC’s mission to improve the world through synthetic turf,” said George Neagle, executive vice president at SYNLawn. “I also feel honored for receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award. It has been a privilege to work closely with the STC to help enhance the artificial turf industry.”
Synthetic Turf Council Industry Awards Winners recognized for their 2021 efforts and installation projects included:
Commercial Landscape Project of the Year
Commercial Landscape Project of the Year — SYNLawn New York, City Square Rooftop Park: Anastasia Phillips, owner of SYNLawn New York, and her team partnered with GDC Developers for the installation of City Square Rooftop Park in White Plains. The team designed and installed a 35,000 square foot rooftop courtyard area using SYNTipede 343, SYNRye 200 Tan, Precision Putt, and Ultra Base panels. The courtyard connects three buildings known as “Central Park of City Square, downtown White Plains.” SYNLawn New York has years of experience completing complex artificial turf installations, which allowed them to complete a project of this magnitude successfully.
Residential Landscape Project of the Year
SYNLawn Michigan, Lake House: Justin Booth, owner of SYNLawn Michigan, and his team were selected to transform a family residence on an inland lake in Metro Detroit into an outdoor oasis. Initially, the family was only interested in having the team from SYNLawn Michigan install a replica of the 12th Hole at Augusta National Golf Club using Precision Putt, but once the family witnessed the top-quality work of the team and the high quality of the turf, they asked to expand the project. The final result was approximately 20,000 square feet of artificial grass covering the lakefront property. The additional synthetic turf installations included two pathways leading down to the lake using SYNAugustine 547; artificial walls for an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor shower; SYNBlue 949 around a patio seating area located near a pond; a fenced-in dog run created with Pet Platinum; a balcony to be used as a hitting area for a golf green area; and the installation of SYNSport for the front yard.
Sports Project of the Year (over 75,000 square feet)
SYNLawn Indiana, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Anastasia Phillips and her team at SYNLawn Indiana installed 1.4 acres of sustainable, plant-based turf to make the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience sports and fitness exhibits more inclusive, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The project included the creation of a mini hockey rink and a running/walking track using 28,000 square feet of Sports Turf Blend in various colors with EnviroFill™ for three sports fields; 27,000 square feet of SYNPour™ poured-in-place rubber for the track; and 2,500 square feet of SYNCourt™ sport tile system for the rink. The recognition for this project remains an excellent project to be included by the STC industry awards.
SYNLawn Acts of Kindness: The SYNLawn team was recognized for its regional, national, and international charitable contributions, including care packages, direct financial support, and projects that provided an equal footing in troubled areas. Their philanthropic projects benefited essential workers, Make A Wish chapters, families who had lost loved ones, and those who worked around the clock to make ends meet. For more details, a video highlighting their philanthropic endeavors is available to watch here.
Volunteer of the Year
George Neagle, Executive Vice President at SYNLawn, received this achievement for his efforts in helping the STC and promoting its values, including improving sustainability among the artificial turf industry. As part of its sustainability initiative, SYNLawn has become a bio-preferred provider of certified biobased artificial grass products and installation systems. The company has a proprietary system with a large percentage of renewable content. SYNLawn was the first synthetic turf company to earn the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label.
Rookie of the Year
Davis McDougal, Technical Sales & Product Manager at SYNLawn, was recognized for positively impacting the STC committees he serves on. He also shares his product knowledge and best practices with fellow STC members through his panelist position on the STC Roundtable for Landscape and Synthetic Grass. His success on this panel resulted in the launch of the Landscape Product Quality and Performance Guidelines Committee, which he chairs.
More information about the Synthetic Turf Council Industry Awards is available at syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/awards.
SYNLawn® is the largest manufacturer and unrivaled innovator of artificial grass in North America. As part of the SportGroup Holding® family of companies, SYNLawn and sister surfacing brands – Astroturf, Rekortan, APT, and Laykold – deliver the best products available on the market. SYNLawn’s product offerings also include Calico Greens™, an upscale line of artificial wall displays. SYNLawn’s turnkey network of 100 distributors seamlessly combines environmental stewardship with industry-leading innovations. Manufactured in Dalton, GA, SYNLawn uses bio-based ingredients, such as soy and sugarcane, and consumer-conscious additives, such as antimicrobials to meet customers’ wide range of needs. With more than 200,000 residential and commercial installations, the company is raising the bar for global synthetic turf standards and transforming the idea of grass. We have a proprietary system with a large percentage of renewable content. From rooftops to road medians and rocket-launch viewing sites, SYNLawn has installed over 82 million square feet of U.S. soy-backed grass across 200,000 installations in the United States and 19 other countries since 2008. By 2021, North America’s largest artificial grass manufacturer is set to add more soy than ever to its products, which will increase its use of U.S. soy by 10%.