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FACILITY FOCUS
illini's demirjian park
HEAD OF THE PACK
By Brendan Kurie, contributing writer
The YouTube video lasts just 96
seconds, but that's plenty of time for
dozens of exciting exultations from
the University of Illinois women's
soccer team.
It's the type of over-the-moon
exuberance usually reserved for
championship celebrations, but the
Fighting Illini didn't even have a
match to play that April day.
The source of their adulation was a
tour of Demirjian Park, a $27 million
project completed this spring that
brings world-class soccer and track
and field facilities to the UrbanaChampaign
campus and allows the
school to host NCAA championships.
" I would argue we now have the
best facility in the Big 10, " Illinois
women's soccer coach Janet Rayfield
said at the unveiling.
A few weeks later, in an interview
with Coach & Athletic Director,
Senior Associate Director of
Athletics Brett Stillwell, who leads
capital projects and facilities for the
athletic department, felt precisely
the same.
The project featured the
construction of two new soccer fields,
substantial renovations to the existing
track oval and the pièce de résistance,
Demirjian Stadium, an $18 million
multi-use structure that features dual
grandstands, home and away locker
rooms, video and meeting rooms,
lounge and study spaces, sports
medicine and nutrition facilities,
space for officials and coaches offices.
4 Tips to Keeping Your Facility Clean
1. To disinfect or sanitize?
Most athletic facility surfaces and equipment are nonporous,
or do not allow liquid or air to pass through, and
can be sanitized or disinfected. Disinfecting surfaces or
equipment often includes the use of an Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) approved commercial cleaner
in the form of a spray or a ready-to-use wipe. The
Center for Disease Control (CDC) and EPA recommend
using, at a minimum, an approved low-level chemical
disinfectant or, more preferably, an intermediatelevel
disinfectant. The CDC defines intermediatelevel
disinfection as those that kill mycobacterium,
most viruses, and bacteria with a chemical germicide
registers as a " tuberculocide " by the EPA. Low-level
disinfection is defined as those that kill some viruses
and bacteria such as HIV with a chemical germicide
registered as a hospital disinfectant by the EPA.
2. Implementation of safety data sheets
and documentation
All facility employees should be trained on personal
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hygiene and disinfecting procedures, including " wet
time " and the use of personal protection equipment.
Additionally, setting up a safety data sheet - a
document that provides employees with procedures for
safe handling of the disinfectants and what steps need
to be taken in case of an emergency. Keep up with a
regular daily cleaning schedule for accountability and
liability purposes.
3. Be mindful of high-touch surfaces
Sure, the importance of sanitization falls on the
fitness equipment, but there are plenty of other items
in an athletic facility with a high-touch volume. Whether
it's doorknobs, light switches, drinking fountains,
handrails, ledges, gym lockers, or others, keeping track
of your facilities' high-touch surfaces is a simple, but
overlooked area of sanitization.
4. Call in the professionals
When in doubt, and when the budget allows for it,
turning to cleaning professionals is never a bad option.

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