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Red Lion HS Sports Lighting Project Completed In Just 3 Weeks

In 1920, what used to be the farming field of Coach Charles Jack Horn located in York County, PA, is now the home to the Lions of the Red Lion School District.  The field was donated by the Horn family to the school district in 1947 and has become a place of pride in the community.  Red Lion School District hosts over 7 boys’ and girls’ scholastic sports (football, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, softball) and community events at Horn Field.

The first lights to illuminate Horn Field were metal halide fixtures, installed in 1987.  Learning of the impact of LED and Musco’s technology in the sports lighting world to light a field evenly and efficiently (in this case two fields), the school district and the community were more than ready to upgrade to a modern LED sports lighting system.

I&Y Construction and Musco went to work to design and implement a plan specifically for Horn Field.  In this three-week construction project, six poles would be needed to illuminate both the baseball and multi-sport fields in their uniquely designed layout.  The two existing 70’ poles located behind the dugout were utilized in the new lighting design.  I&Y Construction retrofitted those two sports lighting poles by removing the existing metal halide sports lighting fixtures and replacing them with Musco LED fixtures and electronic components.

I&Y Construction “demo’ d” the four remaining original poles around the multi-purpose field and replaced them with four new steel poles (two 90’ poles and two 80’poles).  The new poles required four new 36” diameter X 18’ deep caisson foundations.  I&Y drilled the caissons, set precast concrete bases, and then backfilled them with concrete.   Once that was complete, each sports lighting pole was field assembled with remote driver enclosures, crossarms, Musco TLC LED sports lighting fixtures, and factory assembled wire harnesses.

I&Y Construction also installed a new contactor cabinet with the Musco Control-Link System.  The contactor cabinet was tied into the existing breaker panel with all new underground conduit and wire which runs from the cabinet out to each sports lighting pole.  While the new poles were being stood with a crane, I&Y Construction aimed the new LED sports lighting fixtures according to Musco design.  When the system was ready to be activated, I&Y commissioned the Musco Control-Link system.    

I&Y Construction completed our work on time within our 3-week estimated timeframe of June 28 to July 15, 2021.   Horn field was finished and ready to use in plenty of time for Red Lion’s student athletes to take the field for their summer sports camps and the community’s anticipated first home football game under the new and improved “Friday Night Lights”.

I&Y Construction, having done over 300 Sports Field Lighting projects in the Mid- Atlantic Region, has become the #1 Musco lighting installer in the region.  I&Y Construction prides itself on the quality and efficiency of service, as well as our experience, reliability, and knowledge of sports lighting installation.

Bucknell University Graham Field Retrofit

Bucknell University is an undergraduate, Liberal Arts University in the heart of Pennsylvania (Lewisburg).  Graham field is the home of the Bison’s 2021 Patriot League Champion Field Hockey Team.  With only a few days scheduled between Soccer and Field Hockey Camps on Bucknell University’s Graham Field; I & Y Construction was tasked with retrofitting the existing sports lighting system, by updating the metal halide fixtures to Musco LED technology.

In 2016 Bucknell began focusing on their “Orange and Blue Goes Green” project, which entailed converting their athletic complexes from the antiquated metal halide fixtures to modern LED sports lighting technology. In addition to improved light quality and distribution, officials saw the significant financial and environmental savings of the new technology.  There was also less maintenance, which led to less intrusive down time for student-athletes, and no more buzzing noise from the old metal halide ballasts.

By choosing to retrofit existing poles with new Musco LED sport lighting technology and TLC-LED Control Link tm (control and monitoring system) instead of installing a completely new system, the university saved time and financial resources.  Retrofitting is where the existing poles on the field are used and equipped with new updated equipment, in this case LED fixtures.

Bucknell University’s Graham Field retrofit project was scheduled for four days and completed in three in late July 2021.  I&Y Construction’s field team removed the old metal halide sports lighting fixtures and assembled and mounted the new Musco sports lighting LED fixtures on the existing poles.  Each pole was then fitted with a new wire harness and enclosure. I&Y Construction also installed a new contactor cabinet, tying it into the existing electrical system.  The new sports lighting fixtures were aimed according to Musco design specifications, and the Musco Control-Link tm system was installed – all in time for the Bison’s champion Field Hockey and Soccer teams to take the field.

Having done over 300 sports field lighting projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region, I&Y Construction is the #1 Musco lighting installer in the region.  I&Y Construction prides itself on the quality and efficiency of service, as well as our experience, reliability, and knowledge of installing sports lighting.  Call us today to see how we can help light up or re-light your fields!

A Bird’s Eye View

Our team goes to great heights for sports lighting!  The Carlisle High School’s Ken Millen Football Stadium retrofit sports lighting project, done in the Spring of 2020, gave one of I&Y Construction’s owners, Kristen Snider, the opportunity to step up into team/crew member Jordon Ritchey’s boots to get a view from 135’ up.

Kristen said she was excited to see the sports lighting project done from a “sky box” view.  Kristen and Jordon were hoisted and harnessed into a 135’ man-lift.  All I&Y Construction crew members are specialized and certified in OSHA safety and man-lift operation.  Kristen said, she felt safe and loved the view and the opportunity to be on the job site to see the football stadium with its new lights from above, taking in the whole field.

When I&Y Construction does a retrofit sports lighting project, the existing poles remain and are re-engineered with updated, energy efficient LED sports lighting fixtures.  I&Y Construction uses the man-lifts to remove the old fixtures and install the new, in this case, Musco LED technology sports lighting fixtures.  The crew then re-wired the entire system.  The newly outfitted sports lighting poles are then aimed for the most efficient visibility for players and fans.

For this particular project at Carlisle’s Ken Millen Football Stadium, I&Y Construction also incorporated the installation of Musco-Vision (an automated-remote streaming technology).

Are your lights in need of an upgrade?  Call Matt today to see how I&Y Construction can help!

I&Y installs lights at Central Cambria High School

Talk about Friday night lights!  On Sept. 9, 2020, the Central Cambria Red Devils took the field under their new retrofitted Musco Total Light Control ™ LED sports lighting system with Show-Light ™.

As a part of the school districts initiative to renovate their buildings, athletic facilities, and upgrade to new energy efficient and cost effective LED lighting technology, I&Y Construction worked with Musco Lighting to engineer both a retrofit for the existing football stadium and a turnkey electrical and LED sports lighting system for the newly constructed multi-purpose sports field.

I&Y Construction designed and installed the sports lighting and electrical portion of the $21 million over-haul project. The project included new artificial turf, goal posts, scoreboards and bleachers for the existing football field, as well as the construction of a brand new multi-purpose field that encompasses soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.  I&Y Construction coordinated and worked with Musco Lighting, ELA Sports, FieldTurf and Straw Construction on the project.

The scope of the project for I&Y Construction included the retrofit of the football stadium and track sports lights.  Utilizing the 4 existing 90’ poles, I&Y removed the metal halide sports lighting fixtures and replaced them with 62 LED sports lighting fixtures that incorporated track and security lighting.

The Central Cambria School District also seized the opportunity to upgrade to the Musco Show-Lite™ tech package, enabling a pre-programmed, customizable light show at a touch of button, bringing the spectator experience to a professional level.  Check out the  Cambria Heights Video!

For the newly constructed multi-sport field (soccer, lacrosse, baseball/softball), I&Y Construction built the sports lighting system from the ground up.  Our scope of work included drilling the foundation caissons, setting the bases, pouring concrete backfill, building and assembling ten poles (varying from 60’-80’) with 96 LED sports lighting fixtures, setting the steel poles on their foundations with a crane, installing conduit, and running electrical wire.

I&Y Construction in the number one installer of Musco Lighting in the Mid-Atlantic region which includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington DC.  Too see how I&Y Construction can help make your lighting project a reality, call Matt today!

I&Y installs Musco LED Lights for Penns Valley LL

Earlier this month, I & Y Construction completed our part of the baseball field lighting project for the Penns Valley Little League in Centre Hall, PA .   I & Y Construction put the “poles in the air” and installed all the underground conduit working as a subcontractor for Musco Lighting, the manufacturer of the LED sports lighting system.

Our “pole in the air” scope of work included drilling four 30” diameter holes 12-14’ deep and setting four precast concrete bases in those holes.  We assembled the steel pole sections and attached the Musco LED Lighting fixtures on the crossarms.  We then set the four steel poles with a crane and aligned the lights.  There were two 60’ poles and two 70’ poles installed to light the field.

The conduit installation included trenching, installing conduit, and backfilling the trenches.  Over 1000’ of trenching and conduit was required.

The sports lighting project was funded through a $150,000 recreation grant the Penns Valley Little League received through the state of Pennsylvania.  The new lights will facilitate evening games and extend the fall season when the days get shorter.

 

 

Construction at Middletown ASD Mini-Stadium Underway

In the fall of 2020 ground was broken on Middletown School District’s newly planned Mini-Stadium.  The project is in Dauphin County just 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

I&Y Construction, in conjunction with Mid State Mechanical Electric became a part of the 3.9-million-dollar project which is scheduled to be completed in 2021.  The new stadium will be the home of the Blue Raider soccer and field hockey teams and will feature one of the largest artificial turf surfaces in the Mid-Penn Conference.   In addition to the turf, the project includes new bleachers with seating for 500, a press box, a concession stand, multiple team rooms, and a new LED sports lighting system manufactured by Musco Lighting.

Due to the field’s proximity to the Harrisburg International Airport and Pennsylvania Turnpike, a specialized lighting design was required.  In the early design phase, Musco Lighting and Architerra, worked with the Dauphin County Conservation District and the Federal Aviation Administration to analyze the project and review the lighting requirements.  The Musco LED sports lighting system was specially designed to ensure better control of the light spillage on the airport air traffic, turnpike land traffic, and neighbors around the stadium.  The design goal was to exceed the needs of the school district and anyone in proximity to the new lights. In addition to the LED sports lighting system, aircraft warning lights will be installed on the poles to meet the FAA requirements.

The stadium lighting portion of the project requires the installation of 4 high mast sports lighting poles (three 70′ poles and one 80′ pole).  I&Y Construction’s remaining work includes the drilling of the caissons, installing the concrete lighting bases, and erecting the steel poles for the sports lighting system.  I&Y is currently scheduled to complete this part of the project in mid-April 2021.

I&Y Construction in the number one installer of Musco Lighting in the Mid-Atlantic region which includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington DC.

 

I&Y to Install Sports Field Lighting at Claysburg-Kimmel HS

On January 13th, the Claysburg-Kimmel school board approved the purchase and installation of new stadium sports field lighting for the varsity football, baseball, and softball fields.  The sports lighting installation is a part of a larger renovation project that includes new playing surfaces, a new grandstand with press box, and the associated electrical work.

Claysburg-Kimmel School District has contracted with Musco Sports Lighting, the industry leader for sports lighting, for the purchase and installation of the lights.  The purchase was done through COSTARS which is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program.  It is a state contract which provides competitive pricing while saving the school district the time and hassle of putting out a public bid.

After being awarded the contract, Musco Sports Lighting in turn hired I&Y Construction, LLC to perform the installation portion of the sport lighting contract.  Claysburg-Kimmel School district is just twenty minutes from I&Y Contruction, and we are the number one installer of Musco Lighting in the mid-atlantic region which includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington DC.

I&Y’s scope of work for the project will include the demolition of the existing lighting system, drilling ten foundation caissons, installing the concrete lighting bases, and standing the steel light poles. We will be installing 10 sports lighting poles.  There are four 70’ poles and two 80’ poles for the combined football and baseball field area, and two 60’ poles and two 70’ poles for the softball field.

Claysburg-Kimmel decided on Musco Lighting’s newest state of the art LED Sports Lighting System.  It will greatly improve the visibility and uniformity on the field of play for the athletes and fans while lowering the long-term energy costs to the district.

The sports lighting portion of the project is slated to begin in the summer of 2021.  Other local sports lighting projects that I&Y Construction has completed include Forest Hills Football Stadium, Bellefonte Football Stadium, Altoona HS Practice Field Lighting, and Central Cambria Football and Multisport fields.

2020 – Construction Goes on Amid COVID-19 Global Pandemic

The year 2020 and COVID-19 have brought on many new challenges to I&Y Construction that we did not have to worry about in past years.  COVID-19 has forced us to implement new job site safety procedures and make travel adjustments to help keep our employees safe and healthy while at work.

Luckily, with the exception of a governmental shut-down early on in the spring, I &Y Construction has been able to continue to work throughout the spring and summer.  In fact, we have had one of our busiest installation seasons to date and we are currently booked through the end of the year.

Two additions to the field construction team this year include Ty Douglas and Steven Kline.  Both young men come to us with previous construction experience and both have been integral parts of our team this season helping us complete our jobs on schedule.

Our field team usually works four ten+ hour days every week, often starting early in the morning.  It is extremely rare that they are on site after dark, and so they are not usually around when the lights get turned on and the light levels are tested.  However, this spring, we completed a job at Western Wayne HS in Lake Ariel, PA and they all got to see the finished project.  When our senior foreman Greg Peace got to see the lights on, he jokingly said “Wow! That’s what they look like when we’re done!”  Greg has been with us for over 200+ installations.  What is even funnier is that Steven got to see the lights illuminated on his very first job.  Needless to say, everyone was impressed with their work!

Some of our completed 2020 jobs are:

  1. Western Wayne HS Stadium
  2. East Pennsboro HS Soccer
  3. Palmyra HS Athletic Fields
  4. PSU Harrisburg Soccer
  5. Carlisle HS Football Stadium

For a complete list of 2020 jobs please see our Projects page.

State Representative Jesse Topper visits I&Y Construction


Last month, I & Y owner Matt  Snyder visited PA State Representative Jesse Topper at his office in Bedford, PA to discuss a proposed house bill that dealt with the Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) and other cooperative purchasing programs.  I & Y Construction successfully partners with Musco Lighting, the KPN contract holder for sports and athletic field lighting, for many of our sports lighting projects.  Matt was concerned with how the bill was written and how it could have a negative impact on the construction industry and also because it could potentially eliminate the cost savings benefits it provides to the end users.  Matt provided Mr. Topper an example of how using the KPN contract can save the end users significant amounts of money on the installation of sports lighting and other construction projects.  After a successful first meeting, PA State Representative Topper stopped in to our office in New Enterprise, PA for a short visit on Thursday April 4, 2019 to meet the rest of the owners and learn more about our business.  We were honored to have him visit and can’t thank him enough for taking the time to learn more about  I & Y Construction, LLC and better understand how we operate.

WET WEATHER AFFECTING CONSTRUCTION SEASON

I&Y Construction, LLC is in the home stretch of what looks to be another successful construction season.  As of right now, we have completed 12 sports lighting installations this year, and we have several more yet to finish by the end of the year.  Crossing this year’s construction season finish line looks like it might be a little harder than normal.

Inclement weather in 2018 has been terrible, and for any company trying to get work done outdoors, it presents problems. The affect the weather has had on I&Y Construction, LLC is no exception. Our entire installation region from NY to DC has experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall, making it the wettest construction season we have ever experienced.   The large amounts of rainfall have made many jobs more challenging than usual, and the continued storms and weekly rainfall are starting to take their toll and affect our schedules.

Check out the video footage below from of one of our job sites.  It gives you a good idea of how rain can impact a construction site, create extra work, and potentially delay the completion of a project.                             Play Site Conditions Video 

Fortunately, we were able to complete the job in the video within our original time frame.  However, we do have several projects in progress that remain incomplete simply because we are waiting on site conditions to improve so that we can wrap them up. There is very little we can do now, except to wait for things to dry out. We continue to monitor our job site conditions on a daily basis, and as soon as things improve, I &Y Construction LLC, has a team of dedicated employees ready to go to work.  Our team of installation experts are willing to do whatever is necessary to get these sports lighting projects completed and ready for use in the upcoming seasons.

If you are interested in getting some new sports lighting installed, or want information about upgrading your current system, please contact Matt Snyder and he will help guide you through the process.

I & Y to Install LED Lights as part of Bellefonte Stadium Project

Work has begun at Bellefonte Area School District on their two year $7 million stadium renovation project.  This years’ renovations to Rogers Stadium include the demolition and installation of a new turf field, bleachers, and lights. I & Y Construction will be working as a subcontractor for FieldTurf to install the electrical and lighting portion of the project.  Our contract includes the removal of the existing poles and the installation of 4 new steel Musco poles, removal and re-installation of the existing scoreboard, as well as the installation of the electrical system backbone for the entire project.  The new system will feature Musco TLC-LED technology that will provide superior lighting for the football field and walking track.  Emergency and security lighting will also be installed.  I & Y is tentatively scheduled to be on site in July and August 2018 to complete our portion of the project.  More information on the project can be found in the following article from the BASD website.  Rogers Stadium Demolition

University of Maryland to add lights to tennis facility

The University of Maryland, in College Park, MD will be adding lights to its new state-of-the-art tennis facility.   A new Musco Light Structure Green (LSG) sports lighting system will provide lighting to a total of fifteen outdoor courts at NCAA collegiate levels.   I & Y Construction, LLC will install the lights on the courts as part of a subcontractor agreement with Gettle Inc.  Installation is set to begin this Spring.

I & Y will install lights at new Littlestown HS Stadium

The Littlestown Area School District in Littlestown, PA is building a new stadium for its athletic teams, students, and community. I & Y Construction, LLC will be working as a subcontractor to McCarty & Son, Inc. to install the new Musco Sports Lighting equipment on this project.  I & Y ‘s scope of work includes “Poles in the Air.”   We unload and distribute all the Musco Lighting equipment on site, drill the foundations, set the precast concrete bases and pour concrete backfill, assemble the light poles and set them with a crane on their foundations. Our portion of a project this size typically takes a week and it is slated to be completed sometime this summer.

More information on the project can be found in a news article written by the Evening Sun.  Click Here to read the article.

 

Cumberland Valley SD to Light New Multi Purpose Field

Cumberland Valley School District (Mechanicsburg, PA)  is building two brand new schools to accommodate tremendous growth and rising enrollments.  Winding Creek Elementary School and Mountain View Middle School are under construction in Hampden Township, PA and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.  A multi-purpose athletic complex is also being built as part of the middle school project and will feature new LED technology manufactured by Musco Lighting.  I & Y Construction is under contract to install the Musco athletic field lighting and its associated electrical system.  The Musco system features a total of 36 fixtures on four 80′ poles and will provide field lighting to a maintained guaranteed average of 30 footcandles. No schedule has be confirmed but the work should be completed by the end of the 2018.

Bellefonte Little League to Add Prime Time Games

I & Y Construction is excited to be a part of the addition of lights to Webster Field 2 at the Bellefonte Little League complex in Bellefonte, PA.   We will be installing a new Musco Lighting LED-TLC system that features a total of 20 fixtures on four poles. The new lighting system will provide field light levels to a maintained average of 50 footcandles in the infield and 30 footcandles in the outfield.  With a very aggressive time table, the project is currently scheduled to begin mid-March and be completed by April 1, 2018.

More information about the project can be found in an article on the Bellefonte Little League’s home page.  You may Click Here to read the article.

Northern High School to upgrade field lighting

A project we originally bid back in 2015 is now under contract to be completed this year.  Northern High School, in Owings, MD will be replacing the lights at their football stadium.  A new sports lighting system manufactured by Musco Lighting is scheduled to be installed sometime in April. The project features Musco’s Light Structure Green (LSG) technology.  It consists of the installation of four 70′ poles, each with 11 fixtures which will provide the field with light levels to a maintained average of 50 footcandles.

I & Y will light new practice field at Frederick High School

Frederick High School, located in Frederick, MD is in the last stages of a multi-year facility upgrade. Construction of a new turf practice field is currently underway and lights will be installed to provide maximum usage time.   I & Y Construction will begin the installation of a new Musco Light Structure Green (LSG) sports lighting system and its associated electrical system in April 2018.  Four 70′ poles, each with six light fixtures, will supply the field with 30+ foot candles of constant illumination.

For a look at the entire Frederick HS replacement project click here.

I&Y to retrofit MiLB Frawley Stadium

I & Y Construction will head to Wilmington, Delaware in March of 2018 to do a retrofit lighting project at Frawley Stadium, home of the Blue Rocks Minor League Baseball team.  I & Y Construction will remove the existing metal halide sports lighting fixtures and equipment from 6 poles and replace them with new LED fixtures and technology manufactured by Musco Sports Lighting.  Approximately 200 old fixtures will be removed and 124 new fixtures will be installed.  The new LED technology will provide an energy savings and will deliver increased and improved light levels to both the playing field and bull pens. Frawley Stadium will become the first Advanced-A ballpark in the country to install new energy-efficient LED lights.

There is a new article about the job on the Blue Rocks website.  Click here to read it.

I & Y to Install Sports Lighting at Doddridge County HS (WV)

I & Y Construction has been awarded a contract to install lights at Doddridge County High School in West Union, WV.  The scope of the project includes installing new LED sports lighting equipment manufactured by Musco Lighting.  A total of 14 poles will be installed on three fields which will provide athletic field lighting at the school for the first time.  In addition to an existing softball field, lights will be installed at a brand new football stadium and baseball field, both of which are currently under construction.  The lighting portion of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.

I & Y’s New Internet Presence

We’re very excited to reveal our new website!

We’ve worked with many incredible people and organizations over the years, and we’ve built a pretty substantial portfolio of some pretty substantial construction and lighting projects.

However, people outside of our individual projects were never able to really see the other interesting places we’ve been, or check out our full range of capabilities.

With our new responsive website designed and built by JMG Systems, the spectacular results of our hard work will be much more accessible to an even larger audience.

It’s taken years for us to develop the high quality and sound reputation we’ve acquired. And we’re very proud of all the good work we’ve done. So now we’re pleased to be able to improve how we show off our accomplishments to the world.

I & Y Featured by First Commonwealth

We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude to First Commonwealth Bank for all the help and support they’ve given us over the years.

For I&Y Construction to become the number one sports lighting specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region, it required a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from our core group PLUS a lot of sound financial advice from our friends at the bank.

Having the right equipment is vital to our success, and we’ve been able to get the equipment and machinery we needed thanks to the financing solutions First Commonwealth Bank has provided.

First Commonwealth recently featured I&Y Construction on their website. Please take a moment to read the article.