Though the Laguna Beach Volleyball Complex was already one of the most popular competitive volleyball tournament locations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, drainage was beginning to be a problem.
Co-owner Tim Tonguis’s explanation of the issue makes it clear that the conditions were more than a problem, they were unacceptable. “Whenever we’d get a good rain we’d have to run out there to dig a series of trenches to facilitate drainage, and, even then, our players were left playing in a sandy soup.”
There are countless drainage products on the market today, and Tonguis took months researching the various conventional drainage options available. The most common solution, perforated pipe systems, represented a decades-old technology that has a number of issues that would, at best, only temporarily fix their issues.
Perforated pipe systems also required high design, installation, and construction budgets. One issue with a conventional perforated pipe is that it exhibits what is known as “coil memory.” The pipe, when laid out into trenches during installation, will curl up at the ends and make installation more difficult. This curl needs to be corrected before gravel can be poured over the system.