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  • Beavers Get Busy with Summer Facility Projects

    by Andy Berg April 2019

    Oregon State athletics has a number of facility projects slated for this summer, including a complete remodel of the P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center (SPC), which serves as the weight room facility for football and other sports. 

  • After CrossFit Mania, Repair or Replace Gym Floor?

    by Paul Pleshek April 2019

    Editors Note: This article originally appeared in our sister publication, Wood Floor Business. Read the full original piece here.


    The Problem

    I was commissioned by an insurance company to determine if a gym floor was able to be repaired and refinished or if the entire floor required replacement. The claim was a "subrogation" issue, which is when a claimant's insurance company contacts another insurance company for reimbursement. Most often in subrogation claims, the purpose of the inspection is to confirm cause and determine extent of the damage, as the reason for the damage is not always in dispute.CrossFit event damages wood sport court [Image courtesy WoodFloorBusiness.com]

    What Happened

    This case involved a wood basketball court of 21⁄4-inch maple strip nailed to a wood substrate. It was located in a school gym that had been rented out for a CrossFit competition. Mats had been placed over the floor where the weightlifting competition was held. The weights were lifted overhead and often dropped on the floor, breaking boards. The school system had replacement coverage, but the renters had a repair policy. I was asked to address whether there was enough wood left to resand the entire floor if the broken boards were replaced. The floor was approximately 40 years old and, according to building maintenance staff, had been refinished, although they were unsure how many times.

    The Inspection

    The cause of the problem wasn't in dispute—the flooring clearly had damage from the impact of the competition weights. The flooring had open areas at the time of the inspection, so both overall thickness of the flooring as well as the remaining wear layer (over the top of the tongue) could be easily measured. I found there was a full ¼ inch of wood left in the wear layer. On inspection of the perimeter of the room, I found old finish under the bleachers. The change was abrupt and consistent with sander marks, indicating the bleachers were not removed for refinishing. There was also some water damage around the water fountain and patch repairs throughout, so it was clear the floor had been repaired previously.

    Read how to fix the floor on our sister publication, Wood Floor Business

  • New Projects: Xtream Arena | Regency Mall Aquatics Center | Rector Fieldhouse Renovation

    by Courtney Cameron April 2019

    Breaking Ground

  • Purchasing Guide: Basketball Systems

    by AB Staff April 2019

    Whether you're hosting college or professional basketball in an arena setting, interscholastic games at the high school gym or a friendly game of HORSE at the local rec center, you're going to want durable basketball hoops that are appropriate for your facility. Here are a few things to consider when selecting the right basketball systems for your gymnasium.

  • Three Factors to a Successful Gym Floor Refinishing Project

    by Jason Scott April 2019

    There's no mistaking whose house you're in upon entering the gym at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. "We put this 30-foot Firebird right at midcourt, and it's the first thing you see," says Scott Kaufman, athletic director and assistant principal at West, which recently refinished its gym floor. "There's a lot of pride that goes into that."

  • Product Spotlight 2019: Gymnasium Products and Indoor Surfaces

    by Courtney Cameron April 2019

    Check out these products as seen in the May 2019 issue.

  • Every Coach's Dream Is to Have a Court Full of 7-Footers (Sponsored)

    by AB Editors March 2019

    This sponsored content was provided by Quantum Secure. What is sponsored content?

    Athletes and coaches deserve a stronger gym floor that will not only last for decades, but will also provide a safe space to practice and play. Watch this video to learn how Robbins patented XL maple is doing just that.

  • Iowa Fights $2.3M Jury Award Over Practice Facility

    by Paul Steinbach March 2019

    The University of Iowa has requested a new trial in a six-year battle over work performed on its football indoor practice facility, citing court errors during the first one, which resulted in a jury awarding the contractor in question more than $2 million.

  • Two Gym Roofs Collapse at Montana State

    by Andy Berg March 2019

    The roofs of two gyms at Montana State University in Bozeman collapsed over the weekend.  

  • Repairs Begin After High School Gym Roof Collapses

    by Jason Scott March 2019

    A support beam at an auxiliary gym at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., collapsed on Wednesday under heavy snows, leading to the collapse of the building’s roof on Friday.