Pulastic to the Rescue at Millersville University

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The Challenge:

After just five short years, Millersville University was experiencing a floor failure in their 22,000 sq ft fitness center at the Student Memorial Center. The large multi-purpose area is used for sporting events, fairs, assemblies, and other events that also require the use of tables and chairs. The linoleum floor that was installed five years earlier was not only breaking down at the seams, it was also becoming a safety and tripping hazard for athletes due to warping and seam separation. We talked to Sara Burcin, SMC Fitness Center Manager, about her experience and the struggles they faced with the failure of the floor “The problems were mostly with the steel plates beneath the linoleum. We found that rolling big carts, stages, and chairs and tables over it would warp the floor and it never bounced back. It was in pretty poor shape by that time and it was only five years old. It didn’t hold up at all. It was becoming dangerous because we would have basketball tournaments and the athletes were tripping on these bumps in different places on the court. And over time, it just looked terrible. So it really needed to be replaced. It was just a disaster, just a very, very poor choice of a product.”

The Solution:

Millersville University turned to their local Robbins dealer, Abacus Sports Installations, for advice on a replacement floor. Abacus recommended a seamless Pulastic SP140 padded polyurethane point-elastic system for its puncture resistance and strong physical properties in the “Spike Proof” resin.

“We worked through Abacus directly. They worked well with us, answered all our questions, took their time. They seem to be pretty well versed on sports floors. We went to look at several Pulastic floors around Lancaster County and found they seem to hold up really well over a long period of time, which is exactly what we needed. We went to some elementary schools that had a Pulastic floor for 20 plus years. They were using it for gym class and lunch and all kinds of things. So we were able to see the floor had been there a long time and had been used in a very similar to the way we use ours. We also looked at a 2nd manufacturers products as well. You also have other companies that want to come in and put a floor down for you for much cheaper.”

The Results:

After facing a challenging demo to remove the existing heavy steel plates that were adhered together, and the linoleum that was in turn adhered to the steel plates, Abacus completed the installation of a new Pulastic SP140 floor in June 2016, just in time for the fall education semester. Not only was Millersville University extremely happy with the clean look and feel of the new floor, student feedback has also been very positive. The gamelines on the floor create three basketball courts, three volleyball courts, and nine badminton areas which are all heavily used by students. The area is also used routinely for assemblies and other events. One of the first events included new student orientation for incoming students in the fall of 2016 (see pictures below).

“We did our research and were pretty adamant about what we needed. Abacus was also good in educating us about the difference in products and advocating that they were not the same. We just weren’t willing to risk another bad experience. We did it once; we weren’t doing it again.”

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About Pulastic Sports Flooring

Pulastic Sports Flooring by Robbins is a seamless floor system that provides superior safety and comfort for athletes of all ages. It is a durable and stable floor system with lasting beauty and a multitude of color options for gamelines and school logos. Pulastic can be used for almost any athletic sport including; volleyball, basketball, color guard, football, baseball, wrestling meets, or cheerleading. It is also perfect for multi-function facilities, auditoriums, or cafeterias, and provides superior strength under the everyday use of tables, chairs and bleachers.

The seamless quality of Pulastic is easy to clean and provides a hygienic solution for facilities with a high volume of users and activity. Floor system failures are often found in the seams. Pulastic is an alternative solution to tile or vinyl flooring with seams. Pulastic will last for many decades and can be given a “facelift” which recoats and restores without replacing the entire floor, all the while maintaining the physical properties of the floor performance including; shock absorption, seamless uniformity, and optimal friction.

Robbins Sports Surfaces is the leader in developing sport floors that protect the safety and performance of athletes. Whether it is a hardwood floor system or seamless synthetic like Pulastic, users can be assured they will receive the highest level of sports floor safety and comfort found on the market.

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Washington University Honors City & 1904 Olympics with New Athletic Center

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Campus athletics have come a long way over the years and are not just for collegiate level athletes anymore. Facilities for recreational activities on campus have seen a tremendous amount of growth and improvements for the students and staff they serve. And for colleges that have a long history and the historical buildings to prove it, the challenge is always the same, combining the new with the old, and where to find the space to put it. The new Sumers Recreation Center at Washington University is one of those projects. The athletic complexes at Washington University recently underwent a major renovation that was completed in October 2016, and included more than 70,000 sq ft of various Robbins systems installed by Robbins dealer, Missouri Floor Company.

The project was not your ordinary rec center and was instead, a bit of a hodge podge of new and old buildings. Since the university is located within the city walls of St. Louis, MO, the location of the rec center was land locked, which meant the building had to go “up” instead of “out”. The project included a new 65,000 sq ft building addition, a renovation to the historic Francis Gymnasium which was host to the 1904 Olympics and World’s Fair, and renovations to the existing athletic complex which was constructed in 1983.

The new rec center has received national attention since its debut. It was chosen as a location for one of three 2016 presidential debates. It has also received attention for the unique and stunning graphics in the gymnasium. On top of the 25,000 square feet of Robbins Bio Cushion Classic floor, Washington University pays homage to the city of St. Louis by featuring graphics of the 1904 World’s Fair building, the Francis Fieldhouse gates, and the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch. The graphics were designed and finished on site by Missouri Floor Co. The arch was a 1:5 scale model of the real arch, and two stain colors were used to give the graphics a 3D appearance.

In addition to the recognition given to the city and university’s history, the original Francis Gymnasium which was constructed in 1903 for the 1904 Olympics and World’s Fair, was semi demolished during the construction process. The university wanted to make sure this
history was not lost and decided to incorporate part of it in the new space. The maple flooring from the Francis Gymnasium was reclaimed, installed and then sanded and refinished on the main passage way into the building. The back of the reclaimed maple was stamped “Yawkey Bissell”, which was the name of the original Robbins flooring plant in White Lake, WI and is still in full operation today. Missouri Floor Co. and the Sumers Recreation Center has also been named a finalist in Robbins’ Sports Surface of the Year Contest.

From start to finish of the flooring, the project was completed in 7 weeks. The university is very pleased with the outcome of the graphics, as well as the flooring that was hand selected for each area of the building. Robbins and Missouri Floor Company has had a long standing relationship with Washington University. Alex Verseman of Missouri Floor Co. attributes the success of this project to that relationship, “we had a history with the owner that dated back to the original athletics building construction in 1983. This was developed by past generations of Robbins and Missouri Floor, but never forgotten through the family businesses. We kept a strong relationship with the owner over the years through maintenance, misc. projects across campus, and sharing dreams of this project. When it finally became a reality it was a test of the
relationships between all 3 parties and the outcome was a success we’re all proud of!”.

Both Robbins and Missouri Floor Company are over 100 years old. And when a company has been around that long, it is safe to say they have witnessed a lot of change. Ten decades of nonstop technological advancements is bound to make a huge difference to any product or service. But one thing remains the same, the importance of quality products and quality relationships. Robbins is proud to be associated with and chosen for this project. From the days of Yawkey-Bissell flooring to now, we look forward to another 100 years serving the students at Washington University with our high performance sports floors.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Georgetown University Selects Only the Best Basketball Floor for New Athletic Center

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In the fall of 2016, the Georgetown University Hoyas unveiled the long awaited Thompson Athletic Center, a 144,000-square-foot facility that would serve as the primary practice location for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The new facility was named for the iconic former coach, John R. Thompson, who led the Hoyas to three Final Fours in four years, including the 1984 national GTU- TAC- 2016 (1)championship.

While the school is well known for their excellent athletic programs and having a remarkable 1 out of 8 students in Div I sports, the facilities were not up to par in comparison to other Div I schools. GTU knew they needed to build a state of the art facility that would attract young talent and serve as a top of the line training center for their athletes. When it was time to select a floor for the practice gymnasiums, GTU knew what floor they wanted, and who they wanted to install it; the Robbins MVP and Weyer’s Floor Service.

The Robbins MVP sport floor system was specified and chosen for a variety reasons. With the substantial amount of time athletes spend practicing, GTU understood how the mechanics of the floor can impact the athletes body and performance over time. They wanted the best safety and protection they could get from a floor. They were also faced with a small footprint of building space which required 2 levels of gymnasiums. So minimal floor vibration was extremely important. As a result, a total of 30,000 sq. ft. of Robbins MVP was installed and features a full-size court, as well as four half courts in each of the men’s and women’s practice gyms. The facility also features sports GTU- TAC- 2016 (2)medicine and weight training rooms, an academic center, and a large equipment area.

For more than 30 years Weyer’s has serviced GTU with Robbins flooring. Since the opening of the new athletic center, GTU has been extremely pleased with Weyer’s installation and service. When asked about their experience working with Weyer’s, Brian A. McGuire, Associate Director of Athletics said, ”This fall, Georgetown Athletics opened a brand new athletic training facility (The John R. Thompson Athletic Center) which included the installation of two 30,000 square foot Robbins MVP wood athletic basketball practice courts. Despite receiving many proposals from many flooring companies to do the work, Weyer’s Floor Service was our clear first choice, and we have been completely satisfied with their work and the timeliness of the installation, The quality of the work that they do is outstanding. Whether it’s installations, finishes or painting court designs, Weyer’s will not be happy until the work they do is done to the highest standard of perfection.”

The Thompson Athletic Center is truly a state of the art facility. Weyer’s Floor Service was recently recognized as a “BEST OF THE UNITED STATES 2016” by the US Builders Review, as well as being featured in an article of the fall 2016 magazine issue. And most recently, Weyer’s and GTU was chosen as a finalist in Robbins 2016 Sports Surface of the Year contest. In addition to a multitude of projects over their 30 year relationship, Weyer’s is actively working on numerous floor projects at GTU including a maple wall construction and recoating several hardwood floors throughout the campus.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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TCU Volleyball Gym Gets Frog-Skin Face Lift on Robbins Floor

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The TCU Horned Frogs called on Robbins dealer, Ponder Company, to freshen up their 14-year-old Robbins Air Channel Star with a new court design for the women’s competition volleyball gym.tcu_ponder-2016-1-web The floor, which is the located in the University Recreation Center, had been well maintained over the years and was in perfect condition for a face lift.

The new court graphics were originally designed by Nike in 2015, and was unveiled after the 72M dollar renovation of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena was complete. While Robbins and Ponder Company was not chosen as a vendor for the Schollmaier Arena floor, TCU chose Ponder to sand and refinish the volleyball gym floor with the new court design. The new Horned Frogs design features a unique purple, white, and black lizard-skin pattern that covers the entire area of the game play surface, as well as a red accent color for the court lines. While the color Red is not part of the school’s official colors, it was used as an accent color on the helmets of the football team several years prior and represents the horned frog (aka the horned lizard) distinct ability to shoot blood from its eyes to fend off predators.

Painting and staining a floor with this much detail is no easy task, but Ponder was up for the challenge. They called on Praters Flooring to provide the masks and work closely with the Ponder crew during the training of the application. The court had a total of 22 mask templets and due to the amount of detail, took 2 full weeks to complete.

Since the completion of the refinish in the volleyball gym, this unique floor was featured in the June/July 2016 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine, and has also been chosen as a finalist in
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Robbins 2016 Sports Surface of the Year contest. TCU was also so pleased with the results of Ponders graphic work, they have since been contracted for additional face lifts on the practice basketball court, the new arena floor, and the 3 court gymnasium at the recreation center. All work will be completed in summer 2017.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville State University: SSOTY Finalist

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The Pete Mathews Coliseum at Jacksonville State University installed by Covington Flooring Company, is a featured jsu-the-pete-300x149finalist of the 2015 Sports Surface of the Year contest. The coliseum recently underwent a $2M renovation which included a new gymnasium floor. Robbins dealer, Covington Flooring Company, has had a good relationship with Jacksonville State since they installed a Sportwood gym floor in 1986, and for this reason was chosen to install the new floor. Jacksonville State selected the Bio-Channel SB for its low profile design, which is a perfect match for facilities with retrofit needs. The school also desired a high-performance floor with an upgraded graphical appearance. Covington customized the new floor with a combination of paints and stains on the 1st grade Maple backdrop. A total of 9,500 sq. ft. of new flooring was installed. The renovation was completed in September 2015, just in time for basketball season.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Jacksonville State University, and congratulate Covington Flooring Company on another fantastic job!

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Covington Flooring Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Jacksonville, AL and surrounding areas. For more information about Covington, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://covington.com/ or call them at 1-205-328-2330.

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Robbins MVP: 10 Years Later. We’ve come a long way baby!

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What is the definition of a “good” sports floor? Is it the fancy logos or graphics that grab everyone’s eye? Or maybe the sound it makes when shoes squeak or balls bounce? For the avid sports Chicago Bulls- Training Facility- MVP- 2014_225x300fanatic, or even the not-so-sports-fanatic, these are all very important features that help identify not only the team, but the sport itself. But believe it or not, for players, coaches, and athletic trainers, there’s more important features to consider. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and endurance during game play. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on the surface, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete.

10 years ago in a top secret laboratory, the R&D team at Robbins began to develop a revolutionary sports floor known as the MVP (Maximum Vibration Performance). Vibration control in a sports floor is an important factor because it can have such an impact on the athlete. And with athletes starting as young as 2 years old these days, expecting more out of a sports floor has never been more critical. A low quality sports floor can have negative effects on the athlete that result in fatigue and an increase in injuries, which overall may reduce the length of the athlete’s career. In 2006, Robbins launched a plan to develop the only floor on the market that is biomechanically researched and tested to achieve maximum vibration protection for athletes. Utilizing the expertise of human performance/biomechanics expert, Dr. Benno Nigg at the University of Calgary, Dr. Nigg measured the performance results of the MVP system and determined it is “in a special category by itself“ and the difference in MVP “was substantial with respect to damping time, vibration frequency, and uniformity”. After thorough research and testing, iIn 2008, the MVP was officially launched and on the market.

Fast forward 10 years later, we revisited the 1st NCAA school to install the MVP in their gymnasium to learn more about the difference the MVP has made in their athletes. In 2008, Amber Warners, the Head Volleyball Coach at Calvin College, visited The Robbins Institute at Robbins headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, along with the Head Basketball Coach, Kevin VandeStreek, to learn about the various flooring options for their new basketball and volleyball facility. After testing out several different sports floor systems, they instantly noticed the difference in the MVP system and was sold. The installation of the new floor was completed in December 2008 by our dealer, Foster Specialty Floors. The facility features 18,000 sq ft of Robbins MVP with MFMA certified maple hardwood in the main gym, and 12,000 sq ft in two auxiliary gyms. The volleyball program at Calvin has had tremendous success. They were ranked No. 1 in their division at the end of the 2015 season, and have won 2 national championships in the last 6 years. They have also seen a reduction in player injury & fatigue which they attribute to the quality of the floor. According to Coach Warners, “since the floor helps prevent fatigue and soreness, our volleyball players aren’t wearing down as easy and they stay fresh. Fatigue is what increases the risk of injury. Since I don’t have to worry about fatigue I can push them harder because they can take more.”

Calvin is not the only college to jump on board with the MVP revolution. Other colleges including: Creighton University, Texas A&M, Hillsdale College, Loyola Marymount, and many more are now believers in the MVP system and having substantial success with their programs. The NBA is also taking notice. The Toronto Raptors, OK City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, and the Minnesota Timberwolves all make the list of recent NBA teams to install the MVP in their training centers.

Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to such a variety of great sports program on the college and professional level. Even more so, we are excited to hear how pleased our customers are with the MVP and how its making a difference in the health and well being of their athletes!

Watch the video and full interview with View Coach Warners here:

 

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Robbins Sports Surfaces is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably. For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please contact a Robbins representative at 1-800-543-1913, or complete the online contact form.

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Duke Center for Living & Wallace Building: SSOTY Finalist

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Duke Center for Living Facility at Duke Medicine, installed by Foster Duke First Floor- resizedSpecialty Floors. The facility was recently renovated to include over 30,000 sq ft of various Robbins flooring specially customized by Foster for each area and application. The first floor of the facility is the health and fitness center equipped with an aerobics & dance floor, a walking track, a free weight area, and cardio equipment. This floor features almost 23,000 sq ft of custom Strata Sport, Galaxy Classic, Sportwood UltraStar, and Continuous Strip XL pre-finished Maple. The second floor houses the exam rooms and rehab center and features almost 6,000 sq ft of Strata Sport and Strata Commercial. In addition, the Wallace Wing was also renovated and now includes over 2,000 sq ft of Galaxy XTreme and Strata Sport on biometric plates in the Coach K Human Performance Lab.

Foster Specialty Floors was chosen by Duke Medicine due to their extensive product knowledge, and ability to customize a floor solution to meet the various needs of their physicians, staff, patients, and members. Nancy Magiera, the Interior Designer at Duke Medicine, commended Foster by stating Duke Logo-resizedthat “Mr. Foster, exclusively, possessed the unique combination of skills that we needed to make our very challenging project successful – an extensive knowledge of his product line in conjunction with a comprehensive command of the physical science underlying sports flooring requirements. Mr. Foster took into account not only our aesthetic concerns for the facility but also spent a great deal of time custom designing flooring systems that would address different dynamic performance characterizes, our unique friction requirements, as well as the embedding of biometric plates with in the flooring systems. His ultimate design was a perfect blend of art and science and all of the groups utilizing the building have been very positive and enthusiastic in regard to how their specifically designed sports flooring suits their unique needs. Throughout the installation of the project, Foster Specialty Floor’s tenacious attention to detail and concern for the end user’s finished product was evident on a weekly basis. The project’s Duke Medicine 2nd floor- resizedextremely tight schedule was met in spite of construction complications. In the end, the flooring systems designed and installed by Foster Specialty Floors at Duke Medicine are truly One of one“.

The facility reopened after renovations in January 2015. The flooring was completely finished and installed in June 2015. The facility itself is a unique concept since it is open to the public for memberships, but many of the clients are patients from Duke University Health System with customized exercise programs to help match their health situation. They take pride in creating a low-pressure atmosphere that provides patients and the local community a place to improve their health and wellness.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Duke Medicine, and congratulate Foster Specialty Floors on another fantastic job! We wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

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Foster Specialty Floors is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Durham, NC and surrounding areas. For more information about Foster, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.sportsfloor.org/ or call them at 1-919-368-9324.

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Prairie View A&M Student Recreation Center: SSOTY Finalist

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Prairie View A&M Prairie View-AM-resized_1Student Recreation Center, installed by NAH Sports Flooring. The new 92,000 sq ft facility was completed in early 2015 and features over 22,000 sq. ft. of Robbins rubber flooring products. The new student recreation center includes a three-court basketball gym and elevated running track, weight training and fitness, multipurpose studios, a climbing wall and office spaces.

Of the 22,000 sq ft of Robbins installed products, the elevated running track features 9,200 sq. ft. of Durathon Elite, 4,500 sq. ft. of Galaxy Fit, and 8,650 sq. ft. of Galaxy Ultra in the weight training and fitness area. Prairie View needed a resilient rubber floor that was durable enough to withstand the high traffic and regular usage from its 8,000 + students and staff.  This new facility is a high end Prairie View-AM-resized_3recreation center that will provide a competitive advantage to Prairie View when recruiting new students, as well as athletes.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Prairie View A&M, and congratulate NAH Sports Flooring on another fantastic job! We wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

 

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NAH Sports Flooring is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Prairie View, TX and surrounding areas. For more information about NAH Sports Flooring, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://nahsportsflooring.com or call them at 1-713-956-2700.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the The Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness Complex, Griffin-Elite--Bio-Channel-Star-2015- 300x234installed by Cincinnati Floor Company. The new state-of-the-art 125,000 sq ft facility opened its doors to the public on October 25, 2015 and is located in Florence, KY. 22,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio-Channel Star was installed to create 3 full size basketball courts that can also be converted into volleyball courts. In addition, the weight room & wellness center features 7,500 sq ft of Pulastic GT100.  This is a high end sports training facility that will focus on the development of skills, strength and agility for athletes of all ages, along with offering conditioning and injury recovery programs. Griffin chose Robbins Bio-Channel Star for uniformity and performance, and Pulastic GT100 seamless weight room flooring for appearance and cleanability.

In addition to basketball and strength training, Griffin also has a large artificial turf field with four 40-yard running lanes, a yoga studio, a licensed chiropractic doctor who specializes in a pain relief treatment known as Active Release Techniques (ART), and cryotherapy treatments. Griffin will offer memberships to the community, as well as local organizations like the Special Olympics, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and Wounded Warriors Project.

Griffin-Elite--Pulastic-GT100--2015-300x232We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to The Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness Complex, and are truly grateful for their commitment to the health and well being of our young athletes. We congratulate Cincinnati Floor Company on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

 

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Cincinnati Floor Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Florence, KY and surrounding areas. For more information about Cincinnati Floor, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.cincifloor.com/ or call them at 1-800-886-4501.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: West Coast Baptist College

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Robbins is happy to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for October and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the The Walther Center at West Coast Baptist College, West Coast Baptist College- AC Star 2015 (63)-300x225installed by Pacific Floor Company. Construction of the new facility began in 2014, and was recently completed this past August. It is equipped with 17,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Air-Channel Star with MFMA maple flooring. The 54,000 square foot facility includes 2 full size basketball courts for the men’s basketball team, that also converts to a volleyball court for the women’s volleyball team. The sports surface area also doubles as an event space for hosting gatherings, athletic events, and more. In addition, the large facility also has a student fellowship center, a restaurant, and a separate worship center.

The college and associated church, Lancaster Baptist, chose Robbins and Pacific Floor Company based on a strong relationship with a Robbins dealer in Michigan, Foster Specialty Floors. Through their trust in Foster’s reputation as a quality installer with high integrity, West Coast Baptist College was referred to Pacific and ultimately chose them to install the Robbins Air-Channel Star. They have been extremely happy with both the performance of West Coast Baptist College- AC Star 2015 (59)-300x225the floor and the quality of the installation.

The Walther Center was named in memory of Leo Walther, a dedicated member of Lancaster Baptist Church, and strong supporter of the college and its students since the college opened in 1995. According to Pastor Paul Chappell, “when we broke ground on this building last June we chose to name it “The Walther Center” in  memory of our dear friend. There never was a man who loved his Lord, his pastor, his church family, and  the students and graduates of West Coast Baptist College more than Leo Walther”. To read  more about the legacy of Leo Walther and his contribution to the students at WCBC, visit http://www.paulchappell.com.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to The Walther Center at WCBC and wish them much success in their future volleyball and basketball seasons. We also congratulate Pacific Floor Company on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

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Pacific Floor Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Lancaster, CA and surrounding areas. For more information about Pacific Floor, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://pacificsportflooring.com or call them at 1-818-775-0438.

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Customer Testimonial Video- Calvin College

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We sat down with Amber Warners, Head Volleyball Coach at Calvin College, to discuss her experience and satisfaction with their Robbins MVP floor that was installed almost 7 years ago. Calvin College was the 1st NCAA school to install the MVP floor, which was a new innovation developed by Robbins at that time. In 2008, Coach Warners visited The Robbins Institute at Robbins headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, along with the Head Basketball Coach, Kevin VandeStreek, to learn about the various flooring options for their new 30,000 sq ft facility. After testing out several different sports floor systems, they instantly noticed the difference in the MVP system and was sold. The installation of the new floor was completed in December 2008 by our dealer, Foster Specialty Floors. The new facility features 18,000 sq ft of Robbins MVP with MFMA certified maple hardwood in the main gym, and 12,000 sq ft in two auxiliary gyms. Fast forward 7 years later, the volleyball program at Calvin has had tremendous success. They are currently ranked No. 5 in their division, and have won 2 national championships in the last 5 years. They have also seen a reduction in player injury & fatigue which they attribute to the quality of the floor.

View Coach Warners full testimonial here:

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to such a great sports program and a college with a distinguished reputation. Even more so, we are excited to hear how pleased they are with the floor and how its making a difference in the health and well being of their athletes! Thank you to Foster Specialty Floors for doing such a wonderful job in the installation and finish of the floor, and being a true partner to ensure the quality of the floor installation is always top notch.

Calvin College is located in Grand Rapids, MI and is a Division III school with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. They have won a total of 10 volleyball NCAA championships. To learn more about the volleyball program at Calvin College, visit their website at http://www.calvinknights.com.

 

Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Hofstra University

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Robbins is happy to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for September and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Hofstra Basketball Practice Facility & Mack Center Arena at Hofstra University, installed by Milburn Flooring. The brand new practice facility was completed in August 2014, and is Hofstra University - Bio-Channel LP Milburn 2014- resizedequipped with 14,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio Channel LP with MFMA maple flooring. The dedicated practice facility serves both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, allowing them to train year round. The new facility features a full size basketball court with 8 basketball goals and additional practice areas. The floor design in the practice facility is a replica of the new gymnasium floor, also recently installed, in the Mack Center Arena. The arena serves the Hofstra Pride home basketball games, and was completed in October 2014. The coaches and players were equally excited about the new state of the art practice facility that allows them to train harder and longer, all season long.

Hofstra University is in integral part of Long Island’s community and success. This private, non profit institution of higher learning is a DIV 1 school with 40,000 sq ft of installed Robbins sports floors. With Robbins Sports Surfaces, Milburn Flooring Mills was able to sustain Hofstra’s prestigious Hofstra-Mack-Center-Arena---Bio-Channel-Milburn-2014-resizedreputation while providing their athletes with a foundation to excel.

We congratulate Milburn Flooring Mills on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

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Milburn Flooring Mills is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in New York, NY and surrounding areas. For more information about Milburn, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.milburnflooring.com/ or call them at 1-631-842-1600.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Gonzaga University

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Robbins is proud to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for August and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University installed by Greater Seattle Floors. The facility features 14,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio Channel Star with 1st grade MFMA maple flooring. After experiencing system failure with the original gym floor G0261189 Final-resized(from a different manufacturer), which was installed when the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004, the university approved the renovation and chose Greater Seattle Floors to install a Robbins Bio Channel Star system. Renovations began in early June 2015 and even with very extensive paint and logo work. was completed in a short timeline of 4 weeks, just in time for the start-up of summer basketball camps.

The McCarthey Athletic Center, located in Spokane, WA, is a 6,000 seat facility that is home to both the Men’s and Women’s Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball teams. Gonzaga University is well known for their excellent basketball program and consistently make it into the late round finals during the NCAA tournament each year. Gonzaga chose the Bio Channel Star system by Robbins because of the reputation Robbins has for building superior basketball floors. Greater Seattle Floors was chosen for their excellent customer service and reputation for standing behind all of the work they install and customers they serve. Feedback from the coaches have been extremely positive about the performance of the floor, as well as being very pleased with the timeline of the installation and meeting the deadline to allow for annual summer Basketball camps.

We congratulate Greater Seattle Floors on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest which closes on March 1, 2016!

 

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Greater Seattle Floors is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Seattle, WA and surrounding areas. For more information about GSF, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.gsfloors.com/ or call them at 1-206-763-7004.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Alaska Airlines Center

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Robbins is proud to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for June and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Alaska Airlines Center installed by Alaskan Industries. This2431-AkAirlinesCent-Int-19-resized state of the art facility brings sports, concerts, events, and gymnastics to a community that never existed until now, and fills a gap in the community by offering fantastic acoustics, beautiful hardwood floors, a walking track, a state of the art student gym, and an athletics gym.

Since opening in September 2014, the Seawolf Arena (Alaska Airlines Center) (AAC) has brought in musicians that would not normally perform in Alaska like Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, two commencements for UAA graduates (of which tickets were sold out for 5,000 seats), women’s and men’s basketball, and the women’s State Championship Finals. The gymnastics teams and the Regional Championships bring in teams from Alaska, Washington, California, and more. Before the Alaska Airlines Center was built, the community could never have hosted these events.

The Alaska Airlines Center has allowed the community in Anchorage, AK to offer public events like gymnastic competitions for elementary and high school students, state high school basketball 2431-AkAirlinesCent-Int-20-resizedcompetitions, and the Native American Youth Olympics (normally held at the Dena’ina Center which is not suitable for sporting venues). The Native American Youth Olympics were free to the public, so having a large facility with more than enough seating and a concourse was new to Alaska.  Also having a separate gym for native artists and information booths to organize and be found was a vast improvement over the Dena’ina Center where artists were relegated to an awkward long hallway upstairs while information booths were in an event room, and a separate concrete floored room was where athletes competed.

We congratulate Alaskan Industries on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest which closes on March 1, 2016!

 

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Alaskan Industries is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Alaska. For more information please visit http://alaskanindustries.com/ or call them at 1-800-541-7623.

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Customer Testimonial Video- UC Recreation Center

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We sat down with Jayme Johnson, Coordinator of Facility Operations at the UC Rec Center, to discuss their experience with Robbins floor products since the facility opened in 2006. The University of Cincinnati Recreation Center houses 6 full size basketball courts, 1 run/ jog track, a large weight room area with Pulastic flooring, and 3 aerobics rooms, and was installed by our exclusive dealer, Cincinnati Floor Company. The versatility of Robbins sports flooring products helps college recreation centers better serve their current students & staff, while also serving as a recruiting tool for new students. As stated by Mr. Johnson, “Since opening our facility, the membership numbers have increased dramatically. Each year there are more and more people using the facility. I believe the floors holding up is a true testament to the durability that Robbins provides.”

Ask the Expert: A Q&A on sanding and refinishing your gymnasium floor.

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Is it time for a gym floor makeover? In part 2 of our Q&A session, Kevin Price answers all the questions gym floor owners have about sanding and refinishing their floors.kevin price- head shot- cropped

1. How often should you sand & refinish a gymnasium floor? A gymnasium floor should be sanded and refinished every 10 years, however, this is simply a guideline.  If there is chipping or flaking of finish, it might be time for a sanding.  There are also other signs that a professional flooring contractor can look for in determining if the floor needs to be sanded.  Finally, at the higher education institutions, typically a coaching change will bring about the need for a sand and refinish as well as often times the new coach has his own thoughts and ideas for graphics.

2. How long does it take to sand & refinish a floor? I would say that a typical sand and refinish will take 3 to 4 weeks, this includes cure time for the finish.  This, of course, depends on the amount of striping.  The more striping, the longer the process.  In addition, the type of finished used (oil vs. water) may affect the duration.

3. What noticeable signs are there that signifies that a floor is ready for a sand & refinish?  Typically if the existing finish is cracking or peeling it might be time. Another sign is if the floor is ambering. From a professional standpoint, ambering should not be used as a sign to determine if the floor needs to be sanded.  The key sign is if the floor is chipping or flaking.Hofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(19)-resized

4. Just because a floor is ambered, does that mean that it needs to be re-sanded?  See answer above.

5. What is the range of cost for a sand & refinish? A good range for a sand and refinish is $2.00 – $3.00/per square foot, and will vary based on size of floor, location, paint/stain detail, etc… The types of finish, court graphics, and time of year also plays a role in the total cost. *Note: The cost range should be used for budgeting purposes only. For accurate pricing, please contact your local Robbins dealer.  

6. What is the daily maintenance of a floor after it has been sanded & refinished?  The best course of action is to dust-mop the floor as many times daily as possible.  Make sure that you do not use a dust-mop treatment as they often will have some type of oil.  If you have a spill, you may need to mop it up but we would strongly encourage you to dry the floor after you mop it.  Remember, water and wood do not mix.  There are also devices that are made to help “clean” a floor that have been very effective.  If there are scuff marks, you mayHofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(28)-resized remove them simply by rubbing your shoe over the scuff mark or by rubbing a tennis ball over the scuff mark. For best results, refer to your finish manufacturer maintenance instructions.

7. Can you use a scrubber-vac on a wood floor?  It is Robbins and the Maple Floor Manufacturers Association (MFMA) position that scrubber vacs should not be used on a wood floor, in fact, the use of the scrubber vac on a newly installed floor will void the warranty.

8. Can you use any hardwood floor contractor to refinish the floor? Or should you choose one that specializes in sports flooring? Why?  It is my experience that you should only hire an MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a sand/stripe/refinish to your floor.  The reason why is because the flooring contractor is trained, tested and certified in the processes and procedures set forth by the finish manufacturer for a sand/stripe/refinish.  After all, this process takes time and money,  if the gymnasium is closed for longer than expected, then the athletic department or the owner are going to be scrambling to finds places for the teams to practice and play their games, often times having to pay to use a different facility.  More importantly, does an owner or athletic director want to trust the work of someone that is not qualified to protect the safety of their players?

9. How long must you wait to get back on the gym floor after the floor has been sanded and refinished?  The floor should cure for a minimum of 72 hours if using water-based finish and up to seven (7) days if using oil-modified finish.  The oil-modified finish will take longer to cure based on temperature and humidity conditions in the room, generally, the more humid the room, the longer the cure time.

About the Expert
Kevin Price is the Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region at Robbins Sports Surfaces. He has more than 14 years of experience in the sports flooring industry. Kevin joined Robbins in 2012 and prior to that, he was the Regional Manager for Robbins exclusive dealer, the Cincinnati Floor Company (CFC). During his time at CFC, Kevin gained an appreciation and love for the industry, as well as working knowledge of the installation, sanding, sealing, stripping and finishing techniques of gymnasium flooring. He attended school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is also an avid fan of all St. Louis sports teams.

 

Ask the Expert: A Q&A on screening and recoating your new gym floor.

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You have a new gym floor. Now what? We sat down for a Q&A with our resident expert, Kevin Price, to get answers to the questionskevin price- head shot- cropped we hear the most from new gym floor owners. Kevin had so much great advice to keep your gym floor looking great, that we have broken our Q&A session into 3 parts. In Part 1, he answers all your questions about screening and recoating a floor.

1. What is a screen & recoat? A screen and recoat is when the contractor comes in and slightly abrades the floor and applies 1 to 2 coats of finish to the floor.  This method simply cleans up the floor.  There are a few ways to abrade the floor but the most common method is to screen it with 100 grit screen, this is called a dry-screen. There are a few companies that will use a scrubber-vac to “clean” or abrade the floor and will then apply finish over the floor, this is called a wet-screen.

2. Which method do you recommend and why?  Because we do not recommend the use of a scrubber vac, our preferred method is a dry screen.

3. How often should you screen/recoat the floor?  Depending on the use of the floor, it should be screened and recoated at a minimum of every year.  There are certain instances where a floor can be screened and recoated every other year.  The advantage is that it adds a new luster to the floor but also increases the friction characteristics of the floor, making it safer for the end user.

4. How long does it take to screen/recoat a floor?  There are a few different processes that can be used for a screen and recoat but a typical screen and recoat should take 1 to 2 days.  The finish will then need to cure, which will take 3 to 5 days depending on the finish (oil vs. water) chosen.Lakota West Recoating-resized

5. What harm is there if I only screen/recoat the floor every other year or every third year? Will it have an effect on performance of the floor, and the athlete?  The harm with not screening the floor is that the friction characteristics of the floor will break down over time, making the floor slippery.  This can become a safety concern.  Often, lack of use and/or the owner’s finances plays a role in the decision making process, however, the key ingredients are to protect the athlete and to protect the floor. Screening a floor annually, addresses both of these issues.

6. Can refinishing or recoating actually extend the life of the floor?  Absolutely!  Just like a car, if you do the preventative actions, the car will last longer.  The same holds true with the floor, the more that you protect the floor, the longer the floor will last and perform.

7. What role does safety/comfort play in decision to screen/recoat? As addressed above, the big safety concern is friction characteristics. If the finish is dull or fading, the floor will become slick. When the floor becomes slick, the possibility of injury increases.

8. What is the daily maintenance of a floor after it has been screened and recoated? The best course of action is to dust mop the floor as many times daily as possible.  Make sure that you do not use a dust mop treatment as they often will have some type of wax, which may contaminate the finish.  If you have a spill, you may need to mop it up but we would strongly encourage you to dry the floor after you mop it.  Remember, water and wood do not mix.  There are also devices that are made to help “clean” a floor that have been very effective.  If there are scuff marks, you may remove them simply by rubbing your shoe over the scuff mark or by rubbing a tennis ball over the scuff mark.  Daily maintenance includes dust mopping the floor. All finish manufacturers have their own protocol in regards to maintenance. Please consult the finish manufacturer as needed.

9. Can you use a scrubber-vac on a wood floor?  It is Robbins and the Maple Floor Manufacturers Association (MFMA) position that scrubber vacs should not be used on a wood floor, in fact, the use of the scrubber vac on a newly installed floor will void the warranty.

10. Can you use any hardwood floor contractor to screen & recoat the floor? Or should you choose one that specializes in sports flooring? Why?  It is my experience that you should only hire a MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a screen & recoat on your floor.  The reason why is because they are trained, tested and certified in the processes and procedures set forth by the finish manufacturer.  After all, the process take time and money,  if the gymnasium is closed for longer than expected, then the athletic department or the owner will be scrambling to finds places for the teams to practice and play their games, often times having to pay to use a different facility.  More importantly, does an owner or athletic director want to trust the work of someone that is not qualified to protect the safety of their players?

About the Expert
Kevin Price is the Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region at Robbins Sports Surfaces. He has more than 14 years of experience in the sports flooring industry. Kevin joined Robbins in 2012 and prior to that, he was the Regional Manager for Robbins exclusive dealer, the Cincinnati Floor Company (CFC). During his time at CFC, Kevin gained an appreciation and love for the industry, as well as working knowledge of the installation, sanding, sealing, stripping and finishing techniques of gymnasium flooring.  He attended school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  He is also an avid fan of all St. Louis sports teams.

 

Bridging Cultures through Sports

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As a member of our international sales and customer service division I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from different cultures and learning more about them. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a large trade show in Europe that drew attendees from all over the world. As the visitors strolled by our exhibit space, their attention was drawn to the many banners and pictures highlighting basketball floors we’ve provided for the NBA, and large international venues like the Asian and Pan Am games. Even though there were significant language barriers at times, you could see the dawn of recognition in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as they connected famous international sports venues, NBA teams and Robbins as the provider. Then came the inevitable exclamations of “Robbins – USA – NBA – AHHHH”. Cultural barriers immediately came down as Bahrain Floor at FSB 2013we found a common connection through sports.

In fact, one gentleman from Bahrain was so excited to learn that we had supplied the sports floor in a well-known venue in his country, that he had us take a photo of him  using the banner of his floor as the backdrop so that he could share it with his friends and family at home. I was proud and humbled at the same time to see the impact our business had on him and the many others who stopped by to talk about sports floors.

Equally exciting was the opportunity to work with customers and to meet designers, architects, and builders that had specified and installed Robbins sports floors. To work with those individuals that brought a sporting venue from start to finish, using Robbins products, transported a feeling of nothing more than satisfaction. A process much like birth; from log, to lumber, to a finished stick of hard maple floor, to a project, an installation, a venue. As a result of life, I found that the satisfaction with each project was larger than me, that the entire team, shared in it, enveloped it, and was gratified by the results.

1996 Atlanta Olympics Robbins PortableWhether it’s the Little League World Series, The World Cup, or The Olympics, sports have the ability to transcend cultural differences. On the court, the pitch, or the ball diamond, political and cultural differences seem to take a back seat, at least for a little while as teams and individuals compete for the pure joy of the game. I know that I came back to the U.S. with a deeper appreciation that what I do every day makes a difference in the lives of others and helps them achieve their dreams – whether it’s for a world-class venue, or for a local school it’s a good feeling. And hey, with over 7 billion people on earth in 196 countries, there’s plenty of people to meet and plenty of work to do – I can’t be more excited!

 

Buying a Sports Surface is Serious Business – 5 Tips to a better decision

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Buying a sports surface is a big decision and can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing. After all, with proper care, you’ll be living with your decision for a long, long time, one that could span your entire professional career.javale-mcgee-confused-resized Here are some tips to help you make a better buying decision:

Tip #1 – Take a long term view
Regardless of your budget, buy the best, highest quality floor possible that you can afford….sometimes spending a few more dollars up front can pay off in the long term

  • Some floors are designed to last only 10 – 15 years, while others will last 40 years or more.
  • Some floors are designed to be renovated in place to extend their life, while others cannot.  Some may require complete tear-out & disposal at the end of their useful life, while others can be ‘retired’ in-place and a new floor simply installed over top of it.
  • All sports floors require proper care and maintenance.

Tip #2 – Make sure the product you select best matches needs of your users and your facility
There are many, many product types on the market, each of which has unique characteristics suited for specific applications.  The challenge is that there are often several different types of products that could be effectively used for the same application.  Evaluate Trade-offs like:

  • Durability vs comfort vs game play response vs estimated product life
  • Competition use or multi-purpose use
  • Uni-directional vs multi-directional activities
  • Usage rate – Number of hours per day, week, month and year

Tip #3 – Buy from a reputable firm
Do your research.  Like Tommy Callahan in Tommy Boy, tried so hard to communicate to a prospective customer“….it’s the company behind the products, not the ‘guarantee on the box’ that matters most….”.  

  • How long has the company been in business?  
  • Do they have a reputation and history for being fair in dealing with customers and vendors alike?
  • Do they have knowledgeable technical, sales and customer service staff?  
  • Do they have full-time Research and Development staff?
  • What innovations have they introduced to the market?
  • Check their product specific reference lists
  • Interview current owners with respect to their experience dealing with the company

Tip #4 – Have your floor professionally installed
No matter how good the product, you’re asking for trouble if the surface is not professionally installed by a trained, sports flooring installation firm.  

  • Like Tip # 3 above check their references. How many sports floors have they installed in the past 10 years?  
  • Check with the owners about their after-market support and care.  
  • Installing a sports surface is a specialty that requires significant training, experience and collaboration with the manufacturer, general contractor, architect and owner in order ensure a successful installation.  They are trained to identify and provide the owner with solutions to site specific challenges like:
  • concrete flatness
  • concrete moisture
  • site environmental conditions temperature and relative humidity

Tip #5 – Take care of your floor
We know budgets can get squeezed, but proper care and maintenance will add years to the life of the system and ensure that the users have a safe surface.  

While we would hope that you choose Robbins, regardless of your decision, we want you to be armed with the best possible information before you buy.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many projects where “buyer unaware”…… became “buyer remorse”.

2014 Sports Surface of the Year Finalists

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Robbins has opened voting for the annual 2014 Sports Surface of the Year contest. 6 finalists were chosen and the winner will be determined by Facebook & Twitter fans! Voting is simple. Fans will go to Robbins Facebook page and find the photo of the facility they want to vote for.  To vote, simply “Like” the photo. To vote on Twitter, fans can vote here and will select their favorite facility by clicking on the “Vote” button. One lucky fan that “follows” or “likes” Robbins on Facebook and Twitter will win a $100 Visa gift card just for voting!!

The contest runs from April 21st at Noon (EDT) through May 2nd at Noon (EDT).

To learn more about the 6 finalists chosen, click on the photos below:

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Congratulations to all the finalists that worked extremely hard on their entries and the facilities in recognition. Don’t miss out on your chance to win and be a part of voting history!

Facebook & Twitter Voting and Prizes: Beginning at Noon (EDT) on Monday April 21st, 2014 and continuing through Noon (EDT) Friday May 2nd, 2014 online voting will take place on Robbins Facebook & Twitter pages. The finalist with the most “Likes” on Facebook, combined with the most Votes on Twitter will determine the winner of the 2014 Sports Surface of the Year contest. One lucky voter from both Facebook and Twitter (non Robbins employee) will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Visa gift card. Winners will be announced and notified the week of May 5th.

UConn: Breaking Records…One Floor at a Time

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With a total of 13 championship titles combined under their belt, the Men’s and Women’s Huskies are setting records and taking names. The women completed the season with a record 9 championship wins, and a perfectGampel-Pavillion-300x225 40-0 record. The men won their 4th championship title, and although the No. 7 seed didn’t have a perfect season like the women’s team, what set them apart from No. 8 Kentucky was their ability to work together as a team.  In an interview after their win, Huskies Guard Niels Giffey stated “We had a deeper bond. It was a lot about going to the next level and playing for the university and the teammates. I am so proud of the guys that stuck with this team. We believe in ourselves and that is the only thing that mattered. I remember Shabazz after that Louisville loss, he went back in the locker room and said we are going to cut down some nets, I promise you guys. I looked into his eyes and we believed him. We knew what it would take.”

Robbins knows something about teamwork. Both the UConn Men’s and Women’s basketball teams have played their home games on a Robbins Springaire™ floor at the Gampel Pavilion since 1990. Over the past 24 years, UConn and Robbins have teamed up for not only their game floor, but several other recreational areas as well. And with the construction of a brand new 78,000 sq ft Basketball Development Center underway, the Huskies will be well equipped to continue their winning streak in the next basketball season. The Basketball Development Center, which is scheduled to open this summer, will boast 24,000 sq ft of Robbins Bio-Channel Classic flooring installed by Robbins exclusive dealer in CT, Dalene Flooring. Both the men and women’s teams will each have a court of their own to practice on.  Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and the endurance of the player. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on camera, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete. For this reason, a broad list of players including; Kevin Ollie, Trey Burke, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, and many others not only start their career on a Robbins floor, but continue it as well.  For these reasons, we are certain with the new floor and facility, the Huskies will come out even stronger and better next season.    

We congratulate both Coach Auriemma on his achievement of the perfect season, and Coach Ollie and the UConn Huskies on a much deserved championship titles!! Let’s see if they can do it all over again in 2015!

 

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BLOG: Why the Determination to win is the better part of winning…

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We are creatures of habit. We all know this. I, for example, have the habit of venturing into places that are “off limits” to most. I find myself in restaurant kitchens, behind retail counters, or behind a bar to fix myself a drink when the waiter is too slow. Some may see this as impatience, but I prefer to think of it as determination. So, it was no surprise when I found myself this past weekend in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum at SMU, because this ‘habit’ of mine had kicked SMU--Moody-Coliseum-MVP-3-2014-(9)in. I was determined to see the new basketball floor we had just installed.

This series of events began last week at the annual MFMA – Maple Flooring Manufacturer’s Association – conference in San Antonio. I was scheduled to be there from Wednesday to Saturday and then meet my wife in Dallas to visit my son and his girlfriend for a day or two. It would be a short visit, but we wanted to take advantage of the time while we could. On Sunday we all took a tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Museum, which is adjacent to SMU’s campus. While there, I asked my son to take me to the Moody Coliseum to see the new MVP court that our dealer, Ponder Company, had just installed. When we arrived all the doors were locked. There was neither games nor practice being held, so there was no reason for the building to be open. Clearly, the stadium was not meant to be open to the public, but as I saw one door wide open, I decided – like everything else –this was clearly an invitation for me to come inside. I went in long enough to get a few pictures that I was happy with, and was leaving satisfied with my visit. However, on my way out, I ran into two Mustang basketball players. I did not know who they were, and wearing only khakis and a plain sweater myself, they had no way of knowing who I was. With this anonymity in mind, I began asking a few simple questions.

The conversation was not long, as we all had other things to get to. But I was able to ask them briefly what they thought of the newly installed basketball court. They responded that they have really “loved playing on it”, and that they “feel good” on the floor. I then proceeded to tell the two men, that this specific basketball court (the MVP) is designed with athletes in mind to reduce frequency of injuries, enhance players’ performance, create consistency throughout the game, etc. And as I was explaining these features of the court, I could see a look of disbelief in each of their faces. These looks were then confirmed with verbal statements saying they had no idea that there was technology in place for courts to be designed like that. After a few more exchanges of words we said our goodbyes and continued on with our day.

The brief and candid conversation is what brought me here to writing this blog. Not only is our goal to design and manufacture basketball courts to enhance the players’ performance, but also to educate anyone and everyone whose performance is directly correlated with the quality of the court. Of course, whoever makes the final decision to purchase a court is aware of the benefits of buying a Robbins gym floor, but ultimately, the people who need to be most informed, are the people who are using the court every single day. Now, I’m not going to write another page going into the specifics and technicality of our courts. But, I will give you links at the end of this blog to direct you to sources containing information not only about our gym floors, but also the requirements of ALL maple basketball courts from the MFMA website.

On the surface, this ‘habit’ of mine seems as if I am constantly seeking trouble; but in actuality, it is a habit of DETERMINATION, a habit of finding solutions, a habit of expanding knowledge, both my own, and anyone who is willing to listen to me. And so, my hope is that after reading this, that my passion for expanding knowledge will have taught you if nothing else, that our determination for quality flooring results in providing you with the best sports flooring available on the market today.

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BLOG: Not your Momma’s fieldhouse: How the role of the college fieldhouse is rapidly changing

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The college fieldhouse of today looks very different than it did 30, or even 20 years ago.  It is expanding. And not just a little- a lot- I mean literally “I ate so much I nearly split my pants” growing. For years colleges have

been upgrading classrooms and labs, building campus rec centers, adding academic programs, and the “never can have enough” parking spaces. And now, they are breaking the “dome” ceiling and using the new fieldhouse design to create a space for both students and community.

The College at Brockport: Special Events Recreation Center Durathon Elite

The College at Brockport: Special Events Recreation Center- Durathon Elite

For students, what was once mostly used for the competitive college athlete, is now home to track meets, intramural sports, tennis, volleyball/basketball tourneys, and student socials. These facilities open up greater opportunities for the average student who just wants to enjoy intramural sports or is part of a non-athletic team or club.

For communities; corporate fitness programs, special events like banquets, trade shows, or concerts, dance competitions…are just a few examples of how communities are using the 21st century fieldhouse. Equipped with abundant seating and state of the art concession stands, these modern fieldhouses are an attractive option for event planners. Athletic departments are also hosting youth sports camps which not only benefit young athletes, but helps the departments raise funds for other needs. And what kid wouldn’t want to attend sports camp at the same school where their favorite college quarterback or point guard goes? That’s a no brainer!

So what does all this mean for you? Let’s assume if you are reading this blog you are likely to be interested in some form of sports flooring. It is important to remember that not all surfaces are created equal. Meaning, different floor types are used for different purposes. Hence the reason maple is typically used for basketball since it is has the perfect combination of resiliency, surface friction, and hardness. However, maple is not always the recommended choice. In a fieldhouse like the one I just described, we would highly recommend a synthetic surface. Synthetic flooring comes in all shapes and sizes. There is rubber, padded polyurethane, vinyl, plastic tiles, just to name a few.  I know what you’re saying. A “few” Jamie? Really? Okay, there are a lot of options for field house flooring out there. So how will you know which surface is right for you?

Purchasing a new sports floor is a big deal. It requires time and effort to research the various surfaces available, and the right one for your facility. I mean, let’s face it. You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on, so you’re selection of a sports floor shouldn’t be any different. A few things to consider when searching for the right floor:

Macalester College Durathon Elite & Pulastic SP

Macalester College- Durathon Elite & Pulastic SP

  1. What is the primary purpose of the building? Will it be a multi-purpose facility for recreation? Or will it be used for competitions or track meets?
  2. What activities will take place on the floor? Basketball? Volleyball? Soccer? Fitness? Track? If track- will the athletes wear cleats? If so, you will need a spike proof surface to prevent damage from the cleats.
  3. Are the right decision makers involved? The track coach, the facility manager, campus recreation director, etc… It is important to have someone on the selection committee that understands surface friction, injury prevention, comfort, etc…
  4. What is your maintenance budget and cleaning expectations? Some surfaces require more hours of labor in cleaning.
  5. What is your expectation of the life expectancy of the floor or building? Some floors will last longer than others.
  6. Do you have environmental concerns? For example, California has strict regulations with regards to urethane and top coat paints.
  7. What is your color or logo needs? Darker colors are easier to maintain and clean. Therefore, if your school colors are white and blue, you may choose blue as your primary color, with white as an accent.
  8. Will you have bleachers or seating on top of the floor? Will you have other heavy equipment on the floor at times (i.e. stages or lifts for events). Not all floors are made to withstand heavy equipment or bleachers, but some are. Knowing that up front is critical in the selection process.

I know this list seems daunting, and I’m not going to lie, it is a long process. But just like the athlete trains to compete and is rewarded with a win- your time and effort will also pay off in the end. You will have an outstanding facility that students and the community will flock to, and a floor that is safe, durable, and versatile enough to reach the masses.  

In the words of the great Michael Jordan “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

The RIGHT people + The RIGHT Information = The RIGHT Decision

 

Case Study: UTEP: Making history, one floor at a time…

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A case study by Athletic Management Magazine.

When it comes to making changes at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center–named for the legendary basketball coach whose 1966 national championship-winning team was the inspiration behind the film Glory Road–there is UTEP--Robbins-Bio-Channel-Classic-2014-(3)-resizeda lot of history to consider. Fortunately, the longstanding relationship between UTEP and Robbins Sports Surfaces made the recent selection and installation of the Bio-Channel Classic surface an easy and positive process.

A proven model by Robbins, the Bio-Channel Classic combines the structural and dimensional stability of an anchored flooring system with the safety and comfort of resilient sports flooring. This surface was used in the Don Haskins Center before, and the facilities team found it to be so beneficial, they ordered a second one…. read the full article at Athletic Management

PR: New logo, new floor, new conference… Creighton Blue Jays off to a good start in the Big East!

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Creighton University made its official move into the Big East Conference on July 1, 2013, and for the Blue Jays, joining a new conference wasn’t the only big change they had in mind. During a public ceremony last month at the CenturyLink Center, the Blue creighton blue jays new floor-2Jays unveiled their new Men’s basketball floor, a Robbins All Star Plus portable, along with a brand new logo design as well. Creighton, who has been a long-time supporter of Robbins, had their first Robbins floor installed in 1983. Additionally, Creighton installed a Robbins Bio-Channel Star system at the Ryan Athletic Center in 2012, which is home to the Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams.

Robbins is not the only ones excited to see the Blue Jays enter the Big East Conference. The combination of the new floor, logo, and conference has stirred up quite a bit of buzz, and hope, for this Midwest school. The men’s basketball team was a runner up for the USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25, along with the women’s volleyball team which was also just outside the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25. And not only are the Blue Jays teams making quite a name for themselves, but so are individual players, most notably, Doug McDermott. McDermott, in his senior year, has passed up an opportunity to enter the NBA in order to compete in his final collegiate season with fellow teammates and coach, who happens to be his father, Greg McDermott. The Bleacher Report, did a ranking of “The Most Unguardable Players in NCAA Basketball for 2013-14 Season”, and McDermott was their number one choice. Between his “quick release, and mind-numbing shooting accuracy”, means that it will be hard to find a defense competitive enough to stop him.

Maximizing performance and minimizing athletic injuries in athletes like Doug is Robbins’ highest priority. Robbins knows the importance of a well designed sports floor and the effect it has on performance and safety of the athlete. For this reason, the 30 year relationship with the Creighton Blue Jays is no coincidence.  They understand Robbins commitment to continuously advancing the technology that goes into the development of sports floors, so that any and all athletes are performing at their most competitive level. Robbins strives to develop champions with each floor installed,creighton blue jays new floor-3 and believes that Creighton University is developing champions with each Robbins floor they play on.

With that, Robbins congratulates Creighton on joining the Big East Conference and wishes good luck to all the Creighton teams in the coming season! Go Blue Jays!

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

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PR: Oregon State University selects Robbins MVP for new state-of-the-art practice facility

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What do Texas A&M, the Toronto Raptors, and now Oregon State University all have in common? They all practice on the most innovative sports floor on the market- Robbins MVP. OSU-MVP-mens-resized

After 3 years and $11 million in fundraising, the new $15 million practice facility was unveiled to the public this week during the official opening ceremony on June 11th. The impressive 34,500 sq ft, 4 story facility features two Robbins MVP basketball courts on the first and third floors for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The second and fourth floors include coach and program staff offices that offer panoramic views of the new courts. Both the men’s and women’s MVP floors feature the new Beaver’s logo as well, which was officially released earlier this year. 

Oregon State’s new floors were installed by Robbins dealer in Oregon, Brandsen Hardwood Floors. Practice in the new facility will not officially begin until late July, however the initial feedback has been very positive. Terry Brandsen, Project Consultant for the Oregon State project, stated  “I have been very pleased with this floor. It is one of the quietest floors we have ever installed, and virtually zero creaking & OSU-womens court- MVP-resizedpopping that is typically associated with many other gym floor types!”. Robbins knows the importance of a well designed sports floor and the effect it has on performance and safety. The fatiguing effects of vibration on athletic performance are well understood in other sports like running, skiing, and swimming. Only Robbins has applied that understanding to improve sports flooring designs for athletes of all ages, sizes and abilities. The human body is a highly sophisticated system that responds to impact force through muscle adaptation, or “muscle tuning” to significantly reduce vibrations. When muscle vibrations are controlled, player comfort is improved and energy is conserved. Less fatigue means athletes stay fresher, longer….which is what Robbins’ MVP flooring system delivers.

Click here to learn more about the MVP sports flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.  

Robbins is honored to be the #1 flooring choice for the Oregon State Beaver’s and we wish them great luck in the upcoming season!

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Brandsen Hardwood Floors is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in the Portland, OR area. For more information please visit http://brandsenhardwood.com/ or call them at 1-503-775-0034.

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Louisville Cardinals has a floor fit for a CHAMPION

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At Robbins, it’s not just about the # of basketball teams that play on our floors, it’s about the # of champions that are developed along the way. Designing and building the best sports floors in the industry is our passion, as well as our commitment to the long term health and performance of the athlete. For the University of Louisville Cardinals, this was never more critical than in the current 2012-’13 season when the #1 Oteam in the nation defeated Michigan to win their 3rd NCAA Championship Title. In an interview with ESPN immediately following the championship game, Coach Pitino commented on the strength of his team by saying “This team is one of the most together, toughest and hard-nosed teams,” the coach said. “Being down never bothers us. They just come back.”  And what amazing come backs we have seen! Having their fair share of obstacles along the way, the Cardinals showed what true determination and strength look like after losing #5 Kevin Ware just 1 week before the final four from a horrific leg injury. Instead of giving up, they pushed through beating Duke 85-63 and advancing to the final four. In the last 2 final games against Wichita State and then Michigan, Louisville was down more than 12 points at halftime during both games, only to come back in the 2nd half and win.

Both the Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games at the KFC Yum! Center which opened in 2010 with a brand new arena for the city of Louisville and the university. When it was time to choose a floor for the new facility, Coach Pitino specifically asked for the same floor that the Charlotte Bobcats play on. That floor is a Robbins All Star Plus portable floor system. Since 2010, Louisville has consistently gotten stronger, making it all the way to the final four in 2012, and finally bringing home a 3rd NCAA championship title in 2013. Louisville won all of their home games except 1 this past season- and they did it all on a Robbins floor.

Robbins had other reasons to cheer during the NCAA tournament. Of the 4 men’s teams that made it to the final four, 3 of those teams play on a Robbins court including Michigan, Wichita State, and of course Louisville. In addition, both remaining women’s teams, UConn and Louisville, which compete in the Women’s NCAA tournament tonight, also play on Robbins floors. Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and the endurance of the player. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on camera, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete. For this reason, a broad list of players including; Luke Hancock, Trey Burke, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, and many others not only start their career on a Robbins floor, but continue it as well.  

We congratulate Coach Pitino and the Cardinals on a great season and much deserved championship title. Let’s see if we can bring home another Robbins victory tonight when the Cardinals take on the Huskies in the Women’s NCAA championship game!!

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Cincinnati Floor Company is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Louisville, KY and the surrounding areas. For more information please visit http://cincinnatifloor.com or call them at 1-800-886-4501.

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For more information about Robbins All Star Plus sports flooring systems,  visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com/products/portable-floors-2/ or contact Robbins Portable Manager by completing our contact form.

 

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Massive Community Centre in Edmonton provides sports variety for local residents

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The largest of its kind in North America, the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, opened its doors to the public last fall revealing its extensive capabilities in recreational and competitive sports.  Situated on the University of Alberta campus, the facility has more than 220,000 square feet of space, including more than 130,000 square feet of Robbins maple sports flooring.

The collaborative effort to build the Centre provides the city of Edmonton, local sports organizations and residents with an extensive variety of programs and activities. The Centre partnership organizations include: the Edmonton Grads Basketball Centre, Ortona Gymnastics Club, Edmonton Volleyball Centre Society and the University of Alberta.

The Centre is also home to the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Men’s and Women’s volleyball and basketball teams respectively, as well as Team Ortona’s competitive Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling teams. When asked about the quality of the new floors and the effects it has had on player performance, Scott Edwards, Head Coach for the University of Alberta women’s basketball team, said “I think our playing surface is by far the best we have seen. The quality of the floor has made a dramatic impact on our athletes’ health. We have had fewer instances of shin splints and the athletes love running on this surface. They love playing on it“.

Centaur Products, one of Robbins exclusive dealers in Canada, played an integral part in the construction of the facility by installing over 130,000 sq ft. of Robbins Bio-Channel® Classic hardwood flooring which consisted of 9 NBA-sized basketball courts and 9 full-size volleyball courts. In addition, Centaur also installed Sportwood® Ultra Star in the dance studio, and Pulastic® in the child’s play area.

Doug Haines, Project Manager at Clark Builders, was in charge of overseeing this massive construction project. Clark Builders had worked with Centaur Products on previous projects, and as Haines explains, Centaur and Robbins was chosen for this project for very specific reasons – “Centaur management staff appeared to be very knowledgeable with the Bio-Channel flooring system, their on-site supervision was very ”hands on”. Robbins was chosen for the project because they are considered a leader in the sports flooring market, specifically the hardwood floor segment and the Bio-Channel floor system. Centaur was chosen based on their local workforce as well as their previous and ongoing relationship with the University of Alberta“.

In addition to volleyball, basketball and gymnastics, the Centre was able to expand their offerings to other sports programs such as badminton, futsal, dance and martial arts.   Community support has been phenomenal and exceeded the Centre’s expectations. Bob Butlin, Saville Community Sports Centre Board Representative explains “Our Community response has been unbelievable from the start. Our bookings for court space are exceeding our expectations after only six months of full operation. We have seen an expansion in our basketball programs with the creation of new Spring and Summer leagues. The public response to the facility is in direct relation to the world class hardwood floors which are showcased in each and every gym. The community-at-large speaks very highly of the hardwood floors and in particular, they are not experiencing any fatigue in their legs after playing, no dead spots. It is not uncommon to hear them say that “these are the best hardwood floors we have ever played on and we should have built the facility ten years ago”. This facility simply brings our court sports – basketball & volleyball together from the youth age to University level“.

The Saville Community Sports Centre is truly a magnificent building for recreational and competitive sports. Aside from its massive size and range of activities, it brings athletes of all levels and ages together under one roof.  From University programs to Junior leagues, the Saville Community Sports Centre will promote and support physical activity among the citizens of Edmonton for many generations to come.  

 

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Centaur Products is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Alberta and surrounding provinces. For more information please visit http://centaurproducts.com/ or call them at 1-888-430-3300.

Robbins, Inc. is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call Robbins Sports Surfaces at 1-800-543-1913, email us at [email protected], or visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com

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