Gym Floor Receives an Upgrade

June 2, 2011 Sarah Schwartz

Just hours after the University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony concluded in the Kuch Center gymnasium, Arcadia’s Facilities Department (Aramark) and Delran Builders began the hefty task of replacing the sports surface. The new floor, produced by Robbins, will be a definitive upgrade.

Robbins’ Bio-Channel Star is a state of the art flooring system used by many Division-1 NCAA and NBA teams. The material, Elite Maple, is DIN certified to meet or exceed all six DIN 18032-2 criteria for ball bounce, shock absorption, deflection, area of deflection, rolling load and surface friction. White in hue and devoid of any imperfections, the wood is handpicked to ensure unsurpassed performance and durability.

“It includes a subfloor which goes directly against the concrete, and there’s a pad on top of that absorbs shock, so it’s very kind to athletes,” explains Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning. “A metal track holds the flooring together. The proprietary system allows the whole floor to breathe and move because the wood expands and contracts all the time.”

The floor will be finished in time for the Fall 2011 semester.