College of St. Elizabeth
- Year Completed: 2018
- Location: Morristown, NJ
- Material: Tarkett Omnisports™ Vinyl
- Project Type: Gymnasium Floor
- Area: 4,800 sq. ft.
About this Flooring Project
Sports Vinyl Floor – Preparation
In 2018, the College of St. Elizabeth decided that they wanted to convert their indoor swimming pool into an auxiliary gymnasium. Their athletic building already had a full-sized wood basketball court. Their plan for this new sports vinyl floor was to have it serve as a practice basketball court and an official NCAA Division III volleyball court.
When Abacus first arrived at the facility to examine the space, the pool was still full of water and had marker flags hanging above it. The college used it for a swim meet that weekend, and it was still in use as an official competition pool until right before its renovation. We got to work filling the pool with concrete and compacted stone once the pool was drained and everything was prepared for installation.
This space had high levels of humidity as an indoor pool facility. Abacus installed Tarkolay, which increases moisture resistance up to 100%, before installing the vinyl floor itself. You can read more about how Tarkolay works here. This also mitigated concerns of concrete shrinkage while it dried, which also causes sports floor failure.
Sports Vinyl Floor – Installation
Abacus began installing Tarkett Omnisports 9.4mm sports vinyl flooring when preparations were complete. The installation took several weeks and included the floor, logo painting, game lines, and wall pads. Some wall pads were customized on-site to fit the dimensions of the facility.
The school decided on a two-color finish with Omnisports Golden Maple and Royal Blue. Abacus painted the college’s logo, an eagle, on one half of the court and mirrored it with the NCAA logo on the other half. On the opposite side of the court, a wordmark that spells out “EAGLES” next to the same eagle logo. This personalized design gave the College of St. Elizabeth what they envisioned when they first started planning their renovations.
Abacus ensured that the court was multi-functional by painting white volleyball lines over black basketball lines. This isn’t typical, but was necessary because of the facility’s usage as a competition volleyball court. There were also two three point lines painted on each half of the court because a local high school practices on the court as well. Abacus made sure to include both the standard NCAA three point lines and standard high school lines.
Abacus turned the College of St. Elizabeth’s indoor pool facility into a fully functional, multipurpose, customized auxiliary court in just three months. The college is extremely happy with its new facility and how their vision became a reality.
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