A Completely Padded Quiet Room for Cairine Wilson Secondary School

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 13, 2018 4:00:00 AM


Designed to offer students a place completely void of outside distractions, quiet rooms, sensory rooms and de-escalation rooms are now commonplace in many academic institutions across Canada and the United States.

Depending on their exact purpose, these types of rooms can be outfitted with equipment used to help stimulate the senses or can have nothing at all and simply serve as a quiet place for students who simply need some time alone. Constructed entirely using our custom padding department, these rooms often feature wall padding including custom cut-outs, door padding and customized floor padding to ensure the environment is also a safe one for those who use them.

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Topics: Padded Rooms, Wall Padding, Custom Padding

Proper Care and Maintenance for Gymnasium Flooring

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 8, 2018 4:12:00 AM


The proper maintenance and care of gymnasium flooring will help preserve what was most likely a costly investment. The frequency in which a gymnasium floor should be cleaned is dependent on the amount of traffic involved.

While gymnasium flooring comes in a variety of coverings ranging from hardwood, linoleum, rubber and padded, knowing how to clean it safely will increase the life and look of the flooring for years to come. Here we will review the care of some of the most common floor coverings used in gymnasiums.

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Topics: Gymnasium Floor Covers

Fully Accessible Bleachers for Greater Fort Erie Secondary School

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 6, 2018 4:07:00 AM


Looking directly into the backyard of Buffalo, New York, Fort Erie is one of the Niagara area’s fastest growing communities located along the banks of the Niagara River.

With a backstory that dates back to the War of 1812, Old Fort Erie attracts visitors from across the country looking for a historic re-enactment and a trip back to a pivotal time in Canadian history.

We had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful town after being enlisted by the District School Board of Niagara to design, supply and install a completely new seating structure for a local high school.

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Topics: Bleachers

New Telescopic Bleachers for YMCA Connecticut

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 1, 2018 6:03:56 AM


With what is one of the most recognizable names in personal development and athletics across North America, the YMCA organization is deeply connected with our roots here in our hometown of Almonte, Ontario.

As many are aware, the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith was born here in our fair town but what remains unknown to many is that the sport was actually developed elsewhere. In fact, it wasn’t until Naismith was studying at what was then known as the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts that he invented the game when tasked with interesting pupils in physical exercise.

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Topics: Bleachers

Planning an Aquatic Centre Renovation

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 25, 2018 5:10:00 AM


An aquatics centre often proves to be the most immersive and carefree environment in a community. Bringing one to your neighbourhood will definitely prove to be a worthy feat, although the initial planning can be a little challenging.

The same goes if you are planning to renovate an existing aquatics facility or if you're turning a pre-existing building into an aquatics centre for the first time.

Whether you've worked in this field before or not, modern innovations bring about quite a few fresh considerations that you should keep in mind in order to make your aquatics centre the absolute best choice in the area. Here's a quick guide to get you on track.

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Topics: Pool Bleachers

New Telescopic Bleachers for École Dalbé-Viau

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 23, 2018 6:36:34 AM


Located on the Island of Montreal, Lachine is a borough of the city in southwestern Quebec. Thought to have been named in 1667 after its then owner René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle attempted to find passage to Asia while exploring the interior of North America. It was aptly named Lachine, (from the French language, la Chine (China)) and has a colourful history leading up to its incorporation as a city in 1872 and then finally being merged as a part of the City of Montreal in 2002.

In one of our more recent projects this fall, our team was on the ground in Lachine, working closely with our partners at ANA Architecture on a retractable bleacher project at a local high school.

Following some good initial conversations and the makings of an established relationship with ANA Architecture, they reached out to our team for specifications on a new telescopic bleacher for the school’s gymnasium.

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Topics: Bleachers

How Cross-Ice Hockey Helps Young Players Hone Their Skills

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 18, 2018 4:41:00 AM


There are plenty of gadgets out there today, all created with the goal of helping hockey players become the best on their team, but what’s really necessary?

Out of all the techniques and tactics being employed today to help young hockey players prove their worth in the rink, cross-ice hockey is among the most successful of them all.

Why Cross-Ice Hockey?

For younger players, cross-ice hockey came to the forefront back in the 1970s although it wasn’t adopted into American and Canadian hockey leagues until just recently. It sprouted from a study that realized for amateur youth hockey games, players had an average of .5 shots per game.

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Topics: Hockey Equipment, Rink Divider Pads

Ensuring Your Bleachers are ADA Accessibly Compliant

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 16, 2018 5:05:31 AM


Aluminum bleachers are a popular option for sports and social events because they are convenient and cost efficient. However, due to ADA compliancy regulations, assembly areas in arenas, stadiums and event centres with a bleacher setup, must provide accommodations for wheelchairs and companion seating. This means the addition of not only seating spaces but also ramps and handrails to ensure safe and easy access.

With so many venues having been in existence for thirty years or more, there is a growing concern that these regulations cannot be met without incurring massive renovations and expenses. Some of the older seating designs that are most affected by the recent regulations include telescoping bleachers, fixed stadium seating, outdoor grandstands and auditorium seating.

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Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

Custom Windscreen to Complete the Country Day School Bleachers

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 10, 2018 5:04:46 AM


Back at one of Canada’s top-ranked independent schools, we once again found ourselves on the beautiful campus of the Country Day School just outside of Toronto. Included on the 100-acre campus is a completely customized grandstand bleacher our team had the pleasure of designing and installing with help from our partners at Ash Stevenson over the early summer months.

Upon completion of the bleacher seating structure, talks immediately ensued that had our team deeply rooted into the finishing touches that would be added to this brand-new structure. Heading back to the prestigious school, stakeholders within the organization were interested in finishing the bleacher with a customized windscreen that would cement the grandstand as the focal point of Country Day School athletics.

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Topics: Bleachers, Windscreens

How to Maintain Outdoor Athletic Fields and Equipment in Any Climate

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 4, 2018 4:00:00 AM


As the year progresses and the colder months approach, the need for winterization and protection of athletic fields and equipment must be considered. Regardless of the field’s purpose, be it football, baseball, soccer or any other athletic use, anyone in the athletic industry knows the importance of being vigilant and actively planning and preparing for the winter months is crucial in protecting and prolonging the life of outdoor athletic areas and equipment.

While a large majority of the products on athletic fields are designed to withstand the harsh winter temperatures, there are steps that should be taken to further protect some items.

The playing field itself is one of the most important for outdoor sports venues. Any groundskeeper or coach realizes the need for a field to be kept in optimal condition whether during peak season or any other time. The additional maintenance and investment will pay off.

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Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance, Bleachers, Custom Padding

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