Keep It In Play with our Portable Boundary Systems

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Dec 7, 2017 6:57:19 AM

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When it comes to creating a barrier that is safe for players and one that can keep the game contained, solutions vary. From netting to fencing products, there is no shortage of options on the market today that can keep pucks, balls and players inside a pre-determined field of play.

With a rise in organized street hockey tournaments, backyard games and other events, the need for a safe alternative to rigid fence barriers is now more apparent than ever. As parents, organizers and players aim to keep play as safe as possible, many have entered into the foray of custom padding barriers for their facility or event.

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Topics: Custom Padding, Rink Divider Pads, Custom Barriers

Two 10-Row Bleachers for the Town of Ajax

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Dec 5, 2017 7:06:25 AM


Named after the World War II Royal Navy cruiser the HMS Ajax, the town of Ajax, Ontario lies along the shores of Lake Ontario. Acting as an anchor for the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area, many of the area’s residents commute daily to the great City of Toronto.

In the spring of 2017, the Town of Ajax released a public tender to equip their new sport field at the Audley Recreation Centre. Located in the north end of town, the complex is one of the main hubs for community sports in Ajax. The centre boasts two swimming pools, a full-size gymnasium, community room with teaching kitchen, preschool room and a fitness and dance studio. Moving outdoors, Ajax residents enjoy the centre’s splash pad, skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and inclusive playground space.

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Topics: Bleachers, Our Work

Accessorize and Enhance Your Fixed Seating

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Dec 1, 2017 4:04:00 AM

Whether you operate a theatrical, educational or athletic facility, at one point or another, seating is going to come into the mix. As you sift through countless brochures and websites, you finally find the right chair to suit your needs and budget.
Depending on what sort of organization you represent, your search could end there. For many others, that tends to only be the beginning of the journey.
Once a fixed chair is selected for your auditorium or other large space, the next step is to determine if the seat alone will meet the needs of your prospective spectators or students.
Whether you want to dress the chair up, need some electrical connectivity or need a semi-permanent seating option, there are options available to you.
Below we break down some of the most popular and common upgrades made to fixed seating purchases across a variety of industries.
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Topics: Seating Solutions, Fixed Seating, Auditorium & Theatre Seating

New Fixed Seating for George Brown College in Toronto

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 29, 2017 4:13:00 AM


Heading into the largest city in the Canada, our team was thrilled to once again, be involved with the experienced team at George Brown College.

Boasting more Continuing Education courses than many other educational institutions, George Brown College covers a variety of subjects for their prospective students.  Programming includes sought-after subjects such as arts and design, business and legal studies, health sciences, technology and trades among many others.

With three campuses covering much of the Greater Toronto Area, George Brown has proven to be an institution those looking to sharpen their skills can trust.

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Topics: Our Work, Fixed Seating

What’s the Difference Between Polyurethane and Polyethylene Foam in Padding?

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 23, 2017 4:23:00 AM


When shopping for any type of padding, whether it be for an athletic institution, for use on walls for protection or for tumbling exercises such as gymnastics, you have likely been met with some confusing verbiage.

As each type of padding is filled with a different type of foam, the materials used and the way in which it is constructed can vary widely depending on the intended use of that particular piece of padding.

When reading specifications, the “ingredients” used to describe what they are made of can elicit the feeling of ready obscure ingredients found in some of your favourite foods. For many of us, we are unsure of what exactly they mean, what they are made of and which are good for us.

Two such ingredients found in most of our padding are polyethylene and polyurethane. While somewhat confusing by name, their differences are quite important when selecting padding for your home or facility.  As such, we will break each down below and give a few examples as to which each is best suited for.

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Topics: Gym Mats, Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Stage Padding

Column Padding for Ingram Micro’s West Coast Distribution Centre

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 21, 2017 6:20:41 AM


When it comes to our custom padding department, most often associate our products with the athletic market. While we undoubtedly specialize in that particular market given the complimentary products we carry and manufacture, the fact remains that our reach goes well beyond that.

With regards to padding, in particular, it has the most far-reaching capabilities among our growing product line. Given our ability to customize each and every order, our padding department services the health industry and has many applications in the industrial environment as well.

As large industrial facilities such as warehouses continue to push the envelope to offer their valued employees a safe work environment, padding has become a natural fit. As additional operators find new ways to keep their employees safe, they often lean on our expertise to get the job done correctly.

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Topics: Custom Padding, Our Work, column padding

New Press Box & Grandstand Bleachers for Juniata High School in Pennsylvania

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 14, 2017 4:00:00 AM


Located smack dab in the middle of the Keystone State is Juniata County and home to Juniata High School. Serving as home to the Indians, the school’s athletic programming is handled by Athletic Director Joe Skura and includes teams representing the school in cheerleading, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, tennis, track and field, wrestling and more.

Working with our partners at School Installers of Pennsylvania (SIPA), this exciting project was presented to us for evaluation. Given SIPA’s affiliation with the Co-Stars Purchasing Plan in Pennsylvania, SIPA was involved from an early stage in the development of this project.

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Topics: Bleachers, Our Work, Press Boxes, Grandstand Seating

Choosing Fixed Seating for Churches and Places of Worship

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 9, 2017 4:03:00 AM


Religious facilities have come a long way from the churches and places of worship some of us may have been raised in. While there are still many traditional facilities that continue to utilize pews and other wooden seating solutions, today’s modern religious facilities, are turning to something different. Constructing these facilities often costs upwards of millions of dollars and as such, their patrons have higher expectations as to the amenities found inside.

What might come as a surprise to some, today’s religious facilities often share the very same type of seating characteristically found in performing arts facilities and movie theatres.

Opting for a more comfortable fit for their congregations, the styling of the seating found inside modern facilities is highly customizable, allowing for operators to pick and choose colours, configurations, accessories and completely custom designs.

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Topics: Fixed Seating, Place of Worship Seating

A Powerful Gym Divider Curtain for Ecole La Foret in Western Quebec

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 7, 2017 4:03:00 AM


Hitting the road again, our partners at Construction Proulx got us involved with one of their projects in the great province of Quebec. As part of this project in the small town of Amos, they enlisted our help to design and supply a highly customized divider curtain for a local school gym.

Taking accurate measurements at Ecole La Foret, our team was able to get the exact dimensions and specifications required for the project. The school was interested in one of our top-roll gym divider curtains for their maintenance-free and aesthetically pleasing design but had some additional requests for customization.

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Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Our Work

Three Factors to Consider When Planning a New Seating Project

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Nov 2, 2017 4:02:00 AM


Whether it be a new build or a renovation to an existing facility, when it comes to planning prospective seating, there is much to take into consideration. While to some, it might seem as easy as picking a number out of thin air in reality, that could not be further from the truth.

With the changing needs of many facilities, the question could be answered using a subtraction or an addition type of formula. With many stadiums, arenas and other locations opting for lower seat counts in hopes of a better spectator experience, the answer has progressed beyond the “go big or go home” mentality of not long ago.

As you prepare to plan seating for your new or existing location, here are a few key factors every planner should take into account before placing an order on new fixed seating.

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Topics: Stadium Seating, Seating Solutions, Fixed Seating

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