Aluminum Bleachers Remain a Top Priority for Colleges and Universities

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Apr 2, 2020 4:18:00 AM


When it comes to planned expenditures, our friends over at Recreation Management Magazine conduct annual research that is helpful in more ways than one. Their annual report takes a deep dive into annual trends for spending with regards to colleges and universities across the United States.

While the 2019 edition of their annual survey indicated little to no changes with regards to planned features and upgrades, there was certainly some movement up the ranks for certain products such as bleachers and seating.

While planning for the development of synthetic turf sports fields remains at the top of the list for the second consecutive year, bleachers and seating took honours in the third spot for the most planned additions to colleges and universities. Jumping up from sixth position in late 2018, it is no secret that the building boon for planned seating will continue through 2020.

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Topics: Bleachers, Players Benches, Accessibility

Telescopic Bleachers for the City of South Miami

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Mar 26, 2020 4:00:00 AM


Working again with our partners at Tadeos Engineering LLC, we recently joined forces on a unique project. Operating as a structural and civil engineering firm founded in Miami in 2015, Tadeos Engineering offers a range of Structural Engineering Services for new construction, additions to current buildings, remodeling, legalization and more. The opportunity to remove old, outdated wooden telescopic bleachers and replace them with new, state-of-the-art telescopic bleachers was presented to our team by Tadeos and we were quick to reply. Organized by the City of South Miami, the project was scheduled to take place at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center. Opened in 2003, the center serves people of all ages in the community of South Miami, offering a fitness center, basketball and volleyball courts, arts and crafts rooms and much more.

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Topics: Bleachers, Wall Padding

Sport Systems’ Actions to Help Customers, Communities and Employees During COVID-19

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Mar 23, 2020 5:00:00 PM


As a company with a global footprint, we’ve been closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19. As such, we felt compelled to inform you of what we are doing as a company to safely navigate through these complex times.

We would like to begin by extending our sincere regards to all those who have been directly affected by COVID-19. We are keeping those affected in our thoughts and are wishing them all a very safe and expedited recovery.

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Wall Padding, Netting and Basketball Systems for Metropolitan Prep Academy

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Mar 10, 2020 2:15:00 AM

Founded in 1982, Metropolitan Preparatory Academy began as a mission to encourage educators to have a profound impact on the lives of the students they teach. While the academy is private in nature, it operates differently than other schools like it. With a mission to provide a safe, inclusive and inviting atmosphere, Metropolitan Prep Academy does not require students to wear uniforms, unlike many other established private schools in the Toronto area.
The school operates as both a middle and secondary school, serving approximately 100 students across grades seven through twelve. Besides encouraging academic excellence, the school is also home to an impressive athletics department. Known as the Predators, the school has teams in football, cross country, soccer, basketball, golf, hockey and many others.
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Topics: Basketball Equipment, Netting Barriers, Custom Padding, Wall Padding

Outdoor Amenities Suited for Spring and Summer

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Mar 3, 2020 3:30:00 AM


With less than a month until the official beginning of the spring season here in the Northern Hemisphere, municipal planning for parks & recreation and outdoor athletics is well underway.

Operators, managers, and maintenance crews are planning, inspecting and making checklists, verifying and highlighting where the necessary improvements or upgrades are required.

Beyond the obvious sports equipment requirements, amenities are also a very important part of the planning process, ensuring visitors have everything they need while enjoying their outdoor recreation this summer.

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Topics: Bicycle Storage Systems, Bike Racks

Get Your Infield Ready for Spring Training and Beyond

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Feb 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM


With Major League Spring Training already underway, it won’t be long before the boys and girls of summer are back on diamonds across North America. With the anticipation of warmer weather and the impending spring and summer seasons, facility operators, league managers and volunteers are looking forward to the 2020 season.

As such, depending on your geographical location, field conditions are being assessed and as we approach another season, any needs that weren’t taken care of last year are likely at the top of the list (or will be quite soon!).

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Topics: Baseball

Folding Partition Replacements for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Feb 20, 2020 5:59:59 AM


The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario and the seventh largest by school population in the Province of Ontario. With a heavy presence in the Ottawa region and close to our corporate HQ, we naturally are fortunate to do a great deal of business with this particular board.

Spanning 143 schools, it is no surprise that we have long-established relationships with key stakeholders not only from the board but also from many of the individual schools as well.

In addition to a number of upgrades performed in the latter portion of 2019, we were asked to visit three schools here in the Greater Ottawa Area that were in need of folding partition replacement. Given the often unsafe nature of outdated gymnasium dividers, it is often the mandate of schools and school boards to have these systems replaced well ahead of any problems that might surface over time with repeated use.

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Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Athletic Facility Safety

A Netting Barrier for the City of Toronto’s MacGregor Park

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Feb 13, 2020 4:21:00 AM


Blending recreational activities with downtown living in a city as large as Toronto is no easy feat. As Canada’s largest city and North America’s fourth largest in terms of population, a great deal of planning was required in the execution of a project in such a large urban centre.

This was quite apparent with one of our recent projects that kicked off in 2019 and which was completed earlier this year. During the summer of 2019, we were contacted by Victor Ford and Associates, an award-winning landscape architect firm with roots in western Canada now located in Toronto. Providing sustainable and creative designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, durable and practical is what VFA specializes in and we had the opportunity to learn that first hand.

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Topics: Netting Barriers

A New Gym Divider Curtain for the Yellowknife School District #1

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Feb 6, 2020 3:45:00 AM


Nestled high in the great Canadian North, the Northwest Territories is an expansive swath of land covering nearly 1.1 million km2.The remote landscape is made up of forest, mountains, tundra and a number of islands dotting Canada’s Arctic archipelago.

In the central region of this vast Canadian Territory lies the city of Yellowknife. As the only city in the territory, the province’s capital resides along the northern shores of Great Slave Lake.

It was here where we were invited to participate in one of our most recent projects. As part of the Yellowknife Education District No. 1, we were invited to Sir John Franklin High School located in the eastern portion of the city. In search of a replacement solution for an outdated partition, our team was brought in to assess its current condition and provide a long-term solution to the gymnasium’s separation needs.

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Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Gymnasium

Creating a Safe Space for an Ontario  Secondary School

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Jan 23, 2020 4:23:00 AM


With the continuing increase in mental health awareness, more and more educational facilities are turning to safe rooms, de-escalation rooms, sensory environments and the like to the keep students safe and happy while at school.

Over the past five years, our team has been involved in the process of designing, consulting and installing these types of highly specialized environments across North America. These spaces can be found in schools, mental health facilities, addiction centres, hospitals and private residences, and research shows that when utilized properly, these environments are extremely beneficial to their users.

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Topics: Custom Padding, Wall Padding, Padded Rooms

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