Does Your Gymnasium Really Need Removable Wall Padding?

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 20, 2023 8:01:33 AM


    If you were lucky enough to have access to a time machine, you could head to almost any school across North America and you’d likely find a set of removable wall pads in the facility’s gymnasium. 

    At the time, it was a great choice. Teachers and staff were convinced that giving students the ability to remove their own gym mats for use in gym class was a fine idea. And it was.

    To a point.

    The truth is, there are some facilities that still use removable padding on their walls. We manufacture and sell it ourselves, so we know it does still have a limited use out there in the market. In some cases, this solution is exactly what facility operators are looking for, depending on the specific programming that school or facility provides.

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    Topics: Wall Padding

    Basketball Upgrades for École catholique Cathédrale

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 13, 2023 12:56:38 PM


    Working, once again, with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), one of our recent projects took us back to beautiful Kingston, Ontario. Lying at the mouth of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers, the city is known for its storied history and academic excellence serving as the home for Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College of Canada.

    Having worked in the area across a multitude of projects, it’s always great to get back and continue to approve athletic facilities in and around one of our favorite cities.

    We got a call from the ALCDSB as they were looking for some upgrades for one of their older schools. Located directly downtown, the École catholique Cathédrale was in search of some much needed upgrades to their existing basketball systems.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment

    Bleacher Upgrades for Essa Township

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 31, 2023 10:36:01 AM


    One of our recent projects brought us to beautiful Essa Township, located just southwest of the town of Barrie, Ontario.. Known for both its annual potato harvest and strong military presence thanks to nearby CFB Borden, the community approached us looking for solutions to some older bleachers at one of their parks.

    Located at a busy local baseball diamond, the outdated bleachers were deemed unsafe as they no longer met the stringent specifications set out by today’s code requirements for bleacher seating. The township had plans of dismantling and disposing of the bleachers themselves and came to us for the plan with what to replace them with.

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    Topics: Bleachers

    New Grandstands for the City of Dieppe

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 24, 2023 1:38:02 PM


    Located in the southeastern region of New Brunswick, our recent project brought us to beautiful Dieppe. A small town that is technically a census metropolitan area of the city of Moncton, it was incorporated as a town in 1952 to commemorate the Second World War's Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid of 1942.

    As part of the construction of a brand new sports field at Dieppe’s local high school, Ecole Mathieu-Martin, our team was brought in to design and install a new grandstand for the forthcoming sports field.

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    Topics: Grandstand Seating

    New Wall Padding for the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 19, 2023 2:47:31 PM



    Proudly serving the National Capital Region for over 100 years, to say that the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club is a staple in the community would be an incredible understatement. The club currently provides free community-based services and supportive places for area residents across four full-service clubhouses located throughout the city, along with a number of satellite campuses.

    We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the local Boys and Girls Club for a number of years now and working alongside them always gives us the added bonus of making a difference in our community. 

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Custom Padding

    A Custom Netting Barrier for Toronto’s East Don Trail

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 10, 2023 7:04:26 AM


    As one of the largest cities in North America, Toronto prides itself on both having a vibrant urban life and including some much needed greenspace within its city limits. With a number of large parks and places to get away from the hustle and bustle, not many can rival the peace and serenity that lies within the city’s East Don Trail.

    Running through the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area of the Don River watershed, the trail makes a wonderful spot for a morning or afternoon stroll. The original trail was extended by 1.4 kilometers in 2020, leaving visitors and residents even more natural wonders to explore and enjoy. A new bridge was constructed as part of the expansion which now includes a variety of habitats including upland forests on the valley slopes, open meadows, young trees and a wetland.

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    Topics: Netting Barriers

    Bleacher Upgrades for the City of Oshawa’s Terry Kelly Field

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 2, 2023 4:22:58 PM


    One of our recent projects brought us to the City of Oshawa where our attention was turned to one of the city’s most popular recreation complexes. The Civic Recreation Complex was the brainchild of Terry Kelly, a man who enjoyed local sports so much as a young immigrant from Hungary, that he spent much of his younger years fundraising and raising awareness for local athletic programming.

    In 2014, the complex was named in his honor, more specifically Terry Kelly Field. Set to host upwards of 2,000 spectators, the field was the pinnacle of the recreation complex and local sports. As time has marched on, the elements had begun to wear down certain areas of the concrete grandstand and seating. The bench seating that was originally installed was now beginning to dip and sag and while facility managers made some temporary fixes along the way, it was time to work with a bleacher expert to solve the issues once and for all.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Grandstand Seating, Bleacher Additions

    New Grandstand for 1,300 Spectators In Sublimity, Oregon

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 18, 2023 9:27:47 AM


    Late last year we were contacted by an agricultural society out of the western United States. Having worked with a number of agricultural societies across North America, they had seen our work and reached out to our team to consult on a grandstand they had that was no longer code compliant. 

    Known as the Sublimity Harvest Festival, this annual event takes place in beautiful Sublimity, Oregon which lies just southeast of the state’s capital city of Salem. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, organizers were in search of the right seating solution to help local residents celebrate the festival safely.

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    A Gym Divider Curtain in a Cafeteria? Oh Yes We Did!

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 11, 2023 4:00:00 AM


    One of our greatest assets as a company  is our ability to tackle incredibly complex and custom jobs. Our flexibility and ingenuity allows us to take on  a massive grandstand seating project, a netting barrier for a unique sports field or in this case, a gym divider curtain installed inside a cafeteria.

    Of all the places we have installed a curtain in the past, which include gymnasiums with unique ceiling structures, size constraints or ones with stages, this is the first we have designed and installed for use inside a cafeteria.

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    Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Custom Solutions

    Telescopic Bleacher Replacement for Napanee District Secondary School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 28, 2023 7:09:40 AM


    A locked out bleacher sat in the gymnasium at Napanee District Secondary School (NDSS), condemned due to a number of safety concerns when the phone call came in. It was our friends at the Limestone District School Board and they needed a solution ahead of the new school year.

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    Topics: Bleachers

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