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    Basketball Systems for Next Supply’s New Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Mar 12, 2019 3:14:00 AM

     

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    Taking the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by storm, the team at Next Supply has revolutionized how hydronics and plumbing supplies would be made available across this fast-paced region. By dividing the GTA into succinct zones based on neighborhoods and traffic zones, they have created a number of full-service locations across the region and have filled those locations with the very best industry talent in Toronto.

    The result has seen the decentralized business model embraced by those who have come to love the company, the people and what makes them different from the rest.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Wall Padding

    New Basketball Systems for George Brown College

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 22, 2019 4:12:00 AM

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    After working closely with the good people at George Brown College in Toronto back in 2016 and 2017, our paths crossed once again this past summer. Initially, we got paired with the college when their St. James Campus was looking to replace their existing basketball systems but were faced with a huge logistical challenge.

    Situated on the sixth floor of the building, the gymnasium at the St. James Campus was thought to be inaccessible to large equipment such as basketball systems. Fortunately, our team was able to come up with an innovative solution that would allow the systems to enter the building normally, without the expense of crane rentals and window removal.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment

    Is Your Athletic Facility Safe?

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 17, 2019 5:40:00 AM

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    Athletic facilities are popular for a variety of events. Some facilities are designed for multi-purpose use while others are designed specifically for sporting events. Regardless of how your facility is used, safety is always a key concern, especially considering the high volume of people using the equipment.

    From spectators using the bleachers to athletes using the basketball backstops again and again, routine inspection and maintenance is a must. Just as wear and tear occurs on a vehicle, any athletic facility also requires attention.

    When you consider the frequency, weight and movement that occurs on bleachers during an event, the necessity of routine maintenance quickly becomes apparent. Basketball backstops, which can weigh several hundred pounds, also pose a great concern if neglected. 

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Athletic Facility Safety

    Bleachers, Basketball Systems, Volleyball Equipment and a Gym Divider Curtain for St. Lawrence College

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 30, 2018 4:00:00 AM

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    Operating across three campuses in eastern Ontario, St. Lawrence College (SLC) is one of the province’s leading institutions when it comes to applied arts and technology. Home to roughly 7,000 full-time students, SLC specializes in programs such as applied science and computing, baccalaureate nursing, business, community services, justice studies, applied arts, health sciences as well as skilled trades and tourism.

    As the institution continues to experience exponential growth, 2018 was the year that saw exciting projects come to fruition at the school’s flagship campus in Kingston. As part of the Hello Future Capital Project, renovations and a new build to the Student Life and Innovation Centre got underway after over 80 percent voted in favour of supporting the project in a student referendum.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Gym Divider Curtains, Volleyball, Bleachers, Our Work

    Motorized Ceiling-Suspended Basketball Systems for a Residential Facility

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 4, 2018 4:00:00 AM

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    While we do indeed spend the bulk of our time working primarily with commercial and industrial clientele such as municipalities, colleges, universities and school boards, we do dabble from time to time in the residential space.

    Outside of smaller padding or gym mat orders we often receive from private customers, we do get other large projects suited for homes, home gyms and backyards across Canada and the United States. We have supplied custom “Tar Heel blue” wall padding for a UNC fan, some bleachers and benches for a California resident, residential quiet room padding in the province of Quebec, among many others.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Custom Solutions

    The Constant Movement of a Brilliantly Planned Gymnasium

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 28, 2018 5:07:12 AM

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    Athletic programming is a crowded space. With more participants perhaps than ever before, facility owners and operators are always scrambling to not only offer cutting-edge equipment but to also ensure every inch of space is properly utilized.

    When it comes to gymnasium equipment, the list is long and highly customized. With expansions in program offerings in educational and community-based facilities, the need for additional equipment is seemingly never ending.

    For operators of busy facilities, the need for speed and automation is growing with each day that passes. When it comes to educational facilities such as schools, colleges and universities, the gymnasium is typically a heavily scheduled location, catering to a variety of programming and athletic competition.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Gym Divider Curtains, Volleyball Equipment, Gymnasium

    Wall Padding and Basketball Systems for the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 9, 2018 4:48:25 AM

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    Celebrating over ten years since opening in the Greater Toronto Area, the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) is where one of our most recent projects landed us.

    The centre was created as a direct response to the growing need for awareness and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and other developmental disorders.

    The centre has experienced exponential growth over the past decade, now servicing over 150 families. In the fall of 2017, they reached out to our team for help with a new facility.

    As part of their expansion, the SAAAC had plans in place to take over a building that had been donated to them by one of Toronto’s school boards.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Our Work, Wall Padding

    Innovative Ceiling-Suspended Basketball Systems for the Abilities Centre

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 9, 2018 6:18:05 AM

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    Recognized as an International Centre of Excellence thanks to its fully accessible design and inclusive environment, the Abilities Centre truly is one of a kind.

    Located in the Greater Toronto Area in beautiful Whitby, Ontario, the 125,000 square foot facility boasts sports, fitness, arts, and life skills programming for people of all ages and abilities.

    In addition to a board room, games room, lounge, theatre, 200m indoor track, aerobics rooms and a universally accessible exercise area, the facility is home to three regulation-size basketball courts.

    This is where our team was fortunate enough to lend a hand to this amazing facility. Given the variety of participants that frequent the basketball courts, the existing portable backstops were no longer deemed inclusive for all to enjoy. Those who enjoyed the sport from a wheelchair or suffered from other disabilities soon found these floor-mounted systems to be hazardous to their safety.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Our Work

    A Full Gymnasium Upgrade for the ʔaq̓am First Nation

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 20, 2018 4:00:00 AM

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    A part of the Ktunaxa Nation, ʔaq̓am is a member community based on the values of family, unity and cooperation. Taking pride in their heritage, language and culture, the community operates a number of programs and services including an elementary school, daycare, after school and summer school programming, community health and education services, economic development, lands and natural resource management and housing and administrative services.

    Accounting for the largest population of all Ktunaxa Nation Bands, the ʔaq̓am community also occupies over 18,000 acres of land under management.Located in the Rocky Mountain Trench in the East Kooteney region of southeastern British Columbia, roughly ten minutes north of Cranbrook.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Bleachers, Our Work, Gymnasium

    The Most Complete Outdoor Basketball System

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Mar 22, 2018 7:06:12 AM

     

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    With the spring season officially underway, planners, managers and operators are preparing once again for additional outdoor play within their communities and organizations. As we shed the layers of heavy clothing and move into something more comfortable, soccer pitches, football fields and outdoor basketball courts are once again in season.

    As such, many facility managers take this time of the year to evaluate, design and/or construct their outdoor play areas for these types of sports, including basketball.

    As one of the most popular sports here in North America, basketball courts in communities and in school yards are among the most high-traffic and most heavily participated areas.

    At Sport Systems, we got our start in the basketball industry. With our headquarters located in picturesque Almonte, Ontario, we share this hometown with the inventor of basketball Dr. James Naismith and as such, began designing basketball hoops over 40 years ago.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Outdoor Basketball Systems

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