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ORC gym reopens with fixed floor

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 8/2/2013

The changes to the gym floor at the Ottawa Recreation Center/Goppert building, 705 W. 15th St., might be unnoticeable to some. The facility closed its gym in early July and has since re-opened it with a brand new floor, Tommy Sink, Ottawa Recreation Commission director, said.

“The basketball players didn’t even know the difference,” Sink said. “We use the facility for full- and cross-court basketball and volleyball.”

The changes to the gym floor at the Ottawa Recreation Center/Goppert building, 705 W. 15th St., might be unnoticeable to some. The facility closed its gym in early July and has since re-opened it with a brand new floor, Tommy Sink, Ottawa Recreation Commission director, said.

“The basketball players didn’t even know the difference,” Sink said. “We use the facility for full- and cross-court basketball and volleyball.”

Several small bubbles began to form in the floor of the 22,500-square-foot facility about a year and a half ago because of moisture caught underneath the surface of the floor, causing the evaporation of the adhesive holding the floor to the concrete, The Herald reported in April. The bubbles had grown in size, some as big as a car’s hubcap, the report said.

Sink said in April that the floor would be taken up and replaced with all new materials. The gym was in service for 18 months before the bubbles forced the ORC to get a new floor.

The project took about three weeks, with the final inspection on July 25, he said. This time, a moisture membrane was installed beneath the floor to prevent any further bubble-filled issues, he said.

The ORC was not charged for the new floor or membrane, Sink said.

“It was all covered under warranty,” he said. “The warranty starts over brand new on [the new] floor.”

The installers of the floor were the same as the last time, and the floor is made of the same rubber material, Sink said.

“This floor has a little bit different texture,” Sink said. “But they are identical.”

The final touch on the floor was the lines painted for the basketball and volleyball courts. Sink said that kept the gym closed for a few days.

“It took 72 hours to dry for the lines,” he said. “We couldn’t have anybody in here on the floor during that time. It was the very last thing they put on.”

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