Flowcrete Wins Flooring Face-off to Land Encana Events Centre Project
May 13 2015
- Summer months provided an opportunity to resurface concourse area.
- Insufficient control joints and shrinkage cracks in the existing slab.
- Hybrid flooring system custom designed for the project.
Flowcrete Americas has played a starring role at one of Canada’s most popular entertainment venues, the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, B.C.
The Encana Events Centre is a state-of-the-art, multi-events facility with 4,500 permanent seats and 27 VIP Luxury Suites, comfortably making it the premier entertainment arena for the entire British Columbia and Alberta Peace Region.
Formerly home to the Dawson Creek Rage ice hockey team, the centre opened in Spring 2008 as part of the South Peace Community Multiplex, and has gone on to have a significant impact on the community and surrounding Peace Region, putting the small city of Dawson Creek on the nation’s map for sporting events and live entertainment.
The summer months provided an opportunity to resurface the centre’s concourse after six years in operation. This work needed to be undertaken as further delay to resurfacing carried the risk of cleaning fluids and spilled drinks penetrating the re-bar and causing corrosion.
Flowcrete and its licensed contractor, Applied Coatings, had to face various challenges throughout the refurbishment project, largely as a result of insufficient control joints and shrinkage cracks in the existing slab.
A semi-flexible hybrid flooring system was custom designed for the project to compensate for any flexing movements in the suspended slab. Combining Flowcrete Americas’ decorative, self-level and fast-cure Flowfast Flakes system, installed at 1/8”, with a semi-flexible MMA body coat and semi-flexible top coat from the Deckshield Rapide product line, the new system has performed incredibly well to date with not one single crack telegraphing through.
A methyl methacrylate (MMA) system, Flowfast Flakes cures just 60 minutes following application and is ideally suited to renovation or resurfacing projects on account of its ability to minimize downtime within live trading spaces.
Flowfast Flakes can be installed on a wide range of substrates, is flow applied and hand broadcast with a mix of pigmented vinyl flakes and is ideal for heavily trafficked concourse areas, delivering a decorative, non-slip and wear resistant finish underfoot.
The Flowfast range of decorative, durable and hygienic MMA flooring systems are renowned for their excellent speed of cure, in most cases achieving full chemical cure within 60 minutes of application, in order to minimize client downtime and loss of revenue.
Flowfast systems can be installed on a wide variety of substrates, in a vast range of decorative colors and finishes and at numerous temperature variables with systems suited for use in walk-in-coolers and freezers available.
Ben Smith, Country Manager for Flowcrete Canada, said: “Working on such a prestigious project as the Encana Events Centre has been both an honour and a challenge.
“There was pretty significant cracking evident throughout the entire slab, so to combat this we specified the Flowfast Flakes system at 1/8” incorporating semi-flexible resins, to compensate for any flexing movements in the suspended slab and it has worked spectacularly, with not a single crack in sight.
“Credit must also go to Applied Coatings and its expert team for ensuring such a smooth and professional refurbishment job. It’s always a pleasure to work with those guys and it’s been a terrific project from start to finish.”
The Encana Events Centre was delighted with the end result of the summer refurbishment, in particular the high standard of the floor finish, which was very much in keeping with the surroundings of the state of the art entertainment venue.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth.
Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.