Champions Centre Takes Advantage of Rubber Flooring

Event-Driven Church’s Switch to Rubber Flooring Allows for Even More Innovation

By Brett Hart

 

For an event driven church like Champions Centre, minimizing costs for maintenance and replacement of its flooring is a big deal – especially as its events become more creative. That’s why, in 2011 it began converting nearly all of the carpeted surfaces of its 180,000 square foot main campus in Tacoma, Washington, over to polished concrete and rubber flooring surfaces.

The non-denominational church has three campuses that include a school and dome event center (which served as inspiration for the Tacoma Dome) and hosts numerous large events throughout the year.

Champions Centre with Greatmats Rubber Flooring in Theater

The Need for Durable Flooring
Steve Shackett, whose father was the founding paster, found that ”our carpets were getting beat to death.”

Drawing upon his construction background, Shackett began looking into flooring that would be easily maintained, durable and long lasting.

”We’re constantly renovating and updating,” Shackett said. ”We have coffee shops and book stores in all of our locations and we allow our folks to bring coffee into the auditoriums. Once you spill a latte, its pretty tough to get it out. So we were looking for that kind of material and we found it. We found something comfortable and lasting in the rubber.”

Champions Centre Event Center with Greatmats Rubber Flooring

Extreme Floor Makeover
Shackett began Champions Centre’s switchover to rubber flooring by installing approximately 6,100 square feet of 3/8 inch thick 3×3 foot rubber tiles – which were black with a 10 percent tan/mocha color flec blend – in the first year.

A year later, he installed another 1,200 square feet of black rolled rubber of the same thickness and an additional 7,500 square feet of the rubber tiles – this time with 20 percent color.

”We like the rubber tiles,” Shackett said. ”We have that in our auditoriums, primarily because you can do it custom with a little bit of color speckles, and it adds just some depth, and it looks better. We use the rolled black rubber in our auditoriums and three different stages just for the solid black color on the platform itself.”

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In each of the last six years, Champions Centre has continued to convert more of its facility over to rubber flooring at a pace of anywhere between 900 and 8,900 square feet per year. From stage areas to hallways, auditorium floors and even stairways, Champions Centre continues to find innovative ways to use rubber flooring to its advantage.

This year, Shackett has a 1,500 square foot installation of rubber tiles planned for the school, bringing its total rubber flooring area to approximately 24,200 square feet – 17,000 square feet in tiles and 7,200 square feet in rolls.

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Serving the Purpose
”We found that that was the most practical and efficient way to maintain our facilities,” said Shackett, who has been with the church for 40 years. ”It should be there until I’m long gone.”

”We do a lot of things in our auditoriums and on our stages with lighting,” Shackett added. ”It’s a progressive way to maintain your facility. It just makes sense. Our last men’s conference, we had motorcycles doing jumps in our auditorium off a ramp and it didn’t do anything to them.”

Champions Centre’s main auditorium seats 2,500 people, and it also has another auditorium with seating for 750.

”In both auditoriums, the rubber is very important to us because it allows us to always look fresh and clean, and yet it is so durable. It doesn’t look worn and beat up.”

To maintain the floor, Champions Centre runs a Zamboni-like floor washing machine across the floor 2-4 times per month, which Shackett says makes the floor look ”brand new and fresh.”

”We’re not a normal church,” Shackett said, noting it has a 7,000-8,000 member congregation and five services per weekend. ”Pastor Kevin Gerald is a forward thinking pastor. … We do a big Christmas production over the holiday. And we have all kinds of sleighs and different things going in and out of the auditorium. You can do so much with it, and you don’t have to worry about covering it or being aware that you may ruin the carpet.”

”Everyone that comes here, the first thing they ask is ‘Hey! Where’d you get that floor?”’ Shackett said. ”We love it. It’s durable. It makes sense. It’s practical and it looks great.”

Champions Centre with Greatmats Rubber Floor Tiles in Hallway

Steve Shackett
Champions Centre
Tacoma WA 98404
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Event High Gloss Vinyl Flooring

If you’ve ever seen a professional fashion show, you’ve seen the glamour.  Everything seems bigger than life: the sheen, the flashbulbs popping, the models…Have you ever wondered how they get the whole thing to look so…shiny?  It’s not by accident.  The lighting has to be just right.  The makeup, just so.  And, of course, the models and clothing are hand selected to present the most polished experience possible for the viewer.

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Now, you too can add sparkle and glamour to any event with our Event High Gloss Vinyl flooring.  This show room flooring is the perfect solution when you need to add bling to your special event.  This glossy vinyl floor is perfect for special events, commercials, and fashion promotions.   This show floor is available in high-gloss black,white, and red with a variety of colors also available by special order.  The high gloss of this flooring will reflect light in a pleasing way that makes your stage or runway gleam.

Commonly found at fashion shows, car shows, this event flooring is also used in television commercials.  Make your beauty contest go BIG! This vinyl flooring will make your special event bigger than life.

Greatmats Event High Gloss Show Floor redEvent flooring is sold in full rolls.  This high gloss vinyl measures 6’ x 60’ in a thickness of 80 mils.  Each roll weighs 275 lbs.

This event flooring is designed as a temporary or semi-permanent flooring.  It can be easily cut to fit and installed with double sided or vinyl tape.

Event flooring is great for dance but please note: tap shoes with aluminum taps will leave black oxidation marks on vinyl flooring material.  This is more noticeable with gray flooring. For this reason, we do not recommend gray flooring when using this floor for tap dancing. Tap shoes with steel taps will not leave black marks.  However, all tap shoes will leave some non-color markings on the floor.Event High Gloss Show Floor red white black Greatmats

PLEASE NOTE: The ROSCO rolls of vinyl should never be stored in a flat position, as this will cause the rolls to flatten and may cause rippling in the material when unrolled. The material should always be stored in an upright position.Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Tent Flooring

Uniquely designed to be placed directly over uneven terrain, our Tent Flooring will not separate under the most strenuous events.  This tent flooring is created to hold crowds of people for long durations and will hold the weight of heavy equipment, staging, or even a vehicle.   It is chemically resistant and odor-free.  This high impact plastic flooring is designed for temporary installations.  Any plastic that is repeatedly exposed to the sun will begin to expand and contract.  This durable polypropylene plastic construction is UV resistant so it will not get brittle and snap with repeated usage.  It is made of recycled content so it’s environmentally responsible.
The unique hinge design featured in this tent flooring snaps together like no other floor system on the market.  It is remarkably easy to install and requires no tape or adhesive of any kind.  In addition, the flooring can be rolled up at take-down for easy storage and reinstallation.  Each tile is waterproof and has drainage holes which allow water to flow freely through which will prevent rot, warp, or get water-logging.  Its top diamond-pattern finish provides an anti-slip surface.  This can be especially nice if it gets rainy outside and people begin to track water into the tent.   Use our tent flooring on any irregular surface including grass, dirt, stones and sand.
Expand your floor as needed.  You can purchase these temporary floor tiles to fit a smaller tent and buy more if you pick up another, larger tent.  This plastic flooring is also great in other special event rooms like ice arenas or convention centers.  Available in black and gray, this tent flooring can be matched to almost any décor.  Each tile measures 2 feet x 6 inches and weighs 1.2 lbs.
Easily clean with a pressure washer or a damp mop.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.