MultiLino™ Performs at Boston University Center | athletic flooring

MultiLino™ Performs at Boston University CenterPosted: Jan 2008 Posted by: Mats Inc.

In October 2004, Warin Dexter, Director of the Recreation Center at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, was charged with overseeing the development of a first class 3-court multipurpose gymnasium.

Located within Boston University’s new $225 million John Hancock Student Village—a 10-acre hub of activity designed to be the thriving center of student life and athletics—the center would be used primarily for rollerblading, but also for basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton. An ambitious project like this called for a durable professional floor.


MultiLino at Boston University

MultiLino at Boston University

Originally, the architects leading the project specified a poured-in-place urethane floor. Dexter called on several reference accounts for the specified flooring and discovered many unhappy end users. The urethane floor was not suitable for rollerblading.

Eventually Dexter and the architects decided to install MultiLino™. MultiLino™ is harder than most sports surfaces because it has not been treated with polymers. Therefore, the stiffness remains, even when it’s damp. Due to its extremely durable properties, MultiLino™ is able to withstand the effect of high frequency indoor sports, such as inline skating, as well as non-sporting activities. Even stilletto heels and burning cigarette ashes leave no marks on this low maintenance surface. Furthermore, MultiLino™  is the only synthetic floor certified for DIN standards for area elasticity. Because there are no coatings applied to MultiLino™, the product can withstand tables/chairs and all types of multi-purpose activities that would normally cause problems with delicate wood floor coatings and/or cushioned vinyl floors.

The University sent a representative to Scotland to see a MultiLino™ floor in the fall of 2004. The school liked what it saw and American Green of Rockland, Mass, installed the several thousand square feet of the floor, completing the project in January 2005. Today, the Recreation Center is a multifunctional, reliable and innovative sports facility.

“The key for us was finding a flooring solution that was hard enough to endure inline hockey but was not so hard that it would cause injuries,” said Alec Southall, Manager of Recreation Facilities. “MultiLino™ was the right solution.”

MultiLino™ WD and MultiLino™ FM are distributed by Mats Inc.

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