Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona, sought a high-performance flooring solution during the remodel of its 234,000-square-foot student fitness center.

“We were unhappy with the previous flooring that was installed in our weight rooms, which consist of dumbbells, free weights and lifting platforms,” said Dustin Soderman, associate director for facilities and operations at Arizona State University. “The flooring was too slick with no traction, and our weight machines would move all over the place. Also, the product didn't dampen the noise very well, either.”

Seeking a more advanced flooring solution, Soderman and his team researched optimal athletic flooring surfaces and contacted Advanced Exercise, a leading fitness equipment and facility design resource provider.

“We wanted a flooring product with a long life span that was easy to maintain, offered strong traction and had the ability to take a decent amount of punishment from weights dropping on it,” said Soderman.

Advanced Exercise specified two products from the Performance collection of Ecore products: Performance Rally and Performance Beast Plus. Tailored for heavy conditioning, Performance Rally is a 14.5mm Vulcanized Composition Rubber (VCR) product. Using patented itsTRU technology, a 2.5mm VCR wear layer is fusion bonded to a 12mm shock-absorbing VCR base layer to achieve a dynamic force reduction of 35.4%. This dual durometer system is engineered to absorb the impact force related to aggressive functional training, providing an ergonomically advanced surface that works in concert with the body.

Performance Beast Plus is the ideal floor for power, strength and functional training applications. This 14.5mm performance floor features a 2.5mm VCR surface fusion bonded to a 12mm VCR base layer using itsTRU technology. The result is a floor designed to withstand extreme weight impacts while minimizing bar bounce. Using Performance Beast Plus with Performance Rally creates the ideal fitness floor solution without transitions.

Ecore’s patented itsTRU technology is a manufacturing process that starts with VCR rubber that is diverted from landfills and incineration and upcycled using a pressurized process that fusion bonds the VCR to virtually any flooring surface. This innovative technology develops and captures energy, so flooring surfaces can absorb force while returning usable energy back to the people using the surface.

“The resiliency of the Ecore flooring is outstanding, and it's also really great with noise abatement and acoustics as well,” said Soderman. “The fitness center is such a large area that it's important to reduce noise wherever possible.”

ASU students and staff are fans of the customized flooring, which includes the school’s logo and colors in the design and showcases the ‘bold in gold’ spirit.