SIKA AT WORK: PPL CENTER
SIKA DECOFLAKE® BRINGS HOME A WIN
The PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania is best known as the home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team (AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) where it seats over 8,500 diehard fans. The arena also seats 10,000 for concerts and hosts over 140 events each year, including family shows, trade shows, youth sports, conferences and graduations. Pollstar Magazine nominated the PPL Center as Best New Major Concert Venue after it opened in September, 2014.
Yet less than one year after it opened, the center was closed for a week so repairs could be made to the polished concrete floor. “The slab on the deck had cracked, and the finish of the floor was not up to PPL Center’s standards,” stated Mike Thomas, estimator/ project manager at Bazella Group of Whitehall, Pennsylvania. In addition to being cracked, the polished concrete floor had pits and looked unfinished in some places. Because appearance and durability were the key criteria for the replacement floor, Thomas knew just the product to ice the deal - the Sikafloor DecoFlake System. DecoFlake is an aesthetic, easy-to-clean, seamless floor consisting of a clear epoxy binder, broadcast with multicolor vinyl chips and sealed with transparent or UV stable topcoats. “The PPL Center people liked the look of the DecoFlake floor, and asked Sika Flooring to make up eight samples of colors and schemes,” Thomas stated. “In the end, PPL selected a floor with orange, black, grey and white flakes – which mimic the team colors of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.”
Thomas felt comfortable recommending the DecoFlake System because he had used it in numerous facilities with positive results. “I’ve installed DecoFlake in places such as a showroom for a motorcycle dealer and in warehouses,” he remarked. “The performance is great. It holds its appearance very well and really stands up to foot and vehicle traffic.”
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