Recreation Project: Williams Arena

Williams Arena Court Improvements


PROJECT NAME:    Williams Arena Court Improvements
LOCATION: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
CONTRACTOR: PCL Construction Services
OWNER: University of Minnesota
CATEGORY: Recreational Project

Quantity of Ready Mix used: 148 cubic yards

During the summer of 2009, the University of Minnesota undertook court improvements at Williams Arena, the home of the Golden Gophers men’s and women’s basketball teams.  The raised floor court surface in “The Barn” makes this historic arena truly unique.  For the contractor, PCL Construction Services, and the engineer, DLR Group, the project presented the broad challenge of creating the perfect foundation, or “cake” upon which the wood floor installer could place the “icing”. 

Summertime left a small window open to complete the work at the high demand, high activity arena.  The entire pour had to be isolated with a tent to contain dust.  The mix had to be pumped from the parking lot to the center of the arena.  These factors, as well as the general requirement of providing maximum strength and stability created challenges.  The tented site coupled with the 90°+ heat created an environment at high risk for curling and shrinkage. 

Cemstone met those challenges and did its part to mix the batter and bake the cake. Well-graded aggregate and a low water / cement ratio created the right mix.  And we used high range water reducers to make the mix pumpable to around 250 linear feet.  We are pleased that the men’s and women’s Golden Gophers basketball teams will have a solid foundation for years to come.

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