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The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is a sports training institution in Australia.
The Institute's headquarters were opened in 1981 and are situated in Canberra (the capital city of Australia). The 66-hectare site campus is in the northern suburb of Bruce. The Institute's well-funded programs (and more generally the generous funding for elite sporting programs by Australian and State Governments) have been regarded as a major reason for Australia's recent success in international sporting competitions.


Action Floor Systems, proudly provides some of the top facilities in the world with hardwood and synthetic sports flooring. That includes places where Olympians and professional athletes hone their skills on their way to stardom. In 2016, we had the opportunity to update the courts at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in the capital city of Canberra. It's home to the Centre of Excellence (COE) for Basketball Australia, where elite athletes have launched incredible careers.

The Problem
The AIS needed to renovate its training hall, including a 32-year-old hardwood court where young basketball, netball and volleyball athletes play.


THE PROCESS:

The flooring system at the AIS was a court where Australian Olympic teams had practiced since 1984, and the time had come for a fresh start. "It had served the AIS well but was getting tired, and the dark color needed to be modernized;' says Action Floors Sales Representative, Norm Goedheer, who worked closely with the institute throughout the project. "The light timber color was requested by basketball Australia and Netball Australia explained AIS Facilities Manager, Stephen Morgan. "The lighter floor surface has brightened up the hall, along with the new LED light fittings which were concurrently installed:' The AIS has a rich history of training future NBA stars like Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills and the 2016 No. 1 draft pick, Ben Simmons. WNBA MVP, Lauren Jackson, is another famous name to have played in the facility. However, the flooring is ideal for more than basketball, which was something the AIS needed. The hardwood surface is suitable for other sports to use the hall, which provides flexibility for commercial usage during high-performance downtime; Morgan says. Action Floors and its Australia-based partner, Ace Floors & Coatings, won the bid thanks in part to our commitment to sustainable practices and green products. "The fact that our sports flooring systems are manufactured and sourced from a carbon negative timber mill was certainly a nice bonus when the time came for the AIS to choose:' Goedheer says. Since there are so many stories connected to the facility's old court, the AIS wanted to reuse lumber from the original floor whenever possible. Nearly half of the floor went to a timber recycling facility and was incorporated into the ActionCush 11 Plus system. ActionCush II Plus is a floating system designed for dimensional stability and strength along with exceptional ball response. In addition to its performance features, this system also fit the bill because it matched the height requirements dictated by the original flooring.

To assist Ace Floors & Coatings with the installation, Action Floors sent maple flooring expert, Dan Behn, Down Under to help. Behn, a member of the Action Floors dealer network, serves on the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association's technical committee and is very familiar with our products through his company, Hardwood Specialists and Craftsman, LLC. The entire AIS facility renovation was a $750,000 project that took three months to finish.


After completion in March of 2016, the Australian Opals became some of the first athletes to use the new court as the women's national team trained for the Summer Olympics in Rio. The tradition of guiding future stars at the AIS training hall will likely grow on the new court. That's because the updated facility caught the eye of NBA officials who chose the Centre of Excellence in Canberra as the location for a new global academy. These academies give international basketball standouts a clear path to the NBA. It will be a place where some of the best high school basketball players in the world come to train under special scholarships before choosing whether to attend college or go pro. Morgan says the new floor was one of the many benefits the AIS offered the NBA, and others have noticed as well.

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