NBA Gets Floor Smooth Enough to Play On

New York concrete resurfacing specialist transforms National Basketball Association headquarters with TRU® PC polishable floor.
Posted on 04/12/2024

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is North America's premier professional basketball league. With 30 teams, the NBA is considered one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

The massive league is run through headquarters located in the Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. When 25,000 square feet of floor space was being replaced during an office retrofit, Abbruzzese Floors recommended Rapid Set® self-leveling flooring products produced by CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp. Rapid Set® TRU® PC Gray cementitious architectural topping simulates polished concrete after grinding and polishing to expose the integral aggregate – hence, the “PC” in the product’s name.

A significant advantage of TRU® PC is that it can be ground wet or dry and polished in 24 hours to provide outstanding clarity and gloss.

Installation began by coating the substrate with Rapid Set® TXP™ Fast, a two-component, alkali-resistant epoxy primer designed for use with TRU® flooring products. The primer’s formulation provides excellent wetting capabilities to promote penetration and adhesion, and is ready for overlayment in four to six hours.

TRU® PC was mixed in a Portamix Hippo mixer, placed, and finished with a spiked roller. Ultimately, the project consumed 2,000 bags.

TRU® self-leveling floors provide a highly reflective and durable surface that looks like polished concrete but can be walked on in two to three hours. Grind wet or dry and polish in 24 hours.
TRU® PC – for polished concrete – is a high-flow topping that simulates polished concrete after grinding and polishing to expose the aggregate. The substrate at the National Basketball Association’s headquarters was first primed with Rapid Set® TXP™ Fast alkali-resistant epoxy primer.
Project at a glance
  • Project Type: Flooring, Commercial Office
  • Application: Polished Concrete
  • Products: TRU® PC Gray (2,000 bags), TXP Fast™ Epoxy Primer (~65 kits)
  • Location: 645 5th Ave., New York
  • Size: 25,000 sq. ft.
  • Dates: Feb. 26 – April 10, 2020
  • Owner: National Basketball Association
  • Contractor: Abbruzzese Floors
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Products Mentioned

Rapid Set