August 30, 2010 in Admin
Smith & Fong’s PlybooSport® — North America’s first bamboo sport flooring — faced an uphill battle in the sport flooring market when it was introduced five years ago. But as more and more corporate and institutional building projects have adopted sustainable products into their plans, PlybooSport has experienced dramatic growth.
The company sold its first PlybooSport floor to the City of Dallas, Texas, in 2005. Since then PlybooSport has enjoyed a robust annual growth rate in sales. Floors have been installed in 16 states as well as Mexico and the UK, and the company has a backlog of orders for projects as far and wide as the UAE, Pakistan and China.
Smith & Fong attributes PlybooSport’s increasing popularity to a growing awareness of sustainability and environmental health among commercial and institutional architects. PlybooSport is PlybooPure formaldehyde-free, California Section 01350-compliant, FloorScore®-certified and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified, offering numerous green attributes attractive for school gyms, recreational centers and corporate fitness centers.
“We identified PlybooSport flooring as a product that would make a highly visible statement about the importance of sustainable and rapidly renewable materials,” said architect Clayton Daspit, of Atlanta-based Collins Cooper Carusi Architects. His firm specified PlybooSport for a gymnasium project in Atlanta’s Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, which ultimately achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, in part due to its use of PlybooSport flooring.
He said PlybooSport offered comparable performance and durability to a traditional maple sport floor, was easy to incorporate into drawings and specifications, and installed like a traditional floor. “In terms of aesthetics, it looks better than most wood floors installed today,” Daspit said. “The school has been very pleased with the decision to use bamboo.”
Daspit’s assessment of the product was echoed by Stefan Kesler, the architect and project manager who specified PlybooSport for its inaugural installation, the Singing Hills Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas. “We’d had an existing maple floor that had warped badly due to moisture. We thought the striated bamboo composition would work better—we’re on a flood plain here, and moisture is an issue,” Kesler said. “I tested the PlybooSport myself in water, and it held up beautifully.”
Other recent installations include the Wharton School in Nashville, Tenn., and the Eldon Square Leisure Center in Newcastle, England.
In addition to the three subfloor systems Smith & Fong currently offers, they are in development of an additional system that will expand PlybooSport’s range of application both domestically and internationally.