Floored

Ben Wabschall, left, sands the floor of the gymasium while Sean Lebeau holds the cords behind him Tuesday afternoon at the  Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters.

SHANNON BRODERICK/Boomerang photographer

Ed Spal’s world revolves around wood.

Whether it’s installing new snow fence around Wyoming, repurposing old snow fence or sealing wood flooring, the Centennial Woods CEO spends his days working with one of the world’s oldest building materials.

So, when he heard the Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters was planning to refinish an old basketball court at the Laramie facility, he said he saw an opportunity.

“We thought it was time we did something to give back to the community,” Spal said.

While Centennial Woods focuses on snow fencing, he said it recently acquired UVEECO, a company that specializes in finishing floors — specifically wooden basketball courts.

Together with the company’s board of directors, he made the decision to resurface the Big Brothers Big Sisters floor — for free.

“He just jumped right in and offered the donation,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Human Resources Manager Hanna Eslinger said. “Anytime we have a community partner support our program, it’s great.”

Eslinger said previous estimates for renovating the flooring could have cost the organization about $6,000.

“Hopefully, they will be able to reallocate those funds for other projects now,” Spal said.

The donation will not only benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, but Spal said it could also serve as a showcase for the UVEECO floor coating.

Founded in 1999, Centennial Woods maintains the state’s snow fences and reclaims the old snow fencing for aesthetic projects such as decorative walls, ceilings and floors.

During a flooring project at the Cavalryman Steakhouse, Spal said Centennial Woods was introduced to the original owners of UVEECO.

“(The Cavalryman Steakhouse) wanted something rustic for their new floor,” Spal said. “Our wood fit that environment, but the problem is our wood is pine. And most pine floors wear out pretty fast.”

After some research, the company found UVEECO, a company that offered an alternative to polyurethane coating.

“With its high hardness factor and quick drying factor, you can be walking on it that afternoon,” Spal said. “The time it takes to do a floor is shortened, but it increases the hardness of our wood to the hardness of an oak floor.”

The restaurant floor was installed about four years ago and has outlasted some of the establishment’s polyurethane flooring.

When UVEECO went up for sale in 2016, Spal said Centennial Woods seized the opportunity.

The water-delivered acrylic resin floor coating was originally designed for indoor gym floors, but since acquiring the company, Spal said Centennial Woods has discovered other uses for the product.

“We’ve found this product also works extremely well on furniture — not just the furniture we produce, but other companies’ as well,” he said.

Equipped with its new technology Monday, Centennial Woods’ UVEECO team started stripping the basketball court Big Brothers Big Sisters repurposed as an auditorium. Spal said equipment failure initially threw a wrench in the project, but after getting back on track Tuesday, the company was hoping to finish the floor by Friday.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Morgan Houtsma said the one-time high school gym became a multipurpose room for the organization.

“We’ve had a visiting artist come in and do paper maché with the kids,” Houtsma said. “We’ve had people use it for graduations.”

Eslinger said the room serves as a catch-all for the organization.

“We’ve done some poetry slams and open-mic nights in there, too,” she said.

As part of a series of renovations, Eslinger said Big Brothers Big Sisters put a lot of work into the multipurpose room before discussing a new floor.

“The whole purpose of the renovation project is for the area to become a resource for the community,” Eslinger said. “It looks nothing like it did when we started. It’s come a long way to becoming a safer, more welcoming room. I think the floor is the capstone.”

By IKE FREDREGILL

Ed Spal’s world revolves around wood.

Whether it’s installing new snow fence around Wyoming, repurposing old snow fence or sealing wood flooring, the Centennial Woods CEO spends his days working with one of the world’s oldest building materials.

So, when he heard the Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters was planning to refinish an old basketball court at the Laramie facility, he said he saw an opportunity.

“We thought it was time we did something to give back to the community,” Spal said.

While Centennial Woods focuses on snow fencing, he said it recently acquired UVEECO, a company that specializes in finishing floors — specifically wooden basketball courts.

Together with the company’s board of directors, he made the decision to resurface the Big Brothers Big Sisters floor — for free.

“He just jumped right in and offered the donation,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Human Resources Manager Hanna Eslinger said. “Anytime we have a community partner support our program, it’s great.”

Eslinger said previous estimates for renovating the flooring could have cost the organization about $6,000.

“Hopefully, they will be able to reallocate those funds for other projects now,” Spal said.

The donation will not only benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, but Spal said it could also serve as a showcase for the UVEECO floor coating.

Founded in 1999, Centennial Woods maintains the state’s snow fences and reclaims the old snow fencing for aesthetic projects such as decorative walls, ceilings and floors.

During a flooring project at the Cavalryman Steakhouse, Spal said Centennial Woods was introduced to the original owners of UVEECO.

“(The Cavalryman Steakhouse) wanted something rustic for their new floor,” Spal said. “Our wood fit that environment, but the problem is our wood is pine. And most pine floors wear out pretty fast.”

After some research, the company found UVEECO, a company that offered an alternative to polyurethane coating.

“With its high hardness factor and quick drying factor, you can be walking on it that afternoon,” Spal said. “The time it takes to do a floor is shortened, but it increases the hardness of our wood to the hardness of an oak floor.”

The restaurant floor was installed about four years ago and has outlasted some of the establishment’s polyurethane flooring.

When UVEECO went up for sale in 2016, Spal said Centennial Woods seized the opportunity.

The water-delivered acrylic resin floor coating was originally designed for indoor gym floors, but since acquiring the company, Spal said Centennial Woods has discovered other uses for the product.

“We’ve found this product also works extremely well on furniture — not just the furniture we produce, but other companies’ as well,” he said.

Equipped with its new technology Monday, Centennial Woods’ UVEECO team started stripping the basketball court Big Brothers Big Sisters repurposed as an auditorium. Spal said equipment failure initially threw a wrench in the project, but after getting back on track Tuesday, the company was hoping to finish the floor by Friday.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Morgan Houtsma said the one-time high school gym became a multipurpose room for the organization.

“We’ve had a visiting artist come in and do paper maché with the kids,” Houtsma said. “We’ve had people use it for graduations.”

Eslinger said the room serves as a catch-all for the organization.

“We’ve done some poetry slams and open-mic nights in there, too,” she said.

As part of a series of renovations, Eslinger said Big Brothers Big Sisters put a lot of work into the multipurpose room before discussing a new floor.

“The whole purpose of the renovation project is for the area to become a resource for the community,” Eslinger said. “It looks nothing like it did when we started. It’s come a long way to becoming a safer, more welcoming room. I think the floor is the capstone.”

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