Facility Profile - March 2015
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Indoor Track

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Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

Instead of paying disposal fees to remove the mercury-catalyzed original track, SPEC merely repaired broken areas, sanded it and installed the new surface on top, resulting in the unusually thick track. Settlemeyer said a riding scrubber is all the new track needs for cleaning.

John Aten, vice president of sales for Regupol America, said Kombi's 4-millimeter recycled underlayment and 4-millimeter 100 percent EPDM top layer is just right for how the track is used—recreational, training and an annual marathon and half marathon. The 3,000-square-foot cross-training area does not sit on top of the old track surface; it is 8 millimeters of underlayment under 4 millimeters of Aktiv rolled rubber.

"It is a seamless transition between the two floors," said Aten.

There is a microchip-based timing system for athletes and skaters in the area, with wire loops running underneath the track. This is independent of the track project, operated by the arena staff, but SPEC advised how the loops would be accounted for by cutting concrete and making trenches for the wire.

Randy Dean, executive director of the ice center, said the new track has attracted many new users, making the center a place for both elite athletes and the general public.

"The users of the track will range in intensity from the recreational walker to the collegiate track team and in age from youth hockey teams warming up to retirees who are avoiding walking in the malls," Dean said. "It helps the center to even more fully reflect its tagline 'Gold Medal Excellence, Community Well-Being' by reaching and benefiting those who may not skate, but have health or competitive goals for running or walking and embrace the center as a safe, high-quality place to reach those goals while appreciating or even being inspired by the legacy of excellence in speedskating and enjoying seeing skaters and hockey players pursuing their own goals."

Pettit National Ice Center: www.thepettit.com
SPEC Athletic Inc.: www.specathletic.com