Ceramic Fitness, 24 Hours a Day
When the decision is made to erect a new facility, the building materials are selected with great care - and not just in the exercise areas. The high traffic and heavy use of the showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools - 24 hours a day, seven days a week - mandates the use of heavy-duty materials that don't distract from the center's design aesthetic.
Daltile products were selected for use throughout the facilities. The color motif for tile in both clubs is primarily antique white, with green-, black-, and rose-colored pieces used as decorative breaks on lines running at 45-degree angles. The five, two-person installation crews overseen by Don Watts, owner of Custom Tile, installed the 4 1/4-inch-square tiles on the walls; 8-inch-square abrasive-textured tiles on the locker room floors; 2-inch-square tiles in the showers; and 16-inch-square tiles in the entryways.
The biggest challenge the installers faced was forming and maintaining precisely angled slopes leading down to various drains in both the swimming and shower areas. With more than 90 drains in each facility, both the crew's skill and patience were pushed to the maximum.
"Great jobs and great results are what it's all about," said general contractor Glen Hilbers, owner of Hilbers Inc. "Don Watts and his team demonstrated, once again, why they are masters at their craft."
The Roseville center was completed in late 1999. The Sacramento facility opened its doors in June 2000. Vincent & Murphy was the architectural firm behind the projects; Custom Tile was the company primarily in charge of installation; and Hilbers Inc. was the general contractor for the projects. Materials for both centers were provided by Dal-Tile International and Custom Building Products.