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JAN 2019

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The University of Cincinnati arena was undergoing an $87 million renovation, including an epoxy system. An 8- to 10-person crew from Hardig Industrial Services took 7 months to complete it. Feature 46 JANUARY 2019 COATINGSPROMAG.COM F BY BEN DUBOSE PHOTOS COURTESY HARDIG INDUSTRIAL SERVICES Buzzer-Beater: Crew Assists on Hoops Arena Revamp F ifth ird Arena has been a staple of the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus since 1989. e Ohio arena is home to UC's men's and women's basketball teams along with women's volleyball, and it can also host entertainment events. With more than 20 conference titles won by UC men's hoops in that span, the ~12,000-seat arena has seen significant traffic from devoted fans. us, in late 2015, UC approved an $87 million modernization. One aspect was to upgrade the concrete flooring, including multiple concourse levels, locker rooms, restrooms, and even underneath the wood basket- ball floor. For Kevin Kipp, estimator and senior project manager at nearby Hardig Industrial Services and a men's basketball season-ticket holder, the project's large scope and its location served as both a challenge and a fun opportunity. "In November 2016, we got invited to bid," Kipp recalled. "We were kind of wavering. We weren't sure if we actually wanted to pursue a project of this size. But we went out and walked the space, and me having gone to school there and loving UC sports, that pushed us harder to get after it." A joint venture of Skanska and locally based Megen Construction Co. served as the general contractor, and a prior relationship proved critical. "We had done a lot of work for Megen in the past," Kipp said. "It was a manager who wasn't on this specific project who went to bat for us and said, 'If you want to talk to someone about the resinous flooring, you need to reach out to these guys at Hardig Industrial.'" Game Plan In all, there were 190 tradespeople on the massive Fifth ird Arena project, which meant some of them — including the FLOOR EPOXY CONCRETE

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