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JUL 2018

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Feature 30 JULY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM A BY BEN DUBOSE PHOTOS COURTESY T.W. HICKS Final Floor: Crew Preps Alamodome for NCAA's Top Event A fter opening in 1993 in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the A lamodome quickly became a preferred host site for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NC A A) annual Final Four, which crowns the winner of its flagship Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Between mild spring weather in South Texas and immediate proximity to the Riverwalk entertainment district, the city received rave reviews from fans, media, and teams alike after hosting the Final Four in 1998, 2004, and 2008. e build- ing also hosts the A lamo Bowl each December, known as one of college football 's top bowl games, along with major concerts and dozens of other prominent entertainment events. But in an era of countless new stadiums and with the building approaching its 25th anniversary, San Antonio officials found it increasingly difficult for the city-owned A lamodome to compete with newer, flashier venues also bidding to host luxuri- ous events and bring tourism-related benefits to their local economies. As a result, the city approved a major $60-million renovation package in 2015 to revitalize the building's look and make it more competitive with newer venues. is helped the city land the 2018 Final Four, which brought the NC A A's top event back to San Antonio for the first time in 10 years. General contractor Turner Construction had numerous jobs to focus on as part of the renovation, and they all had to be completed on a tight timetable before the Final Four in March 2018. One critical component of the renovation was updating the concrete flooring in the main plaza level, which had not been altered since the building opened and was showing signs of age. Fortunately, the South Texas division of regional floor- ing contractor T.W. Hicks, Inc. was up for the challenge and embraced a strategy to work as a team with Turner and other trades at the site. "e original polished concrete floor and poor lighting made the A lamodome seem dark and uninviting," said Matt FLOOR EPOXY CONCRETE

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