Case Studies

F.H. Corky Smith Gymnasium Courts & Sports LVT Installation

This large facility requires repairs to the subsubstrate prior to the installation of new flooring.


F.H. Corky Smith Gymnasium Courts & Sports serves as an information center for youth and adult sports programming offered year-round throughout San Marcos community. This facility houses two gyms, as well as a large multi-purpose room for additional sports and fitness instruction. During a remodel of the gymnasium entry way, concession stand and common areas two major sub-floor issues were discovered as renovations began. Vapor emission testing revealed areas of the existing slab were above 90% RH. After existing tiles were demolished, cracks in the sub-floor were discovered. Before tile installation could proceed, these cracks had to be filled and made flush with the existing subfloor.

Installer: Howards Rug Company
Architect: Safdie Rabines Interiors

Featured Products

• ARDEX MC™ RAPID One-Coat Moisture Control System for Concrete to Receive ARDEX Underlayments
• ARDEX K 15® Premium Self-Leveling Underlayment


• Gymnasium renovation
• Bring dated facility to modern and attractive aesthetic standards
• 27,000 square-foot installation area
• Durable and cost-effective materials required for project


ARDEX Sales Professional Gordon Johnson suggested ARDEX MC™ RAPID which is especially suited to treat areas of new concrete in critical installations, such as health care and institutional applications where the construction schedule does not allow adequate drying of the concrete. ARDEX MC RAPID is also recommended over existing concrete where the level of moisture emissions from the slab exceeds the maximum allowed by the floor covering. After moisture issues were addressed, ARDEX K 15® was poured and controlled around two areas to create a depressed slab for newly installed entry mats. The installer, architect and F.H. Corky Smith representatives were thrilled. To finish the job, Luxury Vinyl Tiles in the Mannington Parallels Series and the Mannington Create Series were used to create a stunning and durable floor.