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Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church Adds Gym, Community, and Worship Space

Members of the Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church in Carrollton, Texas, are not the only ones reaping the benefit of their high-performance sports floor. The brand new 16,000-square-foot gym and multipurpose space welcomes members of the community for volleyball tournaments and recreational and league basketball games and practices.

Shortly after the gym opened in February, Bent Tree's members danced on the Taraflex Sports Flooring surface at a Valentine's Day Sock Hop and the youth congregation began using it for their twice weekly activities.  According to Bent Tree's Director of Communications Dennis Richards, the long list of other planned programs include dinners, birthday parties, concerts, plays, and overflow space for worship services.

"We really want this to be a gymnasium but we want it to be multipurpose as well," explains Richards. "We use it as a gymnasium and then set up chairs and tables without damaging the floor." 

The decision to install Taraflex Sport M Plus came after the six members of "the interiors team" spent hours touring other facilities with applications similar to what they were planning and speaking with facility managers and maintenance staff. The team relied on the expertise of one member with a strong sports background.

The interiors team members invested their time because they wanted to choose the best flooring. "We wanted to make sure we had the right product for the right application," says Richards.

So, they took a mini-tour of different size and use facilities in Texas which had Taraflex floors installed from one to seven years earlier. The stops included the Bethesda Community Church in Haltom City; E.M. Daggett Elementary School in Fort Worth; Stipes Elementary School in Irving; and Life School of Dallas. Facility managers and maintenance staff spoke directly to the team members and answered their questions about maintenance routines and costs, durability and usage in their facility. The mini-tour gave them the opportunity to see how the floor held up under heavy usage with permanent telescopic bleachers, high traffic, and the creative ways it was installed.  What they learned was important.

"Maintenance is a huge issue for us," says Richards referring to the size of Bent Tree.  "The Taraflex product got rave reviews. Now we are getting really good feedback from our maintenance staff."

The church is in the midst of an 180,000-square-foot expansion project. Although the gym has been available for activities since February 3, it will not be considered formally open until the grand opening which is expected to take place in September. That is when the two years of expansion and renovation of the entire campus is scheduled to be completed.

The gym's Maple Design floor has a red center court jump circle and keys. The game lines for basketball are black, white for the two volleyball courts and yellow and black for the 16-foot by 4-foot four-square game section.

Vector Concepts of Irving, Texas (www.vectorconcepts.com), installed the Taraflex flooring. Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Pete Briscoe, broke ground on its current facility in 1996.  After experiencing continual growth during the past ten years, in February 2008, the Church opened its newest expansion project that includes a state-of-the-art worship center for its weekend services.  Bent Tree currently is working on many Church campus projects to serve its members and guests, including a dynamic, new Children's facility.  The expansion of Bent Tree supported not only the growth of their Carrollton campus, but 10 percent of the $30 million project went to fund various mission projects across the globe. Learn more at www.btbf.org.

Taraflex Sport M Plus delivers performance, comfort, 35% shock absorption and correct coefficient of friction for rapid movements. It is designed to deform only around the point of impact. Sport M Plus is seven millimeters thick with proprietary product treatments to minimize friction burn risk, prevent bacteria, mold and fungus development and simplify maintenance. Daily maintenance requires only damp mopping and an occasional automatic scrubbing. Sport M Plus comes in two wood finishes and 15 colors.

Gerflor's Taraflex environmentally friendly flooring meets and exceeds the stringent performance standards mandated by all major flooring associations and can contribute credits to LEED certification. Taraflex floors consist of up to 43% recycled material and are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Taraflex floors are approved and recognized for official use by many international sports governing bodies. Visit www.gerflortaraflex.com.

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