FGS/Permashine and StoneCare of Texas transform 14 year old Alamodome floor from “Drabby” to Bright and Cheery

For facilities of many types, a new process on a tried and true flooring material is paying off with maximized durability, minimized maintenance, and an aesthetic “look” that draws accolades. That flooring material, concrete, has performed underfoot for nearly two centuries and is now emerging as a highly attractive, long-wearing, easy-to-maintain, and affordable flooring option.

Today, structurally sound concrete floors, old or new, can be smoothed, dry polished, hardened and densified (a process that chemically alters the composition of the top wear surface). Polished concrete floors do not require waxing, sealing, or frequent maintenance other than simple mopping to maintain a highly polished, scuff-free look. FGS/PermaShine can also include color dying of the surface wear layer, can result in substantial savings in annual maintenance costs over alternative flooring.

A floor that wears well—little maintenance

When the architectural firm Marmon Mok looked for a way to revitalize the 102,000 square foot concrete floor on the plaza level of the Alamodome, it consulted with StoneCare of Texas, of San Antonio. They were looking for a flooring solution that would wear well and require only minimal maintenance. This firm had designed the popular, multipurpose, domed stadium some 14-years before and retained responsibilities for overseeing all upgrades.

The facility, which hosts sporting events, such as the recent Final 4, NCAA basketball championship, concerts, conventions, and trade shows, can comfortably seat up to 65,000 and is expandable to over 72,000 seats. The plaza level floor which circles the perimeter of the seating was showing signs of age and had many layers of wax over bare concrete. Repeated waxing and painting over the years had darkenedthe floor's appearance and was absorbing much of the natural ambient lighting.

StoneCare of Texas had the solution: FGS/PermaShine.

FGS/PermaShine offers a mechanical, dust-free, polishing floor system that features an innovative diamond grind, dry polish, and densifying process that involves minimal downtime. This feature alone was attractive to the owners, as it enabled tight booking schedules to be fit into short windows of opportunity between events while allowing uninterrupted use of the dome.

The rejuvenation of the floor at the Alamodome took about eight weeks with the installers averaging about 3,000 square feet per shift and work proceeding around the circumference of the dome. There was no interruption of daily operations, as the work was done during off hours and finished floor areas were immediately accessible after treatment.

In addition to being attractive and durable, the resulting polished concrete floor meets the NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute) standards for certification as a “high traction” floor, retaining its safe non-slip qualities under both dry and wet conditions. The floor also complies with ADA and OSHA recommendations for interior floor surfaces.

“Stadium management is very pleased with the degree of shine and how well it reflects light and illuminates all the corridors. The Alamodome floor used to look drabby. Now it is much brighter and cheerier,” notes Bibi Nunez, project manager at Marmon Mok. Indeed, consensus around San Antonio is that “the FGS/PermaShine floor is beautiful. Everyone in the city is thrilled with it.”