Mercedes Rec Center, located in Mercedes, Texas, has been the unfortunate victim of flood waters, twice. The first flood occurred in 2017 as Hurricane Harvey dumped massive amounts of rain in the region. Fortunately, the destructive hurricane winds did not reach this far south. The second flood was in 2019, following more heavy rains.
The Mercedes Rec Center is a city owned facility which was once operated by the local Boys and Girls Club. The building is divided into a spacious gymnasium and a smaller wing which houses the lobby, game room, and offices. The gym measures roughly 95 feet by 79 feet. Most of this space is made up of the basketball court, with plenty of distance between the foul lines and the walls. There is also room for bleachers along one side, without any feeling of being over crowded.
As we became more involved in the project, we learned that the facility had Sport Court® Response gym flooring prior to the 2017 flood. During the reconstruction following Hurricane Harvey, the flooring was “Value Engineered” down to an inferior product. Coaches, players, and staff were not at all happy with this knock off flooring. Everyone at the Mercedes Rec Center wanted to return to Sport Court®.