USFSM’s basketball court nearly complete as work resumes this week

Work resumed this week on the basketball court at the campus' north end.

Work resumed this week on the basketball court at the campus’ north end.

SARASOTA, Fla. (June 17, 2015) – Depending on weather, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s new basketball court at the campus’ north end could be ready for play next week.

Workers Tuesday leveled uneven surface areas and on Wednesday laid the first of four coatings. Eventually, they’ll apply two Plexipave top coats to create a Bulls-green surface then lay striping and the USF logo in the middle of the court.

“From prep to installation and final striping, it’s a week-long process,” but that can change because of weather, said Kevin Taterus, associate director of facilities planning and management.

The work is part of a larger facilities project that includes the volleyball court at the campus’ west end.

Funded by $260,000 in Capital Improvement Trust Fund monies – fees paid by students to support non-academic programs – the project came at the urging of student representatives who met with campus officials last summer. Administrators agreed to back the project.

Crews finished the volleyball court in March, but work on the basketball court was delayed until a water line and piping for the campus’ fire-suppression system could be relocated.

With that work finished in April, workers turned to the basketball court, adding lighting, benches, fencing and a water fountain last month. They tackled the surface work, the final step, this week after the asphalt cured.

The work is tricky and can be delayed by rain and hot temperatures. Crews will need to apply the coatings between 7 and 11 a.m.