Rex A. Pringle

Director of RecSports at University of Tennessee Athletics

Location:
453 Haslam Business Building, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Company:
University of Tennessee Athletics
HQ Phone:
(865) 974-3200
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Employment History

Director of Campus Recreation  - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Education

M.A.  - 

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Hit the Floor: Campus Recreation Flooring Tips and Best Practices

Rex Pringle, the director of RecSports at the University of Tennessee, said when it comes time for their rec center to add new flooring, they choose to collaborate with companies that have longevity in the industry.
"I have found that it is better to work with the companies that have experienced and survived through the difficult times with the economy," said Pringle. "They have products and methods that have lasted and the companies will stand behind their products." He also noted that sometimes a deal or contract can change if you have a conversation with the distributor. If you have a project that will take place over an extended period of time, it can be a good idea to plan ahead and think about warranties. "I like to review the warranty information and discuss extending the warranty when we are spending substantial amounts of money," said Pringle. Pringle explained they chose Mondo rubber flooring for sections of the rec center because it has a typical life expectancy of 20 years when maintained correctly. Their gym spaces, fitness studios and racquetball courts all have maple wood flooring. The University of Tennessee offers Luxury Vinyl Tile in the hallways. While styles of tile flooring can last up to 100 years, it can sometimes be the hardest flooring style to replace. "Tile flooring many times gets stained or damaged over the years and it is hard to find the same tile as they discontinue colors and styles, so a replacement plan many times takes place when you are doing a facility renovation or refresh," said Pringle. "The color of these floor tiles can also date your facility, which makes it imperative that you look at this." Pringle also explained they replace their areas with carpet every 10 years at the University of Tennessee. He suggested utilizing carpet tiles instead of rolls, in order to replace stains or wears immediately. "Maintenance on these fields is brushing, which uses magnets attached to a brush to pick up any loose metal on the field playing surface, on a monthly basis, or more as needed, and sweeping with yard sweepers to pick up any loose materials from the field approximately two times per year," said Pringle. "Approximately, every three years, pellet and sand infill mix is spread on the fields and swept back into the surface." Marching bands at universities usually practice on a rec center's outdoor fields. This always needs to be taken into consideration for replacement and longevity of maintaining these turf fields. Pringle explained that one area of their rec fields has a longer lifespan than the other because of this. "RecSports expects a longer lifecycle for the fields at Sutherland compared to the fields adjacent to the TRECS facility, as the UTK Marching Band practices on this field from August to December each year," said Pringle. "RecSports has worked to use the walk-behind brooms with damp towels to remove any dirt from the floor surface without having to scrub these floors," said Pringle.

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By Rex Pringle, Director of RecSports at the University of Tennessee Knoxville | October 31, 2013

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