McCarthey Athletic Center Gets A Floor

April 9, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. - It was a Good Friday in more ways than one on the Gonzaga University campus.

The McCarthey Athletic Center, the new basketball arena for the Bulldogs as well as a multi-purpose facility for the university, got a floor.

Gametime for Garco Construction was bright and early at 6:30 a.m. as the first of 10 truckloads of concrete began the process of concrete being pumped through a 200-foot hose into the main floor of the McCarthey Athletic Center. A 12-man crew worked the concrete into place and a laser screed automatically screened and leveled the 14,000 square feet of floor space. The pours and leveling were done in 10-foot strips north-to-south across the McCarthey Athletic Center floor, starting at the east end of the arena and working toward the west end nearest the Martin Centre.

"We ordered 20 trucks of concrete," Pete Madsen, site superintendent for Garco Construction, said. "We'll pour about 185 yards of concrete in about four hours."

Madsen said the floor is four inches thick and is recessed two inches to allow for the basketball floor to be installed on top of the concrete floor. Madsen said the cost of the concrete is approximately $10,000 of the $23 million total project cost.

The floor pour, one of the major crowning moments of any arena project, came less than a year since the April 24, 2003, groundbreaking ceremonies. The Bulldogs men's and women's basketball teams will open the 2004-05 season in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The McCarthey Athletic Center is named after the families of major benefactors and brothers Phil and Tom McCarthey of Salt Lake City, Utah. Phil is a 1974 Gonzaga graduate and a member of the Gonzaga Trustees, while Tom is a 1973 alum and a member of the Gonzaga Board of Regents.



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