Adaptive Reuse Spurs Growth
Use an integrated design approach to pump new life into discarded buildings and boost local economies.
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Product declarations are a step toward transparency, but sustainability is an ongoing journey.
Preserving The Window On History
A university building is renovated with special attention paid to its arched-top historical windows.
Natural Interior Daylight: Decisions & Results
Eneref Institute examined the decisions and results of several lighting system installations that combined Sunoptics Prismatic skylights and LED lighting with daylight harvesting controls. From extensive interviews of all stakeholders, Eneref Institute offers a quick overview web forum of the multiple decision processes needed to achieve their successful results. Learn the obstacles and challenges overcome by architects, engineers and facility managers and why each stakeholder rated the final outcomes of their projects with high marks.
- EPD for Glass Mat Gypsum Panels
The Gypsum Association (GA), Hyattsville, MD, which represents the North American manufacturers of gypsum wallboard, has released an industry-wide environmental product declaration (EPD) for glass-mat gypsum panels. The EPD provides vital environmental performance information addressing energy consumption, water consumption, global warming, waste, air emissions, and other metrics related to production.
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When creative design is implemented by skilled installers, flooring can become the primary design feature in a room. Here’s some inspiration for your next project.
While carpet tiles or some form of resilient flooring in a complementary pattern/color is usually the best solution in a commercial installation, occasionally an opportunity presents itself for an architect or designer to make the floor play a dominant role in the space. On this and the following page are two such projects. In the Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter the design uses LED lighting in place of grout. The Veterans Affairs Michigan Rehabilitation Clinic in Ann Arbor, MI, is a large and varied project in which the flooring is the dominant design element in most spaces. Both of these installations were done by INSTALL contractors. The International Standards and Training Alliance, Glassboro, NJ, is an alliance of major flooring manufacturers, contractors, and professional installers across the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at installfloors.org.
The floor in the lobby/holding area of the Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter is hexagonal tiles with LED lighting strips in place of the grout.
Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter
The Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter, Merritt Island, FL, is a multimedia-presentation facility that features live appearances from astronauts who have launched, landed, lived, and worked aboard the space shuttle and/or International Space Station. The floor design for the lobby/holding area required installers to cut 3/4 in. from each side of the hexagonal tiles. LED lighting strips were installed between the tiles as a replacement for grout. To achieve this in the two-week timeline, two specialists worked around the clock for 11 straight days.
Designer: Design Shop
Contractor: Mr. David’s Flooring Intl
The Patient Education Classroom has a dividing wall. The floor uses a linear design to make the room feel large, whether divided or open. The linear design is accomplished with plank-sized carpet tiles in a striated gray palette, accentuated with pops of contrasting blue.The Occupational Therapy Gym uses a large visual flooring element that fills the open space. The overall design provides a wayfinding function to connect with the Fastball Lounge that serves as a waiting area for this clinic.
Veterans Affairs Michigan Rehabilitation Clinic
The Veterans Affairs project involved two floors and 31,000 sq. ft. of flooring. The designers wanted to create the feeling of walking into a hotel space instead of a clinical facility. This meant converting each floor from its 80s-era look and feel to a modern, timeless design using materials that are durable and safe for patient care. Products included 1,300 sq. yd. of carpet tile from Interface Inc., LaGrange, GA, and 11 different resilient sheet-vinyl products, manufactured by Armstrong Flooring Inc., Lancaster, PA.
Installer: Master Craft
Architect: Albert Kahn
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