Flooring Provides Stylish Pathway to Sustainability

The design for these floors needed to convey a high-end professional feel while maintaining the benefits which had been achieved using an access floor system. The architectural firm of Mark Cavagnero Assocs. had a clear vision of materials: teak plank wood, multi-piece porcelain and carpet. The challenge became how to blend these varying materials as transitions and maintain the functionality of the access floor system. At 30-stories and 450,000 sq. ft., 350 Mission Street is the first LEED Platinum high-rise in the city. Designed with a sharp focus on sustainability—not the least being more efficient HVAC delivery—a goal that fit in well with the desire of the developer, Kilroy Realty Corp.

Four flooring surfaces provide safety, ergonomic and acoustic properties for the fitness center.

Flooring Revitalizes School Fitness Center

According to Dana Ridenour, director of Advancement at Calvary Christian Academy (CCA), a pre-K3-12 school located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., “Everything starts with the flooring. Then you can start building and painting, but you have got to have a great floor first.” The surface of the entire fitness center, which is housed inside a former warehouse adjacent to the campus, was concrete. Four surfaces provide safety, ergonomic and acoustic properties for the 3774-sq.-ft. space, which is used by more than 200 students and student athletes daily.

Completed this past year, the design concepts at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Fla. were influenced by the organic nature of water, beaches, nets and sails.

Unraveling Custom Carpets

One of the advantages to using large-scale broadloom carpet found in hotel and hospitality designs is that they may be custom designed to evoke the sense of place even inside of a large ballroom or lobby. AP spoke to interior designer and architect, Jim Looney, president of Looney & Assocs., about his experience designing with Axminster carpet. For 21 years, Looney has specialized in interior design for hospitality environments at 4 to 5 star properties. Recently, for his client the Related Companies, Looney specified custom Axminster carpet from Brintons at Hilton West Palm Beach property. Looney says, “The reason we like to use it so often in our properties is from a construction, dura

One of the major challenges at the space center was creating hexagonal tiles in the lobby/holding area. In order to do this, specialists worked around the clock for 11 days straight.

Space Center Lobby Out of this World

The Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter, a multimedia presentation that features live appearances from astronauts who have launched, landed, lived and worked aboard the space shuttle and/or International Space Station, recently underwent a massive renovation and rebranding project. Until recently, the multi-room national treasure, which is housed in a 25-year-old building, featured a dated lobby and holding area, 300-seat theater, restroom facilities and hallways. The major challenge was in the form of hexagonal tiles in the lobby/holding area. Every tile and angle was cut down 0.75-in., and LED lighting strips were installed between them as a replacement for grout joint. In order to ac

The hospital has been pleased with the flooring’s benefits, which include ease of care, noise reduction in comparison to other flooring, and general appearance.

Form and Function Define Flooring

South Shore Hospital originally opened in 1922 as Weymouth Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass. Since then, the facility has expanded considerably,and now includes multiple specialist centers, a hospice center, a clinical research center and more, in addition to its main facility.