July 01, 2003 |

Education station

To prepare for increased enrollment in the next five years, Hamilton, Ohio's McMaster University built a new e-commerce wing in its Michael G. DeGroote School of Business. For flooring, the school selected the slip-resistant Impressionist II in the color Piazza, which matched the school colors of maroon and gray, and was flexible enough to wrap around the many curved surfaces and stairs in the rooms. The product is resilient and minimizes noise.


Reader Service No. 304

Simplicity returns to flooring

Textured carpet offers the ribbed look with a grainy texture and can be mixed and matched for design flexibility. The Simply collection was created with 18 designs within six families to allow designers to coordinate patterns, scales, and colors, while returning to a more "simple" look.


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Spanning the ocean

Tampa's International Airport newly constructed Airside E, a 14-gate facility for Delta Airlines and Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, combines carpet and 21,000 sq. ft. of porcelain stone tile to create a "shimmering effect of the ocean," says Tampa interior designer Kelly Taaffe. The combination of carpet and polished and unpolished tile produced a 3-D effect of a bridge over water. The unpolished Cross-Colors tiles and the polished Gentry Gold tile created the desired effect.


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Operation safety

Slip-retardant flooring created for hospital operating rooms works by incorporating a ceramic technology into the PUR-reinforced wear layer of the floor. This minimizes the need for wet cleaning methods and eliminates the need for polishing and waxing the floor. In addition, Safe-T Sheet flooring is stain-resistant to blood, Betadine, and other staining elements and is resistant to indentation from gurneys, dropped equipment, or dragged furniture.

Domco Tarkett.

Reader Service No. 302

Caution: Wet floor

Londura, with its ability to remain slip-free even in the presence of dampness and corrosive chemicals, led Rehab Hospital in New Albany, Ind., to choose the anti-microbial, smooth sheet-vinyl flooring for its hydrotherapy room. Londura made the therapy room more sanitary and easier to clean, says David Reynolds, manager of facilities and purchasing for the hospital. The flooring is designed for anti-slip areas in schools, fitness centers, and hospitals.


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Recycled and Reused

Carpet collection features a minimum of 75% post-industrial recycled content nylon. The Encore Collection is solution-dyed and uses type 6.6 nylon fiber system. The carpet features 100% recycled ER3 backing.


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Contaminant-free flooring

Rubber flooring offers resistance to oil and grease in a smooth, nonglare surface. The product is intended for buildings that are subject to oil and grease contamination, including shops, production areas, and assembly rooms. Flooring is PVC- and chlorine-free and offers extraordinary wear-resistance demanded by high-performance applications.

Nora Rubber Flooring.

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Overlay Init