nora systems Inc. flooring installed at the University of Colorado—Ekeley Sciences Building.
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John T. Tate Hall now houses the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Earth Sciences; it
includes 29 teaching labs, 26 research labs, state-of-the-art classrooms and a rooftop space for stargazing.
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Laboratories are highly controlled facilities that rely on both technology and performance attributes of the built environment to keep researchers safe and compliant.
Hazards such as biocontamination, electrostatic discharges
and exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are just
a few of the challenges that designers may face when they are
specifying products in controlled spaces.
Failure to comply with safety and regulatory guidelines
can cause delays in research, resulting in unplanned expenses,
project extensions and potential loss of funding. Today, laboratory design is focused on cutting costs through flexible and
multipurpose spaces, as well as extending the facility’s lifespan
through the use of sustainable materials.
Products specified for a laboratory facility must fulfill a
multitude of performance requirements, while satisfying nu-
merous challenges to mitigate risk and minimize downtime.
The properties of rubber flooring make it an ideal solution
for laboratory design.
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The face of education is changing—how students learn, how instructors teach and how universities innovate. With
the focus on collaboration and communication driving changes in educational
facilities, many institutions are embarking
on major renovations to modernize their
buildings while tailoring them to better suit
scholars’ needs. Designing the best learning environment possible while providing
flexibility for future changes in technology
or classroom configuration needs is a huge
challenge in and of itself; combine that with
large-scale renovations within an historic
building in the heart of a college campus, and you have John T. Tate Hall at the
University of Minnesota.
With students and faculty spread out
across multiple building on campus, the uni-
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INSTALLING 21ST CENTURY SYSTEMS IN AN HISTORIC BUILDING
FLOORING SELECTION PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE
A bottom-up approach to laboratory design