Selecting floor coverings for education facilities can be a difficult decision, due to the various demands placed on them and the multiple options available. Just as important in the decision-making process are the maintenance requirements of the chosen floor covering, especially when cleaning costs can account for as much as 80 to 90 percent of the cost of a floor over the lifetime of the product.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored 12 North American schools as part of its 2016 Education Facility Design Awards. The winners have the latest design concepts tailored specifically for students, from early to higher education, and professional development facilities.
Natural lighting, 1200 solar panels, and the use of sustainable materials are some of the design features of a new school in Farmington, Utah. Located in Davis School District, Odyssey Elementary School was also designed to obtain Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Masonry may be one of the oldest construction methods, but it maintains its viability in the modern world, offering durability combined with low maintenance needs. Various building types use masonry as their primary method of construction, and even for those that do not, the serviceability of Division 04 materials makes it a popular choice for areas such as stair and elevator shafts and foundations.
Over the years, architects have employed a variety of wall assembly design strategies to meet sound transmission class (STC) rating requirements on projects. Some of these methods have often been either excessively expensive or complicated to install properly. Fortunately, today’s gypsum board manufacturers have developed a more practical solution with new laminated noise-reducing gypsum boards specifically designed for optimal sound attenuation and simpler installations.