Central Oregon campus seeks sustainability, stain resistance when outfitting new lab space.

Situated on the western edge of Bend, OR, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) sought to construct a new science center that upheld their sustainability goals. Offering spectacular views of the nearby Cascade Mountains, the college offers courses to residents of its 10,000-square-mile district. But before materials were chosen, chemical stain resistance, underfoot comfort and an attractive design had to be considered.

Chemicals No Match for this College Floor

The core components of the new 45,000-square-foot building are biology, chemistry and physical science labs, each color-coded to identify their affiliated department. This made it important for architects to find a floor covering with a color palette that complemented their colorful vision for the space. School officials also required a floor that could resist chemical spills and withstand frequent heavy rolling equipment and furniture in the labs. They turned to rubber flooring to meet these strict requirements – all while maintaining a sustainable campus design.

Chemicals No Match for this College Floor

“nora® flooring is … providing the stain resistance and durability students and staff require,” says Rick Hayes, project manager. The campus chose norament® grano to meet these design and performance challenges. And, the school took an important step toward securing its Earth Advantage Commercial certification, thanks in part to the sustainable properties of rubber floor coverings.

Chemicals No Match for this College Floor

View each color coded lab space in our complete project brief about Central Oregon Community College.