The benefits of floor covering go beyond performance to offer value through design.

Rubber flooring delivers a variety of performance benefits: simplified maintenance, sound absorption, enhanced comfort, slip resistance, and improved indoor air and sound quality. But the advantages don’t stop there. With a little imagination, the same floor covering can offer even greater value to all who use the space by facilitating learning, helping patients measure progress and guiding visitors through unfamiliar spaces. See how these schools, universities and hospitals have used floor covering as a unique tool for teaching, therapy and wayfinding within their facilities.

Reinforcing Learning

In some schools and universities, rubber flooring goes beyond meeting performance requirements to serve as a visual teaching aid and even inspire school spirit.

For administrators at the University of Colorado, durability, ease of maintenance and stain resistance were top of mind as they selected flooring for its renovated Ekely Sciences Building. They got all of that with noraplan® environcare, along with the opportunity to reinforce learning by inlaying brightly colored chemical molecules in the floors of the teaching labs.

Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia selected noraplan® mega and noraplan® environcare for the acoustic and stain-resistant properties the flooring would bring to their new Urban Science Center. They also took advantage of the design possibilities of the flooring and incorporated two laser-cut periodic tables into the floor of the chemistry labs – the perfect teaching tool, readily available to students for easy reference.


At Walton-Verona Elementary School, administrators relied on the broad portfolio of products and colors nora® offers to duplicate the design of the school’s logo in the lobby floor. The colorful floor addresses performance requirements for easy maintenance, underfoot comfort and improved ergonomics while underscoring and reinforcing school pride in every student.


Measuring Progress

In pediatric hospitals, rubber flooring facilitates rehabilitation by providing necessary slip resistance and ergonomic comfort. But flooring design also plays a therapeutic role in helping young patients as they recover their mobility.

At Children’s Hospital of Alabama, noraplan® sentica and noraplan® environcare bring slip resistance and comfort underfoot to the therapy experience, while the flooring’s colorful laser-cut designs delight children even as they help therapists work with children and measure their progress.

Children's of Alabama

In designing Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the goal was to create a modern icon and a hospital of choice, rather than just a hospital of necessity. noraplan® environcare supported the largest construction project in the country with acoustic, maintenance, stain resistance and ergonomic benefits to meet this goal. The floor’s subtle design incorporates bars to measure patient progress as they recuperate and begin to walk the halls.


By approaching design elements in equal measure with performance needs, flooring can be used to help visitors and patients navigate hospital corridors and other spaces. Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware prides itself on its family-centered approach to healthcare. Everything about the hospital’s 450,000-square-foot expansion has been selected with children and their families in minds – including the floor covering, which provides an important wayfinding tool. Color-coding gets patients and visitors where they need to be by defining distinct spaces throughout the hospital.


The design and arrangement possibilities of nora flooring complement its performance and provide an extra level of utility that serves all who use the space. Find out how these six facilities have taken advantage of nora flooring’s other important benefits.