Collaborative academy turns to adaptable building materials.

The first early college high school in Texas, Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy is built as a free-standing facility and needed a flooring just as flexible as it’s building plan. Housed on district property and dedicated to the early college high school concept, the school is designed to target first generation college students with up to 60 transferable college credit hours and guide them in their decisions about college and career.

The 111,000-square-foot multi-use facility features an open floor plan void of conventional boundaries, requiring a single floor covering that adapts to the performance needs of various spaces – while at the same time offering the acoustical benefits critical to large open spaces.

Kathlyn Joy Hallway

“The floor delivers critical sound absorption and low maintenance properties,” says Gayle Smith, Principal, Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy.

Kathlyn Joy Classroom

When designing the space, both the architect and school administrators took into account the importance of good acoustics, leading them to nora® flooring and noraplan environcare™. In addition to absorbing sound in the building’s large, informal meeting spaces, the floor provides an attractive aesthetic that unifies these spaces with classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls, corridors and dining areas in a pattern that hides dirt and protects against heavy foot traffic. School officials also appreciate the fact that the floor requires no waxing, stripping or buffing, lowering both the cost and time associated with routine maintenance.

Kathlyn Joy Cafeteria

Additionally, the floor joined a number of sustainable features and products, including daylighting, low-VOC paint, geothermal and recycled materials, to help the school secure certification by the Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools (TX-CHPS), the nation’s first green building rating program especially designed for K-12 schools.

Learn more about the benefits of flexible flooring for your education facility in the complete project profile.