If sheer traffic is any indication of success, McMaster University met their sustainability goals by leaps and bounds. “Thousands of students walk up and down those staircases every day – and it still looks fantastic,” says Craig MacDonald, director, maintenance & facility services. Home to approximately 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Ontario-based university sought out a way to keep campus facilities intact for years to come. And with more than 50 buildings on campus, the task was not taken lightly.
After testing nora® in a heavily trafficked stairwell that was previously covered in VCT, McMaster began utilizing rubber flooring in as many areas as possible around campus. The benefits of nora exceeded their goals, providing more than just a durable solution for their campus-wide facilities. As is the case with many educational settings, sound attenuating properties were key – particularly in the university’s three largest libraries. Additionally, the versatility of nora flooring allowed for use in a wide variety of areas across campus. And without the need for wax-cleaning, the university substantially reduces custodial costs.
After their initial test-run with nora, McMaster has used nora in as many areas as possible around campus, including their student health services area, three libraries and laboratory renovations. “We love the versatility of the product – you can put it into a research facility, a wet lab where chemicals are present, a library, a cafeteria, an elevator or in an office,” says MacDonald. “It’s environmentally friendly, easy to care for, sustainable and it provides good slip resistance.”
To learn more, read our project brief about McMaster University.