Durable, versatile building materials help sustain Michigan Tech’s reputation for excellence.
A campus rich in tradition needs buildings that pay homage to heritage. So when it came time to renovate Michigan Technical University’s archaeology and social sciences buildings, officials were tasked with maintaining the school’s commitment to sustainability while still embodying the natural, historic look of the campus. The unique range of design and performance features offered by nora® floor coverings helped the university maintain that goal.
Michigan Tech is a technological research university located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that offers more than 120 degree programs to its approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1885, the institution is steeped in tradition and a reputation for academic excellence.
For nearly 50 years, rubber flooring was used in existing wings of the archaeology and social sciences building. When it came time to renovate the space, building officials sought to emulate the same look of the existing rubber flooring. Michigan Tech chose noraplan® degree to complement the other natural finishes and rustic oak woodwork in the building.
The durable, no-wax flooring also fits in with the university’s sustainability initiatives, offering long-term performance and low maintenance that keeps costs down and provides a healthy learning space for students to thrive. “We think this floor will be around for another 50 years, just like the previous rubber floor,” says Jim Schultz, facilities engineer, Michigan Tech.
View the final outcome at the complete Michigan Tech project brief.