A state-of-the art laboratory requires materials that are also cutting edge. So it only makes sense that Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality Laboratory is equipped with a stain-resistant, resilient floor that can keep up with the rigors of lab use. When the space – along with Oregon’s Public Health Laboratory – outgrew their shared home of 31 years, significant upgrades were made.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Laboratory for the State of Oregon performs thousands of analyses each month on air, water and land samples as it supports efforts to protect and enhance Oregon’s environmental quality. The state’s Public Health Laboratory (PHL) conducts close to 11 million tests annually and regulates approximately 2,000 laboratories as it supports state and local infectious disease control efforts, works to detect metabolic disorders present in newborns and assures the quality of testing in clinical and environmental laboratories.
After a series of stringent tests, DEQ officials found that nora flooring met their requirements for the laboratories, corridors and common areas of their new facility. “We ran [the sample tiles] through a pretty good test before we agreed to put the floor in the lab,” says Dan Hickman, Technical Service Manager at the Department of Environmental Quality.
A variety of noraplan® products met the DEQ building owner’s goal of obtaining sustainable products that deliver comfort, stain resistance and an efficient maintenance routine. The floor coverings provide both the DEQ and PHL labs with outstanding stain resistance and maintenance savings over an extended life cycle. Additionally, they offer durability necessary for the high level of activity and enhanced underfoot comfort that helps ensure the quality of the work performed there.
To learn more, read our project brief about the Department of Environmental Quality.