Campus flooring helps prevent damage caused by extreme winter weather.
Steeped in history, Syracuse University educates nearly 21,000 students each year. With 70 percent of students living in the school’s 22 residence halls, the team overseeing housing had their work cut out for them when tasked with finding the right flooring to cover student living spaces. The campus’s Syracuse, NY, location required flooring that could stand up to the rigors of brutal winters – including snow and salt tracked inside during winter months.
“Our biggest challenge is the winters and dealing with the snow and salt, keeping the salt down outside, but minimizing the trailing effect inside,” says Robert J. Spagnoletti, manager of maintenance.
Officials chose norament® grano and norament® serra to outfit dorm entrance areas, corridors, common spaces and stairwells with a durable, safe flooring that will last for decades. Stairwells in dorms offer enhanced safety and aesthetic appeal with nora all-in-one stair treads.
“The versatility of nora® lends itself to many different spaces, and it performs in all of them, functionally and aesthetically,” says Spagnoletti. In fact, the flooring has performed so efficiently that the maintenance team is using spare tiles of nora as walk-off pads for elevators during the winter.
Ease of maintenance also played a key role in the selection of rubber flooring. “We found a good product that we don’t have to wax and strip,” says Spagnoletti. Since its installation, the nonporous rubber flooring has proven it can stand up to the maintenance team’s toughest obstacle – weather conditions. Significant time and cost savings are realized with a cleaning regimen that eliminates wax and coatings. And the floor’s durable surface stands up to heavy 24/7 use, making it a smart long-term investment.
To view the final outcome, check out the Syracuse project profile.