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Community Learning Center & Elementary School

The new construction of this inner city elementary school (K-5) and Community Learning Center was an opportunity for it to continue to serve as a source of stability and support to this Northern Ohio neighborhood.

"There was great potential in this project to incorporate locally-funded and community-funded initiatives above the base Ohio School Facilities Program of Requirements," said John T. Wheeler, AIA, LEED BD+C of Braun and Steidl Architects, Inc.

Situated on a small triangular site, the architects took care to arrange the building layout with internal spaces designated for both elementary and Community Learning Center usage. Designed to accommodate 435 students, a two-story classroom wing provides separation from the community oriented spaces used after school hours. Larger public restrooms, a media center, art and music rooms and multipurpose classrooms orientated to the main entrance, allow for mutual use of a variety of spaces.

For the flooring, the building owners were interested in a beautiful and clean looking floor that would allow for color and a unique design to be incorporated into each space. A low VOC product, with a long life was also desired by both the owner and architects.

"Johnsonite's Prima Marbleized Rubber Floor tiles were chosen for their durability and ease of maintenance. Initial premium cost of the product is offset by its life cycle costs," said Wheeler. "Rubber sustainability and low VOC installation also contributed to its selection."

Johnsonite's custom capabilities allowed the designers to select their own colors to meet the owner's desire for a unique design, throughout the facilities classrooms, gymnasium and corridors. The result is 41,000 Sq. Ft. of Prima Marbleized Rubber Floor tiles in bright primary colors, accented with Johnsonite Traditional Wall Base, and Raised Square treads and risers. One design highlight, a large compass rose, incorporates multiple tile colors in the central hallway on the ground floor.

"Rubber's accurate and true cut manufacturing process allowed the installer to provide a good installation. The flooring will also allow the facility to eliminate the maintenance of waxing and stripping," adds Wheeler.

Project Facts

Country: USA

City: Akron, Ohio

Type of Project: New Construction of School

Installation Period: 2009-2010

Architect: Braun and Steidl Architects, Inc.

Service Provider: Patella Carpet and Tile

General Contractor: Town Center Construction

Total Flooring Surface Installed: 41,000 Square Feet

Products Installed: Prima Olio Marbleized Tiles, Traditional Wall Base, Rubber Stair Treads and Risers