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Properties Magazine July 2019 Check out the full publication here

Access floors offer flexibility, clean appearance at new health education campus

Designers agreed that using raised access floor was the best approach to future proof the Samson Pavilion Health Education building against the ever-changing technology in the medical field.  Access flooring was selected as their means to distribute power and low voltage utilities to the students and staff while offering unlimited flexibility for future configurations of the classrooms and offices.  Underfloor utility distribution allowed the building to remain open and light, with enhanced daylighting opportunities.

Access Floor Specialists, the Cleveland Tate Access Floor Dealer, provided over a quarter million square feet in all the classroom and office spaces within the building.  To put this in perspective 30 full semi-truckloads of material were brought to Cleveland for this project.  Union carpenters and laborers were employed for nearly 14,700 hours to accomplish this installation.  To satisfy the different uses in the building access floors were installed at finished floor heights of 6”, 12” and 36”.

While the majority of the access floor panels were covered with a modular carpet tile to further promote the flexibility the access floor provides for moves, adds and changes, several specialized areas required unique access floor finishes.  Over 50,000 square feet of access floor was installed in the learning community classrooms needed to replicate clinical settings. Tate Access Floors had the answer with their Nora rubber faced panels with a medical setting grade ABS edge banding.  To eliminate the appearance of seams associated with an access floor grid, Tate produced their panels with a monolithic edge to eliminate the appearance of seams. Access Floor Specialists, Tate Access Floors and Messina Floor Covering coordinated with the vendors to insure the Nora rubber selected for the access floor and other areas of the building were produced from the same dye lots.

The rubber faced access floor panels were carried throughout the learning spaces including the Academic Center for Flight Nursing simulators.  Due to the life size simulation units, the access floor was installed at 3 feet to accommodate the hydraulics used in these classrooms. 

Kitchenette and break rooms located on the upper floors of the building were outfitted with a porcelain tile which is now available as a factory applied finish.  Server rooms, electrical rooms and IDF rooms were supplied with a static dissipative high pressure laminate finish to provide the right surface for the room function.

Is it an optical illusion? Several visitors of the Samson Pavilion Health Education Campus commented that it looks like the glass walls “just disappear into the carpet”.  They are correct! The glass disappears into the carpet tile without any of the typical storefront base tracks.  It really isn’t an optical illusion, just the result of great design vision and excellent craftmanship.  Access Floor Specialists partnered with American Interiors and DIRTT modular wall systems during design assist to create a custom pedestal configuration that would allow for the DIRTT base track to and structural wall columns reside below the carpet line with the access floor butted tight to the DIRTT base.  The result is a seamless appearance of the flooring finish and high end modular wall and glass panels.


Properties Magazine June 2016 Making the dream a reality - The College dedicated the Mandel Humanities Center in September 2015 and opened it for classes four months later. Faculty, students and the community began gathering at the Center in January for classes, seminars, lectures and special events designed to foster civic engagement. Upon entering the renovated building, visitors found a technology-rich environment and innovative spaces that encourage collaborative learning, reflection and ideation. "We had a very aggressive project schedule for an entirely new program to the community college environment," says Jason Nolde, partner for Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc. (RF + PA). "Our team was able to complete a quick design turnaround from concept to construction documents in order to get the space open for January classes. Despite the aggressive design and construction schedules, the accepted bid was below the project budget." "The most challenging part of the project was procuring all of the high-end and long lead-time finish materials to meet the condensed and aggressive schedule." says Jeff Young, project manager with Infinity Construction, Inc. The Humanities Center opened with a pilot class of 24 Mandel Scholars who met specific requirements such as a 3.0 GPA in their college coursework and recommendations from Tri-C faculty and community leaders. The Scholars embarked on an educational journey into the humanities that included guest speakers, a study of Cleveland's history and field trips to places like the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. As a class project, the students partnered with the City Club of Cleveland the present a community forum at the Humanities Center in the Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre. The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, headlined the May event. A new class of 200 Mandel Scholars will be selected in the fall to carry on the Center's missions and build more leaders for the region's future.