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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Huntsman Hall Will Floor You After We Floor it
By Ken Snyder
Today I’m going to fill you in on the ground floor.
(This is different than getting you in on the ground floor.)
Actually, I’ll do better than that because I’m going
to fill you in on all the flooring in Huntsman Hall.
Deciding what kind of floor to put in a new building
is more than just a detail. You could have the nicest building on the block but
if the floors are worn, scuffed and breaking up it’s going to prematurely age
your fancy facility.
That’s why much of the flooring in the new building
will be made of terrazzo. Have you ever heard of terrazzo? It sounds like the
name of a faraway planet, doesn’t it. It’s not like granite that you can chip
off a boulder, it’s a composite made up of marble, quartz, granite and glass.
If you’ve got a building that’s going to get a lot
of traffic and you want a floor in that facility that lasts a very long time,
terrazzo is what you should get. It’s what they often use in airports.
The floor in this artist rendering of Huntsman Hall is terrazo.
It’s not a new flooring which is why we know it
lasts so long and how we know that it is easy to maintain. The main floor of
the George S. Eccles Business Building is terrazzo and it’s the original
flooring that was there when the building first opened 44 years ago. When you
walk the halls of the main floor of our business building you are cruising the
same floors that Dean Douglas D. Anderson walked on in the 1970s when he was a
student here. Some people probably practiced their disco spin moves on that
very floor. (You probably don’t know what a disco spin move is, do you? That’s
how old the floors are.)
The terrazzo we will be using in Huntsman Hall will
be a different color than what is in the business building but it will be the
same kind of flooring. In Huntsman Hall the stairwells will be terrazzo, the
main areas of the ground floor, the hallways on the second floor, the food
court, and other parts of the building will feature terrazzo.
We will have carpet in the wing that will host our
centers, in the dean’s office area and in all of our classrooms. Much of the
first floor or the basement floor will feature a kind of porcelain that looks
like stone. There will even be some areas with wood flooring.
We are going for the “wow factor” and choosing the
right kind of flooring is a foundational part of capturing that impressive and
professional look our new building must have. So when the building opens and
you have taken in everything else, take a few minutes to get grounded and look
at the floor beneath your feet. Then you can boast that you have stood on
terrazzo and discovered the “wow” factor.