Virginia Wesleyan University is a private institution located in Norfolk, VA. The school has made various improvements throughout their facilities over the last few years, but the dining area had been neglected for years. The idea of this design was to improve and help facilitate student traffic in this entire area. The design required meticulous attention to detail on the installation. There were 6 different products that were installed in an 8,000 square foot space, and these products were adjacent on curved angles throughout the entire area.
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
You've likely heard the saying that flooring always seems to be an 'emergency'. Although unequivocally different than an open-heart procedure, the urgency demanded on this project deemed it eerily similar. We were initially contacted in late April regarding a quote for this project, and were given a completion deadline of July 13. Six weeks does not sound like an unreasonable timeline for a project. However, we were not awarded this contract until the first week in June; and the specified material had a 6-week production time. We initially spoke to Hydro-Lazer about cutting the material because of the intricacy of the layout. Unfortunately, the aforementioned did not afford us the additional 10 days to have our material laser cut. Our Mannington representation was crucial in expediting the material production. The material arrived in early July and that is when our work began.
The demo of the existing flooring led us to a tile subfloor that was unaccounted for. This required approximately 300 bags of self leveler; this was poured over existing tile in one area, and poured over the crater like subfloor in the adjacent room. Additionally, high moisture content required a mitigation system prior to the leveling. Our technicians installed a combination of LVT, carpet tile and ceramic tile, totaling over 8,000 square ft. We were tasked with hand cutting this intricate layout, which involved around 600 linear feet of angled and curved cuts. Our team worked in synch and completed this job in 6 days, and delivered a result that will last for years to come.