Niles Township High School – Skokie

School surfacing with rubber flooring Grain

An educational revolution has been taking place around the world, changing the way students approach core subjects resulting in higher academic achievement.

The goal is to improve the academic achievement of every student by advancing and integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and 21st century literacies.

Niles Township High School District 219 (D219) in Skokie, Illinois, has set a standard by building an environment specifically for STEM education. These labs received national attention, winning the National School Boards Association citation in its 2010 Exhibition of School Architecture awards.

District 219 hired Chicago-based Legat Architects to ensure that the look and feel of the STEM labs were modeled as closely as possible on professional laboratories, the designers chose our black Grain flooring. The black was nothing like the colors used in the rest of the school and the choice of rubber was for optimum maintenance and comfort underfoot. “These areas are heavily trafficked and prone to spills and scrapes,” says Jason Lembke of Legat Architects. “The floor is easy to clean, durable, and comfortable on the feet. It also reinforces the professional research aesthetic we wanted to create.”

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