THE QUALITIES OF RUBBER FLOORINGS IN HEALTHCARE DESIGN
From visual appeal to infection control, rubber surfaces feature at the forefront in the design phase of healthcare facilities
From a design point of view, a hospital is a complex unity made of multiple elements:
- Entrances and corridors are subjected to heavy foot traffic.
- Family rooms thrive on a soft, relaxed atmosphere.
- Specialist areas require strict and effective infection control.
- Patient rooms floors are prone to indentation.
Through all these different requirements, Artigo rubber floorings offer tested and valid solutions.
If you are looking for an igienic, resilient, good looking and easy-to-clean flooring for a hospital, artigo can be the answer!
According to Pat Bosch of Perkins+Will architects, resilience is guiding the design of healthcare facilities, particularly in regions vulnerable to extreme emergency events.
“Healthcare facilities need to maintain services during and after extreme events, and this drives priorities in a very different direction than before”.
Rubber floors have proved time and again to stand the test of time, even longer than expected.
Healthcare installations are especially cautious with infections control.
Cracks in the floors may facilitate bacteria growth.
Our rubber floorings will not crack, since they do not contain plasticizers. They are also inherently antibacterial and antimicrobial. A perfect choice for healthcare.
The smoother the surface, the better it is. Smooth surfaces restrict cracks and crevices and help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria through cross contamination.
Our surfaces are also non-porous, so harmful bacteria can’t find a home and grow.
One of the most important challenges that rubber floors face in the healthcare sector is certainly indentation, due to the constant pressure exercised by beds, furniture and medical equipment.
Our 2 mm-thick floorings have showed exceptional performance to indentation resistance.
Rubber floorings can easily be cleaned with professional products everyday as part of a hospital’s comprehensive infection control measures.
Artigo floorings are compliant to the most important environmental certifications both in Europe (Blue Angel in Germany, M1 in Finland) and America (Greenguard Gold).
Artigo floorings represent a real contribution to healthier environments in public buildings and qualify for LEED and BREEAM credits for green buildings.
A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE
“We are quickly transitioning from patient-centered to patient-driven care,” says Heather Chung of SmithGroupJJR. “Patients are changing what it means to be accessible and convenient and are shaping what healthcare providers deliver.
The healthcare market continues to reach further into communities and away from the traditional hospital for many front-line services.
Healthcare buildings used to be designed for more than 50-year life spans, but many of the smaller off-campus outpatient facilities are now looking at 20 years or less.
With their easy installation, our rubber floorings are the ideal solution for quick-changing times.
At the end of their life, rubber floorings resembles solid urban waste and are, hence, easy to dispose of.
HELPING THE HEALING
Kevin Turner of Perkins+Will studio states: “Clients tell me that their priorities are safety, durability, and maintenance. I agree with those priorities, but we have to do the extra work to hit high marks in those areas while also creating an environment in which patients are free to feel a sense of self-direction, empowerment, and that their recovery matters, because it does”.
It has been proven time and again that design is a crucial factor in a healthcare facility, promoting recovery and making for a considerable contribution to therapy.
The smooth feeling of rubber, with all the different textures and colors of our collections, provide designers with the perfect tools for creating a true healing environment.