Rubber Flooring for the Us Marines
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton is a new four story medical treatment facility located in California. It was completed in October 2013 and opened to patients in December. It’s a $394 million replacement project, that provides emergency, primary, intensive and specialty care. The hospital was designed and constructed to comply with California’s seismic safety standards and it showcases numerous innovative sustainable features in order to achieve LEED Gold certification (earned during 2014). Walking in, the stylish décor with muted aqua and sienna tones looks like a luxury hotel lobby. Research has shown that the calming design and abundance of natural light, including a palm-filled atrium and fourth-floor Zen garden, is conducive to healing. The design goal was to create a world-class, landmark facility overlooking the Pacific Ocean that would reflect the values of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps while accommodating the latest in evidence based design best practices in healthcare services. Sustainable design features include green roofs, healing gardens, and an atrium open to the sky. All five Innovation in Design credits of the LEED system were achieved by using more than 20 percent recycled content, reducing water usage, restoring vegetative areas that are more than twice the footprint of the building, and implementing a campus-wide education program that highlights the hospital’s sustainability. In this cutting-edge concept, the quality of ARTIGO flooring would not go amiss and HKS Architects chose the Grain rubber flooring. Grain meets the requirements of the AgBB in German protocol, the Blue Angel, and the GREENGUARD Gold Certification that includes safety factors to account for sensitive individuals and, in addition to limiting emissions of over 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, products must also comply with requirements of the California Section 01350 ensuring maximum safety for users of the premises in which it is installed. The designers choose Grain because of its resiliency and performance where boots would be walking on floors almost 100% of the time and the low maintenance attributes rubber flooring provides. They wanted something that could withstand heavy traffic and at the same time be low maintenance. This was a sustainable project and rubber fit that bill from an environment side of things also. Artigo rubber of course!