Due to both the environmental impact and lifelong maintenance costs of certain types of resilient flooring, the use of flooring requiring continued “waxing” and other labor and material intensive maintenance, the use of these types of flooring (VCT or other similar products) is not allowed without approval of the project manager Chief Facilities Officer.
Neutral colors are preferred. Avoid specifying novel or unique materials. Specify that the contractor is to be responsible for the initial cleaning of any flooring product and responsible for its protection until final completion and acceptance of the facility.
Specify an amount of attic stock to be turned over to the Owner at the end of the project. Consult the Project Manager for an appropriate amount of attic stock on a particular project.
In the selection of patterns and colors for this type of flooring, the designer shall take into account that program requirements in the facility often necessitate the relocation of partitions. Flooring material must be uniform throughout spaces that are subject to relocation of partitions.
The use of vinyl laminate, marmoleum (MCT), terrazzo and other low maintenance flooring, with a focus on the life cycle environment impact, must be used.
“Wet” laboratories shall be finished with heavy duty, chemically resistant, impermeable, slip resistant seamless flooring with integral base. Tiles and wooden planks are not acceptable in these areas.
Rooms called laboratories that do not use chemicals, radiation, genetic materials or biological materials may use other appropriate flooring materials. Examples of these rooms would be Speech Labs, Computer Labs, Language Labs, etc.
Floors in storage areas for corrosive liquids shall be of liquid tight construction.
05/01/2013 Section 09 60 00 Revised flooring requirements.