Lexington’s new state-of-the-art high school opened in August 2017. The facilities currently have approximately 900 students enrolled and aim to eventually double that number, which is a tall order reflected in the planning of the building. The design of the school is set for 21-century teaching methods, collaboration and technology use which were all integrated in the educational structure.
They added off-campus visits and community service to their students’ curriculum and created smaller learning communities to focus on relevant topics for each student. All the furniture is mobile so classrooms can be adapted and transformed to better serve the academic subject and the students. Thanks to modern technology such as LED and solar lighting along with a geothermal heat pump, the high school offers an environmentally friendly building.
The school installed 72,925 square feet of Harmoni in their new facility. Harmoni provides the flooring attributes needed in this dynamic environment as it has durability, noise reduction qualities and high rolling load resistance. The Harmoni color pallete gives designers a wide range of options to create a vibrant academic setting. The school also strives for a more sustainable footprint, a noble goal our products can help to achieve.
St David Catholic School in Sudbury Ontario has installed our Harmoni flooring in the hallways and classrooms. The sound absorption properties of our product improves the acoustics, reducing the amount of noise that can create discomfort in narrow areas such as the hallways. Our vast color palette, especially in Harmoni, allowed the designers to create wayfinding paths and indications as to how the space can be use.
OISE is the Ontario institute for Studies in Education. It is located in downtown Toronto, as part of the University of Toronto. During renovations in 2015, they installed a mix of Harmoni and Uni in their 8th floor space.
Mondo flooring was a great choice for the brightly light offices and the color options allowed the designers ample choice. OISE has been a leader in graduate programs for over a century and with the recent renovations, our flooring will stand the time with the renowned institution.
Architects: Gow Hastings
“For residents and tourists in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, one of the most entertaining locations in town is Ontario Place.”
On a 93-acre, lakefront park in the city’s downtown core, people of all ages can enjoy everything from a water slides to restaurants. The jewel of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX® cinema. In honor of the park’s 40th anniversary in 2011, the unique, silver-domed Cinesphere received a complete renovation, adding Mondo’s Harmoni flooring throughout the complex.
Redesigning the theatre opened an opportunity to take all the seats out and replace the aging carpet with Mondo Harmoni rubber flooring. “Having the addition of the Mondo product was a positive move for a number of reasons,” says Mukhlis Mutlag, project manager, maintenance and construction for Ontario Place. “In addition to the ease of maintenance and slip resistance, the Mondo floor is also healthier with the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. We installed Mondo in all the high traffic areas, and it worked out very well.”
Architects Valerie Gow and Philip Hastings met with Mondo representatives and looked at the Harmoni product. The team chose Harmoni flooring for its design and its durability. “The Cinesphere had not been renovated since its original opening, so any new product that was installed would have to last for a long time,” says Philip Hastings. The Harmoni was a good match to coordinate other aspects of the project. “The charcoal base color offsets small flecks of black, a graphite grey and creamy white,” says Gow. “We were able to pull those colors into the designs throughout the theatre. The warm, charcoal color also serves as a neutral base for the bright red and black seats in the theatre, and robins egg blue on the front of the concession area. Even though it was custom designed by Mondo, we were able to meet our budget, which was very important.”
Architects: Valerie Gow and Philip Hastings
“Rubber also works to absorb sound and it is a major ergonomic factor as clients and staff are standing a lot.”
With all government offices, cost and product durability must be considered for every component installed, especially flooring. In the case of four Southern Ontario offices, Mondo Harmoni met Public Works and Government Services Canada’s (PWGSC) criteria for resilient flooring. With 8,000 square feet of multi-use office space, the latest project for a government office in St. Catharines, Ontario is a flagship for many of its kind yet to come.
“Our client chose Mondo Harmoni’s sustainable flooring for its life cycle cost/value,” says Brent Fader, sales manager for Darwin Fisher Flooring, supplier for this project. “The 10-year warranty is also beneficial as the area will have to withstand a high traffic volume.” Quality and easy cleaning were other factors in Public Works and Government Service Canada’s decision to use Mondo Harmoni.
“This office can serve approximately 2,000 clients per week, including wheelchairs and other mobility devices,” says Fader. “Between this and the weather factors, it was important that we install a floor that could stand up to a lot of abuse.” Beyond the obvious quality in Mondo Harmoni flooring, it had to work with the inspirational concept created by the PWGSC in-house design department. PWGSC’s designer Alfredo Cimini incorporated a 10-foot red circle in Harmoni’s Cognac color that creates the center of the public area and serves as the reception point when clients come in. From there, a series of gold saber swashes, done in Harmoni Champagne, lead clients to designated areas of the office.
“The main reason PWGSC switched from linoleum to rubber in this case is the traffic volume,” says Fader. “Rubber also works to absorb sound and it is a major ergonomic factor as clients and staff are standing a lot.” He adds Harmoni rubber flooring was selected as it never has to be waxed. “Paraffins are inherent in this material, and the more the rubber ages, the more the paraffins release. From a maintenance perspective, the cleaning cost is much less than other floor coverings over a short period of time.” Some other flooring products need to be stripped, polished and sealed at least once a year, sometimes twice in high traffic zones as recommended by the major flooring manufacturers.
Mondo passed the test:
As soon as construction was completed, there was a hole created by accident in the roof during a heavy rainstorm late on a Friday night. When the design team was called in on Monday, there was about two inches of water on the floor but no other damage. The carpeting in the back area of the office had to be replaced, but the rubber floor was fine. The staff simply mopped the water up and everyone carried on with their day.
Designed by Public Works and Government Services Canada
“Mondo flooring was one that we certainly believed would have a significant impact on the construction and the comfort of the occupants”
Nestled beside an active creek in Sudbury in Ontario, Canada, is École St. Denis, a state-of-the-art, environmentally focused elementary school. Completed in January 2012, it is the first of three schools in the Catholic District School Board of New Ontario (Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel – Ontario) to have Mondo flooring installed throughout the entire building. Harmoni’s color options and comfort level aided in creating an aesthetically pleasing environment that would benefit teachers and students alike. “Our decision to install Mondo flooring throughout the entire school is a first of this type in Ontario,” says Régent Dupuis, manager of maintenance services and manager of capital projects for the Sudbury Catholic School Board. “Other installations have had Mondo included in individual rooms or areas, but not the entire facility.”
Yallowega Bélanger Architecture have been working with the Catholic District School Board since 1991, and are currently focusing a lot of their work around green initiatives. They wanted to create a project that would be significantly recognized for the environmental impact the school has on its neighborhood, the city and the community at large. To do so, they paid close attention to the materials used for the project. Mondo flooring was one that would have both a significantly positive impact on the occupants and the environment. On top of increasing underfoot comfort, our rubber flooring has additional sound absorption properties. The antibacterial and antimicrobial components of this flooring are also an important feature, especially when children are involved. Mondo’s Harmoni was installed in the school’s corridors, classrooms, bathrooms, changing rooms and office areas.
“We wanted to stay away from the more common type of finished floor that is being used in Ontario, which is polished concrete,” says Dupuis. “It is a very hard surface and the finish was not to our satisfaction. This type of flooring is also subject to a curing process, and can be defective once installed.” The architects used colors as a way to differentiate the different levels in an obvious way. The main floor is green while the middle level is red and so on. The color options offered by Mondo were another important factor in deciding to purchase our product.
Architects: Yallowega Bélanger Architecture
“Mondo Harmoni 3mm flooring was installed. Its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties are not only beneficial on a health level but the attractive colors made for eye-catching designs as well.”
The Sudbury Catholic District School Board celebrated the grand opening of the Junior Kindergarten to grade six at the Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School in September 2012. Students, faculty and community members were pleased to see the state-of-the-art technology, eco-conscious design and equipment, vivid colors and a solar collection system that was incorporated on the roof of the new school. “With the modern technology and architecture, the Holy Cross Elementary School embodies the latest ideology for schools of the 21st Century,” says Denis Faucher, manager of facility services.
From the moment people walk through the front doors of the Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, they know they are in a special place. “The main foyer is designed with an open atrium. And from the start, this has created a sense of pride and ownership for everyone,” says Faucher. “The foyer will act as the hub of all central activities and the numerous windows allow a perfect view into the adjacent lower gymnasium.” Wheelchair accessibility was also incorporated to all areas of the school.
In order to maintain a sanitary environment for the young students, Mondo Harmoni 3mm flooring was installed. Its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties are not only beneficial on a health level but the attractive colors made for eye-catching designs as well. Color cueing and large patterns were created to facilitate directions. From a budget stand point, the Mondo floor is low maintenance and it is environmentally friendly since there is no need for harsh chemicals in the cleaning process. This product is also eventually recyclable.”
Yallowega Béllanger Architecture
“In a well conceived environment, blood pressure can be reduced, anxiety and pain diminished”
Directed by a qualified medical staff, the CHUQ Children’s Hospital concentrates its activities on neonatology, pediatrics and specialized obstetrics, including services such as tertiary level gynecology obstetric. A University hospital, it offers superior training in several medical and professional disciplines to internal residents as well as others from several universities. Furthermore, the CHUQ Children’s Hospital is internationally renowned for its research activities.
The facility added a new emergency unit for pediatric and adults, and a two-floor interior parking. This project represented a total hospital surface of 25 000 sq. ft. plus 15 000 sq. ft. of parking space. Because of its innovative aspects, this project was subject to intensive research and consultation of renowned experts including visits to hospital installations in Paris, Lille, Halifax, Boston and Toronto. From the beginning, the architectural designer team established the criteria for a Healing Design with lots of colors, equipment, furniture and lighting. Their aim was to improve the entrance and the corridors, the emergency unit, the pediatric, obstetric and neonatology areas.
The Senior Designer, France Laberge (Architect), made sure the therapeutic aspects of the architecture were deliberately though out. She considered the quality of the environment’s impact on the health over the general image of the hospital. The architectural design of the establishment was developed through colors, furniture, windows, and comfort as part of a patient’s recovery.
The healing process influenced all the architectural choices, starting with the arrival of the patient prior to entering the hospital. The sometimes-daring choices helped promote a sense of control and respect for the patient’s intimacy and care, with social support, staying in touch with nature and positive distractions like zoo therapy. Many times, the floor covering and furniture have tangible positive effects on noise control, music, way finding, access to natural light, outdoor views, nature’s presence and the intimacy concept.
Architects: Belanger Beauchemin Gilbert St. Pierre Architects
“We believe this facility will accelerate the U.S. leadership in rehabilitative treatment, and provide the best possible care for the men and women of our armed services” – Philip Tobey, Senior Vice-President, SmithGroup
The aptly named “Center for the Intrepid”, inaugurated in January 2007, is a striking four-story 65,000 square-foot facility adjacent to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. It was designed to be a supportive and healing environment in which to provide military patients and veterans with severe extremity injuries, amputations and burns the best opportunity to regain their pre-injury abilities.
As a prototype for similar military and civilian centers of excellence worldwide, the center supports innovation and technological advances in military medicine. Vertical, three story, glazed openings penetrate the façade and provide a sense of transparency as they bring light into the interior. A single, horizontal glass band wraps the entire ellipse at the fourth floor, allowing the roof to “float.” Most of the patient activities intentionally take place along the outer edge of the building. The generous use of glass affords patients, who often spend the entire day in rehabilitation, plenty of natural daylight and views to the outside.
The choice of flooring material and color for the rehabilitation center and the Gait Lab was important to enhance the architecture without visually distracting the patient in any way. Ease of maintenance was also critical. The floors had to provide the proper impact resistance required for amputee rehabilitation. SmithGroup, the firm behind this project, was grateful for Mondo’s technical assistance throughout the flooring installation, contributing to this facility’s ability to bring the highest level of care to the wounded as they work to regain capability and mobility.
Architecture and design by the SmithGroup