Case Study Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea

Project Details
Project: Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea  
Segment: Education
Location: Columbus, IN 
DESIGNER / ARCHITECT: Dawn N. Ter Horst, Jim Funk and John Rigsbee, CSO Architects, Inc.
ARMSTRONG FLOORING: ColorArt Medintone Sheet
ColorArt  Medley Sheet

Built in the 1970’s, Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea had selected primarily carpet for its floors over the years. But changes in the district’s preferences had decision makers looking at hard surface flooring options for upcoming renovations.

At Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea, a dramatic, spiral, concrete kiva was the inspiration behind the circular floor pattern. “Bright colors radiate from a central location to create a way-finding tool to various wings in the school,” said project designer Dawn Ter Horst with CSO Architects in Indianapolis who specified Armstrong® COLORART MEDINTONE SHEET and COLORART MEDLEY SHEET sheet products for the elementary school.

“We worked closely with the school’s principal and facilities staff to select flooring that would create a fun atmosphere to enliven students,” said Ter Horst who selected, among other colors, a bright orange flooring to coordinate with school colors. Fortunately, Armstrong® sheet products come in a broad range of designs and colors including a newly expanded homogeneous collection. COLORART MEDINTONE SHEET which features Armstrong’s CONTINUUM™, a simple, organized tonal step system that unites hue, value and chroma. This expanded and flexible range of color options offers fast and easy color selection. “A number of industrial elements were orignal to the school including concrete and open and exposed ceilings. The bright colors help to update the school, but are not so trendy that they’ll go out of style,” said Ter Horst.

In addition to design, Ter Horst was also trying to meet her client’s requirements for a long lasting floor. “Decision makers wanted a floor that was durable and low maintenance,” said Ter Horst, who urged her clients to consider Armstrong sheet products after they expressed interest in an alternative to VCT. “After seeing several examples of Armstrong sheet products installed in other facilities and how well it wore over the years even under high foot traffic, we felt it was the best choice for Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea,” said Ter Horst. Armstrong sheet products like COLORART MEDINTONE SHEET and COLORART MEDLEY SHEET offer proven performance thanks to a UV-cured urethane coating which protects the floor’s appearance and improves resistance to scuff marks. Armstrong sheet flooring also stands up to strong cleaning agents and aggressive cleaning methods for longer service life.

“Decision makers were so pleased with the flooring at Columbus Signature Academy at Fodrea they requested Armstrong for other school projects in the district,” said Ter Horst.

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