A renovation at Thompson Rivers University needed flooring that could endure the stress of consistent foot traffic and install quickly and efficiently.
Established in 1970 on traditional Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, Canada has dedicated its efforts to empowering their student body to achieve academic excellence in a diverse, inclusive environment. The Kamloops, BC campus offers both hands-on and digital learning options as well as individualized student services designed to complement its 200 available study programs.
The university’s Old Main building, housing multiple classrooms and faculty offices, scheduled a multi-million dollar renovation to begin in 2018. This project centered on optimizing the facility’s layout to create two new classrooms while upgrading the existing technology, lighting, acoustics and air quality. It was also crucial the rooms were modified to support different teaching and learning styles, with ample space to reconfigure desk and seating arrangementsif necessary.
TRU collaborated with Stantec Architecture, Erv Parent and Jordans Flooring Outlet to ensure the Old Main renovation would be able to accommodate the needs of its students and staff. A key part of the update involved selecting new flooring that could endure the stress of consistent foot traffic and could be installed quickly and efficiently to conserve time.
“Altro Cantata was chosen mostly because the construction schedule was so tight and there was little time to remove huge amounts of existing VCT tile,” explained Crystal Schock, Architectural Technologist at Stantec. “This flooring could be applied directly over existing flooring with no adhesive.” Creating maximum impact with minimal downtime, Altro Cantata was installed using Altro’s revolutionary tape system, allowing it to be welded and walked on the same day over blank substrates as well as existing flooring products. This range utilizes Altro’s advanced cleaning technology to reduce dirt pick-up and staining, improving the floor’s scuff resistance while making it easy to clean.
In addition to using Altro Cantata throughout the Old Main’s corridors and stairways, the firm also chose Altro Walkway 20 to provide essential slip resistance in the facility’s restrooms. This versatile, hardwearing slip-resistant flooring utilizes the same heatwelded seams as Altro Cantata, which prevent bacteria and moisture from accumulating below the surface during routine cleaning and disinfecting.