University Lab Environment

University Research Facility

Washington, DC

PROBLEM:
A large University in the Nation’s Capital underwent an upper level fit-out over occupied classrooms while school was in session. As you can imagine this presented many obstacles to overcome. The new area consisted of BSL-3 labs, animal holding and agricultural research. The University wanted a flooring surface suitable for a BSL-3 environment that also incorporated a waterproof membrane, 8” cove base, chemical resistance, low odor & aesthetically pleasing properties. After our pre-site inspection we noticed a number of control joints and spider cracking in the existing substrate that needed to be addressed as well.

SOLUTION:
Durex first mechanically prepared the floor, exposing all cracks and providing the acceptable profile for our system. After pre-filling the control joints & cracks we inlayed fiberglass scrim at the joints to help mitigate movement. Our crew then installed a low odor floor systems that combines flexible waterproof epoxy for crack isolation and colored quartz aggregate for a tough decorative finish. Finally we sealed the system with a chemical resistant topcoat to withstand the harsh laboratory environment.