College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K NORA SYSTEMS, INC. {whatÕs new & noteworthy} Promoting a Healthy Learning Environment With noraplan sentica N ORA SYSTEMS, INC. IS PROUD to introduce noraplan sentica, the latest high-performance floor covering from nora that offers comfort and versatility for commercial applications, including education and healthcare facilities. "We brought together designers from across North America to drive the design and the color selection for noraplan sentica," explains Andreas Mueller, president, nora systems, Inc. "Our goal was to have this group develop a product that provides more options for our customers, and that's exactly what they did." noraplan sentica features a subtle tone-on-tone design and a palette of 38 colors — 32 standard and six accent colors. Outfitted with this versatile and extensive color range, noraplan sentica can be used to lead a design, but the floor covering also complements other nora products, especially noraplan environcare, to provide nora customers with more options for their spaces. "The noraplan sentica color palette provides us with a great opportunity to fi ll the pockets that are missing from the environcare line," adds Amy Mays, senior interior designer, Perkins+Will, New York, NY. "It just gives us more possibilities." To address customer feedback and develop a product that meets customer needs, nora invited a diverse team of architects and designers from across North America to work together in multiple workshops. Designers exchanged ideas openly about the design and color palette of the new floor covering, allowing them to carefully and strategically develop noraplan sentica. According to Naomi Kruger, associate, IIDA, LEED-AP, 30 SmithGroupJJR, Washington, DC, and one of the designers invited to participate in the workshops, the collaborative product development process was more intensive than others in which she participated, and it forced the group to stay focused on the end result. "The process of how this product came together is really what separates it from other products," explains Kruger. "Everything was well thought out. While some colors are a little more conservative than we first expected, they definitely match up with our desires, and from a purely color perspective, it adds more depth to the nora product line." According to Leah Hofferkamp, senior architectural tech, LEED-AP, R.I.D., HOK, St. Louis, MO, it all comes back to the depth of colors and design flexibility that noraplan sentica provides. "I think this product is versatile and COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 can be used in a number of ways," explains Hofferkamp. "For renovations, especially in facilities that already have environcare installed, it gives me multiple options to expand the design." noraplan sentica offers education facilities durability to withstand heavy student foot traffic, low-maintenance properties that reduce custodial costs while improving operational efficiency, and enhanced acoustics that provide students and teachers with a clear and productive learning environment. The floor covering is available in 2mm and 3mm rolls and tiles and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for Children and Schools. noraplan sentica is also available in acoustic and electrostatic dissipative options. For more information about noraplan sentica, please visit www.nora.com/us/ sentica-launch28. CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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