College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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Campus Scene IN T HE SPOT LIGH T Ask the Expert This Month Flooring Berklee Opens Studio Complex in Spain What are some campus housing flooring trends? BOSTON'S BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, have announced the completion of a cutting-edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee's new state-of-the-art campus located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee's first international campus, which recently launched its master's programs. The audio production and teaching complex is comprised of five interrelated components. The 1,600-sq.-ft. scoring stage/studio includes an 860-sq.-ft. live room with 15-ft. ceilings, and boasts variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio's windows provide fantastic views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee's music activities. Supporting the live room is a control room, two ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room. The entire facility is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts' concert halls. "This is an extraordinary educational tool, expressly designed to prepare [our master's students] for their transition from student to music professional," observes Guillermo Cisneros, Berklee vice president for Global Initiatives and executive director, Berklee in Valencia. Recycling Coalition Announces 2013 Webinar Series The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), has announced the schedule for its 2013 series of educational webinars, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation. The series of six, bi-monthly programs will provide technical best practices information and case study presentations to an average FLOORING PLAYS A KEY ROLE in creating a warm and inviting living space that is physically and aesthetically durable. Advances in flooring design and installation are making it increasingly easier to meet design and performance requirements. Carpet tile is the fastest growing product type in the commercial flooring industry because it is easy to install and repair, and it is appealing in on-campus housing. Carpet tile now comes in mergeable dye lots — making it easier to mix and match replacement tiles over the course of time without worrying whether colors will complement previous installations. This also reduces the need to store significant amounts of replacement stock on-site. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) also continues to be widely used and is increasing in popularity. LVT in a plank format with a realistic wood appearance can create warm, appealing environments while delivering high performance. One of the biggest advantages is that LVT requires no waxing, saving significant time and money while still delivering high durability in the face of intense daily use. Perhaps the biggest innovations in both carpet tile and LVT are related to installation. Recently introduced non-wet systems for carpet tile and completely adhesive-less systems for LVT are gaining in popularity because they: • Can be installed more easily; • are odor-free, with low VOCs; • require no set-up time for adhesive — no longer having a safety issue with an area cordoned off with wet adhesive; • are more environmentally friendly — no leftover buckets or glue to dispose of or recycle; and • tolerate a higher moisture/humidity level in the slab than traditional adhesive. Tony Mannella is marketing director at Patcraft ( He can be contacted at or 770/607-2456. { CONT. ON PAGE 8 } FEBRUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 3

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