College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment to Alan Turing — sit in conversation across time. Overhead, four tracery pediments made of painted MDF serves as structural trusses in the atrium. These classically shaped trusses help defi ne the center in the context of a traditional educational environment while expressing the enlivened energy of the new building in an interplay of con- stantly changing light. Flooring Finishes the Design At another school, a double-height lobby design employs a terrazzo fl oor inlaid with the constellations — a reminder to students of the sciences and heavens, while also alluding to the school's namesake — Columbus — who traveled using the stars for navigation. Floor fi nishes take the most abuse of any surface in a room and could look worn out after only a few years, so material quality is especially important in a grand public space. Ter- razzo and natural stone are among the most durable and long-lasting fl oor choices — and also the most expensive — so they are ideal materials for vestibules and lobbies rather than an entire public space. To achieve the dura- bility and solid look and feel of these high-end fl ooring materials more economically, alterna- tives include ceramic tile, which can some- times deceivingly mimic real stone. Many tiles SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER. Foyers and atriums are often grand public spaces that have an immediate impact on visitors. These large spaces see heavy use, however, and must be durable. Incorporating artistic design into hard surfaces, such as terrazzo fl ooring, is an ideal way to make these spaces both memorable and easy to maintain. 62 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO © ROBERT BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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