Rubber flooring installed at Portage Central High School

Rubber flooring installed at Portage Central High School, Portage (Mich.) Public Schools. Architect: TMP Architecture, Inc. Photo by Christopher Lark Photography.

What Lies Beneath

A survey of carpet and hard surface flooring options for educational institutions.

When designing a school or university, educators want to ensure their buildings have solid footings. Good flooring design affects such things as sound transmission, temperature, air quality and visual appearance. Higher education institutions know that “creating a positive flooring aesthetic can help to market a school and attract students,” says Laura Casai, interior design group leader at TMP Architecture in Detroit. And a welcoming environment boosts student learning and teache

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