Flooring Installation Project Meets Aggressive Deadline

The main kitchen on campus is renovated with Altro products on the walls and floors.

A healthy mind needs physical sustenance to grow and thrive. Seton Hall University required new flooring in their main kitchen on campus so students and staff could continue to fuel their path to knowledge. The Gillespie Group, a N.J.-based commercial flooring company, along with an academic facilities contracting company, completed a 6,300-square foot flooring installation to help continue daily college dining routines.

The Gillespie Group was selected because of the contractor with whom they had partnered with previously. They knew the job would be completed in the allotted timeframe and that accelerated schedules meant a quick turn-around time was required. The Gillespie Group had completed four previous projects on the Seton Hall campus, so there was a familiarity with the logistics involved.

The project consisted of two phases that were required in order to accommodate the largest incoming freshman class in Seton Hall’s history; first was the kitchen and second was a new building addition (Mannington in the dining hall). The main dining hall kitchen for students is in the Student Center, which houses the main kitchen on campus, a 6300-square-foot-space. The Gillespie Group worked with their contractor partner as part of a complete renovation of the main campus kitchen area.

The timelines were aggressive, as the project needed to be complete before students returned to campus from summer break. The schedule was tight, one month, with overtime each day, and every Saturday to complete the scope. The university itself was behind on schedule and still required the deadline be met.

Installation Process and Approach

A product recommendation was chosen, based upon its experience with similar environments where food handling, combined with heavy foot traffic, was also coupled with a concern for safety and cleanliness. Altro, for both the walls and flooring was the brand of choice, particularly because of its hygienic properties. The flooring also needed to be low-maintenance and have slip-resistant qualities. Altro products are well suited for environments that must be kept in a clean, bacteria-free state, and clean with ease, with minimum maintenance. Altro proved to be the ideal choice for both the floors and walls.

Previously installed Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) on the walls consisted of 10-foot wall panels that stretched floor-to-ceiling. The Altro panels were heat-welded to create a continuous treatment. A vinyl weld between panels that was heated and bonded to both sides of the panel created a seamless surface by using a Turbo Heat Welder.

Bob Gillespie, chief executive officer for The Gillespie Group states, “We’ve been an Altro certified installer for seven years, and we continuously train on the product line to stay current with the latest Altro products and installation methodologies.”

This was the largest Altro project The Gillespie Group completed on a campus setting, utilizing 695 square yards of Altro sheet vinyl flooring with integral base, and 215 Altro Whiterock Wall Panels.

Upon completing the project on time, and before students returned for fall classes, Bob Gillespie comments, “Everyone involved from Seton Hall was very happy with the end result. This has been our fifth project on Seton Hall campus and it’s always a pleasure to work with the team here.” 

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