Institutional

Project Name: University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Owner: University of Toronto

Architects: Architects Alliance, Toronto, Ontario

Application: Installation of decorative urethane concrete flooring in cage wash area and solid colour trowelled ¼” thick epoxy mortar floor in animal areas (roughly 10,000 square feet).

Materials Used:

  • Cage Wash: Tnemec Series 245 Ultra-Tread S
    Tnemec Series 286 Deco-Clear CR
  • Animal: Series 237 Power-Tread
    Series 280 Tneme-Glaze
    Series 291 CRU

Environment Exposure:

  • Frequent wash downs
  • Aggressive cleaning procedures
  • Exposure to chemical attacks

 

Project Description

Decorative Urethane Concrete Flooring
Institutional flooring
Institutional flooring
Institutional flooring

Selection Process

When the University of Toronto’s CCBR building won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Award in 2006, one of the judges simply noted, “This building says: science matters.” The CCBR Building was built for the University of Toronto to support top-level interdisciplinary research in bioengineering and disease.

Tnemec coating systems were specified for an integral area of the development. “Tnemec is known in the industry for these types of installation,” said Tnemec coating consultant David Walker. He went on to add, “The contractor knew that our coating systems could do the job for the critical research areas that required the extra protection; of course, they were also confident in the expertise of Applied Industrial Flooring as the right choice of applicator for the project.”

The Solution

Series 245 Ultra-Tread S, a polyurethane-modified concrete floor topping designed to perform under extreme temperature changes, frequent steam cleaning, wash downs and chemical exposure, was trowel-applied to the cage washroom area. Series 286 Deco-Clear CR, a high-impact modified polyamine epoxy, sealed the coating system.

The surgery rooms specified Series 237 Power-Tread, a modified polyamine epoxy, trowel-applied at ¼” thickness, followed by Series 280 Tneme-Glaze, an epoxy to build up volume. The topcoat was Series 291 CRU, an aliphatic urethane finish.

The walls in the critical research area were also coated with two Tnemec systems. Series 218 MortarClad, a high-performance surfacer, smoothed out the wall area, followed by an epoxy primer coat of Series 201 Epoxoprime, Series 273 Stranlok ML, a fiberglass mat-reinforced coating system, was roller-applied with Series 280 Tneme-Glaze, a durable polyamine epoxy, and Series 291 topcoating the cage wash wall surface.

The remainder of the block walls were coated with Series 130 Envirofill, a waterborne cementitious acrylic filler, and finished with two coats of Series 113 H.B. Tneme-Tufcoat, a high-performance, waterborne acrylic epoxy, roller-applied.

Results

“This facility certainly added to the already impressive university campus,” noted Mark McLeod, President of Applied Industrial Flooring, “we were delighted to be a part of the process.” University of Toronto and the Architects Alliance were equally impressed with the delivery and installation of the project. They recognized that they had performance and architectural aesthetic challenges.

The product and the company was able to meet the high standards the architects demanded.