Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2016

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Products applications, case studies & best practices The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia has a single focus — children. As the only freestanding children's hospital in the state, it is committed to deliver- ing excellence in the service provided to patients, starting with care and extending down to its facility's fl oors. Working with architectural fi rm PF&A Design, CHKD has continuously upgraded its facility. It has done so without shutting down any entire area; allowing staf to con- tinue the life-saving work they do for the families of Virginia. While seamless fl ooring had been specifi ed at CHKD in the past, underlay- ment failures led to unsightly pitting and cracking on the fl oor's surface. This led the architects to search for a superior fl oor system that could be installed quickly, match the décor of the rooms and also tolerate the constant traf c of the heavy machines and beds being moved around — a tall order to fi ll. Children's Hospital Finds Flooring Solution with Dur-A-Flex Flooring Designs Deliver FLOORING Dur-A-Flex's line of Hybri-Flex E (epoxy) fl ooring systems was the perfect solution. Hybri-Flex fl oors are anchored by a cement-based, urethane that allows for maximum adhesion with a substrate thanks to its self-priming properties. Within the Hybri-Flex fl oor line the decorative options are endless and the architects were able to choose from vinyl chip blends, decorative quartz blends or solid color fl oors depend- ing on the room. The fl ooring systems also of er a fi nal urethane topcoat, which possesses excellent wear resistance and UV stability, allowing the fl oors to stand up to the bustle of a busy hospital while not los- ing aesthetics. The fi rst fl oor to be upgraded was OR #1. A Hybri-Flex EC (epoxy chip) system was chosen and a custom chip blend was needed. The architects were able to cre- ate customized blends on Dur-A-Flex's website, via the Custom Chip Selector tool, adjusting size, color and ratios until the designs were narrowed down. Physi- cal samples were created in Dur-A-Flex's Design Center and shipped to PF&A's interior designer Kimberly Bernheimer for approval. Commonwealth Epoxy Coatings, Inc., the fl ooring installer for the multi- phase project, used the two chosen chip blends to create a sterile circle in the room. Another area to be upgraded was the trauma bays within CHKD's emergency department. Again the architects chose a Hybri-Flex fl oor system: Hybri-Flex EB (epoxy broadcast). To meet the hospital's request to create a zoned workspace, a fl oor layout was created that would visual- ly show each member of the medical team where to stand when a patient is wheeled in. The hospital chose a bright yellow fl oor with custom-colored purple squares; the bright colors were a concerted ef ort by CHKD to draw attention to the fl oor. Before fl oors could be installed, trenches were added for new piping and new concrete to be poured. Normally in the fl ooring world, a new concrete slab puts a halt to projects for at least a month. Yet Hybri-Flex fl oors can be installed over green concrete, as new as 5-7 days old, allowing a project like this to stay on schedule. Dur-A-Flex's Hybri-Flex fl oors have provided this hospital with long-lasting, simple-to-clean surfaces in several critical rooms. With Dur-A-Flex fl oors already in- stalled in four rooms and another fi ve ORs slated over the next several years, it's clear that continuous improvement at CHKD really begins from the fl oor up. For more information, visit dur-a-flex.com. To create a zoned workspace, a fl oor layout was created to visually show each member of the medical team where to stand when a patient is wheeled in. A Hybri-Flex EC (epoxy chip) system was chosen and a custom chip blend was needed for this project. The fl ooring installer used two chosen chip blends to create a sterile circle in the room. 52 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2016 | MCDM AG.COM

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