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Two Paws Up For Rubber Floors
Rubberized flooring meets demanding performance
standards of Louisiana SPCA facility.
ouisiana SPCA's new 40,000-sq.-ft. Adoption Resource and Clinic Center
replaces the 21,600-sq.-ft. Animal Rescue and Care Center on the 11.2acre Dorothy Dorsett Brown Campus in Algiers, one of the oldest neigh-
borhoods in New Orleans.
Today, the original building houses animal-control operations and dropoffs for found pets, while the new, much larger facility is home to a variety of
services, including a community animal clinic with four exam rooms, a cat
colony, 24 dog-adoption rooms, two surgery suites to support spay-and-neuter
efforts, a fetch room, play yards, quarantine and grooming spaces, classrooms
for humane education and obedience training, a grief room, a photo studio,
and a laundry room.
Accommodating these services, and the specifications unique to an animal
shelter, required careful planning, including the selection of floor coverings.
"A lot of thought went into making sure the space looks nice and is easy to
clean," said Joe Young, communications associate, Louisiana SPCA. As a result,
the center selected Noraplan Environcare flooring from Nora Systems Inc., Salem, NH, to cover much of the new space. The rubber flooring offered unlimited
design options that contribute to the happy feeling that pervades the facility.
"When you go to adopt, you don't want to be depressed," said Young. "You want
to feel happy, because you're making a happy decision."
SIMPLE CLEANING REGIMEN
The floor also provides the center with a number of performance features that
are important to the LSPCA, beginning with a simple cleaning regimen. The
material's dense, nonporous surface helps repel dirt while resisting staining. As
a result, the floor tends to stay clean longer and can be maintained with regular
dust mopping or a mop and tap water. The natural density also allows it to stand
up to chemicals and other liquid spills without absorbing them.
"The nonporous surface is easily sanitized, which is so important in combating the spread of contagious conditions among the animals," explained Young.
"For example, ringworm is a big issue in animal-care facilities. We need to ensure
that ringworm is contained, because it's very difficult to treat and it can be quite
common, especially when our human law-enforcement folks bring in animals off
The center also appreciates the fact that rubber flooring never requires waxing, labor-intensive stripping, or the application of sealants. This means significant time savings when it comes to maintaining the floors and eliminates the
need to close large areas of the facility while waiting for irritating fumes to dissi-
Above. The noraplan environcare foor from Nora Systems Inc. provides a number of performance features
that are important to the LSPCA, beginning with a simple cleaning regimen.
Left. The floor must stand up to a steady stream of foot and paw traffic-as many as 350 animals on any
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture July/August 2016
Cigar Factory Embarks On A New Life
Windows & Door Products
Historic Renovation Includes Geothermal
Church Sings Praises Of Condensing Boilers
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Raising The Roof On Historical Bath House
Two Paws Up For Rubber Floors
Library Blends Stone And Glass
Lighting For The Future
Lighting & Electrical Products
Building Technology Products
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