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CASE STUDY: LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER, LAFAYETTE, LA.
Rubber flooring was initially specified for a new 25-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Lafayette General Medical Center, but when initial pricing showed that the project was coming in over budget, the flooring came under consideration as a possible line item cut.
“Flooring is a big issue for NICUs,” says Marie Lukaszeski, AAHID, IIDA, project designer. “It’s a challenge to get inside a NICU for a terminal clean. A floor that requires waxing multiplies this challenge, and there’s an odor associated with stripping and waxing floors that you just can’t have in a NICU, which means all the babies need to be moved somewhere else during waxing and drying, for three or four days at least four times a year.
Hospital staffs often complain that the chemicals involved give them headaches.”
In the end, Lukaszeski was able to convince hospital executives that the rubber flooring needed to stay because of its many operational benefits as well as from health and safety standpoints. In fact, after the completion of the NICU project, Lukaszeski was selected to design a $70 million renovation of Lafayette’s 10-story hospital, including a pediatric emergency room area.
A combination of rubber sheet goods and tiles were used in corridors, patient rooms, patient restrooms, nurses’ stations and linen closets.
The rubber flooring at Lafayette General Medical Center contributed to a variety of evidence-based design principles.