A sustainable university project with raised floors among its main features
For the first time in the world, a university campus such as this has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council with the Leed Platino recognizing its advanced features in terms of sustainability. The use of local and recycled materials and high resource optimization has made it possible for this project, by studio luis vidal + architects, to stand out due to its highly sustainable architectural standards.
For this to be achieved, in the new Loyola Campus, located in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla) with a total of 38.000m2, the architects have designed a 5G strategy based on these key concepts: technology, accessibility, sustainability, responsibility, and taking the human being as a unit of measurement. With this and the focus on “glocal”, thinking global and acting according to the local needs, the architects have managed to design a campus inspired by the integrated American ones but adapted to the Andalucian reality, from where the project takes some of its main features.
The studio luis vidal + architects has worked, especially and among others, with local companies and suppliers such as POLYGROUP, an international company based in Sevilla that manufactures high quality raised access flooring and which use materials that are up to 60% recyclable.
Modularity and innovation for the project access flooring
For the configuration of the Loyola campus flooring, in particular, the GAMAFLOR Brand system (GAMAFLOR PAC 35/05 with Linoleum covering factory bonded) has been used at a height between 200 y 300 mm which has enabled to conceal all the facilities (electrical, voice, data,…) under the floor.
This solution has been used in all classrooms and laboratories to enable the computerization of these spaces and allow students to be connected from their workstations without the need for electrical wall outlets.
This type of raised flooring, with manufactured coating and 600x600mm format for this specific project, allows for all panels to be removed and have clean and fast access to, even, change the distribution in an easy way if necessary. This is a characteristic that fitted perfectly with the concept of modularity and flexibility of the space that the architects were looking for from the beginning. In addition, these raised floors have a high resistance to static and dynamic loads and to fire and provide a sense of steadiness when walking on them.
Acoustics was another concern for the architects and because of that, they chose these POLYGROUP access floor systems that are acoustically approved according to standard UNE-ISO 10848. Moreover, these types of floorings are antistatic systems that do not generate electrostatic charge and therefore help to avoid the so-called sick building syndrome or the semi-circular lipoatrophy sickness in users. Together with other components, these floors contribute to maintaining a healthy building.
At luis vidal + architects they value the work of POLYGROUP: “POLYGRUOP has met all lead times complying with quality and finishing. The raised access floors fulfill all modularity and flexibility characteristics for the educational building that were sought for”.
Floor plans (ground, first and second floors) with POLYGROUP raised floorings layout. All rights reserved