The Elite Flooring team has a history of delivering successful solutions to our customers’ unique challenges. Here are just a few examples of the ways we have gone beyond the surface to help our customers achieve their goals.
Finding Sound Transmission Solutionsopen
New Multi-Family Housing:
David Pritchett, Project Manager
Matt Phillips, Project Engineer
In recent years, one of the most critical elements of building design for multi-family projects is sound transmission between units. Sound transmission calculations are highly complex and are affected by the smallest change in the construction of the floor/ceiling assembly. As owners and designers are becoming more educated about the issues related to, and consequences of not, complying with sound transmission standards, they are demanding more precise engineering data related to their specific circumstances. Elite Flooring began training their people on the intricacies of sound transmission issues as soon as the International Building Code (IBC) mandated minimum standards nearly a decade ago. All of Elite’s New Construction personnel are experts in sound attenuation and the types of products that are available to handle this critical aspect of the construction process.
Problem: A new high-rise apartment building that is likely to be converted to condominiums in the future is under construction in Atlanta. The design team specified a specific solid wood flooring and sound attenuation system that had been tested and proven to be sufficient in this particular floor/ceiling assembly. When final pricing came in for this system, it was nearly $500,000 above the budget for flooring. No underlayment manufacturer was able to provide an alternate that was proven to work. The problem then fell back on the potential subcontractors to propose a new system that would satisfy the designer’s aesthetic desire, the IBC’s sound transmission requirements, and the owner’s budget constraints. Three subcontractors, including Elite, took on this challenge.
Solution: Instead of being restricted to the existing test information, Elite sought out an as yet unknown solution. We called upon an acoustic testing lab, who we had an existing relationship with, to help solve the problem. We provided multiple material options to the lab, incurred the testing costs, and pushed the lab to do a test in two weeks that normally has a three-month waiting period. As a result, we were able to provide the general contractor with a flooring system that satisfied all three of the project’s criteria.
Conclusion: Elite Flooring is a solutions provider, not a flooring installer. When all of the existing data fails to provide a solution to a problem, we go beyond that data to find the answers that our customers need. The general contractor for this particular project is a long-standing customer and once again, Elite has proven that the value of our partnership goes far beyond the installation of flooring.
Thoughtful Product Specificationopen
Scott Wierson, Vice President
Jim Chapman, Sr. Project Manager
In recent years, Elite Flooring has become recognized as an industry leader in the installation of flooring products on military bases. We have been particularly successful in procuring projects that are part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) Act. Passed in 1996 with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for service members and their families, the MHPI has provided our military branches with the flexibility to utilize appropriated housing construction funds in conjunction with private funding to renovate and rebuild the housing stock of military bases across the country. A subsection of this effort, the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative (RCI), includes 44 locations with 85,711 homes, which represents over 98% of the Army family housing inventory. In 2002, at Ft Stewart, Georgia, Elite Flooring began its first military housing project and has since completed over 10,000 Army units on 14 different RCI projects.
This is a tremendous portfolio of work in its entirety; however it all began with a single, collaborative effort between Elite Flooring and a key client.
Problem: Find a product that would meet the budget while still providing a desired look, and most importantly the durability to stand up to the high tenant turnover environment of military family housing. With a mind toward two important product concepts, product life cycle and total cost of ownership, we sought a niche product that was not only technically easy to repair, but was also easy on the flooring maintenance budget.
Solution: We explored the full spectrum of hard surface and resilient flooring products, ranging from solid hardwood, ceramic tile, VCT, laminate, and heat welded sheet vinyl, before finally settling on a relatively new product: luxury vinyl tile (LVT).
Conclusion: Since the early 2000’s, LVT’s popularity and overall product market share has been on a meteoric rise and thankfully Elite Flooring has been on the leading edge of this amazing industry trend. While staying focused on our client’s needs, we have enjoyed the remarkable success that comes with being an early leader in two upward trending markets: Military Housing and Luxury Vinyl Tile. Serving all four branches of the military, Elite has managed the installation of over 10 million square feet of vinyl plank on 30 military bases across the country.
Earning Rapidly Renewable Resource Creditopen
Mark Richards, Project Manager
Developing a solution to allow a data center to achieve LEED NCv2.2 Platinum certification by achieving the Rapidly Renewable Resource Credit (MRc6) through the use of flooring products.
Problem: The project goal was to achieve the use 2.5% rapidly renewable materials on the entire project. Typically, data centers are very large facilities with significant amounts of epoxy, polished concrete or raised access flooring which provide very little opportunity to account for rapidly renewable products with regards to the flooring finishes.
Solution: Worked with boutique custom wool carpet manufacture to engineer a wool carpet tile that would provide the proper amount of rapidly renewable fibers (wool) and provide the functionality required for the application of a commercial carpet over a raised access floor.
Conclusion: The final custom made product was a 75oz face weight 36”x36” wool carpet tile containing 54.35% rapidly renewable fibers. The product allowed the project to receive the first LEED NCv2.2 Platinum certification in North America while providing everyday functionality of a commercial carpet tile.