Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a full-service 559-bed non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of CHE Trinity Health. It was named one of the top 2010-2011 “Best Regional Hospitals” in orthopedics, urology, gynecology and geriatrics by US News and World Report. As part of a recent remodeling project in 18 patient bathrooms, Crossville's Laminam from D&B Tile Distributors was specified and installed.
The project involved 3,400 sq/ft of Laminam placed over existing 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ glossy wall tile, which reduced the project time by 50%. Existing tile was original and mud set over lathe and stucco. The building was constructed in 1960. The average amount of surface covered per bathroom was 189 sq/ft. Installation was done by Professional Flooring Contractors. Architect was Gresham, Smith and Partners. Construction Project Manager for Holy Cross was William Reed.
Before and After
The 1m x 3m panels were cut offsite to 1m x 1m due to elevator size limitation and modularity of the panels for installation. Modified drywall carts were used to transport the panels. Four crews consisting of an installer and helper completed the project.
The old tile was cleaned and Mapei ECO-Prime Grip bond-promoting primer was applied. Mapei Ultraflex LFT white thin-set mortar was applied to the prepared substrate and tile. Edge levelers were used for spacing and flatness and an orbital sander was utilized to flatten trowel ridges and drive out air. Schluter aluminum profiles were used for edge protection and aesthetics. Laticrete Spectra-lock grout was specified. The project took 14 days to complete. It would have taken at least twice that long if demolition was involved.
PFC commented that having attended the Laminam workshop the prior week, was extraordinarily useful in understanding how to handle, cut, and install the panels. As a result there was no learning curve, not one panel was broken, cutting and drilling were precise and easy.
“There was very little scrap… much, much less than estimated”.