Sobie Floors Them
GRAND RAPIDS — Sobie Co. had to tap manufacturers from four continents and use 52 different flooring products and four flooring concepts to complete the Saint Mary's Richard J. Lacks Sr. Cancer Center.
Project Manager Terry Dunagan said materials for the project were imported from six countries in
Sobie installed the flooring for the entire 180,000-square-foot building, which is LEED registered and incorporated by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's Green Guidelines for Health Care Construction. The green guidelines are meant to protect the immediate health of building occupants, as well as the health of the surrounding community, according to ASHE. The organization sees green building as a "precautionary and preventive approach" that is consistent with a fundamental principle of health care and public health: prevention.
According to Dunagan, various areas of the facility each have their own unique materials that were applied to vertical surfaces as well as floor surfaces. He said all the materials were selected to present a welcoming, healing atmosphere.
"The use of so many different materials and textures gave Sobie Co. the opportunity to use many craftsmen and to demonstrate their distinct abilities," Dunagan said of the project.
In Dunagan's estimation, one of the most impressive features of the facility is its grand staircase. The stairs and walls are circular and were constructed of
Sobie Controller Jack Vande Guchte said the
Associated Builders and Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, honored Sobie's work on the Lack's
"Excellent, top notch workmanship," "just beautiful, very well done" and "detail work impeccable," were some of the comments by ABC judges.
All in all, the
ABC judges selected the best of the best from 95 entries in 40 different categories, and noted that all award-winning projects demonstrated "exceptional quality construction."