Velocity of Change: Renewing ASU’s Iconic Memorial Union
“Velocity of Change” is a premise that is disrupting the traditional concept of higher education at Arizona State University. Accelerating technology is the impetus for the change in teaching, and it’s creating new opportunities for lifelong learning. In that same dynamic spirit of change, ASU’s Memorial Union (MU) has recently transformed into a modern and beautiful hub to meet the new ways students, faculty and guests spend their time at this central gathering space. Here, too, technology and knowledge played key roles in how a tile contractor and manufacturer were able to partner to perform beyond traditional expectations.
More than 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer annually—about six per day—in Southwestern Michigan’s Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Van Buren Counties. The region’s largest health system, Bronson Healthcare, saw an opportunity to enhance care for these patients when, in 2018, it was determined that medical oncology and hematology services would transition from the West Michigan Cancer Center into its own facilities in 2021.
When Brian Green from Fabulous Floors in Dallas first surveyed the site that was about to be renovated into a large car dealership, he quickly saw that creating a new, completely level floor wasn’t going to be easy.
Giving a facility owner a positive outcome on new construction or a remodeling project requires trust-based relationships. Itasca, IL-based flooring contractor Diverzify has earned the trust of Chicago's Midtown Athletic Club by providing reliable expertise and materials on floor construction and renovation projects over several decades. When Midtown planned to renovate three of its facilities this year, its facilities team knew Diverzify would come through once again.
The University of Alabama has been transforming Tuscaloosa’s historic Bryce Hospital into a destination for academic and cultural pursuits. University Hall is one of the buildings in the Bryce complex that benefited from the university’s investment in restoring the hospital campus. The renovated University Hall building houses multiple university programs’ offices.
WeatherTech® Company, the famous maker of auto floor mats and other accessories has seen extraordinary growth in demand for its made-in-America products. To accommodate its success, WeatherTech had to expand its Bolingbrook, Illinois corporate campus, annexing existing buildings and adding new construction.
The new Global Learning Center at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio will truly be a communications hub for students and faculty. The two-story atrium building has an open, modern design to encourage and support maximum interaction. The sunlight-filled facility will house student labs for fast-growing technology-based fields of study such as computer engineering or video production; a space for two of Walsh’s important research institutes; an atrium café; meeting areas and more.
Michigan State University’s football team finished 2013 undefeated in Big Ten Play and won the 2014 Rose Bowl. Its new North End Zone Complex not only celebrates the team’s previous success, but also looks toward future victories with a state-of-the-art recruiting center. The new facility features about 16,000 square feet of tile, set with TEC® products.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is known for its signature menu that is designed to pair perfectly with its custom wines. Its many locations have their own specialized style and décor and always include an upscale dining restaurant, a full-service bar, a barrel-aging room, a tasting room and gift shop.
Challenge: Install 123,832 square feet of tile in a high-profile BMW dealership. The installation must not only look beautiful, but also hold up to the demands of a busy auto dealership. Moreover, because the dealership employs dozens of technicians, renovations must be done quickly – so the repair team can get back to work.