Providence Little Company of Mary (Torrance, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
Providence

Location:
Torrance, California

Surface Area:
146,000 SF

Year Completed:
2015

Project Value:
$ 821,925

Architect:
Providence Corporate Real Estate

Products / Strategic Partners:
Amtico, Antron Carpet Fiber, ARDEX Americas,
Burke Flooring, Henry Adhesives, Mannington

Project Summary

Vision:
“ 90 DAY MIRACLE”. Refresh the Providence Healthcare, Little Company of Mary campus in the City of Torrance within a 90 day window, in order to use the available hospital matching fund budget before it expired.

Design:
Required use of Mannington Products as part of the Providence Healthcare buying group program. Developed a plan and design to refresh and maximize the five floors (approximately 150,000 square feet) of this healthcare facility using a $1.6 million dollar budget.

Construction:
Managed the process and installed half of the $1.6 Million dollar project that had to be completed within 90 days in an active running facility. Limited shutdown time with multiple trades from Universal Metro, Inc. working alongside another firm, Golden State Flooring, to complete the project. Attended Daily Meetings and Weekly Strategy Meetings.

Install:
Universal Metro estimated, budgeted, procured, and installed 50% of the floorcoverings, approximately 75,000 square feet of the project, including: Mannington Antron carpet tile, Mannington Biospec, Amtico with a special pattern, Mannington base cove, Ardex Rapid Moisture systems and underlayments. Rory Schneider the project manager for Providence stated in the closeout meeting, “the work you have done in the past 90 days is truly a miracle, thank you.”

 

Unique Installation Challenge Strategy

The 90 day miracle was born out a special meeting of the following: Providence Project Managers, Providence Design Team, Universal Metro Leadership, Golden State Leadership, LCOM Facilities Team, LCOM Administration and the Mannington Representatives As the team was already in full throttle with their EPIC conversion they were skeptical that any work above $200,000 could be fit into the schedule, let alone 1.6 million. Universal Metro stepped in and partnered with Golden State Flooring (Steve Gaydos) our prior VP. Providence felt comfortable that if any two companies could team up and complete the remodel it would be our partnership (formed from 20 years of friendship). The local Mannington team in tandem with UMI and Providence Design worked to source materials that were available and materials that could be made quickly to keep the production moving. Design flair was achieved with Mannington Scena Carpet tile and Amtico in a three size interplay. The basement moisture levels were solved to using Ardex Rapid as the moisture mitigation system. Daily site and weekly strategic meetings were key in creating space available in a full census hospital. The EPIC director managed all the access to the space needed to work days, nights and weekends.

 

Hoag Hospital – ECU & Imaging (Newport Beach, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
Hoag Hospital,
Kemp Brothers Construction

Location:
Newport Beach, California

Year Completed:
2012

Project Value:
$ 387,365

Architect:
RBB Architects

Products / Strategic Partners:
ARDEX Americas, Armstrong Flooring Inc.,
Dal Tile, Tarkett | Johnsonite

Project Summary

Vision:
Develop a modern ER and Imaging Department within the existing structural confines of a working ER and Imaging Unit. The Design: Extensive use of a wood looking vinyls combined with borders of solid vinyls to create a rich and warm look combined with the functionality and clean ability of self-coved and heat welded vinyl.

Construction :
The 650,000 contract began in 2007 and was completed in December of 2012. Universal Metro worked hand in hand with Kemp Bros. and the hospital. The hospital stated that the team answered the question – “How can I keep the hospital in operation serving patients, avoiding disruption to the daily routines of the campus during construction?”

Install:
Universal Metro estimated, budgeted, procured, and installed all floor coverings on the project: sheet vinyl, heat welding, resilient tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, carpet, carpet tile, base cove (millworks for design element), Ardex underlayments, Ardex MC moisture mitigation systems Johnsonite Base cove.
 

Saperstein Critical Care Tower (Los Angeles, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Location:
Los Angeles, California

Surface Area:
250,000 SF

Year Completed:
2006

Project Value:
$ 1,550,686

 

Project Summary

Vision:
Following the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1994, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center needed to replace a badly damaged building.  Working closely with Swinerton Builders, Universal Metro completed this eleven story (250,000 square foot) tower in 2006.  Under the pressure of an incredibly compacted schedule, the general contractor leaned on Universal Metro’s team to ensure the accelerated scheduling demands could be met.  Utilizing Universal Metro’s expert labor technicians, the final four floors were completed at one time under the direction of four separate crew leads. The work in this 150-bed facility included a moisture sealer and Ardex treatment, heat welded and self coved sheet goods, carpet, ceramic tile, and even a state-of-the-art helipad on the building’s roof.

Placentia Linda Hospital – Main Corridor & Med-Surg Renovation (Placentia, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
Placentia Linda Hospital (Tenet Health)

Location:
Placentia, California

Year Completed:
2017

Project Value:
$ 145,990

Designer:
Universal Metro

Products / Strategic Partners:
Amtico, ARDEX Americas,
GCP Applied Technologies,
Mannington, Roppe, XL Brands

Project Summary

Overview:
Placentia Linda Hospital, a member of Tenet Health, is a 114-bed, acute care hospital, servicing greater North Orange County, CA. For months, a major overhaul of the hospital’s Main Corridor and Med-Surg Unit was delayed and design plans seemed to be the biggest source of the problem. Despite regular meetings with their contracted interior designer, hospital management struggled to find common ground in their vision, and thus, the hospital’s COO and Facility Director reached out to Universal Metro for help. Grant Petruzzelli of Universal Metro quickly saw that the vision painted by the hospital was not reflected in the plans he was provided. They needed new ideas and quality solutions fast, and Universal Metro was up for the challenge.

Vision:
Drawing on the designs found in a collection of magazine ads, project photos, etc. that the Facility Director had collected to create her own vision of the project, Grant began incorporating as many design elements as possible to move the project forward. To do so, he had to combine both circular pattern accents with linear lines. With flooring material finishes already submitted, based on the original designer’s failed attempts, Grant worked diligently with Mannington’s District Manager to maintain the Amtico LVT finishes previously sampled. Using a half-running bond and a 12″ x 24″ format, Stone LVT was used as the field, providing a solid base for this busy hospital corridor. With a two-plank wide accent stripe running off-center in each corridor, from one end to the other, the lighter or darker Wood LVT stripes were in contrast to the circular designs that break up the monotony of corridors extending as much as 335′ in length. Nursing stations were accented with darker half-rounds, showcasing their location for those in need of help. At intersections, overlapping aesthetics added to the way finding theme, as their occurrence suggests whether patients or staff are walking North-South or East-West. Lastly, adjoining corridors that didn’t meet budget constraints are still complimented, despite their in-laid border design, with complimentary colors and finishes, and a linear dimension that could easily accommodate the next renovation and extension of the design. Lastly, the design focused on an underlying moisture condition that had to be addressed, and with the help of both Ardex Moisture Resistant Patch and Halex’s Versashield, a solution was provided, under budget.

Construction:
The new design put forth by Universal Metro was met with open arms, forcing Grant’s design consultation on surrounding finishes (wall features, doors, and casework) and meetings with the new architect, who focused on everything but the floors. Due to the unforeseen costs associated with the initial designs, the Facility Director relied heavily on Universal Metro to provide a lower cost solution to address the moisture issue. As such, the project was value engineered using Versashield MBX, allowing up to 98.9% RH coverage, while not compromising the Mannington Amtico flooring finishes to be installed above. Additionally, because the hospital’s main corridor is the primary source of travel throughout the facility, the installation of 9,000 SF of floor covering needed to be mobilized over 6 phases, each requiring demolition, a custom tape grid for the VersaShield installation (as specified by an on-site, Technical team from Halex), and customized field cuts, adapting the design, initially drawn in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to templated patterns that could be used in the field for consistency and design cohesion. Coordination with the facility was integral to our success, as phasing plans were adjusted to census needs, initial maintenance requirements, and paths of travel. Ultimately, Placentia Linda was left with a solution to their moisture issues, a durable and beautiful new floor, and a basis for future designs and renovation themes.
 

Dignity Health BEIP – Northridge Hospital

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Project Description

Client:
Dignity Health

Location:
Northridge, California

Surface Area:
97,000 SF

Year Completed:
2017

Project Value:
$ 839,733

Architect:
Devenney Group

Products / Strategic Partners:
American Olean, ARDEX Americas,
Armstrong Flooring Inc., Tarkett | Johnsonite

Project Summary

Vision:
Dignity Health operates a number of aging campuses where significant effort and time must be invested to improve campus and building aesthetics. These improvements were needed to upgrade the “look and feel” of the campus, furthering Dignity Health’s ongoing commitment to improve the appearance, operation, and functionality of each hospital campus, while providing quality and outstanding services to the people and communities served.

Design:
“Hello humankindness” became the inspiration for this BEIP project, as Dignity Health’s corporate vision was ingrained into the renovation of Northridge Hospital’s 409-bed acute care medical center. The “Light of Day” Interior Finishes were designed to inspire healing: mind, body, and spirit. Flooring finishes became the centerpiece for this project, bringing over six floors and more than 97,000 SF back to life with a re-energized, cosmetic face-lift. Combining natural woods in sheet vinyl and LVT finishes with natural tones and textures in 12″ x 24″ VCT, patient care areas were restored with vibrance and new energy. Finishes included Armstrong Raffia VCT (installed with running bond and accent colors) in most corridors, elevator lobbies, and nurses’ stations; Armstrong’s Natural Creations LVT in the Cafeteria; a variety of sheet goods from Johnsonite / Tarkett, including Acczent Wood fields surrounded by complimentary solid homogenous sheet from their iQ Natural line; glass tile accents from American Olean made an impact on wet walls, and Johnsonite rubber base and transitions complimented trims throughout.

Construction:
Coordination of this six-story renovation was vital over the course of the 11-month time frame. Each phase was methodically planned, working with directors, hospital leadership, CMs, PMs, Superintendents, and multiple trade foremen to reduce adverse patient impacts, while promoting an efficient pace that allowed for accessibility at shift’s end when necessary and a strict attention to design detail, always. Extreme moisture conditions were alleviated with Ardex’s MC Rapid Moisture Control System using V1200 Self Leveling and K60 Leveling Compound to off-set extreme leveling needs after revelation of ceramic under mulitple layers of resilient demo. Walkable traffic was necessary within hours, as high impact areas, like the Cafeteria, remained open during work. Phasing forced intricate patterns to be cut in half with plastic containments, forcing crews to interlace and double-back efforts to ensure consistency and quality. Coordination and communication were vital, as this project, which originated out of general budgets, was specified on the fly, as field conditions following Universal Metro’s demolition revealed how unforeseen variables would be addressed, both from the design of Devenney Group’s architects and with the technical expertise of Universal Metro’s mechanics.

 

California Proton Treatment Center (San Diego, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
Scripps Proton Therapy

Location:
San Diego, California

Surface Area:
102,000 SF

Year Completed:
2013

Project Value:
$ 594,255

Architect:
Haskell Interiors

Products / Strategic Partners:
ARDEX Americas, Armstrong Flooring Inc.,
Dal Tile, Henry Adhesives, Mannington,
Mohawk, Roppe


Project Summary

Vision:
Develop the leading proton therapy institute in the world in collaboration with Scripps Medical Center. Partner with Varien Medical Systems and Advanced Particle Therapy by providing the most advanced healing radiation machinery available. Develop the facility in order to protect all other diagnostic and outpatient treatments from radiation (15’thick slabs were constructed).

Design:
Extensive use of a “Grand Gallery” lobby that links the facility to the open spaced diagnostic and outpatient treatment areas and into the “Healing Gardens” which in combination with the warm floor and wall color palette create healing elements to inspire and maintain the patients quality of life during treatment.

Construction:
The 102,000 square foot facility was designed with Building Information Modeling to facilitate the integrated network of mechanical, electrical, concrete shielding systems, overall layout and floor design.

Install:
Universal Metro estimated, budgeted, procured, and installed all floor coverings on the project: sheet vinyl, heat welding, resilient tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, carpet, carpet tile, base cove (millworks for design element), Ardex underlayments, Ardex MC moisture mitigation systems (to solve the moisture levels with 15’of concrete), and Johnsonite stair treads (for patient safety).

Unique Installation Strategy:
Universal Metro worked hand in hand with the Design Build Team and the Building Information Modeling systems put in place and create the first of its kind facility in the world. From the air freighting of specials materials to meet the needs of the most technologically advanced equipment and computers in the world to solving the moisture problems of 15′ of concrete Universal Metro managed and guided the floor covering product scope from inception to completion. With 102,000 sf of floorcovering to be coordinated and installed in four main areas of the facility, UMI worked closely with the Haskell Design Team in daily and weekly meetings to overcome the avalanche of issues that come from building a first time industry leading building. Our 30 years of expertise combined with our “Project Engineering system” was the key in the keeping pace with the constant changes and difficult requirements.

 

MemorialCare Hospital (Los Altos, CA)

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Project Description

Client:
MemorialCare

Location:
Long Beach, California

Surface Area:
13,000 SF

Year Completed:
2013

Project Value:
$ 576,168

Architect:
RTKL

Awards / Acknowledgements:
Starnet Design Award Recipient – Silver Winner Environmental Achievement,
Installation used for National Ad Campaign for Multiple Vendor Partners

Products / Strategic Partners:
ARDEX Americas, Armstrong Flooring Inc.,
Dal Tile, Flexco, Henry Adhesives,
Tarkett | Johnsonite

Project Summary

Vision:
Bring together the most advanced healing technology in community healthcare along with state-of-the-art medical and surgical products, in order to provide excellent clinical outcomes through an amazing array of support services, resources, and nurse practitioners that few non-acute clinics across the country offer.

Design:
Extensive use of open space combined with the elements of environment friendly Bio Based floor covering materials like Armstrong’s Striations (new) to achieve the design focus of “Live Healthy”; to promote healing through nurturing spaces; and to empower patients through information and education.

Construction:
Convert a Borders book store space in a busy shopping center into the most advanced clinic in the county. Dal-Tile combined with Schluter trim on both the top and bottom scores created an incredible bold and linear design element while achieving the statutory sanitary cleanliness codes. The design build of the facility also included an Ardex moisture mitigation system to allow for long term uninterrupted care.

Install:
Universal Metro procured and installed all floor covering over a customized Ardex Moisture Control System, inclusive of Ardex MC Rapid, Ardifix, K-15 Self Leveler, and GS-4 Self-Leveling Repair Underlayment for wood subfloors.  Flooring finishes included bio-based tile, resilient, porcelain tile, stone, carpet, and base.

 

 

Environmental Achievment Strategy

Extensive use of open space combined with the elements of environment friendly Bio Based floor covering materials like Armstrong’s Striations (new) achieved the design focus of “Live Healthy”; to promote healing through nurturing spaces. Using the product in over 13,000 sf (3/4) of the project the Bio Based tile allowed for the project to incorporate sustainable design into the construction. Migrations with BioStride contains rapidly renewable resources, uses 10% recycled content and meets the standards of California Section 01350 for low VOC emissions. BioBased Tile EQ4.3, MR4.0, MR5.0*, MR6.0

 

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

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Project Description

Client:
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Location:
Orange, California

Surface Area:
50,000 SF

Year Completed:
2013

Project Value:
$ 576,168

Architect:
WBSA

Awards / Acknowledgements:
Starnet Design Award Recipient – Gold Winner People’s Choice
Starnet Design Award Recipient – Silver Winner Unique Installation
Floor Trends Magazine Cover

Products / Strategic Partners:
American Olean, ARDEX Americas,
Armstrong Flooring Inc., Daltile, Henry Adhesives,
Mannington, Tandus Centiva

Project Summary

Vision:
“The Future is Bright” – The vision for this project was to take the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) commitment to being a leader for the health and well-being of children and transfer that into a design of their buildings, architecture, and aesthetics.

Challenges:
Taking 35 design driven colors and implementing them into exact floor murals, comparable to the art from the mosaic ceramic tile era, was Universal Metro’s second most enjoyable and involved project in our 30 plus year history. Universal Metro worked closely with Creative Edge in the design, engineering, configuring, and construction of the murals, utilizing 35 colors for 6 floors in order to implement the design intent of the architect team from WBSA.

The actual work was precision water jet and then sent in 6′ x 6′ puzzle size pieces inside large 7′ x 13′ foot crates to preserve the vinyl from damage, edge curling, and tears which are common in many designs. With the partnership of Armstrong’s and Ardex’s technical teams, Universal Metro was able to seam seal every edge in order to preserve a long-term floor that will not shrink, fail, collect dirt, and most importantly, be a bright light to the families that visit CHOC each day.

All this work was completed in an active hospital, installing over 50,000 SF with class III Infection Control processes to insure the safety of the patients.