USA (Concord, NH) | Education | norament® grano™

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School


The future of elementary learning

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, in Concord, NH, is one of three visionary elementary schools debuted by Concord School District designed to meet the changing needs of 21st century learning. The new school consolidates six aging buildings and has propelled Concord’s early education facilities into the future with collaborative, multi-purpose, open spaces that support individualized learning.

Administrators selected norament® grano to cover the facility, which can accommodate about 480 students. “The school re-imagines and successfully demonstrates what the future of elementary learning will be,” says Matt Cashman, director of facilities & planning. “A variety of spaces promote hands-on exploration and group interaction. Throughout the building, the floor’s durability, comfort, sound absorption and chemical-free maintenance has been transformative for our staff and students.”

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The school takes into account the evolving role of the library and incorporates a variety of mediums and methods of consuming information. Throughout the facility, norament grano rubber flooring supports a vision of open, collaborative, flexible and technology-integrated multi-use learning spaces.

“The facility is not only an elementary school, but also a community building that is heavily used before and after school for several town programs, such as the Boys & Girls Club,” says Matt Cashman, director of facilities & planning. “The durability and increased stain resistance – without the use of chemical cleaners or coatings – is a huge benefit realized by our district, when compared to our previous dealings with VCT.” The selection of nora® flooring also helped the district meet Northeast-CHPS standards of sustainability.

“The elimination of coatings and chemicals has been a breath of fresh air, literally,” says Rusty Bonner, head custodian. The absence of fumes often associated with the application of these substances has positively impacted the well-being of the maintenance staff, as well as students and teachers. “Just a few regular washes with little more than water erases any staining, allowing the floors to easily maintain their new appearance,” says Bonner. This is especially beneficial in spill-prone areas, including the cafeteria and art rooms. “It’s an easy-maintenance flooring,” says Bonner. “As a result, we can devote more time to cleaning alternate surfaces, such as glass.”

The rubber flooring also plays an important role where acoustics are concerned. Open project areas throughout the school, including an amphitheater, circular story room, reading nooks and spaces for small group work complemented by smartboards, benefit from the floor’s ability to attenuate unwanted ambient noise. Students and staff can better focus on listening and learning.

Data and facts

Building Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Architect HMFH Architects — Cambridge, MA
Installation Year 2011


norament® grano™

Rubber flooring for extremely heavy traffic areas, with hammered surface and a granular design rich in contrast.

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