Wright State University

USA (Dayton, OH) | Education | noraplan environcare™

Wright State University

Never Judge a Book (or Building) by its Cover

Wright State University recently updated spaces throughout Oelman Hall, the building on campus that houses the school’s College of Science and Mathematics. Originally constructed in 1966, Oelman Hall often surprises new students and visitors with its unconventional design for an academic building. The reimagined spaces now feature colorful wall panels, bold patterned floors and dynamic lighting and ceiling treatments.


Develop a flooring solution for Oelman Hall that stands up to excessive foot traffic and can be efficiently maintained, while anchoring the design in the lobby, corridors and lecture hall of the building.

Project Requirements:

Durability, Low maintenance, Acoustics 

Key Advantages:

Durable surface capably responds to constant student activity over an extended time frame
Not having to strip and wax leads to an efficient maintenance regimen
Using nora® flooring throughout the lecture hall helps reduce noise and improve acoustic clarity

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Project Considerations

While the designer wanted to use noraplan environcare™ because of its extensive color selection, school officials chose it because of its durability, ease of maintenance and acoustic benefits. 

Notably, the coating-free performance of environcare simplified cleaning needs in a large lecture hall. As the floor covering does not require waxing or stripping, it was the ideal material for used in front of, and under, the 350 seats of the auditorium. University custodial staff is able to efficiently maintain the flooring under the seats in those hard-to-reach places, while the room still enjoys the acoustic benefits that are so important to learning and communication. “For acoustical reasons, we prefer not to use concrete under seats,” said Waldo. “But we still need a surface with low maintenance requirements, because it’s difficult for custodians to work with floor finish under all those chairs. The lecture hall presented a perfect application for environcare, because the floor is both easy to care for, and it helps to cut down on noise, enhancing the acoustics of the space.” 

The sustainable floor covering was also introduced in entrance areas, corridors, classrooms and other spaces in Oelman Hall. Coupled with its long durability, versatile environcare provides the low-maintenance properties and enhanced acoustics necessary for a busy higher education building.

Data and facts

Building Wright State University
Market Segment Education
Products noraplan environcare™
Architect Annette Miller Architects – Dayton, OH
Installation Year 2009
Wright State University
Wright State University
Wright State University
Wright State University
Wright State University
Wright State University
Wright State University


noraplan environcare™

Rubber flooring with a changing base color consisting of three harmoniously matched hues is complimented with characteristic granules, delivering an aesthetically appealing and functional smooth surface for heavy traffic areas.

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Meet long product life span expectations with a flooring that possesses exceptional durability to withstand constant student foot traffic and strong stain resistance for use in versatile applications.

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