MIT Gets New Flooring System

Commercial Flooring


It was clear Hascall & Hallneeded to come up with a process whereby our experts could bring down the floor and install a system that would cure quickly to a high degree of hardness and durability. We were competing against a company that specializes specifically in traveling the country, grinding smooth, super-flat floors to a high F factor.

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The project started by conducting a test area for the door, which was a 100-ton unit of concrete that employed the same technology—being moved on a cushion of air. At the point where our team started participating in the project, the task of opening or closing the door took several hours.

The project initially required removing approximately ¼”–½” of the existing concrete substrate prior to applying transits and long vibrating screeds to re-pour the area with a self-leveling, rapid-setting wear surface. The entire process for the door area was completed from start to finish in just five days. When this aspect of the project was complete and they fired up the air unit beneath the door, the owner was extremely pleased, as one person could now close the door by merely pushing the door closed by hand.

Once we had resolved the problem with the door and it had been tested for a couple of months, we were brought back into the facility to address the challenge posed by the main floor. This portion of the project needed to be executed in two phases over the course of three weeks, to work around the massive unit.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts