RetroPlate polished concrete was a key design feature for the Elmwood Park High School Project, which incorporated a “Flex Learning” philosophy to support the school’s vision of an educational culture in the 21st century. The project consisted of a major expansion and upgrades to the school which included six new science lab spaces, the re-purposing of existing lab rooms and the creation of an amphitheater-style lecture hall area. In keeping with the flexible spirit of the design, the labs included large overhead “garage doors” that opened to the Flex Learning Corridor, a common space for students to gather and collaborate. DLA Architects, Ltd. specified RetroPlate “by design” on this project. Long-time RetroPlate applicator Artlow Systems installed decorative saw cuts differentiated by black and gold dyes, as an homage to Elmwood Park High’s school colors.
This project is a fine example of how the sustainability of RetroPlate polished concrete floors can be durable, beautiful, and green, because it does not negatively impact the environment, but rather provides a healthy space for the building’s occupants. In September 2018, three years after the initial installation, Chicagoland RetroPlate Representatives Bob Donahue and Jennifer Burke had the chance to revisit the project and speak with Joseph Sierra, the Director for Building & Grounds for District 401. Sierra expressed that through a basic cleaning program which incorporates a walk-behind scrubber, they have been pleased overall with the floor’s ease of maintenance. There have also been no reported issues with the durability of this high traffic floor.
Project by Artlow Systems