Seward Park High School, NYC

While I was in NYC for business, I stopped by Seward Park High School. When Seward Park’s new building in lower Manhattan was built in 1929 they installed an end grain wood block floor for the school’s gymnasium area which was not so uncommon in those days for sports flooring. Last year, funds from the NY School department were allocated to renovate the space. The architect for this renovation project decided they wanted to install a new end grain block floor in the gym , as capturing the aesthetic of the original space was important to the design intent. We supplied 5,000 sq. ft. of our end grain fir strip block flooring that was installed by our colleagues at Haywood Berk Flooring. 

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Amherst College, Amherst, MA

On July 21, I visited the Powerhouse Project on the campus of Amherst College, Amherst, MA. The project, designed by Bruner Cott, Architects in Boston, MA, is a conversion of a very old brick structure that once housed several generators for electrical services for the campus. The building is being converted  to a new student activities center. The blocks are all 1/2″ depth, in face sizes of 3″ x 2″, 3″ x 3″, 3″ x 4″, and 3″ x 5″.  The blocks are being installed by JJCurran Flooring Company, using Bostik Adhesive.  I’m looking forward to returning to see the finished floor, and to see all the furnishings that will be used. Smith College in Northampton, MA and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art are both right nearby. But, this is the first mesquite installation in the area!

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