University of Wisconsin-Madison Grainger Hall Learning Commons

Founded in 1900, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business serves undergraduate students, along with those in the MBA and PhD programs. In 1993, the business school moved into its current location, Grainger Hall.

Starting in August 2017, the university renovated 34,700 square feet in the heart of Grainger Hall. An $11-million project, the new Learning Commons space entailed three floors of library, classrooms and computer labs. It linked the building’s east and west wings, in addition to utilizing glass and natural light for heightened openness. The goal of the remodeled areas was to better meet the needs of the campus community through improvements in functionality and technology.

Mavid Construction installed all of the flooring and tile in this vibrant, new space at the state’s flagship university. A crew consisting of four carpet installers and two tile installers worked on the project over the final months of 2017, plus the first three months of 2018.

Commercial modular carpet tile from Shaw, Mohawk and Interface® was utilized throughout the Learning Commons space. Heavily trafficked areas saw the installation of Lenza Harmonium resilient flooring, rubber base and transitions by Johnsonite®.

Terrazzo tile from the Reflections Series of Tectura Designs gave the flooring a contemporary marble appearance in the places it was installed. Precast terrazzo tile treads and risers were custom made for this project.

A challenge successfully met was the lead time, plus coordination of delivery and placement, of the made-to-order terrazzo treads and risers.

Olympia Tile products also were installed.