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Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains and within ten minutes of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, the Woodlands Business Park consists of four office towers and two retail buildings, totaling 460,000 square feet of space. When it became clear that the largest of the office towers, Woodlands Tower 1, was in need of a renovation to its lobby and common areas, it was decided that the project would have to be completed while the building was occupied, and, what’s more, disturbances to both the tenants and their guests would need to be minimized.

While major renovations typically include demolition, the project design team from Salt Lake City-based Chase Associates sought a solution that would minimize demolition and, thereby, reduce both downtime and disruption for tenants. With its thin profile and durable nature, Laminam by Crossville can be installed atop already-existing wall and floor material, fully eliminating the need for demolition. Due to this amazing versatility, as well as the product’s many and enviable style options, the design team selected Laminam by Crossville’s I Naturali Marfil satin 5.6 to skin the existing granite of Woodlands Tower 1’s lobby and elevator area walls.

To further modernize the style of the installation, the designers specified Schluter Designline stainless steel for the grout lines between the horizontally-applied tiles, as well as the complementary Schluter Quadec, a finishing profile that protects the corners of the porcelain tile panels and adds a sleek, tailored aesthetic.

The Chase Associates team considered the specification of Laminam by Crossville I Naturali Marfil as the starting point for the project design-wise and centered all other material specifications to coordinate with it. For the floor, the team chose Crossville’s Buenos Aires collection in a 24” x 24” format. Both polished and matte styles were specified and installed in a linear pattern to accent the walls. For lobby’s center wall, a three-dimensional stone cladding was selected. The material, installed floor to ceiling, acts as a highly textural contrast to the sleek style of the Laminam by Crossville porcelain tile panels.

Due to the no-demolition approach that Laminam afforded the design team, the Woodlands Tower 1 renovation was both started and completed in quarter one 2016, and, as a result of the well-thought material specifications, the resulting space is both strikingly modern and welcomingly warm.