Hospitals, medical centers and doctors’ offices are scrambling to accommodate an influx of patients afflicted by COVID-19. Because of this, the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are transforming the 17th floor into 32 new patient rooms. The floor had previously been a storage space. This project is taking advantage of both Laticrete and SpeedCove products to achieve the desired results.
RHI Flooring in nearby Elkridge was the subcontrator that installed Laticrete’s Spartacote Flex Pure Clinical Plus in each of the rooms’ new bathrooms. This was in conjunction with a 6-inch cove base system from SpeedCove. The contractors are combining Laticrete’s fast-curing polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea with SpeedCove’s eco-friendly product with zero VOCs. This will offer one of the quickest solutions to a seamless, more germ-free floor that’s easy to maintain. Vortex Supply in Blackwood, New Jersey, supplied the materials for the project.
Subcontractors across the U.S. are having to “change and modify hospitals to better meet the challenges of this pandemic,” says Doug Standal, president of SpeedCove. “Our portion is to help them build the most sanitary floors available and build them as fast as possible.”
In addition to the cove base system, SpeedCove is supplying preformed custom sills for the doorways, says Dale Stevens, president of RHI. Typically, these are made from marble but will complement the coves and help maintain a more sanitary environment.
Stevens says his company will begin work April 15, 2020 and expects to finish up by April 30, 2020. The project will be complete and ready for occupancy no later than mid-May.