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4 Keys to Quality University Shower Design

When designing a university shower, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Showers in residence halls receive constant use, so they need to look good, stay clean, and last. Here are a few key things to consider when designing university showers.

Your showers need to be safe and clean.

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Four Reasons Solid Surface Might Be Right for Your Residence Hall Bathrooms

If you’re working on a residence hall bathroom project, you’re probably reviewing the many material options you have available for you. More and more universities are choosing solid surface over others, so maybe you should too.

There are many reasons why solid surface may be the right fit for your residence hall bathrooms project, but let’s take a look at just four of them. Continue reading

Why Universities Choose Solid Surface Over Other Materials

When a university or other institution begins work on a residence hall showers project, there are a lot of decisions to make. From which contractors to hire, to the style of doors and lights, you’ll need to lay out all your options and analyze each in order to make the best decisions.

When it comes to the materials used in your showers, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from as well. But what we’ve Continue reading

Innovative Teamwork Leads to Success on Residence Hall Project

Innovative Teamwork Leads to Success on Residence Hall ProjectInnovative teamwork between Messer Construction Company and Tower Industries on a large, multi-phase residence hall project in Columbus, Ohio proved favorable after an unsettling start. The strategic actions of Messer and Tower generated a savings of nearly 30 percent on sleek solid surface showers and durable quartz vanity countertops throughout all phases of the project. Understanding their story and the degree of success will inspire a second look when contractors are faced with unfavorable outcomes.

As a design-build company, Messer was successfully awarded the residence hall construction project based on the company’s reputation, experience, and proposal. Proceeding to the construction phase, Messer first needed a signed-off copy of the first-phase drawings from the client. Messer then proceeded to assemble the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) base on the scope of work. The finalized drawings entered the bid market for pricing, and at that point, Messer discovered a serious issue. Continue reading

Tile vs. Solid Surface: Why Solid Surface Wins Out Every Time

When it comes to kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, shower bases and the like, you have plenty of options in terms of materials from which to choose. Tile is one of the most popular materials on the market due to its relatively low cost, but it might not actually be worth your money (or your client’s) in the long term. In fact, when you drill down into the details, Solid Surface wins out over tile in the test of time.

We’ve broken down the entire cost equation between the two materials into individual segments to better highlight how each performs and why tile might not be the best choice for your build.

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The Cost of Ownership: Exposing the Pitfalls of Shower Surfacing Materials

The material chosen for shower surfaces has a significant impact on a wide range of things, ranging from the initial cost of installation to the amount (and cost) of maintenance needed to keep it in good condition, and even the lifespan you can expect from the material. There are quite a few options out there, but we will limit this discussion to fiberglass, tile and Solid Surface.

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