Auburn University
Auburn University
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Auburn University

C30 Interior Finishes

  1. General

    1. All finishes shall be selected for easy maintainability and durability.  There shall be a uniform level of quality throughout the building.

    2. All interior finishes shall be in accordance with the most current National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code.

    3. Finish material selections must be presented on material presentation boards to Facilities and the Interior Designer for approval before they are presented to the end user.

    4. At the completion of each project, a schedule of actual finish materials and colors used will be provided to the Auburn University Project Manager by the designer.  When special wall finishes are used, the University shall be provided with maintenance instructions.  Contractor shall incorporate this information into project close-out manual.

    5. Maintenance stock for each color, type, pattern, etc. of the following materials (and others as appropriate) shall be provided. Each is to be packaged, protected, identified and stored by the contractor at a location to be indicated in the specifications.

      1. Carpet - 2% of installed amount.

      2. Paint - 1 gallon of each type and color.

      3. Wall covering - 5 linear yards.

      4. Tile (floor, wall, ceiling, etc.) - 1% of installed amount.

    6. A finish schedule shall be submitted to the University for approval during design for the items listed below.   A mockup utilizing all of the finishes listed below must be  constructed and approved by the University before the contractor is permitted to install the work. After agreement by all parties, the Auburn University Project Manager will provide written approval to the designer for the University.

      1. Paint

      2. Wall Coverings

      3. Acoustical Wall Panels

      4. Vinyl Composition Tile

      5. Carpet

      6. Sheet Vinyl

      7. Resilient Flooring accessories

      8. Ceiling Tile

      9. Plastic Laminate

      10. Casework

      11. Architectural Woodwork

  2. Walls

    1. The following wall covering materials are preferred at the locations indicated:

      1. High traffic areas such as corridors and stairwells – Semi-gloss enamel paint – requires Level 5 finish.

      2. Offices and conference rooms – low luster or eggshell enamel paint

      3. Bathrooms and showers - ceramic tile

      4. Food service areas - tile.

      5. Mechanical room walls - epoxy paint on block.

      6. Paint containing low VOC are preferable

    2. Flat wall paint is not acceptable.

    3. Use of vinyl wall covering is discouraged and must be limited to specially approved areas.  When used they shall be Type II mold and mildew resistant with microperforations.

    4. The use of fabric wall coverings must be approved by the University.

    5. Acoustical panels must be of the non-flammable type

    6. All fabric wall covering to be Type II fabrics per building code requirements.

    7. Paint must allow for consistent color match. Manufacturers whose products meet this requirement include Sherwin-Williams, PPG, and Devoe.

  3. Floorings

    1. Building entrances shall have a built-in water walk off system with a minimum length of 12 feet.

    2. The following flooring materials are preferred at the locations indicated:

      1. High traffic areas such as lobbies and corridors - Hard flooring systems or heavy duty seamless flooring with 4” cove base. Prior approval by the Facilities Division is required.

      2. Laboratories - heavy duty seamless flooring with 4” base.

      3. Toilet, rest rooms, and showers - ceramic tile on the floor, 6” minimum cove, base and full height on wet walls. Provide one floor drain in each room.

      4. Kitchens - quarry tile, heavy duty seamless flooring or high performance architectural coating (epoxy resin) with 6” minimum cove base. 

      5. General purpose rooms and dry utility areas (closets, store rooms, file rooms, etc.) vinyl composition tile with 4” rubber or vinyl base. Use waterproof mastic for vinyl tile applied to below grade floor slabs.

      6. Offices, conference, auditorium aisles (with permanent seating), teacher lounges, music or language listening rooms – carpet with 4” rubber or vinyl base.

      7. Mechanical and custodial rooms - sealed concrete with steel trowel finish; multi-coat sealer adequate for wear and dust protection on concrete with some slip resistance provided

      8. Computer rooms - raised removable panels supported on interconnecting grids and pedestals providing an under-floor plenum for air distribution and utilities (where the extra utilities access needed for these rooms is not provided some other way). Raised computer room access floors must be clean and dust free under the access floor system. Specify a clear concrete sealer on concrete floors under access floors with 4” vinyl base.

    3. Ceramic tile floors shall be properly sealed.

    4. Rubber wall base to be continuous roll four inch (4") cove base. Six inch (6") cove base is not acceptable except for renovation projects where six inch (6") is existing. Do not specify straight base.  Manufactured exterior corners must be used.  Roll base that is cut to fit in the corners is not acceptable.

    5. Broadloom Carpet Products

      1. Rated for heavy traffic with soil, stain protection, red dye stain resistant

      2. Level loop or multi-level loop

      3. 26-34 ounce face weight – lower weights can be used in special cases with University approval

      4. Twenty pound tuft bind

      5. Gage and stitch shall be nearly square

      6. Nylon fiber type 6 or 6-6

      7. When padding is used it must be integral with carpet

      8. Install carpet direct glue down

      9. Solution dyed yarns are preferred. 

    6. Carpet Tile Products:

      1. Rated for heavy traffic with soil, stain protection

      2. Modular units are required.

      3. Solid backing with synthetic fabric scrim.

      4. Apply according to manufacturers instructions.

      5. 26-34 ounce face weight – lower weights can be used with University approval.

      6. Twenty pound tuft bind

      7. Gage and stitch shall be nearly square

      8. Nylon fiber type 6 or 6-6

      9. Specify “releasable” glue system. Direct glue down not acceptable.

    7. Vinyl Composition Tile:

      1. Multicolor or Tone on Tone

      2. 12 in. x 12 in.

      3. 1/8 in. thick

      4. Gloss value: 60 degrees specular :20 – 40

      5. Static Load limit of  75 lbs. /sq. in.

      6. Maintainable by traditional resilient flooring maintenance methods.

      7. Fire test data to equal:

        • ASTM E 648 Critical Radiant Flux - .045 watts/cm2

        • ASTM E 662 Smoke – 450 or less

      8. Warranted against manufacturing defects and installation integrity for five years.

  4. Ceilings

    1. Lay-in Acoustical Tile Ceiling System:

      1. Avoid inaccessible ceiling systems (to accommodate maintenance).

      2. Suspension system will be 2 ft. x 2 ft., 15/16" wide intermediate duty standard white finish. Do not specify narrow profile or concealed grid systems. For clean rooms specify hot dipped galvanized or aluminum with 1-1/2" wide flanges. In unconditioned spaces specify hot dipped galvanized or aluminum.

      3. Ceiling Tile for new construction projects tile to be 2 ft. x 2 ft., 3/4" thick, white tegular edge design equal to Armstrong Cirrus. For renovation projects match existing tile if still available. For unconditioned spaces tile to be equal to Armstrong Fine Fissured Ceramaguard with hold down clips.

      4. Anchor Ceiling System to structure only. No ties made to ductwork, old ceilings, conduit, or other non-structural components will be allowed.

      5. Acoustical ceiling tile shall not be installed until all work above ceilings has been completed and temperature and humidity will be maintained as indicated for final occupancy.
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