Finally, we can share some photos of our new flooring in the Community Room! It was a long process, with lots of repairs needed on the base, but it has some exciting features we want to share with you.
First, you’ll notice the floor is darker than the previous beige tiles. A darker tone helps to camouflage any scuffs or marks between cleanings, as this is a high-use floor. The blue-grey hue compliments our Wedgwood blue walls in the main library. This shade has become a bit of a trademark color for HLM, with several patrons asking us for the color code. It does not have a high gloss finish, as this is a heavy traffic room with furniture moving about, and so it would be very costly to maintain a polished floor.
Second, it is virtually impossible to slip on the surface of the floor, due to the slightly “pebbled” texture. Even if the floor is wet, the likelihood of slips is virtually zero. This safety feature was very important to us.
Thirdly, due to the high quality epoxy coating, sound is absorbed and echoes are reduced. Not only are meetings not heard upstairs in the main library, but it is easier to understand a speaker when their voice is not echoed between the floor and ceiling.
Our new teaching kitchen is next! In the interim, we welcome group meetings that do not require kitchen services of any kind. If you need tables and chairs, we’ve got you covered. If you need a stove, refrigerator, microwave, or running water, you may want to meet somewhere else until our kitchen is up and running. (Also, we temporarily do not have bathroom facilities in the Community Room. We are working to rectify this as soon as possible, within the next 1-2 weeks.)
Thank you for your patience as we work to provide our community with an outstanding meeting facility!