From Realtà Mapei International n° 63 - 7/13/2017
Girdwood School is located in Girdwood, Alaska, 36 miles southeast of Anchorage, which is a year-round resort town surrounded by the peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range and famous internationally for its 5-star ski resort, Alyeska.
The Anchorage architectural firm chosen to design both the expansion and the renovation to the original parts of the school (constructed in 1982) was McCool Carlson Green (MCG). MCG’s project called for levelling and smoothing all of the floors with a self-levelling concrete topping, which could be stained and polished to a high gloss – such as ULTRATOP PC. MCG looked to a local Girdwood artist, Sheila Wyne, who evoked the Girdwood outdoor living experience using ULTRATOP PC for her creative concepts.
Moose, ptarmigan and snowshoe tracks were created by local artists Jim Dault and Shala Dobson with aluminum. First, MAPECEM QUICKPATCH concrete patch was used to repair a minor defect in the floor. Then, PLANIBOND EBA bonding agent was applied to the entire floor to ensure a perfect bond of the ULTRATOP PC to the substrate/floor. The aluminum strips were epoxy-anchored in place on the concrete slab in the form of curves. CNC-cut tracks, as well as the bubble circles found in the sand flats, were hand-placed and epoxy-anchored to the slab by Wyne, Dault and Dobson.
PLANIBOND AE anchoring gel was used to anchor the aluminum strips and the other embeds to the PLANIBOND EBA and sand surface. After these aluminum pieces were laid out and PLANIBOND AE had dried, ULTRATOP PC has been poured in the hallways and the common areas/auditorium, flowing it just over the surface of the embedded aluminum pieces that created the various themes. ULTRATOP PC was then flowed around all of the embedded aluminum strips and design features.