Friday, December 13, 2013

Marlite Myriad Wall Panels Surface & Panel Q4-2013 Cover Story

Check out the Marlite Myriad wall panels in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on the cover of this quarter’s Surface & Panel Magazine

Friday, October 11, 2013

University of Michigan Alice Lloyd Hall

Lead Designer: Robert Yurk

General Contractor: Walbridge

Installer: Kulbacki Inc 

Marlite System: Surface Systems

Wood Veneer: Flat-Cut Maple & Bird's Eye Maple

Marlite is proud to be part of this modern design for University of Michigan's Alice Lloyd Hall!

Robert Yurk, director of housing planning and design, said the planning team for the residence hall renovations held student focus groups and issued online surveys to figure out the most desirable improvements they could make to the building.
“We love getting that feedback and that input,” Yurk said. “So hopefully, we can address those concerns and the needs and the desires.”

Spaces on the first and second floors have been completely renovated to allow for a more open layout and easy navigation, according to Yurk. Additionally, student rooms have received mechanical and electrical upgrades, such as new lighting and flooring features, updated fire suppression systems and air conditioning.

Yurk said that during the renovation process, the team was able to create more student rooms in the form of suites, some of which contain two floors. Yurk said he hopes the suites will be “fun and popular,” adding that they will be available through the normal housing assignment process.
The basement of Alice Lloyd, which will be the largest community room within the residence hall, has was also renovated to make the space more welcoming for student use.
Other common areas include a laundry room, music practice rooms, study rooms, classrooms and student lounges.

University Housing spokesman Peter Logan noted that students from nearby residence halls, including as Couzens Residence Hall and Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall, will have easier access to Alice Lloyd through a new entrance from Palmer Field.
“By promoting more of the entrance to the building on the Palmer Field side, it builds on that whole neighborhood experience that we’ve been working into the Residential Life Initiatives,” Logan said. “It’s not about a series of very distinct and isolated buildings, but creating more of a flow among residence halls that share a neighborhood.”

Logan said 520 students will live in Alice Lloyd next year, 175 of which will be a part of the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, which is a living and learning community for students interested in literature and the arts.
Yurk said the design team tried to use environmentally-friendly products when possible, as it has done with other recently renovated residence halls such as Couzens. He said the building also has motion-sensor lighting throughout the corridors, lounges, bathrooms and other common areas.
The design team also installed low water-flow appliances and an energy recovery unit, which harvests hot and cold air from showers and bathrooms to limit the residents’ water consumption. Insulation on the exterior walls has also been added to further improve energy conservation.

Yurk said University Housing is looking forward to seeing student reactions to the renovated space.
“Every time we finish a project, we’re excited,” Yurk said. “We hope that we addressed the concerns that we heard in the focus groups and the surveys … (and that) the students find (the changes) exciting, beneficial, useful, both from a serious point of view of studying, but also from a leisure point of view.” Read More By DANIELLE STOPPELMANN, Daily Staff Reporter

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sebasticook Valley Hospital Inpatient Expansion

Marlite FlameSafe Headwall

Architectural Firm: Lavallee Brensinger Architects

Installer: Cianbro Corporation

Marlite System: Marlite FlameSafe

High Pressure Laminate: Arborite W415-VL Chocolate Hazelnut

The new 25,000-square-foot wing at Sebasticook Valley Hospital merges modern medical care with earth tones, quiet and privacy. 

The new wing opens Monday, with 19 private rooms, each with its own bathroom, shower and sink. Six existing inpatient rooms will be renovated to match the news ones, bringing the total number of rooms to 25, said acting Chief Executive Officer Terri Vieira.
In the old inpatient wing of the hospital, built in 1963, each room had two beds with one toilet and a sink to serve four patients, so it was time to modernize for patient comfort and privacy, Vieira said. 
Marlite FlameSafe Headwall
“This is big for this community,” Vieira said. “This speaks to the fact that health care in the Sebasticook Valley region is important and it speaks to our future here. We’re making a commitment — we’ve been here for 50 years and we plan to be here in the future.”
The new wing at Sebasticook Valley has five large “super suites” with two beds each, a couch, television, private walk-in shower and large windows, all separated by a retractable wall for privacy for longer term patients.
The expansion also includes three special care rooms, with a lift system that can take critically ill patients directly from bed into a nearby shower room.
Vieira said the hospital serves more than 30,000 people a year.
“I believe health care is local and we’re going to be here for those communities and those people,” she said.
Vieira said 25 beds is the maximum allowed for rural, so-called critical access hospitals to be eligible for federal funding. The designation was established by federal law for special payments under the Medicare program.
“We have 25 beds — we did not increase our number of beds,” Vieira said. “They will just be more private, larger and all will have a private bathroom.”
Marlite FlameSafe Column Wraps
The layout, with earth tone walls, deep carpeting and low ceilings with acoustic tiles to absorb sound, is a loop of patient rooms with staff work stations down the center of the loop. Doors from the service stations open onto each corridor of the loop.
“We tried to create space that was soft, with natural colors,” Vieira. “There are wood panels; green and tan colors. We tried to use as much natural light as we could, to bring the natural elements inside; flowers and vines and leaf patterns on the wallpaper and curtains.” Read More

Marlite FlameSafe Headwall
“Basically, we’re providing better spaces for patients to heal in,” said Jennifer Yarbrough, director of marketing for Sebasticook Valley Hospital. “We did hear the needs of the community and we responded accordingly.”
“This is a new layout for the future and I think a lot of hospitals will be presenting this kind of format with private rooms and thinking about patient wellness,” Yarbrough said.

The wing is also designed to keep noise to a minimum, she said. There are four nursing stations, a kitchenette and bedside controls that operate lights, control the television and call nurses for specific reasons like water, pain medication and help into the bathroom.
“It was really time [for an upgrade],” said Yarbrough. “Those [old] rooms are from 1963. It was really state of the art then, and now they’re just too small for the new equipment and we had too many people sharing one bathroom. It was a matter of privacy and patient dignity.” Read More

Friday, September 6, 2013

Win a LEGO Architecture Studio from Marlite!

Marlite is giving away a LEGO Architecture Studio set. 

Once we reach 5000 twitter followers we will select a follower at random to receive the LEGO Architecture Studio set. This is an adult lego set see the features below for more information.

Follow us here for your chance to win:

"Embrace your inner architect and get to building with the help of over 1,200 monochromatic white and translucent pieces, base plates, and a 250+ page book filled with real architectural examples for inspiration" - Design Milk read more
Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO® form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!


  • Includes 1210 white and transparent LEGO® bricks, sorting trays and an inspirational 272-page guidebook
  • Guidebook includes tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises
  • Use the monochromatic bricks to help you learn the fundamentals of architectural design in a LEGO context
  • Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects
  • Guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner
  • Be inspired by world-renowned architects
  • Release your inner architect and explore a world of endless creative possibilities Read More

Friday, August 23, 2013

Stone Canyon Elementary School - Owasso OK

Architectural Firm: The Stacy Group

Marlite System: 

Surface Systems MAP System 

Allison Curran was awarded an Outstanding Design Award from American Schools and Universities Magazine for this amazing design.

Marlite Surface Systems

Stone Canyon Elementary’s program was developed through a collaborative process that included school administrators, teachers, the community, architects and interior designers. The program called for a 650-student facility that would maintain a sense of community and scale, as well as take cues from the unique site.

Marlite Surface Systems
The Stacy Group develops the idea of a "School of Character" using nature as the backdrop. Each grade level has its own pod with a representative character trait and insect. This enables students to adopt this mascot and corresponding character trait throughout each year in the facility.
Marlite Surface Systems

Security was paramount when designing the facility. The design includes a secure vestibule that enables controlled access into the building. All of the exterior entrances can be seen from three camera locations. Each pod can be locked from the interior and eliminate access from the main corridors. This enables egress through the pod and away from intruders.

Energy efficiency and operating costs also were identified as high priorities for the building. The facility has daylighting in each area. The building also utilizes an energy-management control system. For additional energy savings, motion sensors control lighting in common spaces throughout the building, and sinks and toilets have infrared controls.

Each pod has an outdoor classroom that encourages teaching outside the box. Administrators wanted to develop an area where students could be more hands-on with class projects and interact with nature. The outdoor classrooms extend beyond the building and are specific for each age group.

The design of the interior spaces incorporates colors, shapes and textures to help students and visitors navigate the building more easily. By giving each pod its own entrance and identity, students develop a sense of community and ownership that teachers can use in the curriculum.

"Engaging, playful spaces for students. A well-thought-out, secure plan with good value."--2010 jury Read More

Friday, August 16, 2013

Via Christi Hospital Women’s Center - Pittsburg KS


Architectural Firm: HMN Architects

Marlite Certified Parner: Carroll Seating

Marlite Surface Systems

Marlite System: 

Surface Systems MAP System 

High Pressure Laminate: Wilsonart 7935 Shaker Cherry 

Marlite Metal: Alum Stainless

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg is a regional leader in health care for southeast Kansas.
Our comprehensive Cancer Center was among the first in the region and is fully certified by the American College of Surgeons.
The Via Christi Heart Center features a state-of-the-art catheterization lab and is supported by our newly renovated $2.6 million Cardiac Stepdown Unit.
Our Emergency Room is recognized as a Level III Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
Our specialty service line is extensive and includes Orthopedics, Diagnostics, Surgery, Physical Therapy and Occupational Health.
Every day we make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We're committed to our mission of serving as a healing presence with special concern for our neighbors who are most vulnerable.
Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg is accredited by The Joint Commission and holds memberships in the American Hospital Association, the Kansas Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association. Read More

Via Christi Hospital Women’s Center

Before designing the Women’s Center, HMN’s team accompanied the client on a tour of several other facilities to “benchmark” the preferred configuration of the new unit. Mock-up rooms were then developed to determine the desired layouts for the LDR and Post-Partum rooms. The renovated center is three times the size of the previous unit. The new Women’s Center has five labor rooms and 13 all-private postpartum rooms. 
Marlite Surface Systems
Rooms are equipped with hotel-style amenities, including flat screen televisions, recliners and larger bathrooms with showers and hair dryers. The $6 million project includes two new triage rooms and a central fetal monitoring system, allowing nurses to monitor multiple babies. Read More

Friday, August 9, 2013

Armen Cadillac - Plymouth Meeting, PA

Architectural Firm: PJA Architecture

General Contractor: TN Ward Company

Marlite Certified Parner: Neshaminy Valley Millwork

Marlite System: 

Surface Systems MAP System Veneer: Bacon Rift Cut White Oak with Custom Stain

Take an interactive tour of Arman Cadillac's impressive showroom below keep an eye out for the Marlite Surface Systems Decorative walls in each glass office and behind the color choices.

Armen Cadillac Showroom Remodel Now Complete!

This is a very exciting time at Armen Cadillac, after 7 months of construction, we will be having
a Grand Re-Opening to our new state of the art dealership! 

Our new showroom offers a spacious customer waiting area with all the amenities including a self-service coffee bar and free Internet access - even a professional shoe shiner! It also has a Cadillac information area, business cubicles for privacy, and a new covered service drive for your convenience. Stop by and check out our facility!  Read More

TN Ward finishes a total renovation of Armen Cadillac in Plymouth Meeting.  The new building features the latest Cadillac Image program.  Work included a new façade using a lightweight stone panel product and an interior renovation featuring glass offices and high end interior finishes.  T.N. Ward Company worked closely with Phillip Jordan Architects to implement the Cadillac Image program while working within the owner’s budget. Read More

Friday, July 19, 2013

University of Missouri Hospital - Columbia, MO

Architectural Firm: 

Simon Oswald Associates Columbia, MO

Lead Architect: 

Matt Pinkstaff

Installer: Waterhout Construction

Marlite System: 

Surface Systems Ultra Durable Compact Laminate: Formica Glam Cherry & Nevamar Tea Stain Spun Yarn

Complete renovation of the 24,000 s.f. main hospital lobby concourse, elevator lobbies and parking garage entries.
For decades the University Hospital parking garage and lobby concourse has been the gateway for all entering the Hospital. 
With the new state-of-the-art Patient Care Tower under construction and scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2013, it is also time for the lobby to receive enhancements that will provide a visually cohesive transition from old to new.

Garage entries are designed to coordinate with materials and detailing of the new patient care tower, offering updated facades and well lit canopies to attract and welcome patients and visitors.
The lobby concourse will be enhanced with wood tones, natural hues and textures reminiscent of the new Patient Care Tower finishes.  Relocation of information desks and reconfiguration of seating will support new pedestrian traffic patterns and offer a variety of seating opportunities.
For consistency and way finding, elevator lobbies will be renovated to include similar finishes and detailing also found in the new tower.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Delta T-4 Duty Free Store JFK Airport

Marlite System: 

Architectural Firm: 

Woods Bagot

Lead Architect: 

Gabriel Piedrahita

Graphic Artist: 

Michael Palladino

Project Manager: Michael Harvey Blue Stone Management

The Shops at Terminal 4:   Something for Everyone!
Terminal 4’s expansive shopping mall offers a wide range of retail options with something for everyone.
Today, passengers can shop at a range of chic, upscale boutiques offering the hottest fashions or find items of great value in the everything-for-$10 gift shops. From convenience stores selling books and sundries to full-service spas, offerings of delicious chocolate, electronic devices and a full range of duty free and tax free shopping (up to $100), Terminal 4 offers an exciting, family-friendly place to spend time before departing on a flight. (see more at

Friday, June 21, 2013

Illinois University Edwardsville Science Building – Edwardsville, IL

Marlite System: 

  • Surface Systems Formica 7701 Gilded Glaze, Pionite AV721 Thyme Fiber, Formica 7219 Forrest Terra
  • Myriad with Lumicor Paper Leaf

Architectural Firm: 

Hastings & Chivetta St Louis, MO

Lead Interior Designer: 

Adrianne Bellew

General Contractor: Williams Brothers

Marlite Certified Installation Partner: Sebco

New Science Building

Numerous factors place an increasing demand on science facilities at SIUE: rising interest in the sciences, recognition of the importance of lab experience for general education, as well as SIUE’s participation in the Illinois Articulation Initiative, which requires all undergraduates take at least one lab-based science course.
The existing science building is used seven days a week to meet lab schedules. Constructed in 1966, it houses Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics and Environmental Sciences. Code limitations severely restrict teaching and research programs and piecemeal modifications have taxed the building’s mechanical systems.
SIUE hired Hastings+Chivetta to design a renovation of the existing building and construction of an adjoining facility to enhance quality of instruction and to attract top faculty and students. Programming incorporated current trends in science education including smaller classrooms, instructional technology, student research, interactive learning and interdisciplinary spaces, especially laboratories.
Specialized labs dedicated to specific sciences will accommodate adjacent cold rooms, warm rooms and environmental growth chambers. Other components will include a machine shop, a scanning electron microscope facility, a darkroom, animal care facilities, conference rooms, study areas and student lounges.
The project is targeting LEED Silver Certification. (Read more... Hastings & Chivetta)

Science Building an Example for Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wraps the first of six planned LEED Silver or higher facilities

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has embarked on a major expansion effort to upgrade many of its campus facilities. In doing so, the school has turned to LEED construction principles to reduce its environmental impact. By the time all projects are complete, six campus facilities will be LEED Silver or higher, the second highest total among all Illinois universities. “It was a concerted effort that started out one project at a time,” says Rich Walker, assistant vice chancellor of administration at SIUE, which is less than 20 miles from St. Louis in Edwardsville, Illinois. “It continues to evolve into something more.” (read more...  gb&d magazine)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bakersfield Association of Realtors

Marlite Volta Dimensional Wall Panels

Marlite System: 

  • Surface Systems Marlite Faux Finish 715 Mahogany and 319 Whittier Anigre
  • Slatwall with Mahogany LPM Finish
  • Volta Dimensional Panel in Lucy Pattern with Painted Finish

Architectural Firm: Ordiz Melby Architects Bakersfield, CA

Architect: Jeannie Bertolaccini

General Contractor: Pyramid Construction Bakersfield, CA

Marlite Certified Installation Partner: Universal Plastics

Marlite Surface Systems on Far Wall

Project Bio: 

Marlite Slatwall

This project was a tenant improvement project. The Bakersfield Association of Realtors purchased the building and it was completely remodled including new walls. Marlite Systems were located in the board room for excutives to host meetings, the community room to serve as realtor research, and the lobby for guests. The lobby included Volta Dimensional Panels, Surface Systems, and Slatwall. 

Marlite Surface Systems Wall

The Bakersfield Association of Realtors stated in their November/December magazine "Our new Association home will most certainly have a fresh new look and feel, which we trust our members will be proud of for years to come!" (read more here Bakersfield Realtor Magazine Nov/Dec 2012)

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