The Alumafloor Story

Architects Holabird & Root Conference Room

The Test

The world-famous Chicago architectural firm of Holabird & Root wished to appoint one of their headquarters conference rooms and reception area with a dashing twist, aluminum flooring. How intriguing!

So intriguing, that they could not find anyone who made it or installed it. Not the industrial material type found in loading docks and freight elevators but a product with a modern look. They ended up at the door of a trusted supplier / installer of floor coverings in the Chicago commercial flooring market. With the concept in mind, the product was developed, tested and applied to Holabird & Root's conference room floor.

The Project

Soon the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) announced the winner of its international competition to design two major new structures on its famous Ludwig Mies van der Rohe campus on Chicago's near South Side.

Helmut Jahn, was selected for the new State Street Village student housing towers, while International icon Rem Koolhaas's Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam was chosen for the new McCormick Tribune Campus Center in Chicago.

Koolhaas created a partnership with Holabird & Root for design development and structural engineering. Holabird & Roots conference room floor was actually an audition for the world's largest aluminum floor installation at IIT.

The Result

With a joint venture between flooring firms Power Stretch, now rebranded as Alumafloor & More Inc., and PCI FlorTech the two took on the task and successfully installed 30,000 square feet of the new product in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center. The renowned project catapulted Alumafloor into the world's architectural design spotlight.

What We Offer

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    Floors made to order in any size, shape or thickness a client can imagine. Alumafloor will work with you to create your desired product.

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    Wall Panels made to order in any size, shape or thickness a client can imagine. Alumafloor staff will work with you to create your desired product.

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    We can manufacture several aluminum products. We manufacture wall base, finished stair treads, risers, bull nosing, frames, floor/wall signage, and decorative elements.

General Dynamics

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I just wanted to drop you a note to express my gratitude to you for the great work that you did on the IIT Campus Center aluminum flooring.

It is not an overstatement to say that without your vision and dedication we would not have the beautiful aluminum flooring we have today.

Less obvious to the casual observer, but no less appreciated by those of us on the design side, are the long hours of research and development put in by you to ensure the long term beauty and integrity of this flooring system.

The tremendous craftsmanship that went into the installation of the aluminum flooring is a real credit to your profession.

Gregory Grunloh, AIA
Holabird & Root
Apart from conventional floor coverings... the strong yet understated presence made Alumafloor our choice for the Kohler Store Performance Room. - Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois
Hal Goldstein, Partner
Janson Goldstein Architects, LLP
Your aluminum flooring looks terrific.

Thank you for your help and wonderful products.
Tony Spagnola, Principal
Spagnola & Associates