Overhead and Under Foot, Armstrong Products Are Winners at the Summer Olympics in Beijing
August 7 - The 2008 Olympic Games burst into action this week in Beijing, China, taking place in some of the most extraordinary sporting venues ever built. Armstrong flooring and ceiling products are getting in the games, too, playing important design and performance positions in 11 Olympic venues, including the Bird’s Nest – the innovative main arena – and the aquatic centre, nicknamed the Water Cube. In all, 140,600 square meters of Armstrong products cover floors and ceilings of the Olympic buildings. That’s equivalent to 112 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube
The futuristic National Aquatics Centre, called the Water Cube, looks as if it is covered in semi-transparent, blue bubbles. The €100 million, 50,000 square meter structure, called “one of the most significant sports venues in the world” by Zheng Fang, a key architect for the building, features three Armstrong products.
Armstrong flooring and ceiling products are installed in the Water Cube offices and passageways. DLW Linoleum was chosen here, too, after tests for performance and aesthetics. Armstrong Dune ceilings and Suprafine suspension grid also beat the competition based on the system’s excellent humidity resistance, acoustics, overall quality and 15-year warranty.
Other Notable Olympic Venues with Armstrong Product
The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, the National Convention Centre and the Beijing Olympic Broadcast Centre have installed thousands of square meters of Armstrong building products as well, including ANF and Classic Lite ceilings and Peakform grid. These HumiGuard-protected products perform well in areas with high humidity.
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