Expert Emphasises Importance of Architects in Flooring Solutions
The importance of Architects in providing floor solutions was brought to the fore at the Town and Gown Seminar recently organised by the Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota.
The Guest Speaker at the event, Arc. Oladapo Ajayi noted that flooring solution could only work when the Architect says it works. He spoke on, “Innovative Flooring Solutions for Architectural Spaces.”
Arc. Ajayi, who is the Managing Director of Apoidea Limited also emphasised the need for Architects to get their specifications right in order not to jeopardise the comfort of the space end users.
“Flooring, no matter how beautiful, has to pass the building code. Therefore, when you get your specifications right, it makes others perform at their ultimate,” he explained.
The guest speaker advised that the Architects should ask relevant questions on both the main and occasional usage of the space. This, he said, would determine the specification. He noted that, though, no single material could satisfy flooring solution, the Architect however has options and must insist on getting what he wants from the manufacturers.
Innovative flooring solutions, according to Arc. Ajayi include floors that generate its own light, which are useful for branding and way finding. Others are life floor, for wet play areas around the swimming pool, electrical generating floors, for area with a lot of traffic, rapid develop floors (interlocking floors) and Electrostatic Discharged (ESD) Areas, built to avoid electrical discharge from the body. “Spaces do not have to be boring,” he added.
At the event were the Acting Head, Department of Architecture, Dr. Oluwole Alagbe, Professor Albert Adeboye, Professor Eziyi Ibem, Dr. Omoyeni Fulani, Dr. Ekhaese Eghosa, Mr. Erebor Emokpae, other faculty, staff and students.