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Division 09

  • 09 00 00 FINISHES

09 00 01 Owner General Requirements and Design Intent

.01 Schedule of Finishes
  1. Professional Note:  Finish schedules will be developed with University concurrence on a project-by-project basis.
  2. The Professional will be required to prepare and submit to the University for approval, a schedule of finishes accompanied by a complete color board showing all finishes, color chips, and material samples of scheduled finishes and specified and/or approved alternate materials.  This submission will be required prior to approval of final plans.
  3. Particularly careful attention must be given to the selection of color.  In addition to all other considerations, maintain-ability is an important factor that must be included in the selection process.  Past experience at the University indicates that certain colors and color ranges do not hold their good appearance under normal usage.  For instance, dark colors have a tendency to show scuff marks more so than light colors, while greys and light greens show less scuff marks than any other colors the University maintains.
  4. At stairwells, landings, and stair treads, consideration must be given to maintenance in the selection of floor covering materials.
    1. Dark colors shall not be used.
    2. The material must be smooth, no grooves or ridges permitted.
    3. The material should be non-slip, but not of abrasive materials.
  5. Ceramic Tile Floors:  Where ceramic tile is used at floor areas, the installation should be specified to conform with the recommendations of the Ceramic Tile Institute.
  6. Wood Gymnasium Floors:  All wood gymnasium floors shall be specified to receive the following finish system:
    • Two coats of Hillyard Trophy Wood Seal #348 followed by two coats of Hillyard Trophy Gym-Finish #278.
  7. The preferred materials and finishes for interior walls are those which are durable, easily maintained and resistant to normal occupancy damage.  The use of vinyl wall covering and wood paneling will be considered for specific areas.

09 50 00 CEILINGS

.01 Ceilings, Suspended Acoustic
  1. Suspended ceiling systems should be of the type that allows the ceiling material to be removed from its supporting framework, or otherwise removable, and replaceable, without refinishing.
  2. Do not permit the attachment of lighting fixtures directly to the ceiling grid system without proper reinforcement of the ceiling suspension system.
  3. All ceilings at areas that may have mechanical equipment above which will require periodic servicing, maintenance and/or filter changing shall be so constructed that access to the equipment may be gained without removal of major ceiling support devices or dismantling and replacement of the ceiling system.  Access panels shall be clearly identified.

09 60 00 FLOORING

09 68 10 Carpet Tile

Note:  Carpet tiles only shall be specified and installed; broadloom carpet is not allowed.  Any deviation or exception to this must be approved in writing by the Assistant Vice President of the Office of Physical Plant.
  1. Carpet shall be installed as per the most current version of the manufacturer’s recommendations, and guidelines, including for subfloor preparation, installation conditions and methods.  All carpet shall be selected from the list of approved Penn State styles available on the following manufacturers' websites:
    1. InterfaceFLOR, 1503 Orchard Hill Road, LaGrange, Georgia, 30240
      1. Penn State website:  http://contracts.interface.com/Penn-State
    2. Shaw Industries, Inc. (including Patcraft) d/b/a Shaw Contract Group, 616 East Walnut Avenue, Dalton, Georgia, 30721
      1. Penn State website:  commercial.shawinc.com/psu/
    3. Mohawk Group, 160 S Industrial Blvd., Calhoun, GA 30701
      1. Penn State website:  https://mohawkgroup.sbisite.com/pennstate
  2. Installation Guidelines
    1. Carpet Tile may be installed via glue or non-glue adhesive systems with the following notes:  sloped/inclined sloped/inclined surfaces  (regardless of slope), raised floors over pressurized plenum, vertical surfaces, stairs, areas subject to heavy rolling loads (all these areas will require the use of  pressure sensitive glue, per the manufacturer’s specifications).  And areas, which upon consultation with the Office of Physical Plant personnel and manufacturer, are determined to be large as related to square yardage (which may require partially glued based installation). 
    2. No wet set applications will be permitted to be employed the installation process in the so noted areas.
    3.  All glues must be water based, zero calculated VOC’s, and contain no toxic or hazardous ingredients. 
    4. Solvent/petroleum based glues are prohibited.
    5.  The adhesive must be formulated to facilitate release and re-bonding of carpet tiles while permanently retaining its tack, allowing individual tiles to be lifted out easily and replaced without substantial loss of adhesive properties for the life of the installation.  
    6. Spare glue and glue containers must be recyclable.


.01 Paint
  1. Finish Materials
    1. Shall conform to applicable code for flame/fuel/smoke ratings requirements.
    2. Shall be stored and applied in environmental conditions required by manufacturer's instructions.
    3. Shall be ready-mixed, except field catalyzed coatings, of good flow and brushing properties, capable of drying or curing free of streaks or sags.
    4. Shall be applied in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
    5. All new work shall be a primary grade.  Different shades of color shall be used for each coat.  The number of coats for existing work shall be as required to equal new work.
      1. Primer--one coat
      2. Finish--two coats
  2. Finishes
    1. Interior coats must be washable, except where flat finishes are used.
    2. Interior wall paints shall be semigloss finish.  No flat finish shall be permitted.  Professional Note:  Where the wall substrate is drywall, continuing runs of wall of more than 25 feet shall be avoided, especially in corridors.
    3. Finish for trim shall be enamel for painted finish and varnish for natural wood finishes.
    4. Finish for ceilings may be flat except in areas such as toilet rooms, shower rooms, locker rooms, wet-type laboratories, and the like, where a semigloss shall be used.
    5. Piping in mechanical and boiler rooms and above finished ceilings does not have to be painted, except for external corrosion-control piping.  All other exposed piping shall be painted a color appropriate to the space.
  3. Manufacturer shall be one of the following:
    1. Sherwin Williams
    2. PPG Architectural Coatings Inc.
    3. Benjamin Moore & Co.
.02 University Mechanical Color Code
  1. NOTE: This section has been revised and relocated to section 23 05 01.05 B.
.03 Door Lettering
  1. Lettering and renumbering on doors is discontinued.  (Refer to The Penn State Standards Signage Manual for requirements.)