Heartwise Express: Cutting a Floor, Naturally

Display & Design Ideas - November, 1994

Heartwise Express, Lombard, Illinois

Heartwise Express, Lombard, Illinois

and the amount of water pressure to adjust to the different material being cut.and the amount of water pressure to adjust to the different material being cut.

"The amount of material removed from resilient flooring during the waterjet-cut process is equivalent to the width of two human hairs, or 12/1000", to make a very tight fit," says Sue Folliard, director of sales and marketing for Creative Floor Design. "We are now able to give designers the option to be creative with materials other than marble and granite."

Creative Floor Design has since provided designs using the waterjet-cut process for the McHenry, Illinois, McDonald's restaurant this year and has also produced the logos for some Noodle Kidoodle stores. ■

(See also Phipps Plaza: Upscale mall's flooring wishes are carved in stone)

As a health food restaurant, Heartwise Express, Lombard, Illinois., wanted to offer people a natural, environmentally friendly food establishment. And of course, says Heartwise CEO Rosemary Deahl, "we wanted to use all natural elements in our design."

With these requirements in mind, Aumiller/Youngquist (Chicago), the architectural firm selected to design the space, chose Marmoleum, a sheet linoleum flooring made by European flooring manufacturer Forbo. The flooring offers natural, durable, resilient and cost-effective qualities.

The only challenge lay in duplicating the restaurant's globe logo onto the floor. The waterjet-cutting process necessary to do the job properly had been used previously in this country only with such hard surfaces as granite and marble.

In the waterjet-cut process, a design is produced using a CAD system, and a stream of water cuts through the material to form a duplicate of the picture. The pieces of material are then installed, like parts of a puzzle. The old method of cutting materials by hand was, by comparison, labor-intensive and less accurate.

A local company, Creative Floor Design (Crystal Lake, Illinois), was willing to try the waterjet-cut process because it had seen it used effectively in Europe a few years earlier. It was just a matter of altering the current technology