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Success Story: GSU Greenway Project

Jan 25, 2022Case Studies


Steel Anti Slip Floor Coating for New GSU Greenspace

Almost a decade in the making, the Georgie State University Greenway Project has recently completed the first phase of it’s plans to create more green space for students and faculty. IKG’s anti slip floor coating is featured on the stairways between the new communal are and the campus; ensuring student safety for years to come.

Out with the Old

In order to create GSU’s outdoor oasis, additional space was needed. Plans for the demolition of Kell Hall began in 2013, with an announcement from GSU President Mark Becker. Originally constructed in 1925, Kell Hall (previously known as Bolling Jones Building) was one of Atlanta’s first multi-story parking structures. In 1946 it was converted into campus classrooms, housing, and business space. By 2018 the building no longer held classes, and finally in April 2019 demotion crews would begin the painstaking process of clearing the structure along with parts of the Library Plaza platform.

Once Kell Hall was removed from the map, construction began on the creation of the greenspace. Part of the Greenway Project, GSU hoped to create not only space for students to congregate and enjoy, but also improve walkability and the aesthetics of the rest of the campus. The concrete corridors of the past will give way to courtyards and quadrangles that link several academic buildings and the library. There will also be new façade improvements to three of the surrounding structures along with preservation efforts for dawn redwoods surrounding the plaza.

Safety First

IKG’s line of anti-slip floor coatings, MEBAC® , was used on the new staircase that connects part of the campus to the new greenspace. MEBAC®  is a metal bonded slip resistant surface that is applied through a patented metal grit and arc spray process to Aluminum, Carbon and Stainless-Steel surfaces. The application takes place in house and can be administered to IKG grating products as well as client provided materials. In case of the GSU Greenway Project staircase, the anti-slip coating was used on aluminum plate and due to the longevity of the material and application will provide students, faculty, and visitors with a safe walkable surface for succeeding years.

Founded in 1902, IKG provides steel, aluminum and stainless steel grating products for a variety of industries and applications. To learn more about the benefits of anti-slip floor coatings, or to get a quote for your current project, fill out our request a quote form or call us at: 800-324-8417.

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