Purdue includes safety and aesthetics in Gateway renovations

SLIPNOT at Purdue Student Union Enterance
  • The Situation

    Founded in 1869, Purdue University in Indiana offers undergraduate and graduate programs in 200+ major areas of study and is known for its engineering programs.

    The university had planned nearly two dozen gateway updates to be executed in time for its 150th anniversary and meant to frame the Purdue Memorial Union.

    At one of the busiest entries to the campus, the plazas are designed to give thousands of student, faculty and visitor pedestrians more room to maneuver at street corners. The university team wanted to ensure that these walkways were slip resistant.

  • The Solution

    Specialty flooring designers, Creative Edge had partnered with SLIPNOT on another famous public project in Times Square (Spotlight on Broadway).

    Purdue had similar specifications, aesthetics and safety requirements and Creative Edge contacted SLIPNOT for another custom application.

    SLIPNOT applies its technology to metal provided by customers. Precut stainless steel letters were sent to us to be made slip resistant.

    Our slip and fall prevent experts recommended Grade 2 stainless steel SLIPNOT coating technology be applied to ensure that the inlayed letters will withstand harsh weather elements like rain and snow due to natural corrosion resistant properties.

  • The Impact

    When Purdue first opened its doors, they began with just six instructors and 39 students. Now the university is home to more than 40,000 students and 3,000 faculty members. Safety, as well as presentation, is a top priority for educational facilities. Stainless steel SLIPNOT products have been used on many applications for several reasons; one main motive is due to its aesthetically pleasing presentation. Stainless steel is also extremely durable, low maintenance, and leaves a much smaller carbon footprint than other metals. The long term lifespan and low maintenance costs make it an economical choice in the long run. The Boilermakers will benefit from SLIPNOT’s duality and will continue to include that aspect in the completion of the rest of the gateways across campus.

    For more details and photos: https://www.jconline.com/story/news/2019/05/09/purdues-1-9-m-gateway-quietly-opens-new-grads-immediately-gravitate-photo-ops/1151701001/

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