Monday morning, conference call
The floor was verbally described to us, as photos and samples were not available. The descriptions were a bit vague and imprecise, but there was enough to get started.
The first Custom Sample was produced and shipped out by air that day, for delivery Tuesday.
Tuesday morning conference call
The first sample was received by the architect and evaluated. Unsurprisingly, it was not exactly what was wanted, but now with a sample in-hand to discuss, conversations were more productive. Verbal course corrections were given, and expected traffic, cleaning and maintenance capabilities were discussed so that an appropriate product, with a suitable texture and finish, could be designed.
Custom Sample #2 was created and shipped out that day.
Wednesday morning conference call
The second sample was received and discussed. TB management suggested an increased level of hand texturing, as this creates an elevated level of visual noise within the product which serves to hide the occasional bit of dirt and grime, and to disguise the inevitable minor damage that would occur in such a high-traffic environment.
These suggestions were accepted, and Custom Sample #3 was shipped out.
Thursday afternoon conference call
Architect was pleased with Custom Sample #3 and sent it to the client for approval.
Friday afternoon conference call
Sample #3 was approved by the client’s Store Design department, with a minor change: due to ADA requirements, maximum slope from the new floor to an existing floor dictated a maximum wood floor thickness of 7/16”, a non-standard dimension. TB production personnel were consulted, and it was agreed that this was feasible, and no additional sample was required. Dimension drawings were made and sent for approval, along with price quotes and a lead-time of 6 weeks (for 10,000 sq ft of 100% custom manufactured flooring).
And now, 8 years later?
Over 1,000,000 square feet of this floor, and subsequent design iterations, installed for this client.