Archdiocese Building 21

Toughest Site Conditions

Photos by: Olivia Sheehy Photography

Absolute Commercial Flooring, Inc.

Design by Miller Dunwiddie

St. Paul, MN


The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was relocating to a building that had been vacant for the last 10 years with no operational HVAC system. To complicate matters, the building was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Over the last 50 years, the floors had been chemically abated (asbestos) at various points with no supporting documentation. The concrete moisture readings were 99% Rh on the lower 2 levels of the building. The concrete sub-floor was in a shambles throughout the building. All 55,000 SF required attention of one kind or another: bead blasting, grinding, self-leveling or feathering. The carpet tile manufacturer specified by the A&D firm, did not have a cost effective solution for high moisture or chemically abated floors. Since the client was not in a position to pay for an expensive moisture mitigation system, we needed another option. A collaborative effort was made to position Tandus carpet tile with Omnicoat to the A&D firm. Tandus provided a cost effective solution for these issues as well as a warranty! Schonox provided a solution and warranty for all the leveling and feathering that was required. The project represents a great FUSE team effort in the face of adversity!