The Hakkasan Hroup owns more than 20 premier dining and nightlife brands. So when it came time to update one of its high-profile venues, Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the hospitality firm tapped a similarly prominent partner to lead the effort: Rockwell Group.

Named Omnia, the reconceived nightclub now encompasses the orig­inal Pure space as well as some of the casino’s poker and World Series tour­nament rooms. Rockwell reimagined the 75,000-square-foot space as a series of opulent jewel boxes, each featuring ornate details, shiny baubles, and plush velvet linings. But to bring warmth and intimacy to the otherwise soaring bilevel space, Rockwell specified Floorworks’ Oak Wood in gunsmoke through Mats Inc. The class III heterogeneous vinyl flooring has a grain pattern and dark tones that help mask wear and tear. It contains 28 percent preconsumer recycled content, which also made it attractive to the environmentally minded design team.

Available in various plank formats, the product sports a PVC wear layer (with an optional polyurethane coating) and a solid PVC backing, both of which help absorb sound and increase dura­bil­ity. In fact, says Rockwell interior designer Olivia Capuano, “It can’t be easily scratched or dented, even by peo­­ple dancing in high heels.” Those with twinkle toes and those with two left feet are equally welcome.

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Because superheated water serves as its cleaning agent, Nora System’s Nora Pro steamer allows  workers to disinfect a hospital room’s LVT flooring without displacing occupants.

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Hygiene is of the utmost importance in healthcare facilities, particularly for patients in recovery. Yet safely and effectively sanitizing spaces can be a tricky feat: Depending on the situation, the cleaning may require the tempo­rary or semiregular removal of occupants. But rubber-flooring manufacturer Nora Systems has introduced what could be a game changer— the Nora Pro steamer.

The compact unit quietly produces a super­­heated dry steam delivered at more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit to loosen substances such as dirt and grease from resilient floors. Because the steamer uses distilled water as opposed to the usual harsh chemicals, it emits no VOCs, ensuring improved indoor air quality for patients and staff alike. Plus the machine’s nonsaturat­ing microfiber pad grabs the released dirt, reducing drying times.

The result, says Tim Cole, vice president of marketing at Nora Systems North America, is “a sanitary, deep-cleaned floor that improves both infection control and the patient experience.”