Diversified technology company 3M today announced that its highly durable and cost-effective decorative surface finishes have been used to update and refresh 832 guest rooms at the Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis. Over 2200 internal doors and 1600 closet shelves have been transformed using DI-NOC Architectural Finishes by 3M, selected by design firm Gettys to provide a consistent sophisticated feel throughout all the rooms. By choosing DI-NOC Architectural Finishes to refurbish rather than replace the doors, an estimated saving of over $1,000,000 was made.
Ron Degen, Designer at Gettys, Chicago, said, “The initial scope of the Hilton Minneapolis project was for Gettys to give the guestrooms a contemporary feel through replacement of selected furniture only. Upon evaluating the current state of the rooms, we noticed a variety of wood tones being used. The Hilton brand representative who was present agreed that changing the finish of the doors would have a great impact and should be explored. The fact that DI-NOC Architectural Finishes could be installed without removing the doors and that it was durable enough to handle guestroom traffic were huge considerations in favour of using DI-NOC Architectural Finishes. The result was an agreement to spend the additional money needed to cover all doors on all 20 guestroom floors.”
For the Hilton Minneapolis, Gettys selected DI-NOC Architectural Finishes by 3M FW-334, a Fine Wood pattern that provides the appearance and texture of real wood. A dark walnut finish was chosen for its rich, luxurious colour that gives the room exactly the contemporary feel required and complements the existing wood finishes in the room.
With an application time of just 60-90 minutes per door, the installation was fast and easy, creating minimum disruption to guests and limited downtime of each room. By using the original entry, bathroom and adjoining doors, and shelving, the flexible finishes were applied in situ to the curved or flat surfaces without the need for using heavy equipment or causing any disturbance to guests, and no additional costs were incurred for their removal or disposal.
The high quality, self-adhesive, laminate finishes feature Comply Adhesive from 3M for professional-looking on-site installations that stand the test of time. The adhesive features a network of microstructure air channels in the adhesive. Once pressure is applied, any trapped air can escape via tiny channels for a bubble free finish. They are highly durable, being resistant to smoke and other pollutants, the ingress of water and dirt, impact wear, abrasion and mould, and are very easy to maintain in a pristine condition without the need for harsh chemical cleaning agents. They have been tested to meet IMO flammability requirements and the majority of patterns carry a Class O + 1 rating, thus enhancing their suitability for interior commercial applications.
Available in more than 700 designs, colours and textures, the finishes provide an almost unlimited creative freedom for personalisation at a fraction of the cost of replacement, and most patterns can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications with a warranty of 12 and five years respectively.