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Flooring TRACK 5: Flooring

John McGrath Install

John McGrath

Executive Director

John T. McGrath, Jr. is the Executive Director of INSTALL – the International Standards and Training Alliance, which is the construction industry’s best industry-endorsed floor covering installation training and certification program.

McGrath has helped to increase installation standards and expectations in the flooring industry by playing a leading role in facilitating communication and cooperation among mills, manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and installers. All of these groups regularly come together to review and revise the INSTALL curriculum and certification standards. He was a significant contributor in creating the ANSI S600 Carpet Installation Standards and has served as a returning judge in the Starnet Awards, Canadian Apprenticeship Contest and the Schonox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest.

A three-decade flooring installation professional and accomplished speaker, McGrath conducts seminars regularly for architects, interior designers, building owners and facility managers to increase their knowledge of flooring installation issues. He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering concerns. These annual exhibitions bring together decision-makers for the flooring industry from around the world. Learn more about INSTALL at

Two Reasons to Specify Experience on New and Existing Healthcare Projects

As a designer, you mull every detail of your creative work, from the inspiration behind initial concepts to the end products you select to help bring a space to life. But specifying the installers who carry out your design vision is just as important as selecting your products. A faulty installation can unravel the aesthetics and performance of even the tightest, most striking design. And because the stakes are so high, there’s arguably no other design sector where competent, experienced installers are more important than in healthcare design.

Improper installation of products, particularly floorcovering, can create hiding places for germs and bacteria or breeding grounds for mold and mildew, which lead to healthcare spaces with compromised safety and sterility. But it’s not just about the up-front hazards. Fixing them can cost you or your client significant time and money, and construction work in occupied healthcare facilities can expose patients to dangerous pathogens.

With this seminar, you will learn why it is critical to specify certified and experienced flooring contractors for installation projects in hospitals and other healthcare facilities and how your specification can protect patients by providing sterile and safe environments in new or occupied healthcare facilities.


  1. Explain how poor flooring installations compromise the safety and cleanliness of health-care environments.
  2. Use the language from the Master Specification written by the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure only qualified professionals are selected to install carpet or resilient flooring in health-care facilities.
  3. Describe how construction work in occupied health-care facilities can expose patients to dangerous pathogens.
  4. Identify construction teams capable of erecting containment barriers and creating negative air pressure to effectively contain and control dangerous contaminants.


This session has been approved for the following CEUs 
1 AIA LU/HSW AIA     1 AIC CPD aic.png     0.1 IACET CEU iacet.png     1 AIBD P-CE aibd.png

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