MAPEI contributes to UNLV architecture students’ special installation

MAPEI products featured in Student Pavilion at Coverings 2022

April 6, 2022

Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI and Coverings have collaborated with the School of Architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), to present a special showcase installation. 27 architecture students are creating an outdoor pavilion with eight benches that will be featured at Coverings 2022, which will be held April 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Logan Reavis, MAPEI’s Technical Services Manager, and Mike DeMello, Technical Services Field Representative for MAPEI, have been working with the UNLV students to build the tiled benches. In addition, MAPEI donated supplies of MAPEI Ultralite Mortar, MAPEI Ultralite S1 Quick, Mapesil T, Mapesil 3D, MAPEI Flexcolor CQ and MAPEI Flexcolor 3D. The industry also came together in support of the project, as other companies supplied tools, tile and cementitious-coated foam shapes. Mark Heinlein, Training Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), is also collaborating with DeMello and Reavis to teach the UNLV students, who will be working in eight teams, how to install tile on the benches as well as how to install a serpentine wall.

“MAPEI has been fortunate to be involved in similar projects with students and Coverings in the past,” stated Jim Whitfield, MAPEI’s Technical Services Director. “It is always interesting to see the students’ fresh perspective on the use of tile in structures like these seating modules and the wall. Their use of different colors, shapes, textures and sizes of tile makes it an exciting display. We look forward to seeing this year’s innovative use of setting materials, grouts and tile at the Coverings show.”   

All benches and the completed serpentine wall will be finished on the UNLV campus and transported to the exhibit hall where the installation will be displayed during Coverings 2022. After the show, the benches and wall will be permanently relocated back to the university. 

For more information about MAPEI Booth #N2544 at Coverings 2022 or about the convention itself, visit or For more information about MAPEI’s setting materials, visit



Founded in 1937 in Milan, MAPEI is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical products for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructure works worldwide. With 91 subsidiaries operating in 57 countries and 84 manufacturing plants in 35 nations, MAPEI Group employs about 11,000 staff worldwide. The foundation for the success of the company is specialization, internationalization, research & development, and sustainability.

Headquartered in Deerfield Beach (Florida), MAPEI North America consists of the subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the USA), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 11,000 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue into R&D, MAPEI offers training for architects, contractors, installers and distributors through the MAPEI Technical Institute. For more about MAPEI, visit or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734).

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