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How One School Used Flooring to Inspire Learning

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When Superintendent Dr. Beth Johnsen said she wanted to create a fun environment for the students of Conestoga Junior-Senior High School, well, that’s exactly what she did. The Conestoga Junior-Senior High School, located in Murray, Nebraska was freshened up with a new floor using all of the patterns of the Street Thread carpet collection: Off The Wall, Pop Icon, Super Fresh and Taped Off. In addition, our LVT Select Stone was used where hard surface was required and as a complement to the Street Thread collection.

A new floor does wonders and is a great design solution to make a bland space fun! What’s on your To-Do list for the school year?

The Impact of Flooring Design on Learning

This renovation turned into a lesson on how flooring design can be inspirational and impact learning. The 37-year-old Conestoga literally sits in a cornfield and isn’t your typical rural school. With a compressed school week, tech-savvy classes, and a mission to “inspire and prepare students for life,” Conestoga sets high expectations for student achievement and approaches every project with creativity—including choosing new flooring for the school.

So when the aging facility needed a fresh face, Johnsen involved students and faculty in brainstorming a new look for Conestoga. She brought in carpet and tile samples to replace the failing VCT and stained, worn carpet and asked the students what they thought. Students and faculty quickly honed in on on our Street Thread Collection, which features boldly dynamic designs inspired by the work of urban street artists. For patterns, the students chose the type of designs they see every day on their shirts and shoes—styles named Off the Wall, Pop Icon, Super Fresh, and Taped Off. In areas where hard surface flooring was a better solution, Select Step Resilient Tile in Stone was used. The products were a perfect fit in terms of style, performance, and maintenance. Street Thread is crafted of Duracolor premium nylon, which offers inherent stain protection, unmatched durability, and easy cleaning. Select Step Resilient Tile is a polish-optional floor with a lower life-cycle cost than VCT.

With the new flooring, the school seems brighter and lighter. “It brings an energy every day,” Johnsen said. “When you look at that carpet, it’s hard not to have a little bit of inspiration. It catches your eye and brightens up your day when you walk in.”