Philadelphia Commercial, a subsidiary of Shaw Industries, recently donated carpet tile, resilient flooring and wall tiles to renovate two rooms of the Neva King Cooper Educational Center in Homestead, Fla., for an episode of "Designing Spaces."
The facility is a special needs school in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system that offers programs designed to provide educational services for students with severe intellectual disabilities, ages three to 22.
Kalyn Rothaus, interior designer, host of "Office Spaces" and guest host of this special edition of "Designing Spaces" oversaw the improvements and chose the Philadelphia Commercial products. For the school’s sensory room, a space designed to help calm anxious students and stimulate nonresponsive ones, Rothaus chose Philadelphia Commercial’s Multiplicity, a carpet tile she had installed in a patchwork design in various colors.
“I picked this modular tile in a variety of colors to appeal to the students’ sense of sight and the softness of the tiles to their sense of touch,” she said.
Quentin Quathamer, commercial brand and marketing manager for Philadelphia Commercial, noted that the tiles are made in a high-performance construction that is hard to stain and easy to clean.
For the home economics room, an area that includes kitchen appliances, a luxury vinyl plank style, In the Grain, was selected, as well as ceramic wall tile.
“Luxury vinyl plank is a wonderful product for this area,” said Rothaus. “It’s resilient and waterproof, and I love the durability factor and the wood visual.”
All of Philadelphia Commercial’s vinyl flooring products are FloorScore Certified, the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives and underlayments.
“We recognize that well-designed education spaces can improve a student’s performance and well-being,” said Quathamer. “We’re delighted and honored that Philadelphia Commercial can contribute to a healthy and beneficial learning environment. It’s a great way for us to give back to the communities we serve."