Metroflor Corp. joined forces with AEC Cares to renovate Covenant House Georgia, a crisis shelter where homeless and trafficked youth turn for help.

Metroflor donated 2,800 square-feet of its Aspecta luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, in conjunction with AEC Cares’ fifth annual blitz build event, which offers construction professionals the chance to give back by using their skills on a one-day project to improve a local charity.

“Because the floors were a bit old and dingy, installing new flooring made the entire space look new and beautiful," said Laura Marlow, executive director of AEC Cares. “The high traffic and transient population of the clients meant we needed something durable as well. These kids come from tough environments, so the volunteer team thought it was important to provide a more beautiful and comfortable space in which these youth could regroup, recover and build a new future.”

Architects Edward and Shawn Alshut of studio A2, based in Decatur, Ga., chose Aspecta's Perfect Oak Plank in three colorways—Cinnamon, Sienna and Honey—for the project's cafeteria, hallways and storage room.

“Not only are the floors easy to clean and maintain, they are gorgeous,” said Allison Ashe, executive director of Covenant House Georgia. “At Covenant House we seek to provide homeless youth a warm and secure place safely off the streets. The new flooring provided by Metroflor has transformed what felt like a shelter into a home. Our new cafeteria now feels like a family kitchen—a place where youth can connect, build relationships and begin the journey to healing."

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