SOLON, Ohio – Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, this year is celebrating the golden anniversary of Tandus Centiva’s Powerbond, the innovative hybrid resilient sheet flooring with a closed-cell cushion. The 50-year milestone will be told throughout 2017 through 50 stories that highlight its durability, impact on those who use it, and where Powerbond is headed for the future.

Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet flooring was ahead of its time when it launched in 1967 and is still ahead of its time today. Its heterogeneous construction of nylon and closed-cell cushion changed how people felt about flooring in many industries, especially education and healthcare flooring surfaces. It also changed how people came to expect their commercial flooring to perform. Because of Powerbond, not only are today’s floorcoverings expected to perform, they’re expected to remain beautiful throughout their lifespans. As Powerbond progressed throughout its 50 years, so did its design aesthetic.

“The enduring performance of Powerbond has made it a staple within a variety of sectors, as there are installations where Powerbond has been in use for 50 years,” said Rusty Joyce, Senior Vice President of Sales, Tandus Centiva. “However, we see it as more than a floorcovering. Whether a memorable moment in a child’s school career, when happy news was shared in the waiting room of a labor and delivery wing, or the exciting preparation moments in a hospitality bridal suite, people remember where they were standing during these life events. And Powerbond was there, quietly supporting the connections made.”

 In addition to its longevity, Powerbond contributes to Tarkett North America’s circular design principles. Powerbond is 100 percent recyclable through the company’s ReStart program, has low VOC emissions, includes 7 to 32 percent overall recycled content, and enhances energy savings. Powerbond remains a leader in innovation, and the Powerbond of tomorrow and the next 50 years will be pushing the boundaries off the wall and blazing trails as it always has.

“The first Powerbond story we told was one of a school in Colorado that has had the same flooring down for 50 years,” said Mausi McDaniel, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Tarkett North America. “So few products that withstand daily use still look and perform the same 50 years later. It’s amazing to see what this great product has done for its users during the past half century, and its story isn’t even close to being complete.”

 

Irvine, Calif. (May 9, 2017)—In light of National Teacher’s Day, Woodbury Elementary School in Irvine serves as a role model for learning institutions across the US.

“Students succeed at Woodbury,” says Woodbury Principal Alan Battenfield. “It is due to our common vision, highly skilled staff, ‘state of the art’ instructional materials and equipment, and commitment to providing students with an environment that encourages ethical behavior that we move towards achieving our mission.”

Dedicated to that objective, Woodbury chose FrontRow Juno to support their instructional goals. The classroom audio and lesson capture solution includes teacher microphones, student microphones, and a one-step lesson capture feature that turns multi-media lessons into MP4 files students and parents can review after school. 

The Juno system ensures that the teacher's voice is understandable throughout the room, while student microphones encourage participation and confidence.

Laura Ostrum, a Woodbury sixth grade teacher, was surprised to discover there had been great sound disparities in her classroom; she saw a difference in student engagement once she began to use her FrontRow Juno teacher microphone. “I didn’t realize how much they couldn’t hear, especially the students that were by the air conditioner unit,” she said.

Alexa Alamo, who teaches second grade, says that a day without her microphone completely shifts her teaching. “The microphone is absolutely incredible. If one day it’s out of battery, I have a completely different day.” And with regards to the student microphones, she shares that they “really help students be a lot more confident.”

Fourth grade teacher Donna Willis equates the lesson capture feature to having a private tutor. “If a child is absent and I make the notes available, it’s like they were there that day; they’ve missed nothing. I record every lesson the day before they are about to do it, they do it as their homework, and the next day it’s practice,” shares Willis.

“Woodbury’s results reflect the power of our solution and fuel our efforts to help schools everywhere,” says FrontRow CEO Jens Holstebro. “Better comprehension, building confidence, instant lesson replays, building outcomes—Juno is helping transform the modern classroom into a more successful space for learning.”

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FrontRow’s technology helps schools communicate effortlessly with students, groups, and devices. Schools choose FrontRow for its easy-to-use products, better academic outcomes, and a safer, more efficient campus. FrontRow solutions include:

  • Classroom sound for media and teacher voice reinforcement
  • Automated lecture capture and distribution
  • AV control and management
  • Campus communication and control, including IP paging, intercom, bell scheduling, and automated emergency response

FrontRow is based in northern California, and is part of the William Demant Group. Founded in 1904 and listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (CSE3247), William Demant comprises a group of international companies that develop, manufacture, and sell innovative and highly advanced technological solutions in the educational and hearing healthcare fields. Through 45 Group companies located in over 20 countries, consolidated sales exceed US$1.4 billion.

MINNEAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – On Thursday, April 13, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will join community members in celebrating the grand opening of two renovated classroom spaces at People Serving People’s homeless shelter in Minneapolis. Over the past sixteen months, members of ASID-Minnesota’s community service committee have donated their time and efforts to renovate the two classrooms, which will be used by children staying in the shelter. The design of the two spaces incorporates the principles of trauma-informed care.

“The American Society of Interior Designers – Minnesota is proud to give back to People Serving People, which serves more than 1,000 families facing homelessness every year,” Jackie Millea, chair of the ASID-Minnesota community service committee, said. “Renovating People Serving People’s education and enrichment classrooms was a perfect opportunity for our designers and industry partners to put good design toward a greater cause. We thank People Serving People for working so closely with us over the past months to complete this project. It is our hope that these classrooms will serve as meaningful and healing spaces for the children and volunteers who use them for years to come.”

People Serving People is Minnesota’s largest and most comprehensive shelter for families experiencing homelessness. In 2016, it served more than 1,000 families experiencing homelessness, including hundreds of children who used their classrooms for after-school activities and enrichment programs. One classroom is geared toward group activities, while the second is designed for one-on-one tutoring and instruction, such as reading practice.

“With these renovated classrooms, People Serving People can ensure that children staying with us are learning and healing in the best environment possible,” Matthew Johnson, People Serving People’s former education services coordinator, said. “Thank you to ASID-Minnesota for partnering with People Serving People to give some of our community’s most vulnerable kids a soothing and educational place to learn and grow. We appreciate the generous support of the many designers, donors and partners who made this vision a reality.”

Volunteers from ASID-Minnesota launched the classroom renovation project in January 2016. The community-centered design phase incorporated design ideas from ASID-Minnesota designers and students from St. Catherine University. The designers then worked with People Serving People to refine the plans to best fit the needs of staff, volunteers and children at the facility.

Since the experience of losing a home is traumatic for children and their families, the designers worked to incorporate trauma-informed design principles that promote healing and wellness. The flexible classroom spaces are designed with natural elements and lighting to mimic the therapeutic elements of the outdoors.

Fundraising for the project was completed by ASID-Minnesota members and Shelter Architecture led the management and completion of the renovation. ASID-Minnesota also led a book drive for the shelter, to ensure that every child could take a book home with them following their stay.

People Serving People is a family-focused shelter with 99 emergency shelter rooms and ten two-bedroom supportive apartments. Its facility features a fully-licensed preschool and Minneapolis Public Schools coordinates busses for school-aged children staying at the shelter so they can continue to attend their same schools. People Serving People also provides a technology resource center, indoor and outdoor play areas, support groups and community partnerships with more than 30 local organizations. To learn more about People Serving People, please visit:peopleservingpeople.org

The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively impact the human experience in the places where we live, work, play and heal. Currently, ASID has more than 25,000 members and 47 professional chapters nationwide, including the Minnesota chapter, which also serves members in North and South Dakota. For more information on the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, please visit asidmn.org.

An event celebrating the completion of the project will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Red Hotel, 609 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis. The event, which will be held across the street from People Serving People, includes tours of the renovated classrooms every half hour.  

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ST. PAUL, MINN. (April 18, 2017) – Today, Wold Architects and Engineers announces its acquisition of Ruck Pate Architecture, to expand their Illinois presence, add design capabilities, and further enhance the service offered to its clients.

Wold has four offices with national experience and nearly doubles its local Illinois team with this acquisition. Together, the companies present a dynamic Illinois portfolio and expertise in K-12, higher education and government design.

“Ruck Pate has a strong reputation for smart design and superior client service, which mirrors our approach to client relationships,” said Roger Schroepfer, Partner at Wold. “Together, we will have a broader range of resources and expertise to offer our clients as we grow our presence in the Illinois market.”

All Ruck Pate employees will be joining Wold at its Palatine, Illinois location. The Illinois office brand will be Wold Ruck Pate.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our current Illinois clients as Wold Ruck Pate, and we’ll now be able to offer them even more resources like engineering and interior design by LEED professionals,” said John Maurer, President with Ruck Pate. “This partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to serving this region and improving communities through collaborative design.”

For more information, visit www.woldae.com.

About Wold Architects and Engineers
Wold Architects and Engineers is a 210-person architectural design firm that specializes in sustainable design and engineering for education, government, health care and senior living clients. Since its founding in 1968, the company has been committed to delivering exceptional long-term service for its clients and their communities. Ranked #38 nationally by 2016 Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Report. Wold is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.


About Ruck Pate Architecture
Ruck Pate Architecture focuses on architecture design for K-12, higher education, government and religious clients. Founded in 1975, Ruck Pate has grown to be leading experts in the Illinois market by providing clients with quality built environments for today and the future.

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