First Baptist Church2012 | BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES | EDUCATION
First Baptist Church, located in Brunswick, Georgia, has been serving the members of the community since 1855. The church opened its Educational Building in the 1950’s and, in December 2012, was looking to update the old Sunday school portion of the building. Along with weekly church services, First Baptist Church Brunswick provides Sunday school classes for children ages 4 to 8 in the Educational Building, which is across the street from the church.
The space needed a colorful, resilient flooring solution that could withstand the daily traffic of adults and children. With 60 to 75 students and 18 to 24 teachers moving throughout the space at any given time, the flooring also had to be something that could be easily maintained by the cleaning crew at the church.
For the new flooring, Cortina Grande®, Azterra™ and Color Essence™ were chosen for both the maintenance features and design capabilities. And it even met the cost requirements of the space.
Patricia Crook, a life-long member of First Baptist Church Brunswick and also the interior designer on the project, said the church has a maintenance staff on hand, “but they are not commercial flooring professionals, so we needed something that would be easy for them to maintain. The Tarkett products seemed to fit our needs perfectly, based on my research of the products,” she said.
Tarkett representatives Marjory Bosley and Mike Rappaport went to the church after the product was installed in order to give the maintenance crew an overview of how to take care of the product.
“They were pivotal to showing how best to maintain the floors,” Crook said. “We feel like now, based on their instructions and coming here to show us how to take care of the floors, we have the knowledge to maintain them properly. We have purchased the proper supplies they recommended, and that has really made a difference.”
The three products are able to withstand heavy foot traffic and are ideal for areas that do not receive constant maintenance.
“We installed Azterra in our nursery wing of the building a year ago and that has been easy for our maintenance staff to clean and take care of,” Crook said. “Adding Cortina Grande and Color Essence to this section made sense based on our vision for the space with color and theme and also the maintenance aspect. The flooring products also help us provide a clean, safe place where parents can feel comfortable leaving their children.”
The theme of the wing is a nautical motif, which captures the oceanic coastal regions of Georgia and includes a salt water aquarium complete with clownfish, damsels and live coral, along with murals depicting under sea life, which are accentuated by bold colors on the floors in the hallway and primary colors in the classrooms.
“The students and staff have seen the space during an open house and they are very excited to finally get in and use it themselves,” Crook said. “The floor products are such a great addition to this space because it provides a level of comfort the teachers didn’t have before and the students are understanding the theme based on use of color in the floors.”
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