Homogeneous Sheet & Tile
Manassas Park Elementary School2009 | MANASSAS PARK, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES | EDUCATION
The design for the Manassas Park Elementary School and Pre-K is based on two fundamental ideas: 1) there is no such thing as a non-teachable place; and 2) people cannot be expected to conserve something they do not understand.
With more than 30 years of experience in education design, Charlottesville, Virginia-based architecture firm, VMDO, designed Manassas Park Elementary to incorporate educational opportunities and environmentally responsible components in every aspect of the school. All spaces that would traditionally be hidden or blocked off, such as retention ponds, corridor ceilings, mechanical rooms, are exposed and explained to the children with signage and active conversation.
“Each aspect of the design was carefully considered for the well-being of the children as well as their extended environmental education,” said Wyck Knox at VMDO Architects. “Already the students are taking steps to use their knowledge and naturally assuming the responsibility that is expected of them.” VMDO selected Tarkett’s iQ® Optima flooring, a high performing solution that helped meet design, maintenance and budget requirements.
“When we suggested the iQ Optima tile they were thrilled. It surpassed their environmental goals and was budget friendly,” said Jim DellaFranco, Regional Vice President of Sales, Tarkett. The Manassas Park Elementary School and Pre-K was recognized as an American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Award Winner due to its excellence in sustainability and design quality.
“When we suggested iQ Optima tile they were thrilled. It surpassed their environmental goals and was budget friendly”
“Tarkett has a longstanding commitment to creating products and solutions that contribute to LEED certification points”
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