(Dayton, NJ – October 2017) The excitement of a brand-new school can never be underestimated. For students, teachers, and staff, the education experience is elevated when in a new space. It is just as satisfying for those who contributed to its creation, such as veteran NJ-based commercial flooring company The Gillespie Group, who along with a leading general contracting corporation, recently completed construction at the Elizabeth Elementary School.
The Elizabeth School District wanted a contemporary look for the school’s corridor and classroom floors throughout the four-story structure that could withstand heavy foot traffic from students and faculty while providing slip-resistance, and low maintenance. The Gillespie Group, a member of the New Jersey State Approved Co-Op of The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ), was awarded the project by a general contractor that specializes in academic construction. A flooring recommendation was then chosen for the new 80,000-square foot flooring installation based upon The Gillespie Group’s expertise in the education sector.
Bob Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer for The Gillespie Group stated, “Working in tandem with an experienced contractor on this project made for a truly seamless collaboration. Armstrong® flooring has also been a mainstay with us for many of our education facility installations. They always have the color, quality and quantity of product we are looking for. Their flooring products always stand the test of time even in the most heavily trafficked environments.”
The Gillespie Group chose Armstrong® Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT). The durable construction of Excelon VCT ensures lasting beauty in high-traffic areas, while flowing linear patterns, organic looks, and densely patterned earth tones effectively mask scuffs and soil in busy commercial spaces. The Gillespie Group installation technicians are all Armstrong Certified, and receive ongoing training yearly to maintain their designation.
Armstrong Flooring commercial VCT sets the standard for long-life and design versatility thanks to Through-Color/Pattern Wear Layer®. With a wide array of colors and visuals, Armstrong Flooring commercial VCT retains its color and appearance longer, and has the durability and gouge resistance to withstand heavy foot and rolling load impact.
Gillespie worked together with the Elizabeth School District representatives and the contractor to develop a plan to address important logistical issues. First, working and coordinating schedules with different contract work occurring at the same time as the floor installation. Second, the removal of the existing flooring systems by shot blasting, addressing moisture control, and applying a self-leveling application. Lastly, tight timelines that revolved around the school’s schedule. The project had to be completed in three months and before classes started. With skill and experience, the entire installation was finished in only six weeks.
The Gillespie Group, along with their contractor partner, overcame obstacles to install the new flooring in time to start the new school year. The Elizabeth school board administrators, students, and faculty were very pleased with the results.
“We are also thrilled with Armstrong’s new Natural Creations® with Diamond 10® Technology. It has just been introduced to the market and we expect it to provide even greater strength and durability. I know it will be a perfect fit for many upcoming projects,” Gillespie stated.