KENNESAW, GA – INVISTA, maker of Antron® carpet fiber, recently announced that Westminster High School has won the grand prize for the Antron Carpet Fiber Sustainable Flooring Performance Award. The award recognizes the use of carpets of Antron fiber as a performance-driven soft flooring choice in commercial applications. Westminster High School was chosen for how well the school’s original carpet, from Tandus, continues to perform after 35 years, and continues to fulfill its design objectives despite the wear-and-tear faced in a high school.
Westminster High School, built in 1975, is part of Adams County School District 50 in Westminster, CO. At the time the school was built, it was the first new school in the district to be opened in five years and the first high school built in 13 years. The 143,000- square-foot facility still features the original Tandus C&A Floorcovering PowerBond® carpet that was installed when the school opened; and after 35 years, the style—Bellepoint, constructed with Antron nylon—is still performing. In fact, C&A Powerbond carpets are installed in 80 percent of the school district’s 1.2 million square feet of maintainable space, holding up to the abuse of 10,000 students daily.
According to Dennis Fortune, one of the judges and sustainability director for McGill University, “Westminster High School is a clear winner over time. To hold up to that amount of foot traffic, the carpet clearly functioned beyond expectations.”
“The carpet at Westminster High School shows just how long properly specified and maintained carpet can last, providing years of use and savings for institutions such as schools,” says Diane O’Sullivan, global marketing director, INVISTA commercial interiors. “In fact, carpets made with Antron fiber can also benefit the environment since they can last up to 75 percent longer than the majority of other commercial carpets, which can reduce the need for replacement product and additional product manufacturing. And, replacing carpet less often can also result in cost savings over time.”
Entries for the Antron Carpet Fiber Sustainable Flooring Performance Award were evaluated on how well the original carpet selection continued to meet the client’s performance and design objectives over time.
Judges for the Antron Carpet Fiber Sustainable Flooring Performance Award were Josie Briggs of NBBJ, Ellen Dickson of Bailey Edward Architects, Linda Goldstein of CI Select, Holley Henderson of H2 Ecodesign, Marcia Drenton King of Forest City Enterprises, and Dennis Fortune of McGill University.
About Antron® carpet fiber
Antron carpet fiber is constructed with exceptional fiber engineering using type 6,6 nylon polymer and treated with DuraTech™ soil resistance treatment. Carpet of Antron nylon is tested against the Antron Performance Standards Program, the highest fiber performance standard for carpet durability. For more information on Antron carpet fiber, call (877) 5ANTRON or visit www.antron.net.
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in more than 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for its customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks. For more information, visit www.invista.com.