CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – Johnsonite®, a Tarkett company and provider of some of the world’s most integrated high-performance flooring system, hosted an interactive design event during NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair 2010 in Chicago. Johnsonite invited show attendees to place a sample of its flooring tile on a “Collage of Possibilities,” and pledged to increase its product donation to Architecture for Humanity for each tile that was placed.
Due to excellent event attendance, Johnsonite will donate 3,000 square feet of Harmonium xf Linoleum Flooring to Architecture for Humanity for relief efforts in Haiti.
The “Collage of Possibilities” brought show attendees together, allowing them to create a visual representation of the positive change they could make in communities when people work together. The tiles placed on the collage were samples of Johnsonite’s rubber and linoleum flooring products.
“We believe that our efforts to create positive change should extend beyond sustainable building products and practices and should reach into the communities those buildings serve,” says Diane Martel, vice president, environmental planning and strategy for Tarkett North America. “NeoCon is a show that gathers architects and designers together to introduce them to new things: products and ideas that can change the industry. We thought it was the perfect venue to encourage creativity and transformation on a different level. It’s about being good stewards of the Earth and good neighbors to the people who live on it.”
Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm with a network of more than 40,000 professionals that brings design, construction and development services to where they are most critically needed, directly benefiting 10,000 people each year.
“Architecture for Humanity is grateful to Johnsonite for their product contribution to help rebuild in Haiti,” says Barb Alvarado, director of development for the foundation. "[We have] significant experience in leading the reconstruction of transitional and permanent infrastructure in post-disaster contexts. Already working in Haiti prior to the earthquake, Architecture for Humanity has also been involved in rebuilding efforts post-Tsunami in India and Sri Lanka and in the Gulf Coast after hurricane Katrina."
For more information on sustainable efforts, products and systems from Tarkett and Johnsonite, visit www.johnsoniteenvironment.com.
Johnsonite, headquartered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is a leader in flooring solutions that integrate design, function and life-safety, leading to enhanced productivity in high- performance environments. Sales, manufacturing operations and product distribution are located throughout North America. For more information on Johnsonite products and systems, call (800) 899-8916 or visit www.johnsonite.com.
Tarkett is a leading provider of innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surfaces. Approximately 8,000 employees serve Tarkett’s customers in 100 countries and from 29 production sites. For information visit Tarkett’s website at www.tarkett.com.
About Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. They are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, they bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. Go to http://architectureforhumanity.org to learn more.