Starnet Flooring Design Awards Entry: DeLaSalle Education Center
As an alternative to a traditional high school, DeLaSalle Education Center serves as “A tuition-free, charter high school in Kansas City. DeLaSalle gives students who are underserved a chance to improve their learning and life skills, stimulate their potential, and fulfill their promise.”
Giving students a more modern school setting, DeLaSalle educates while revitalizing the neighborhood. This project has created quite an impact on the community and has received a nomination for the 2014 Cornerstone Award, presented by the KC Economic Development Council.
Named after a community leader and Co-Founder of DeLSalle, the new Norman O. Sanders Wing features upbeat bright colors of carpet tile complemented by the neutral tones of Armstrong Striations. Striations, an eco-friendly bio-based tile, is used in the hallways and classrooms to promote good indoor environmental air quality.
Another eco-friendly option, Johnsonite hammered rubber flooring, is used in the Early Education center. This product was selected for its durable and functional multi-use ability. To soften acoustics, carpeting is used in the Library and offices. Pulling together all spaces of the new wing, the designers chose a linear pattern that fades in and out, mimicking lines from the pre-existing structure. DeLaSalle’s new design and refreshed façade is expected to make its students proud while engaging the surrounding community.
Photography by Chad Jackson.