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Shaw Contract Group and Michael Murphy Discuss Design with Local 5th Graders

A group of 5th graders from Westwood Elementary School in Dalton, GA recently visited Shaw Contract Group’s product designers at Plant 94 in Cartersville, GA. As part of a class career project, each student is researching future career options, the education required, growth opportunities and more. While at 94, students learned about how carpet is designed and made. Additionally, students were able to meet Michael Murphy of MASS Design. MASS is an innovative firm that is using architecture to improve health, economic, and social outcomes in the U.S. and third-world countries like Haiti and Rwanda. Shaw Contract Group is a supporter of development of MASS’s research and training programs that drive its architecture and policy projects in the field.

Hearing from Shaw Contract Group designers and Michael helped to expose the students to several future career options while challenging them to make a difference in the world.

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Shaw Contract Group Plants Trees with the Community in South Africa

WGBC tree planting 2While Shaw Contract Group was in Cape Town, South Africa, as a sponsor of the World Green Building Council Congress, they decided to do something special for the local community. Todd Jarvis and Megha Shah were on site representing Shaw Contract Group and learned about an organization called Greenpop. Greenpop promotes a more conscious, inclusive green movement through events, education and volunteerism.

“Greenpop paired Todd and me with a group of 6th graders at Pieter Langeveldt Primary to plant trees near their school,” said Megha Shah, global marketing manager for Shaw Contract Group. “The school is located in Cloetesville, which is a ‘mixed race’ township about 45 minutes outside of Cape Town.”

WGBC tree planting 1“Todd and I had our own teams. We named ourselves the Tree Fairies and Todd’s team were the Tree Explosion. Greenpop explained all of the tools necessary to plant the trees and showed the groups the proper methods. The children were in charge of soil, placement, water and mulch,” said Megha.

She adds, “I had so much fun working with the kids. They were trying to teach me Afrikaans. They also couldn’t stop laughing at my southern accent!”

In total, Todd, Megha and the 6th graders planted 20 trees. Click here to see where trees were planted using Google Maps.

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The Edgeless School: Blurring Traditional Distinctions in the Classroom

The Edgeless School exhibit is open to the public through January 19, 2013.

We blogged on Monday about a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture in New York City. The exhibit focuses on how technology is impacting the way in which architects and educators are approaching the design of learning environments – and the best way to teach.

In this short video (click the image below to view), Thomas Mellins, the curator of The Edgeless School exhibit explains how this notion of “edgelessness” is a blurring of the distinction between the “traditional” classroom of yesterday and the openness that is becoming more prevalent today.

Click to see a short interview with Thomas Mellins, curator of The Edgeless School exhibit.

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Dragons: Too tired to fly? Take a boat!

2012 is the Year of the Dragon, after all. And when dragons aren’t flying or threatening the Iron Throne, apparently they travel by boat. Dragon boats are traditional Chinese watercrafts, finely crafted using teak wood. For 2,000 years in China, these boats have been raced by small teams of rowers. The sport of dragon boat racing continues to be popular today.

Last month, the Dubai Diggers participated in the 8th International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships, held in Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The Diggers earned gold medals in the 200 and 500-meter premier mixed races.

Shaw Contact Group and Arki Group, our service provider in Dubai, teamed together to sponsor the Diggers at the World Championships. We extend our congratulations on a job well done!

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Shaw Breaks Ground on new Nantong, China Manufacturing Facility

Shaw Industries broke ground yesterday on a 20,000-square meter carpet tile plant set to open in one year. Following on the heels of the May opening of Shaw Contract Group’s third showroom in Asia, in Beijing, the new manufacturing facility will afford customers quicker access to a wider range of completely recyclable, PVC-free products. The new facility marks a major investment for the company, and will employ the latest manufacturing technology. The plant is located 100 kilometers from Shanghai, close to highways and ports with access to other markets in Asia.

“With this investment in Asia, we are taking another step toward becoming a local brand across the globe,” said Jeff Galloway, Director of Global Operations. “In addition to continuing to work with our extensive dealer network across the continent, and opening showrooms or sales offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Singapore, manufacturing close to our customers will enable us to nimbly offer the widest array of products available immediately in the range of options that our customers expect – without waiting 6-12 weeks for shipping from the U.S.”

Shaw anticipates producing more than a million square meters of carpet tile in the first year of operating the new Nantong facility designed to ultimately produce five million square meters annually. As the first Cradle to Cradle flooring manufacturing facility in China – in a LEED-certified building – it will minimize the environmental impact of products that would otherwise be shipped from the U.S. to China. The plant will employ 75-100 associates in the first year and 200-250 at full capacity.

“In addition to Nantong’s transportation infrastructure, we were drawn to the city’s woven textile heritage, affording us a labor force that is familiar with the pedigree of product we manufacture,” said Galloway. “We have been welcomed by exceptional cooperation with the Nantong government, local banks, and contractors.”

The Nantong facility will manufacture carpet tile for the Asia market, and Shaw’s production of carpet fiber in Cartersville, Georgia will increase to support the new facility’s operations.

“Just as it has in the U.S., local market knowledge in Asia will inspire design, inform performance and drive innovation for Shaw Contract Group,” said Galloway. “Design differentiates Shaw Contract Group from other commercial flooring options. Our EcoWorx® carpet tile products are designed for use in any commercial environment, in any global market.”

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