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Gensler Designs 67,000SF Shaw Create Centre to Spur Innovation

Shaw Create Centre - Atrium View med res                                                                                                                                                Cartersville, Ga. – July 1, 2016 (Image courtesy of Gensler):                                                Shaw Industries Group Inc. broke ground on a three-story, 67,000 square foot Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga. on Friday, June 24. Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the Centre will house the commercial division’s marketing, design and innovation associates which includes Shaw Contract’s marketing and product design teams.
The Create Centre will offer a stimulating, storytelling environment that is a catalyst for growth and innovation across Shaw’s commercial business. Envisioned to inspire Shaw’s talented professionals, the Centre also will serve as a tool in recruiting new talent as the company continues to grow. This new building will be located near Shaw Plant 94, where the company’s commercial design and marketing teams along with manufacturing for Shaw’s custom business are currently located. That facility will continue custom manufacturing operations and will house Shaw’s Custom Design Studio and hospitality customer service teams once the Centre is complete. The addition of the Create Centre will enhance Shaw’s ability to provide design excellence with multiple disciplines delivering against Shaw’s client-centric approach.
“We find value in locating manufacturing, design, marketing and others in close proximity to one another – in the same region, the same state or in this instance the same county,” says Shaw President Randy Merritt. “We’ve found that it sparks new ideas, greater information sharing, and more meaningful engagement with one another. The Create Centre will be an important tool in supporting our vision of growth for our commercial business including global expansion and domestic market leadership.”
The new workspace will provide a collaborative environment that facilitates the sharing of ideas; that ignites fresh thinking; that fosters Shaw’s culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion; and that showcases Shaw Contract and Patcraft’s design and performance leadership.
Designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Centre is expected to be USGBC LEED certified and will feature ample daylight and open collaborative spaces. “This building will be as beautiful as it is functional and sustainable, much like our own products,” notes Brenda Knowles, vice president of marketing, Shaw commercial division. “We are
committed to continuously providing clients with the best solutions for their projects, and the Create Centre will provide the ideal setting for our talented team members to create, dream, collaborate, and solve challenges.”
This $24 million facility represents Shaw’s ongoing investment in its commercial business. In the past few years, Shaw has significantly grown its commercial sales team; opened new showrooms throughout the world; and invested more than $85 million in an additional carpet tile manufacturing facility, which will open in Adairsville,
Ga. later this year.
In addition to the Create Centre, Shaw Contract maintains showrooms in Atlanta, New York, London, Shanghai, Beijing, New York and other global design hubs where Shaw Contract’s presence is a catalyst for for design excellence. Major Shaw Contract clients are located in the Atlanta area. From fortune 500 companies to local universities and hospitals, the business and organizations that impact the Atlanta economy will have access to this creative space – giving them the opportunity to work with architects and designers in Atlanta to continue developing commercial interiors which will attract employees, students, visitors and customers.
This space is designed to spur global innovation for our marketing and design teams, and to inspire visitors and the greater community. Shaw Contract is recognized as a leader in commercial design, and The Create Centre reflects the ideal environment to host clients, inform design professionals and promote our position as a global flooring provider, ” says John Stephens, VP of Marketing.
“Shaw is Bartow County’s largest employer with more than 3,100 associates working here,” remarks Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “We’re proud to see the company continue to thrive and invest in the community. It’s a demonstration of the city and county’s ongoing efforts to promote the growth of existing businesses in addition to
attracting new companies and industries to the area.”
About Shaw Contract
As a global floor covering brand, Shaw Contract believes in the impact of design and how to improve how people work, learn, heal and live. Driven by sustainability, our Cradle to Cradle Certified products perform in spaces across the world. The brand has received Best of NeoCon Awards 14 out of the past 15 years and is rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers. The brand is also recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.” A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visitshawcontract.com.
About Shaw Industries
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, custom rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide via its brands Anderson, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, Tuftex and more. Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with $4.8 billion in annual sales. The company employs approximately
22,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For the company’s latest news, visit https://shawinc.com

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Cradle to Cradle and LEED Make It Right in Kansas City

The Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy, the organization has since expanded to help families in underserved communities across the country.

Bancroft School 1

Built in 1909 and abandoned since 1999, the Bancroft School in Kansas City, MO has been transformed from a decaying eyesore into LEED Platinum apartments that serve as a model for change in a blighted neighborhood. In addition to fifty new rental units, the structure features 75-kilowatt solar array installed on the roof, high-performance windows and daylighting techniques to maximize energy efficiency. Bancroft’s original oak flooring was restored wherever possible.

Bancroft School 3

Interior of an apartment before renovation

Bancroft School 2

A two bedroom apartment after renovation

Shaw Industries has been a partner with Make It Right since its beginning and continues to help communities in need. 40,000 square feet of flooring was donated to the Bancroft School Apartments to help make this project possible. “[Shaw] helped bring this project back to life and we are grateful for their critical role in this building,” said Tom Darden, executive director for Make It Right.

Images: InHabitat.com

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Design is Good Energy. View Shaw’s 2012 Sustainability Report.

Shaw Industries’ latest corporate sustainability report shares our progress and investments in environmental and social responsibility. Highlights include:

  • Reclaiming and recycling more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006
  • More than 60% of Shaw products now Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM)
  • 3 more LEED® certified facilities
  • An 8.3% energy intensity reduction since 2007
  • A 33.7% water intensity reduction since 2006
  • 56,196 associate volunteer hours to community causes
  • More than $2 million in contributions to community causes

sustainability report 2012

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Shaw Profiled in Google Video

Google recently profiled Shaw’s use of its email and app platform. The result is a video that captures out manufacturing expertise and the desire of Shaw employees to continuously improve.

“Manufacturing is strong in Northwest Georgia. We’re going to be here 100 years from now.” – Vance Bell, CEO

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From Construction to Production

NANTONG, CHINA – Nolan Howell likes to do a walkthrough of his concrete realm two or three times a week. “Just to see what’s working and what’s not,” he tells me as we head toward to front door of Shaw Industry’s carpet tile facility on a bright spring morning. Even as the plant rises, the list of things still undone is a tangle of big decisions and small details: sign the landscaping contract, fix the glass facade on the front office, get the wheelchair ramp in place – “when is that scaffolding coming down?”

A few months ago, the plant kitchen – the gastronomic laboratory for hundreds of Shaw associates and executives alike, following Chinese custom to feed employees – was a dark, empty cave. As we swoop through this time, it looks like the set of Top Chef, complete with a wok the size of a sled that can stir fry a feast’s worth of chicken and broccoli. Whatever Chinese delicacies will be concocted there, Howell plans on enjoying them. “The more I eat with the workers the better my Mandarin will get,” he says.

On the plant floor, Howell introduces me to two key players in Shaw’s recipe for Chinese success. They have come all the way from Chattanooga, TN, but they don’t look exhausted from their journey in the least. A pair of tufting machines – steel monsters filled with rows of needles – sit gleaming and silent under fluorescent lights. They will churn out up to 500 square yards per hour, Howell explains. That’s enough carpet tile to fill 16 singles tennis courts every day.

As part of Shaw’s commitment to sustainability, the Nantong plant incorporates the most cutting edge technologies around, from the state of the art energy control system in the ovens, which reduce gas usage and improve tile quality, to advanced high efficiency equipment for yarn usage, backing and latex application.

But the machinery on site won’t do their jobs alone. Chinese managers, engineers and supervisors have spent weeks in the United States “getting nothing but equipment training,” Howell says, with stacks worth of manuals and hours of instructional videos.

They need to learn fast. In a few weeks, each machine will come to life in a crescendo of industrial might as Shaw begins the testing process in May. The tufting machines, so quiet now, will emerge from their mechanized slumber to whir and vibrate, their needles dancing a designated choreography across the color palate. They will be joined by other marvels of technology such as a machine the size of a whale that processes computer signals.

I try to imagine the noise that will resound in this cavernous space and the workers on hand to keep the production line flowing. But all there is now is the distant percussion of hammers and saws – the symphony of construction, with Howell as its conductor.

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