Predictions & Trends

Spaces4Learning 2024 Predictions for Educational Facilities: Part 3

We asked our readership to send us their predictions for 2024 trends in educational facilities. Across K–12 and higher-education campuses both, we asked for opinions on topics like technology, flexible learning spaces, campus safety & security, disaster response, and more. This article is the third in a three-part series compiling responses from educational professionals and vendors.

Facilities Maintenance

Tennant Launches Two New Walk-Behind Floor Scrubbers

Cleaning equipment and solutions provider Tennant Company recently launched two new products—the T260 and the T391—to add to its fleet of walk-behind floor scrubbers, according to a news release. The products will be available to order in October 2023.


Flooring Innovations Offer Eco-Friendly and Durable Options

Renewing and maintaining school floors is friendly on the budget and environment.

Emerging Technology

AMR Scrubbers Free Up Staff for More Human-Centered Duties

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) are the future; Isaac Asimov and the rest of classic sci-fi have been telling us this for decades.

Campus Amenities

Ecore, Spartan Surfaces Relaunch Popular Flooring Line

Ecore, a company that converts reclaimed materials into a variety of performances surfaces, announced this week that it is partnering with flooring sales and marketing company Spartan Surfaces to relaunch its popular ECOsurfaces product line.

Learn Live Collection Taking Steps

Campus Amenities

Mohawk Group Expands Popular Carpeting Collection

Flooring solutions company Mohawk Group recently announced that it is expanding its Learn & Live Collection with the addition of Taking Steps, made up of three versatile 24” x 24” modular carpet styles.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley


Schools In Focus: Creating Worry-Free Environments in Education

This episode’s guests are Elizabeth Bonner, design director for education and hard surface, and David Dembowitz, senior vice president of sales North America, both with Mohawk Group. We’ll discuss choosing the right flooring solutions and the impact it can have on creating healthier, worry-free spaces throughout the lifecycle of the installation. We’ll touch on topics like creating productive spaces for students & staff, the impact of COVID-19 on cleanliness standards, choosing the right flooring solution, and how to navigate the flooring decision making process. This episode is sponsored by Mohawk Group.

Armstrong Tectum Create Direct Attach Panels

Campus Amenities

Armstrong Introduces Direct-Attach Ceiling, Wall Panels

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions recently introduced its Tectum Create! Direct-Attach line of ceiling and wall panels. The textured panels come in a variety of standard and custom designs to add flair and aesthetics to any space.

A University's Small Change Makes a Big Difference

Mount St. Mary's University installs a solution for slip-and-fall incidents.


Mohawk Joins Climate Pledge

Commercial flooring manufacturer Mohawk Group has joined the Climate Pledge, an effort launched by Amazon and Global Optimism with the aim of accelerating climate action above and beyond the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.


Tarkett, Summit Flooring Supply Announce Partnership

Flooring and sports surface solutions provider Tarkett announced this week that it has formed a distribution partnership with Summit Flooring Supply.

Shannon Cochran, brand leader of Patcraft


Flooring Company Appoints New Commercial Brand Leader

Flooring solutions provider Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., has tapped Shannon Cochran to be the new brand leader of Patcraft.

Schools In Focus: Talking Campus Security with Mitch McKinley


Schools In Focus: Flooring Design Solutions in the Era of COVID-19

Interior design plays a fundamental role in not only making education spaces functional, but also in creating a calm, soothing environment for students and faculty alike. Aesthetics—from color selection to layout—are crucial in helping schools re-emerge from the pandemic as safe spaces that promote emotional and psychological well-being. This episode is sponsored by Mohawk Group.

Campus Amenities

Expanded Technologies Launches Antimicrobial Felt for Floor Protectors

Floor, furniture and surface protection solutions provider Expanded Technologies recently launched a line of antimicrobial felt for floor protectors. The felt—available as a premium upgrade across its Floor Savers, Floor Protectors, Formed Felt, replacement chair tips, and heavy duty felt pad products—was designed to prevent the spread of germs on surfaces like vinyl, LVT, tile, wood and marble.

Mohawk Group Data Tide Collection

Campus Amenities

Mohawk Group Debuts Data Tide Carpet Collection

Commercial flooring solutions company Mohawk Group has announced the release of its Data Tide collection, a variety of modular carpet planks with a design evoking the visualization of water.

Mohawk Chromascope design


Mohawk Adds Four Designs to LVT Collection

The Mohawk Group has announced the expansion of its Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) line, Living Local, with four new styles.


3M Announces New Floor Care System

3M’s Commercial Solutions Division launched a new line of products that reduces the labor and product costs associated with routine floor maintenance, according to the company.

school hallway


It's All In The Details: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

Epoxy flooring at school in Texas.


Sustainable Flooring Solutions for High-Traffic Educational Facilities

Sustainable flooring is a smart choice for schools interested in providing a healthy learning environment and demonstrating their commitment to a better global environment.

Carrie Busey Elementary School library carpet tile. Credit: Scott Berman

Components & Materials

It’s All in the Details: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

Walls, ceilings and floors, along with all interior and other building elements, must meet budgetary, acoustic, resilience, sustainability and maintenance requirements, with builders weighing such factors and others. Here are some ways that schools are making their interiors stand out.

Fabricate, the new carpet collection by designer Jhane Barnes.


Tarkett Launches New Carpet Collection by Designer Jhane Barnes

Tarkett, a flooring and sports surface solutions company, launched a new carpet collection in partnership with menswear designer Jhane Barnes.

Campus is a Bauhaus-inspired collection of carpet tiles offering a range of patterns and tones for different spaces.


Shaw Contract Adds New Carpet Tiles, LVT to Flooring Lineup

Shaw Contract has launched two new flooring lines for education institutions.

school flooring

K-12 High-Traffic Areas

Flooring and the Impact It Has On K-12 Learning Environments

Guest Viewpoint

Turnkey Renovation Solutions for A+ Aesthetics

A few solutions to minimize renovation costs and support sustainablity goals.

Field House

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

The Flexible Field House

concrete floors

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Concrete Floors Deliver the 'Wow' Factor

colorful floor

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Colorful floors. Quiet hallways.

How Interface LVT brought peace of mind to the Reading Friends school building

rubber flooring

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Winter Meets Its Match