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Midvale Elementary School – Midvale, UT


The new Midvale Elementary School in Midvale, Utah, goes beyond the basics of providing a comfortable environment for students and staff. The interior of the building was designed to teach.

The design concept, created by Salt Lake City firm NJRA Architects, depicts Utah’s unique land formations, including mountains, canyons, and caves.

NJRA chose Standard EXCELON® Imperial® Texture VCT, with its large color palette, to subtly illustrate a winding river cutting through the desert sandstone. Sweeping ribbons of browns, blues, and yellows help to visualize the earth’s strata as it becomes exposed to the elements over time.

Overhead, the blue Armstrong ceiling mirrors the flowing river on the floor. At the main entrance, Armstrong Infusions® Lay-in panels in the skylight represent the confluence of Utah’s mighty rivers.

Inspired by Nature
“Our inspiration was generated both by nature and by our desire to describe the character of our landscape to children using simple building elements,” said architect Hana Wright. “We chose Armstrong because of the color options available and the known quality of their VCT product.”

Project Highlights
  • Visual:  Nature-inspired colors in the Standard EXCELON Imperial Texture line create a highly visual geography lesson for students.
  • Life-Cycle Costing:  Armstrong VCT is a high-performance floor with exceptional durability and longevity.
  • Maintenance:  Tiles are maintained with routine sweeping, mopping, and occasional polishing.
  • Environmental:  All Armstrong floor products have low VOC emissions – California Section 01350 compliant, third-party FloorScore™ certification (meeting stringent indoor air quality standards) and LEED® eligibility.
  • Armstrong Floor Representative: Heather Vari
  • Armstrong Ceiling Representative: Matthew McNally
  • Architect/Designer: NJRA Architects
  • Installation Contractor: Sure Commercial Flooring
  • Flooring Distributor: Tri-West

Standard EXCELON Imperial Texture VCT
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Antique White
Antique White
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Mid Grayed Blue
Mid Grayed Blue
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Willow Green
Willow Green
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Cinnamon Brown
Cinnamon Brown
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Nougat
Standard Excelon Imperial Texture Golden
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