EDMOND — Frontier Elementary School’s flooring was tops with Coverings, a trade show that recently recognized installer Bentley Flooring and the designer, The Stacy Group, with its Installation and Design Award.
The new school at 4901 Explorer Drive, east of Pennsylvania just south of Covell Road, was Bentley’s most challenging job last year, said Steven Bentley, fourth-generation president of the company founded by his great-grandfather Earl W. and his grandfather Bill in 1946. Bentley Flooring is at 3844 NW 8 in Oklahoma City.
The centerpiece of the job is a colorful waterjet-cut 2,000-square-foot tile medallion that spells out “Frontier Elementary” in the center of the 30,000-square-foot building. The floor art was designed by The Stacy Group, 222 E 10th St. Plaza in Edmond.
“We did pretty much all the flooring throughout and then the bathrooms, as well. What we won the award for was the waterjet cut, done with a terrazzo tile,” Bentley said. “The designer, The Stacy Group, designed the floor plans. We sent that off to Waterjet Works, which is in Dallas. They did the cutting for it. They sent it back to us with plans, basically numbered, and we put it together like a puzzle.”
He explained, “Waterjet is where they actually cut the tiles with a stream of water — and they can cut it to the smallest piece that you can imagine, and as delicate as you want to get. And they can cut carpet, tile, linoleum, all kinds of stuff. It’s really amazing.”
Bentley said the school’s flooring is a mix of ceramic and custom-colored epoxy terrazo tile. With its intricate design, Bentley said the job was among the most complicated of the 200 or so commercial projects the company did last year, thanks largely to Atlas General Contractors, 24 NE 53.
Atlas previously was recognized for its broader work on Frontier Elementary with a Build Oklahoma Award from Associated General Contractors-Building Chapter, in the $10 million — $25 million category for new construction in 2013.
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