The Client: The Catholic Center at Rutgers

Floors Direct was hired to install new carpet tile flooring to replace the existing carpet in the Catholic Center at Rutgers. The Catholic Center at Rutgers University is a student-run organization that strives to build an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students on campus. The Center offers a variety of events and activities for students of all backgrounds, ranging from weekly Masses to service opportunities to spiritual retreats. It is a great place for students to come together in an open and inclusive atmosphere. The Center also serves as a place for students to come together and form meaningful relationships. It hosts a variety of social events throughout the year, such as game nights, movie nights, and potlucks, that provide an opportunity for students to build relationships with one another. The center’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment makes it an invaluable part of the Rutgers experience.

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Common Room carpet tile Install Rutgers Catholic Center
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The Project: Carpet Tile Installation

Floors Direct was tasked with the rip-up and replacement of the carpet in the Catholic Centers’ common areas and meeting rooms. The project encompassed approximately 2000 square feet of floor space in total.

Our team went to work moving furniture and ripping up the existing carpet. Some of the plywood subflooring underneath was found to be in need of repair. The Floors Direct crew fixed all of the damaged plywood and completed the floor prep.

Next they spread the adhesive and allowed it to set. There are various adhesive options depending on the type of installation required. Typically, we use a full spread adhesive application of a premium pressure sensitive adhesive like Shaw 4151. The full spread method has the best bond strength but it makes removing and replacing the tiles slightly more difficult. You can choose from LokWorx+ Carpet Tile Adhesive, Shaw 5100, Shaw 4151, LokDots, LokWorx Adhesive Tabs, Shaw 3800, or LokWorx Carpet Tile Adhesive.

These carpet tiles can be installed in one of 5 different patterns, Monolithic, Quarter Turn, Brick, Ashlar, or Random. The carpet tiles in the Catholic Center were installed using the Quarter Turn method.



Shaw Catalyst Tile Quarter Turn Install pattern


Shaw Catalyst Tile Brick Install pattern


Shaw Catalyst Tile Ashlar Install pattern


Shaw Catalyst Tile Random Install pattern


The Product: Shaw Contract Modular Carpet

The Mix Collection’s Catalyst Tile, 59579 is a 24” x 24” carpet tile. It is made with Ecosolution Q® Nylon and it is backed with our special EcoWorx® Tile backing. EcoWorx® has a 25% lower weight and a higher tensile strength versus other PVC backings. This leads to a notable decrease in carbon emissions during transportation while still allowing for the highest level of durability. EcoWorx® is Cradle to Cradle Certified® and has a lifetime residential warranty and a limited lifetime commercial warranty.

What is the Cradle to Cradle Certification?

It is a global system of evaluating brands that accept responsibility for creating a circular economy. The certification is given to brands that strive to reduce the amount of waste and hazardous materials, and that use and reuse resources and materials in an energy efficient and socially responsible way. The Cradle to Cradle Certified® brand is the world-wide mark of products which are made in a safe, circular, and responsible manner. Businesses across the value chain count on this certification to guarantee the effect of their goods on humanity and nature is a constructive one.

City: New Brunswick, NJ

New Brunswick is a vibrant town located in the heart of central New Jersey, known for its rich history, thriving arts scene, diverse population, and for being home to Rutgers University. The town has a youthful energy and a bustling downtown area that offers a wide range of cultural attractions, dining options, and entertainment venues.

New Brunswick Landmarks

One of the most notable landmarks in New Brunswick is the historic State Theatre, which hosts a variety of performances ranging from Broadway shows to musical concerts. The city also has several art galleries, including the Alfa Art Gallery, which showcases the work of local artists.

New Brunswick Foodies

New Brunswick is a food lover’s paradise, with a range of cuisine options from around the world, including Italian, Mexican, Indian, and Chinese. The town is also home to several popular bars and nightlife spots, making it a great place to enjoy a night out on the town.

New Brunswick Recreation

In addition to its cultural and culinary offerings, New Brunswick is known for its outdoor spaces, including the Rutgers Gardens, which features beautiful displays of flora and fauna, as well as several parks and recreational areas.

Overall, New Brunswick is a lively and dynamic town that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for cultural attractions, great food, or outdoor activities, this vibrant community is a great place to call home.