Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal Carpet Replacement Wins Environmental Award

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Rubenstein's Contract Carpet is honored with Starnet Designs Award Environmental Gold for their work completely replacing an iconic carpet in the Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal.

I’ve never seen the level of creativity in diverting not only carpet but other materials from landfills

During the 18th Annual Starnet Design Awards, one of the most prestigious commercial flooring design competitions in North America, the Gold in Environmental Achievement was awarded to Rubenstein's Contract Carpet for their work completed replacing an iconic carpet in the Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal. Annually the award recognizes projects completed by Starnet member firms that positively impact the environment.

Presenting the award was honorary judge Dr. Bob Peoples, Executive Director of Carpet America Recovery Effort, a national not-for-profit whose mission is to divert carpet from landfills to reuse or recycle into consumer products. “I’ve never seen the level of creativity in diverting not only carpet but other materials from landfills” said Dr. Peoples. “This is a remarkable story and a true lesson to everyone on how to reduce waste and reuse recycled materials,” he added.

The environmental story at the Portland Airport goes well beyond new carpet with recycled content, sustainability, and earning LEED points. This project was all about the direct reuse of 14 acres of used carpet, without additional processing and direct recycling into carpet pad. Rubenstein's Contract Carpet was able to re-purpose and upcycle many of the project’s flooring products into entry mats, area rugs, wall art, Christmas ornaments, community center carpet, flooring for a renovated 100-year-old building, baseball practice hitting facility, and more.

In the end, they were able to upcycle and repurpose

  •     10,080 square yards (25.2 tons or 2.08 acres) of iconic PDX carpet
  •     10,930 square yards (38.12 tons or 2.26 acres) of "other carpet from project"
  •     An additional 3.5 tons of jobsite materials were repurposed including cardboard, scrap metal, plastic film and wood pallets.

The balance of the used PDX carpet was recycled into Carpet Pad totaling 45,000 square yards (134.48 tons or 8.3 acres).

During the installation of the new carpet, scraps and remnants greater than 2 feet were given to a vendor to make entry mats and area rugs for resale as the new carpet pattern makes its attempt fill the shoes of the outgoing "Iconic" pattern. The “New” pattern appears to be gaining traction.
The Portland International Airport Project was also honored with a 2016 Starnet Design Awards, Silver People’s Choice Award. Annually, Starnet Members and Starnet Preferred Vendors, vote for their favorite project and is highly coveted for the recognition they receive from their fellow peers.

Randy Rubenstein, Rubenstein’s Owner, commented after the awards ceremony. “The size, scope and media coverage of the project was extraordinary and something the carpet industry has never seen.” He added, “I have to give credit to all parties involved in the 10 month project for the dedication to work closely as a team and their accomplishments.”

About Rubenstein's
Rubenstein's is a charter member of Starnet and an Oregon based company which has been actively engaged in the commercial flooring industry for over 50 years. It has five offices throughout Oregon and Washington, and is one of the largest and most respected independent commercial flooring companies in the country.
For more Information visit http://www.rubensteins.com.

About Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring
Since 1992, Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Cooperative has served the industry as a trusted partnership of commercial flooring professionals and quality flooring manufacturers. More than 165 independent contractors doing business in more than 300 of the top markets across the country have become more profitable while building the market share of Starnet’s manufacturing partners. Through collective strength, integrity, shared best practices and advocacy of training, Starnet members and vendor partners insure improved project outcomes, complete customer satisfaction and reduced costs related to doing business. The membership’s strength in numbers creates a combined annual volume of over three billion dollars.
For more information, visit http://www.starnetflooring.com.

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