Starnet Worldwide Commercial Design Awards 2013 Part IV

MWMC1Congratulations to Interior Surface again on their fourth nomination by Starnet, this time for their work on the Western Missouri Medical Center project in Warrensburg, Missouri. “The creative use of tile throughout . . . has unified [Western Missouri Medical Center’s] rambling collection of buildings into one modern, warm, and welcoming facility.” (Starnet) See for yourself:



ISE Entered for Starnet Worldwide Design Awards 2013–Part III

Congratulations to Interior Surface for one of four 2013 Starnet Design Award submissions for 2013. The third submission is the Smithville High School Performing Arts Center, Smithville, Smithville, Missouri.SHS1

According to Starnet, “Sophisticated Style Meets Traditional High School” was the goal for Smithville’s New Performing Art Center. Centiva’s Contour Series Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) was selected to highlight the sophistication of the lobby and SHS2hallway areas of this building. Green, the school color was chosen as the main accent throughout this addition. Designers also incorporated a wide variety of strong neutrals in order to emphasize a feeling of refined elegance. The main design challenge faced in this space was to add visual interest to the long hallways, which was achieved by adding curves to the SHS3LVT. A main focal point on the lobby walls was created by adding a band of beautiful Marazzi Glass Tile to the exposed brick, unifying the old and new spaces of the building. The auditorium features a non-traditional American Olean Tile as a defined wall below the fabric panels. This choice adds sophisticated ambiance to the space while providing a durable product requiring minimal maintenance. Luxurious high quality American Olean Tile was also used in the restrooms to provide ease of maintenance. The classic styling and elegant design concept has made this project a stunning success.SHS4SHS5SHS6SHS7

ISE Entered for Starnet Worldwide Design Awards 2013–Part II

Congratulations to Interior Surface for one of four 2013 Starnet Design Award submissions for 2013. The second submission is the Hilton Garden Inn, Olathe, Kansas.

We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.



ISE Entered for Starnet Worldwide Design Awards 2013

Congratulations to Interior Surface for one of four 2013 Starnet Design Award submissions for 2013. The first is for Garnett Elementary School, Garnett, Kansas. We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.



Platinum Anniversary “Commercial Carpet Tile” Collection by Milliken- Affordable Luxury in a Carpet Tile.

platinum-1 (1)This beautiful commercial Milliken Carpet Tile is available in 3 co-coordinating styles and multiple color selections.  Carpet tile is one of today’s most cost effective flooring solutions for Commercial Consumers because it takes less square footage to complete a project than traditional broadloom carpet. (Less Product = Cost Savings) Also, if tiles get damaged or stained, they be replaced individually without having to re-carpet the entire room. Here’s what makes this carpet tile so special:

Starnet Platinum Anniversary features:chair2

  • 100% WearOn® Type 6,6 Nylon
  • Stainsmart® Stain Repel/Stain Resist/Soil Release
  • Patented Milliken/Constantine MYI tufting technology.
  • Indoor Air Quality – CRI Green Label Plus
  • Appearance Retention Rating (CRI TM 101) – SEVERE & HEAVY Traffic
  • Flammability Rating – CLASS 1
  • Carpet Tile with PVC Free Comfort Plus ES Cushion Back
  • All Lifetime Milliken Warranties Apply

platinum-2Find out more about the Platinum Anniversary Collection by visiting:

If you are interested in knowing more about how this beautiful carpet tile can work for you, contact us at Interior Surface.

ISE Featured in Armstrong Corporate Solution Spotlight Case Study


Interior Surface was recently the Installation Contractor for the Tremont Hen House Market supermarket design using Armstrong Natural Creations Mystix Vinyl Tile.

According to Armstrong Commercial Flooring, “Starnet selected the Tremont Hen House Market remodel as the 2012 ‘Retail’ category winner in their annual Design Awards, a contest that celebrates the creativity and talent of professionals in commercial flooring and interiors. Award winners are chosen based on their creative use of flooring, the integration of flooring into the overall design concept and the successful achievement of client objectives.”

henhouse2Judge Gregory Bishop, president of Accolate Interiors, said the Hen House project “shined above the others for its stylish use of a predominately neutral palette. We were all impressed by the strategic use of shape and color in the flooring, and how it defined the space and contributed to the overall character of each department. We liked the way that the floors tied together with architectural elements, and how the neutral colors kept the focus on signage and splashes of color to help people navigate through the space.”

Fred Williamson, Vice President of Starnet, Operations, adds, “The NATURAL CREATIONS floors are a key design feature, along with the lighting. The flooring helps define areas like the pharmacy and the bank by using a range of color and texture to transition from one space to another. Also, the floor design picks up the curve and flow of the ceiling soffits, which also helps define areas within the store. There is an overall feeling of freshness, openness and comfort throughout the store, and the flooring helps create that atmosphere.”henhouse3

Interior Surface has done installing for many award winning commercial designs. Are there any flooring projects coming up in which you need our expertise? Let us know at

Narrow Down Your Commercial Flooring Choice

If you are considering updating the flooring in your office, here is a quick reference for the top 5 most popular commercial flooring options. Hopefully this will help steer you in the right direction!

Hardwood Flooring

Easy to clean: Hard wood floors are very easy to clean as they do not accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and debris. A weekly cleaning procedure involves vacuuming, moping and keeping the floor dry. That’s it!

High quality look: Hard wood floors give an elegant aesthetic and high-end look. Hard wood floors offer the warmth, beauty and value of wood and it never goes out of style. Hard wood floors are also said to enable a look of spaciousness wherever they are installed.

Strength and durability: High quality hard wood floors that are kiln-dried, manufactured, installed and finished to certain standards can last for generations. The hard wood floors are tough, hard-wearing, and have long term durability. They can stand up to active workspaces and heavy foot traffic.

A Good investment: Choosing hard wood floors increases the value of your property. It is a great long-term investment and can actually become a strong resale argument, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors. It also enables a faster sale and brings higher prices at the time of resale.

Refinishing: In areas of heavy traffic, hardwood flooring can be refinished after years of wear to bring it back to life.


Economical: Commercial carpet tiles are a budget friendly floor covering. Our commercial carpet tiles are factory overruns, discontinued, irregular and overstock items making it possible for us to sell them at 50% to 75% off retail pricing.

Quality Construction:Commercial carpet tiles have been used in airports, hospitals and office buildings for years. Their heavy duty backing and quality construction ensures that they won’t unravel with use.

High Traffic Areas: Commercial carpet tile is designed to take the abuse that comes with high traffic areas. Durability is key when choosing a flooring product for your commercial space. Our commercial carpet tile is high quality and professional grade.

Durability:If your commercial space gets lots of foot traffic, you can extend the life of your commercial carpet tiles by rotating them through the space. Simply move commercial carpet tiles from heavily trafficked areas to less trafficked areas to extend their life span.


Design flexibility: Vinyl sheet flooring and tile are available in myriad styles and colors. Vinyl tile is available in shapes that can be custom cut and laid out in patterns using different colors or finishes. Tiles can be arranged, for example, to depict a corporate logo or to guide traffic in a hospital or retail setting. Virtually any look can be obtained to suit any decor, including classic looks that simulate wood and ceramic. Custom-made designs are easily created using sheet vinyl flooring.

Resilience: Vinyl flooring reduces noise and provides comfort underfoot. Unlike such hard surfaces as wood, laminate, terrazzo or ceramic tile, vinyl floors have “give” and thus are referred to as “resilient” flooring.

Durability: Vinyl flooring is durable and time-tested, maintaining its beauty under heavy foot traffic and use. It is moisture and stain resistant, so spills can be easily removed. When compared with alternative materials, vinyl offers an attractive installed cost with economical maintenance over the life of the floor.

Aesthetics: Today’s vinyl floors are made to enhance the aesthetic features of an interior environment. While often mimicking the look of other hard surfaces, they are “warmer” than ceramic tile. Designers can use pattern and color to make a large room seem smaller or a small room more expansive. And since vinyl is durable, the color and original appearance will last longer with routine maintenance.

Safety features: A wide range of both tile and sheet vinyl floors are available with enhanced slip-retardant surfaces. These floors are suitable for a variety of commercial and institutional applications. Because they are vinyl, these slip-resistant surfaces can be easily cleaned. Check with manufacturers for vinyl floors designed to meet other special needs like static control.


Long Term Durability – Concrete floors have increased abrasion resistance and they don’t scratch, peel, chip, or yellow.

Low cost maintenance – Since you do not have to wax concrete or apply a coating, there is little maintenance to be done.

Safe Floor – Concrete flooring is one of the safest flooring choices for commercial buildings. Because they hold up better and can withstand high traffic, it is institute (NFSI) certified as “high traction”


Durability: Tile is one of the most elegant and durable flooring options that you could use in a commercial space.

Replacement: depending on the type of tile you use in your commercial space, you can often replace certain areas of the floor rather than replace the entire floor.

Maintenance: You will have to maintain a tile floor. Retaining the gloss by waxing the vinyl floor tiles with floor waxes is helpful, too, as well as regular sweeping and scrubbing of the flooring.

I could go on and on about pros and cons between different commercial flooring options. I hope this has served to inform and narrow down your commercial flooring choices. If we can help clarify or speak into your flooring options please don’t be afraid to contact us HERE

ISE Wins Starnet’s 2012 Retail Design Award!

We are so very proud and excited to announce that Interior Surface’s Hen House project won Starnet’s 2012 Retail Design Award for commercial flooring!!  We would like to thank Jeff Maple who was the designer and architect on this project, as well as manufacturers Armstrong and DalTile. Here are some pictures of our award winning project!

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