Red Door Early Learning Center

Nov 13, 2018 | AVA Blog

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Melissa Quick

Melissa Quick

Commercial Product & Marketing Manager North America, AVA® by Novalis® Innovative Flooring

Melissa Quick has over 30 years of experience in the commercial flooring industry and she attained her LEED GA to gain general knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects.

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Red Door learning center

Completion date: July 2017

Red Door Early Learning Center, in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, serves nearly 100 children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes with “fun, creative and unique programs.” The school’s goal is to provide “a creative, mindful and nurturing environment that inspires a life-long love of learning.” Learn more at

ALLOY5 chose AVA® by Novalis Innovative Flooring for the Red Door Learning Center project. ALLOY5 is an interdisciplinary design firm located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that combines architecture and graphic design expertise for its clients.

For this 10,400 sf project, ALLOY5 selected a variety of AVA® DSGN and AVA® SPRK LVT styles to create the kind learning environment that supports Red Door’s goals.

Among the spaces designed by ALLOY5 were the entrance area, classrooms and hallways, as well as an activity area.

“I would say that what drew us to the SPRK line was the color options and selections. The learning center’s goals and objectives were to provide an exciting and vibrant place for the children to learn, while still emulating colors in nature. The available color selections from the SPRK line allowed us to meet that request and objective.” 


Michael J Metzger, AIA, LEEP AP

AVA® luxury vinyl flooring is made for commercial and institutional applications with a 10-year commercial warranty and is always 100% phthalate-free, thanks to Novalis® use of bio-based plasticizers in all of its flooring. Additionally, all AVA flooring is FloorScore certified.

AVA® DSGN® planks in Australian Pecan-Summer and Carolina Oak-Gunstock looks were specified. Both feature 6” x 48” planks (for dry back) that are 2.5mm thick with a 20mil wear layer. To add bold, exciting colors, AVA® SPRK tiles were selected in Camden Sod, Dress Blues, Bawlmer Hon, Green Turtle, Steamed Crabs, Black-eyed Susan and O’Say. AVA® SPRK tiles are 18” x 18” dry back construction, 2.5mm thick and have a 20mil transparent wear layer. Both DSGN and SPRK have antibacterial protection built into the PU coating.

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