It was hot as blazes in Jasper, Georgia, and the Dragons were due back in just a few short weeks. Summer 2019 saw the complete renovation of the 60,000 sq ft. Pickens Junior High School, from demolition to installation. Timing was crucial, as even a single day’s delay could derail the construction schedule and leave the school unprepared for the return of the students. This logistical challenge made Mannington Resilient flooring an obvious choice for the ease of installation and reliability. Warm wood tones, bordered by rich, Pickens Jr. High Dragon green tiles, make the hallways and common areas lively and inviting. Slate-gray tiles mark transition areas and modernize the look. These “neutral spaces” are recognized as critical areas for student development by educational theorists. The flooring pattern subtly creates conversation areas where teachers can continue a thought-provoking discussion with a group of students, or where a gaggle of seventh-graders learn to flirt. The gray-and-green palette continues in each classroom, imbuing energy into these crucial learning spaces. When the Dragons flew through the doors on August 6, the eighties-style cinderblock school that they knew had been transformed. The success of the project landed DCO Commercial Floors two additional projects with the Pickens County School System in 2020.