With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center finished construction in 1994, Workplace Services installed the original carpet throughout the conference center.
Over 20 years later, we were again asked to help specify new carpet to replace the outdated look of the conference center. The venue hosts weddings, receptions, special events, conferences and meetings in this space, so we needed to select a carpet that would complement many different styles and colors. We specified a rich neutral Milliken carpet tile 40" x 40" with a 16-tile repeat. Milliken Unearthed is a collection that uses natural elements as the inspiration of the print, which fit perfectly for the Center that is surrounded by the Historic Grape Day Park. We then created another layer to the pattern in the foyer that transitioned beautifully as you walked through the doors into the salons of the conference center. Our in-house designer even helped select the paint colors for all the walls and accents throughout the space.
After installation was completed, we received a note from the Mayor of Escondido, saying how impressed he was with the Center. "Displaying such a modern, eclectic elegance, right here in our town. Absolutely beautiful." The team we worked with on the project at the Center wrote to us and said, "Thanks for your brilliant suggestion on the carpet design - it is really making an impact on people." It was a wonderful project with many hours of design challenges worked through with the Milliken Technical Services Team. We had a tight schedule to complete the install between events and had an incredible install crew to organize the tile repeat for this complicated install. Projects like this inspire and excite us for what we can help create in this industry.