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To support a passion for learning, William Paterson University’s Dean of the Library wanted to create spaces as vibrant, creative and hard-working as the students. Our variety of flooring products and personalized solutions made his goals reality.


Dr. Edward Owusu-Ansah, Dean of the Library at WPU, sought to redesign the campus’s Cheng Library to become an engaging, exciting place where students would want to spend more time. “We are a majority minority institution, and a lot of our students are first-generation college students,” says Owusu-Ansah. “Our dedication to supporting them has always been here.” His vision for the library was to have a place that extended and enhanced that support. “We wanted vibrant color, comfort, endurance and to have everything work together–and fit our budget.”

The contractor for the entire project, RFS Commercial, notes that creating this kind of environment meant orchestrating a range of flooring products. “Multiple finishes were going to be needed,” says Michael Pizzuto, Senior Estimator at RFS Commercial. “Soft surface, hard surface, wall base, stair systems, transitions—this is a three-story library with a wide range of spaces and functions, and it all needed to be seamless.”


“Mannington Commercial brought us a variety of products that suited a variety of needs,” says Owusu-Ansah. “With all of the flooring, we got a vibrant color scheme in products that mixed together perfectly. Now students come to the library to socialize and to work. They tell us every day that they love the library.”


  • Coordinating hard surface and carpet in engaging styles bring comfort and creativity
  • LVT with Quantum Guard Elite® technology offers superior durability and ease of cleaning
  • Carpet with Antron® fiber gives unbeatable performance and stain resistance
  • Personal service ensures that the flooring meets all of the goals of a project

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”Mannington Commercial dreamed with us on this project, and it came together beautifully. All of the students love the new library. It’s creative, nurturing and inviting–a place that supports their pursuits. When you see it, you feel like staying longer.”

Dr. Edward Owusu-Ansah, PhDDean of the Library
William Paterson University

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