News Release: 2018 Design for a Difference Madison Makeover Complete

FLOOR360 completes the largest makeover of charity yet at 12,800 sq. ft. and over $600,000 in value

MADISON, WI (October 22, 2018) – FLOOR360, provider of high-fashion flooring announced the completion of the interior makeover of East Madison Community Center (EMCC) through their sponsorship of Design for a Difference Madison. The design process began in April, and finished on October 14 when the EMCC leadership team, board members and program participants saw their ‘new’ facility for the first time since they moved out on September 29. The makeover was made possible by over 250 donors and volunteers in the Madison community coming together to create a special place so EMCC can continue to provide quality services while enjoying a new sense of pride knowing how much the greater Madison Community values them and their work.

“I am so grateful to the volunteers on the design team who did a fantastic job, and the Madison business community for saying ‘yes’ to donating whatever was needed to complete the makeover” said Bob Tobe, CEO of FLOOR360. Tom Moen, Executive Director of East Madison Community Center commented, “All of the spaces in the building were especially designed for the people who use them most. The care and attention to detail was obvious and meaningful to all of us.”

The makeover process began on March 21, 2018, when FLOOR360 announced that East Madison Community Center would receive a free interior makeover of their facility. Soon after that, the design team started planning the makeover and meeting with the people who use the facility most to determine their needs and wish lists for the spaces. In the end the numbers were impressive.

– 44 interior design professionals committed to the project

            – Over 250 businesses and individuals donated time, funds, skills and materials

            – 18 spaces inside the facility were given a facelift

            – 12,500 square feet of flooring was donated by Jaeckle Distributors and Shaw Flooring

            – $600,000+ was the final value of the labor and materials

Design for a Difference is a national community-driven movement launched in 2014 by the International Design Guild, and FLOOR360 brought to Madison in 2015. In 2015 Design for a Difference – Madison organized a makeover of the Respite Center at RISE, in 2016 The Rainbow Project received a total makeover as well.  In 2017, the Design for a Difference makeover of Centro Hispano in Madison was determined to be the largest makeover of a charity in U.S. History. The four Madison Design for a Difference makeovers combined will have had a direct impact on approximately 15,000 individuals in the Madison community.

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