Commercial Flooring from a New Point of View

How the pandemic has led the flooring industry to new strategies in health, education and corporate spaces
Sponsored by Mohawk Group
Presented by Leah Bauer and Elizabeth Bonner
By clicking "Register", you acknowledge that you have read BNP Media’s Privacy Policy, agree to its terms, and consent to allow BNP Media to use your information consistent with the Privacy Policy. You agree your information submitted will be shared with the sponsor(s) of the webinar. To read our Privacy Policy, please click here
Webinar On-Demand
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 CIM CEU; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the latest trends for flooring being used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
  2. Explain how different types of flooring are being utilized in home offices.
  3. Discuss what flooring trends corporate offices are turning to as workers return to commercial spaces after pandemic living.
  4. List some of flooring options educational institutions have turned to for health, safety, and wellness of its occupants.

This course is part of the Flooring Academy

This webinar is part of the Flooring Academy

The pandemic has created enormous change in workplace environments, whether in commercial offices or home offices. It’s still unclear which developments will be lasting, but in the architecture world, the pandemic has helped launch innovative ideas for how to help occupants be healthier, safer and happier in their spaces. Flooring plays a major role in these new workplace trends. This webinar will discuss some of the choices designers are making to meet or exceed the expectations of people working at home or returning to the office. Leah Bauer, an interior designer with HDR, will present the newly modernized interiors at the Gilead Sciences campus in Foster City, in the Bay Area of California. The modernization projects prioritize an engaged workforce and support a high level of innovation, employee engagement and productivity. Elizabeth Bonner, Mohawk Group, will discuss workplaces with differing needs, including healthcare, educational and corporate spaces—and how those environments are responding with flooring that is both practical and aesthetically exciting, and that approach the global health challenge in a positive way.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion focused on how these innovative custom home projects address several key issues.

Commercial Flooring

Photo courtesy of Mohawk Group


Leah Bauer is an interior architectural design leader with global experience who has played an integral role in a wide variety of commercial project types. She has a unique and forward-thinking approach to delivering successful award-winning projects. A seasoned designer, Leah excels at connecting great design with client vision and budget to create world-class solutions. A champion of life-long learning, Leah shares her knowledge through writing and presenting at industry forums.

Elizabeth Bonner has a long history of designing carpet that includes custom Axminster and hand tufted styles. Prior to joining the Mohawk Group team, she worked as a custom designer for Tai Ping and Nourison. While with Mohawk Group she has broadened her scope from Durkan, the company’s hospitality division, to include a wide variety of soft and hard surface platforms to perform across various commercial market segments. Elizabeth holds a B.A. of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking and Ceramics from Berry College in Mt. Berry, GA. She is a studio potter in her spare time, as well as an active community volunteer.

Mohawk Group As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit or call 1-800-554-6637.


Originally published in November 2021