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Crossville collections installed in smart home for wounded veteran

lucas-cifka-1Crossville, Tenn.—As the tile supplier for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program in 2017, Crossville recently contributed the tile for a specially adapted smart home for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas David Cifka (Ret.) and his family. The house was dedicated in a ceremony on June 15, in Canyon Lake, Texas.

More than 1,000 square feet of Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, the guest bath, the mudroom and kitchen covering the floors and walls. Brandi Hines, interior designer, worked with the Cifka family to specify tile with the desired look and performance needed throughout the home.

The master bath features Crossville’s Buenos Aires Mood collection and Yin + Yang collection. Crossville’s Ready-to-Wear in the color Smarty Pants was specified for the guest bathroom; while the Color By Numbers collection in the Nine Lives hues was used to accent the guest bath, as well as the family’s mud room. For the walls in the kitchen, Crossville’s Savoy collection in white was installed.

“It’s exciting to know a deserving wounded warrior and his family are enjoying the comforts of a brand new, specially adapted smart home—and that our tile is a part of their everyday surroundings,” said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “The tile options specified for Staff Sgt. Cifka’s home are not only beautiful but also practical for a busy family.”

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Crossville supports 2017 R.I.S.E. program as exclusive tile supplier

riseCrossville, Tenn.—Crossville has committed to be the exclusive tile supplier for Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program for the 2017 calendar year. The R.I.S.E. program provides specially adapted, custom smart homes to ease the everyday burdens of severely wounded veterans and their families and caregivers.

Crossville’s collaboration with R.I.S.E. was initiated through the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), a U.S.-based trade association for tile contractors. In its support of the program, Crossville is opening its full catalog of products for selection for the homes that will be built in the coming year.

screenshot_2016-11-07_10-24-10“Each veteran’s needs and style are unique, making the design requirements for every residence unique, as well,“ said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “That’s why we put no limit on the choices available to veterans and the designers or specifiers who may be involved in product selection. Our portfolio offers a wide array of solutions that will help to ensure these honored veterans have homes that are beautiful—and practical—for everyday living.”

Plans are already underway for the first homes that will be constructed in the coming year. Approximately 12 homes are anticipated to be built in 2017. Learn more about the R.I.S.E. program on the website.

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Mapei supports Gary Sinise Foundation

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.09.32 PMDeerfield Beach, Fla.—Mapei has provided Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program with flooring installation products for a wounded veteran’s smart home. The company supplied mortars, grouts and adhesives for installing tile, stone, wood, carpet and vinyl flooring in the home of U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant Jason Ross in Fallbrook, Calif.

“It is a privilege for us to work with the Gary Sinise Foundation to help soldiers like Jason return to a secure and rewarding life after their service in protection of our country,” said Jeff Johnson, business manager for Mapei’s floor covering installation systems.

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NWFA, Gary Sinise Foundation dedicate smart home to veteran

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 3.32.04 PMSt. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and several of its members participated in the Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program’s latest smart home project, completed last month. The dedication ceremony for Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross took place in Livermore, Calif.

Ross lost both legs and part of a pelvic bone after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving his second tour in Afghanistan in 2011. He endured more than 200 surgeries conducted during three years largely lived in hospitals.

“To see how these smart homes make a difference, to see how they empower a family to enjoy a full life together unhindered by limitations to the mobility and self-sufficiency of a veteran like Jason, is truly amazing,” said Jeff Fairbanks, NWFA chairman.