2015 FCI Installation Awards: The Commercial Winners

Custom Carpet Design

Lance Ortegel and Eric Ullrich—Commercial Carpet:

For an office in Evanston, Ill., Lance Ortegel and Eric Ullrich of Lance’s Professional Installations & Inspections installed 300 yards of Interface carpet tile in six colors to create a herringbone pattern. The project was completed in two days.

Ortegel, owner of the Round Lake Beach, Ill.-based company, said he is used to being called in on difficult and intricate jobs. “I started in the industry when I was 13, with my dad, sewing carpet on the weekends. I’ve been doing this for 43 years now, and I’m still learning. You always keep your eyes open to see if somebody has something new or different to try, and if it works—great.”

He said the only part of the job that really posed a challenge was the fill pieces around the walls. “You need to choose the right color and make sure it’s going in the right direction, like a puzzle. You don’t have the whole field in front of you, so you have to mentally try to figure out the six colors going on in that herringbone.”

Other than that, the job was more time-consuming than anything. “There were hundreds of tabs to peel and put on the tiles,” Ortegel noted.