Each year, the Starnet Design Awards recognize the dynamic relationships between Starnet Members and the A&D community by spotlighting the innovative use of flooring in commercial design.
Gold, silver and bronze prizes were awarded in six adjudicated categories: Healthcare, Corporate, Education, Hospitality/
The winning projects were selected by a panel of A&D professionals, including Lori James, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Principal of SmithGroupJJR;
Sponsoring judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Robert Peoples, Ph.D, Executive Director of Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE) and John McGrath, Director of INSTALL, respectively.
The most prestigious award, 2014 Grand Prize, went to Starnet Member Mr. David’s Flooring International, LLC. of Itasca, IL and IN-teriors LLC in collaboration with Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc. for their work at the Corporate Client Meeting Space in Verona, WI. The installation also captured the Gold in Hospitality/
The Corporate Client Meeting Space features a five story underground training facility for a software development company. Two 24,000 sq.ft. pre-function spaces were designed to embrace a subterranean theme mixing prehistory, fantasy and legend. One was based on ice, the other on rock.
Abstracted oversized graphics on the floor were created with 22 individually designed carpet panels, 13’ wide and 81’ long. In the Ice Cave area, carpet reminiscent of splintered ice shards complements hand-painted murals depicting prehistoric remains encapsulated in ice. The project featured products from Starnet Preferred Vendors Milliken Commercial, Johnsonite, and Chapco Adhesives.
The installation at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) was completed by Starnet Member Universal Metro, and took the Gold in People’s Choice and Silver for Unique Installation Challenge. FKP Architects of Houston, TX embraced CHOC’s message, “The Future is Bright,” translating the hospital’s commitment to leadership in children’s health and well-being into a creative and capturing design. Floors included a series of colorful floor murals and several different flooring products from Starnet Preferred Vendor partners Armstrong Commercial Flooring, American Olean, ARDEX Americas, Daltile, Henry Adhesives, Mannington Resilient Floors, and Tandus Flooring.
Starnet Member, D.S. Baxley Inc. dba DSB+ in partnership with Arc Tec, Inc. was awarded the Gold in Healthcare (sponsored by AAHID) for their work at Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISI), Sunnyvale, CA. The goal for ISI was to create a pristine, futuristic and inviting space to highlight the advanced equipment and technology. Overall, the space had to create an environment appropriate to world-class visitors.
Floorazzo® flooring system by Starnet Preferred Vendor MATS, Inc. was used for the project.
A total of 48 entries were submitted for the Corporate design category, once again making it the largest and most competitive category in the Design Awards. Starnet Member Image Flooring, LLC and 360 Architecture won Gold for the AMC Theatre Support Center in Leawood, KS.
Together they demonstrated the role flooring can play in the overall aesthetic of a space without overpowering other elements. The tiles were meticulously sorted and randomized to get the exact effect desired. The project required over 2,000 lineal feet of curved transition and 18 colors of wall-base. Starnet Preferred Vendors awarded included Johnsonsite and Milliken Commercial.
The Education category had a total of 31 entries this year. Starnet Member Vortex Commercial Flooring in collaboration with Edge Design, LLC achieved the Gold in Education and Bronze in People’s Choice for work completed at the College of DuPage McAninch Center in Glen Ellyn, IL.
From a design vision driven by empowerment, art, rhythm, tempo and movement, the concept “Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum” was born. The flooring design became an abstract piece of art within itself. Starnet Preferred Vendors included ARDEX Americas, Johnsonite, Mannington Commercial Carpet, and Tandus Flooring. Carpet products featured Antron® fiber.
Starnet Member Paul G. White Tile Company, Inc. partnered SMRT Architects and Engineers and TRO/JB to find innovative ways to reduce energy costs, achieve LEED certification, and bring a sense of the natural world indoors at the MaineGeneral Medical Center, Alfond Center for Health, Augusta, ME. They received the Gold in Environmental Achievement (sponsored by CARE).
The design concept started with a vision statement and narrative: “Comfort, Memory, Experience: A Journey to Wellness, Healing Enhanced by Nature” and was manifest through lean process improvement, way finding, finishes, furniture and artwork. The facility is currently trending toward LEED Gold Certification and projects $1.2 million in energy savings and 12 million gallons of water conservation annually. The design team included the following brands products containing recycled content adhering towards the strong commitment to sustainability:
Starnet Member ReSource New Jersey along with Clickspring Design were awarded the Gold in Unique Installation Challenge (sponsored by INSTALL International Standards & Training Alliance), Silver in People’s Choice, and Silver in Corporate for the NBC Sports Winter Olympics Studios in Sochi, Russia.
The project was recognized for a complex pattern of vinyl tile and plank, installed flawlessly, under a compressed timeline and on the other side of the world by two INSTALL trained foreman mechanics from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Union Local #251. Starnet Preferred Venders included Amtico and Spray-Lock Premium Eco Adhesives.
For more information, visit designawards.starnetflooring.com/