From a critically acclaimed, environmentally conscious airport project to the renovation of a national treasure that plays host to astronauts and space-flight enthusiasts, the winners of the 18th Annual Starnet Design Awards had judges and competitors seeing stars.
Starnet® Worldwide’s annual flooring design competition recognizes creativity, professionalism, quality and versatility, and this year’s winners encapsulated the power of innovative and bold flooring installation in commercial interior design. The winners were announced on April 15, 2016 in Miami, FL during Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership’s Annual Meeting, April 14-16.
“Once again, we are awestruck and proud of the work done by Starnet Members throughout the country,” said Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet. “The Design Awards allow us to come together and recognize this talent and creativity. This year’s winners demonstrate to the entire industry that outstanding flooring design and craftsmanship can achieve amazing results in the commercial market.”
Gold, silver and bronze prizes were awarded in six judged categories: Healthcare, Corporate, Education, Hospitality/Public Space, Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge. Votes from Starnet Members, Vendor Partners and members of the trade press selected the winners of the third annual People’s Choice Awards.
Grand Prize Winner/Gold in Corporate
The most prestigious award, the 2016 Grand Prize, was presented to Resource Colorado of Denver, CO for its work at IMM TI. The installation at the Boulder, CO-based digital agency also captured the Gold in Corporate.
“The entire team is honored to win both Gold in Corporate and the Grand Prize at the 2016 Starnet Design Awards,” said John Stanfield, Owner of Resource Colorado. “This project allowed us to flex our design and installation muscles and create a space that supported IMM’s staff and exuded their branding. The finished product represents our original mission for the building: revitalization, productivity and identity,” he added.
IMM TI is a brand driven by data, digital technology, and culture. The full-service agency needed a space that reflected its personality as a forward-thinking, modern, and youthful company but also provided a zen-like balance through the integration of greenery and blend of interior and exterior design elements. This project was selected as a winner because of the balanced combination of materials that resulted from this vision, along a well-edited approach.
“The project is a great accomplishment, with woven elements and a unified final design,” said Design Awards Judge Scott MacMeekin.
“The spaces are well integrated and the interior design elements look like architectural exterior components,” added Judge Megan Walker. “Planters integrated into the floor, an interesting interior/exterior connection, and a balanced selection in flooring products all came together well. It could easily have gone over the top, but it didn’t.”
The overall aesthetic was an industrial, neutral palette to which the flooring team added pops of color in the carpet, the greenery, and specific paint locations in order to align with the client’s professional but playful persona. A variety of collaborative and individual workspaces were integrated into the plan to support a range of staff work styles. Built-in “nooks,” standing height touchdown spaces and informal “living room” style meeting areas were all key factors in designing for company productivity, flexibility, and staff satisfaction.
Gold in Environmental Achievement
The Gold in Environmental Achievement was awarded to Rubenstein’s Contract Carpets LLC for its work on the Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal Recarpeting. The project, which gained national attention through coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, New York Times, and on NBC Nightly News, was done over 10 months in a fully operational airport. It saw the complete removal, reclamation, and replacement of 14 acres of carpeting, in an airport that was known for its iconic carpet pattern.
The environmental story at the Portland Airport goes beyond recycled content, sustainability, and LEED points. This project was all about the direct reuse of 14 acres of used carpet, without additional processing and direct recycling into carpet pad. Rubenstein’s Contract Carpets LLC was able to re-purpose and upcycle many of the products into entry mats, area rugs, wall art, Christmas ornaments, community center carpet, flooring for a renovated a 100-year-old building, baseball practice hitting facility, etc.
In the end, they were able to salvage or repurpose:
- 10,080 square yards (25.2 tons or 2.08 acres) of iconic PDX carpet
- 10,930 square yards (38.12 tons or 2.26 acres) of “other carpet from project”
In addition, the company recycled the balance of the material into a variety of materials, and all scraps of the new carpet (in excess of two feet) were saved and have been given to a vendor to make entry mats and area rugs for resale.
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