For the first time in 22 years, the Starnet® Design Awards were held in a virtual environment. The ceremony, which normally plays a major part in the organization’s Spring meeting, still celebrated the dynamic partnerships between Starnet Members, vendor partners and the A&D community – albeit in an innovative new way.
“While we were not able to celebrate the Design Awards in person this year, the portfolio of winning projects deserves a virtual round of applause,” said Mark Bischoff, president and CEO of Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership. “These installations were complex, beautifully designed and impressive in scale and detail. They also highlight the true value of Starnet – the power of collaboration in delivering outstanding commercial interiors for end use clients,” he added.
From colorful schools to awe-inspiring aquatic centers, playful children’s hospitals to industrial yet chic office spaces, this year’s list of winners represents the very best in flooring design and installation execution.
Grand Prize Winner | Gold in Education
The most prestigious award, the 2020 Grand Prize was presented to Starnet Member Cornerstone Commercial Flooring for its work on Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA.
The project, which also won Gold in Education, was designed with the goal of being the first “21st Century Elementary School” in the Baton Rouge district. An integral part of this design was the creation of a “schoolhouse” for each grade comprised of classroom clusters around a central collaborative area. Each schoolhouse was given its own color for wayfinding purposes, with flooring playing a critical part in this equation.
“This job impressed me with its daring design, bold flooring choices, and flawless execution,” said Design Awards Judge Tracey Herzer. “Each space is successful in its own way,” she added. “The flooring in the lobby is subtle yet beautiful while the daring striped carpet in the library stands out without overwhelming you. It’s just a great project that is incredibly fun.”
Fellow Design Awards Judge CT Nguyen agreed, stating, “The Park Elementary project is playful and bold yet cohesive and coordinated at the same time. The design manifests in different ways throughout the space, from the neutral lobby to the color lines that create portals and wayfinding throughout the space. It’s a homerun.”
• Starnet Member: Cornerstone Commercial Flooring
• Architect: Coleman Partners Architects, LLC
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: Armstrong Flooring, Daltile, Mannington Commercial, MAPEI, Spray-Lock, Tarkett Johnsonite
Gold in Hospitality/Public Space
Just as impressive for its own bold yet cohesive flooring choices, the Gold in Hospitality was awarded to Starnet Member Consolidated Carpet for the company’s work on Tarkett’s landmark Atelier in New York City. This sophisticated, co-creation workspace serves as a source of inspiration for the architecture and design community and showcases the brand’s innovative flooring products.
The project team was tasked with creating a space that highlights Tarkett’s focus on design collaborations and the maker community and integrates a variety of customizable “zones” that offer opportunities for unique moments and lasting experiences. Each zone is represented by floor color and product, color temperature tunable lighting fixtures, textural drapery and access to natural light.
“This is an absolutely beautiful space that showcases a lot of flooring in a unique, fashion-forward way,” said Design Awards Judge Jane Rohde. “It’s difficult to incorporate so many colors, patterns and textures in one space, but the result speaks for itself,” she added.
• Starnet Member: Consolidated Carpet
• Architect: Huntsman Architectural Group
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: Schönox, Spray-Lock, Tarkett Tandus Centiva, Tarkett Johnsonite, Tarkett
Gold in Mixed-Use Developments
The winner of the Mixed-Use Development Category is home to the movers and shakers of Atlanta, GA. Completed by Starnet Member DCO Commercial Floors, The Oleander is a luxury apartment complex features high-grade materials and amenities make it anything but an average apartment complex.
Modern tile textures pervade public spaces while shock-absorbing floors help the Oleander’s residents burn calories and stay healthy in the gym. Upstairs, rich oak floors found throughout each residential unit bringing luxury and sophistication to the space.
“The design team behind this project was extremely talented,” said Herzer. “From the tile to the hardwood to the area rugs, the patterning and use of texture is phenomenal,” she added. “Plus, the floor is the star of the public spaces, providing a strong visual identity.”
• Starnet Member: DCO Commercial Floors
• Architect: Dwell Design Studio
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: American Olean, Daltile, Ecore Commercial, Leggett & Platt, MAPEI, Marazzi Tarkett Johnsonite
Gold in Corporate
The Gold winner in Corporate is a bold, industrial design that challenges one’s preconceived notions of what constitutes an office space. Say hello to The Idea Garage, completed by Starnet Member ReSource Colorado.
This unique space, which started life as a derelict auto repair garage, has been transformed into the ultimate creativity hub. The shell of an old shipping container doubles as a turf-filled seating area, and the office space abounds with light from glass-filled garaged doors. A complementary mix of polished concrete, carpet and area rugs complete the space.
“The concept here is really unique, and it pushes the boundaries of contemporary commercial office design,” said Rohde. “The cutaways from the shipping container and the use of turf for outdoor collaboration space are very special and something we haven’t really seen before.”
• Starnet Member: ReSource Colorado
• Architect: Studio B2SJ
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: ARDEX Americas, Daltile, GrassTex, Henry Adhesives, J+J Flooring Group, MAPEI, Milliken, Roppe, Tarkett Johnsonite, XL Brands
Gold in Healthcare
The Gold winner in Healthcare was awarded to Starnet Member H.J. Martin & Son, Inc. for its work on the St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Center in Green Bay, WI.
The renovated wing includes a large play area with interactive games, a spacious waiting room and six patient rooms specifically designed for children. The goal was to create an environment of hope and healing through the use of evidence-based design. The resulting project utilizes forest murals at the head of each bed and a tranquil Northwoods theme throughout.
The flooring was used to create spaces that look like a forest pathway with large, pebble-like insets and green sheet vinyl to represent grass, complementing the overall nature theme. The floor pattern also follows the shape of wall graphics in order to extend the visual pathway.
“This was a cool, funky and playful project that uses the floor in a prominent way,” said Nguyen. “It’s distracting for kids undergoing treatment and creates a happy area out of a windowless space. It’s a very deserving winner,” he added.
• Starnet Member: H.J. Martin & Son Inc.
• Architect: Berners Schober
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: Bostik, Tarkett Johnsonite, Tarkett Tandus Centiva, Tarkett, Uzin Utz North America
Gold in Unique Installation
The Gold winner in Unique Installation was awarded to an incredibly complex project completed by Starnet Member Century Floor Space. St. Stephen Catholic Church is a historic parish near Downtown Grand Rapids, MI that was in dire need of a new marble floor after decades of daily use and abuse.
To achieve this, 5,000 square feet of marble was flown in from Italy for the project. While some tile came cut to size, other pieces were up to five feet in length and weighed several hundred pounds. To make it even more interesting, the marble tile was not uniform in thickness. The installers went through every single piece by hand to lay out an array of tiles ranging from thinnest and thickest. Teams eventually installed 3/4-inch-thick marble over a 5,000 square foot area that was part concrete, part quarry tile and part wood framing that was decades old.
Another challenge presented itself during the installation phase. The marble came in a wide variety of color shades and tones that weren’t noticeable at first. Each piece had to be paired together with similar colors during installation, which was an exhaustive process. But after three months of careful work it’s hard not to sit back in awe of the results.
This is a very hard and time-consuming installation, said Starnet Design Awards Honorary Judge John T. McGrath, Jr. “The materials were extremely heavy, the size and scope were very challenging, the team had three separate substrates to deal with,” he added. “In the end, the results are astonishing, and the beautiful new marble floor will greet parishioners and visitors for decades to come.”
• Starnet Member: Century Floor Space
• Architect: David B. Meleca Architects, LLC
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: MAPEI, Roppe, Schönox, Spray-Lock, Uzin Utz North America
Gold in People’s Choice
Featuring 15,000 square yards of sheet vinyl, 24,000 square feet of VCT, 3,500 square yards of carpet tile, 3,200 square feet of gymnasium rubber and four miles of contoured base, Floor Systems & Design took home the Gold in this year’s People’s Choice Awards for its work on the Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Pavilion. Located in downtown Columbus Ohio, it is America’s largest behavioral health treatment and research center for children and adolescents.
One of the biggest challenges was making sure that the facility design led with patient safety, while keeping with the Hospital’s uplifting curative environment which has become a branding force in the Hospital’s aggressive 10-year growth plan. Hospital Designer Alisa Pinciotti achieved this by creating a flowing stream designed to mimic nature. She also used bright color for wayfinding along with creative sheet vinyl patterns throughout patient areas that feature scenes of nature while tying into custom painting and wall panels.
• Starnet Member: Floor Systems & Design
• Architect: NBBJ
• Designer: Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Pavilion
• Starnet Preferred Vendors: ARDEX Americas, Armstrong Flooring, MAPEI, Spray-Lock, Tarkett Johnsonite, XL Brands
Our Judging Panel
An elite panel of architects and designers lent their talent and expertise to this year’s panel:
• Tracy Herzer, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP | Senior Associate, Senior Interior Designer, The S/L/A/M Collaborative
• Chi-Thien (CT) Nguyen, LEED GA, Associate AIA | Associate, Elkus Manfredi Architects
• Jane M. Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, GGA-EB | Principal, JSR
Additionally, John T. McGrath, Jr. served as honorary judge for the Unique Installation Challenge Award. He is the Executive Director of INSTALL.
For more information about the 2020 Starnet Design Awards and to view all the entrants and winners, click here.