The 12th annual Starnet Design Awards were recently presented to winners during a gala celebration at Puerto Rico’s El Conquistador Resort. Seven category winners, two honorable mentions and one Grand Prize Winner were selected from a record 118 entries representing 52 Starnet Member companies. Established in 2000 to celebrate the creativity and talent of professionals in commercial flooring and interiors, the Starnet Design Awards honors entries based on the creative use of flooring, the integration of flooring into the overall design concept and the successful achievement of client objectives.
The Grand Prize Winner, which also won the Healthcare category, was Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, designed by HKS, Inc. and completed by Starnet Member Wholesale Floors LLC. Judges selected the hospital design for its sophistication and ability to appeal to children of all ages, as well as adults.
The flooring design was well aligned with the project goals and integrated into the interior architecture of the space. It acts as an excellent wayfinding device, drawing people into the space. While those who are in the hospital are there for serious issues, the cheerful use of color and pattern in the flooring design is a positive distraction and clearly sends a message that the space was designed for children. The Healthcare category was sponsored by AAHID.
The award for Unique Installation Challenge (sponsored by CFI) went to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello, ID. Designed by Ascencion Group Architects LLP and completed by Starnet Member Wall 2 Wall Floorcoverings, the project exhibited in-laid water jet designs, heat welded seams and other details requiring master installers at the top of their game.
The winners were selected by a team of judges that included Jacqueline Barr, IIDA, LEED AP, of Ted Moudis Associates; Gregory M. Bishop, CID, of Accolade Interiors, Inc; Henry Horn of Horn Design; Georgina Sikorski, executive director of CARE; Jocelyn M. Stroupe, AAHID, IIDA, ASID, EDAC, president of AAHID and Jim Walker, CEO of CFI.
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