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Coverings Presents First Installation & Design Awards

Awards recognized design projects from across the country


Coverings Presents First Installation & Design Awards

Grand prize winner in the commercial category: El Andaluz by Dan Upton Construction and Jeff Shelton Architect, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Photo courtesy of Coverings

This marked the first year of the Coverings Installation & Design Awards -- a competition that goes a step beyond awards that focus strictly on the designer. These awards, which are a progression of the TileLetter & NTCA Installation Awards, were created as a way to acknowledge superior design and installation of tile or stone. The idea is to place focus on skilled installers and the immeasurable impact their work has in the interpretation of a design vision.

The Coverings Installation & Design Awards were announced during Coverings 2012. In total, $10,000 in prize money went home with the winners. Check in on the Coverings website for more photography of this year’s winning projects and also for updates and information on next year’s competition. The contest is open to the design trade and is a great platform for showcasing your best work in ceramic tile, natural stone and glass/mosaic tile.

And the winners are...

Grand Prizes

Grand prize winners each received a $1,000 cash prize.

Commercial Category: Dan Upton Construction and Jeff Shelton Architect, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Winning Project: El Andaluz, a three-story, seven-unit condominium complex. Judges were impressed with its “tile artistry and...Moroccan influences.” An open courtyard was designed at the center of the site and uses tile in “a melange of decoration.” The installation includes pillars and archways, stair risers and treads, benches and a fountain decorated with tiles in contrasting colors and patterns.

Residential Category: RJH Tile and Stone, Holly, Mich.; and David Ellison, St. Claire Shores, Mich.
Winning Project: RJH and Ellison were called to the rescue of the 7,500 sq. ft. Rosenthal residence, a new construction the sad victim of poor planning and workmanship. A total redesign was planned and the finished product includes a hefty showing of tile and stone, including in the master bedroom and great room. The project also includes custom tiles handmade by Ellison.

More Notable Design

Six other projects were also noted for their exceptional work. The installers and designers responsible for each of the following projects went home with $500 cash prizes.

Installer: Tony Blanco, Gemini Tile Services
Designer: Inaki Muguruza, Insight Design
Project: Atrium Flooring Showroom, Miami, FL
Category: Commercial/Stone

Installer: Wirtz Quality Installation, Inc.
Designer: Anshen+Allen Architects and CO Architects
Project: Palomar Medical Center West, Escondido, CA
Category: Commercial/Tile

Installer: Tom Susino, The Ceiling and Floor Shop
Designer: Joel Bargmann, Bargmann Hendrie+Archetype
Project: Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
Category: Commercial/Mosaic-Glass

Installer: Raj and Henri Girem, Girem Tile Work Inc.
Designer: Phil Kean Designs, Inc.
Project: NAHB 2012 New American Home, Winter Park, FL
Category: Residential/Stone

Installer: Harry Underdah Tile Co.
Designer: Colleen Crawley, Motawi Tileworks
Project: Turck Residence, Decatur, MI
Category: Residential/Tile

Installer: Ernest Grof, Inspired installations
Designer: Jason Haywood, Signature Outdoor Concepts
Project: Bella Leoni, Grand Rapids, MI
Category: Residential/Mosaic

Rounding out the projects that stood out to judges for their “degree of craftsmanship and compelling results” were the following entries. Each received a Special Recognition trophy.

Installer/Designer: Paul Pearman
Project: Mosaic Chandelier for Georgia Health Sciences University/College of Dental Medicine, Augusta, GA
Award: Art in Public Space

Installer: David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates
Designer: David Mexico, Rockwell Group
Project: Mohegan Sun – Earth Expansion Winter Entrance Uncasville, CT
Award: Extensive Use of Stone & Installation Excellence

Installer: Roberto Zorzi, Antony Architectural Stone
Designer: Mulvanny Architecture Group
Project: Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle, WA
Award: Extensive Use of Tile & Installation Excellence

Installer: Gary Kundson
Designer: Holabird & Root
Project: The Monroe Building, Chicago, IL
Award: Historic Restoration

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