Coverings 2012 kicked off in Orlando with the unveiling of this year’s PROJECT: Green winners. The competition looks at design and architectural projects where “sustainability was a core mission and tile and stone were integral to that end.” Three projects were selected for their innovative planning and outstanding achievements in sustainable design and architecture.
This marked the third year of the contest, which was co-sponsored and judged by editors from Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C) magazine. The winning projects are prime examples of tile as a catalyst for design that is both beautiful and sustainable.
Best in Show: Commercial/New Construction
Schluter Systems, Reno, Nev.
More than 41,000 square feet of tile were installed throughout this newly built 90,000 sq. ft. distribution and training center. The tile was used for floors and interior walls, as well as on the exterior facade. Porcelain tile was used as the backing for a “living wall” whose plants add oxygen and humidity and act as a bio-filter for the air inside the building. In the warehouse, 8,000 sq. ft. of tile was applied to walls over a radiant cooling system.
The judges called the project “a living laboratory, research center and museum for what is possible with ceramic tile and how it can contribute to a healthy, sustainable and lifelong design.”
Best in Show: Commercial/Remodel
San Francisco International Airport Terminal Two
Crossville’s Color Blox tiles, which contain a minimum of 20% recycled content, were used extensively throughout the redesign and renovation of the airport’s circa 1950 terminal. The finished project earned a LEED Gold rating and additional bragging rights as the first air terminal in the U.S. to do so. Tile is the featured flooring and wall surface in each of the 16 public restrooms, four post-security and four pre-security areas in the terminal. In total, more than 36,160 sq. ft. of tile was used in the project.
Best in Show: Institutional/Remodel
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, Chicago
This project truly takes the idea of reuse and recycle to heart. Crossville again was the major showing in the tile used for all of the 78 renovated bathrooms in the architectural landmark that was designed by Mies van de Rohe. The new tiles used here incorporated recycled tiles, toilets, sinks, urinals and drinking fountains that were actually removed from the building, shipped to Crossville, crushed down, and made into new, custom porcelain tile. It’s estimated that 102,000 pounds of end-of-use porcelain material was diverted from this building, recycled by Crossville and then returned to the building in the form of new material. This closed-loop project shows the magnitude of what can be achieved through thoughtful design and partners with a desire to be as green as can be.
Three additional projects also were recognized for the sustainable inspiration they provided via their use of tile or stone. These projects were:
Subway Restaurant, Kokomo Town Center, Kokomo, Ind.
Reclaimed and recycled limestone was used in both interior and exterior surfaces, providing a distinctive aesthetic while eliminating the need for newly quarried stone.
Matt Kline Associates, Alexandria, Va.
A distributor of tile, stone and other surfaces, renovated the family’s own kitchen highly conscious of minimizing demolition waste, reusing it in the project and selecting highly sustainable tile products for surface finishes.
Floor & Decor, Norwood, N.J.
A 2011 PROJECT: Green Honorable Mention, this year the location was cited for a residential bathroom renovation where the utmost consideration was given to the manufacturers who were sourced as much for their sustainable practices as for their sustainable products.