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2014 Market Winner: DIRECTV by AECOM

As the winners of the 2014 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 40 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Cathy Pack, Senior Associate, spoke with us about the presence of technology, opportunities in interiors work, and hearing & working with many voices.

Describe the project in one word.
High-resolution!

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How does this project demonstrate the power of design to impact users in a space?
Before this project, DIRECTV did not have a campus – it was just a collection of buildings close to each other. With the addition of a cafeteria, gym, interactive lobby, conference center and courtyard, the 4,000+ employees engage with their environment and each other much more than ever. As far as the personal work areas, 30 floors were gutted and reconfigured so all employees enjoy daylight and a high ratio of collaborative space. Technology is present everywhere, with flat panel displays in every office and customized workstations with racks for equipment. Even in the ‘soft seating’ spaces, the material palette is sharp with contrasts of texture and color, reflecting the DIRECTV brand.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.
Before any design took place, interviews were conducted with 42 departments and over 1,300 individuals! DIRECTV encourages all employees to have a voice, which is wonderful for the company, but challenging for the designers and the project management team to synthesize. The other challenge was convincing many of the employees to embrace the open, collaborative office space and, in some cases, relinquish private offices. The first build-out reflects some of this hesitation, but as the second and third buildings have rolled out, workstation panel heights have come down even lower, colors have become more vibrant, and teaming areas more prominent.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
The DIRECTV Headquarters is my first large-scale Interiors project, having come from more of a core-and-shell Architectural background. I feel that every architect should take opportunities to work on Interiors. In my experience, Interiors offers:

  • More exposure to clients and user groups
  • Faster decisions and increased design opportunities
  • More female leadership
  • Fine-tuned coordination of AV/Technology/Furniture
  • A highly engaged network of professionals and product representatives with year-round social and charity events
  • Opportunity to be on the front-end of our changing world and how technology is changing the way we work

Images: Interior Design, AECOM

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2013 Market Winner: AECOM Hong Kong Office by AECOM

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

We spoke with Jane Chen, Vice President of AECOM Shanghai, about time constraints, designing for core values and enhancing corporate culture.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a designer. But I didn’t know the difference between different majors. So I applied for Landscape Design. So my major is Landscape.

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How did you find your love for design? Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
I loved painting, and I didn’t want to be an engineer or a scientist. I wanted a job that I can always have fun. That is why I chose design related majors when I applied for colleges.

Did you ever stray from this path or think about changing course?
In fact, I started as an Architect after graduate from Landscape Architecture. After 15 years of being an architect, I stray from this path to Interior Design.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
I believe a good interior design, particularly for corporate interior, is tailor made to best suite the image, culture and operational requirement of the client. Our HK office is the Asian Headquarter of AECOM, and our design is to best represent the images and core value of AECOM.

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What is your first memory of the project?
It is a renovation project. My first memory of it was my first site visit, low ceiling, dark spaces, sea of working stations…

Tell me something that was unusual about the project.
My client is my boss’s boss’s… boss. He is the head of AECOM Asia! But it was fun working with him.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned during this process?
Good design can change people’s working behavior, can reveal/ or enhance corporate culture and core values.

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Tell me about the selection process for this project. What do you think made them select you for this work?
We did our own Shanghai office first and everybody loves it. Ha!

How do you think interior design is different in China than in other parts of the world?
No time for design, short construction schedule.

What are the challenges in designing for your own space?
Everybody knows me, if some of users don’t’ like the design, they know who to blame on!

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2013 Market Winner: Velti Headquarters by AECOM

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Michelle Ives Ratkovich, Principal/Director of Interior Design, and Allard Kuijken, Associate Principal, talked with us about falling in love with design at a young age, team collaboration and creating a work environment that people enjoy.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
Michelle Ives Ratkovich (MIR): When I was a teenager. I fell in love with design and architecture at a very young age!

Allard Kuijken (AK): From a very young age I was always excited by change in general and intrigued by design and how colors could affect an environment or reflect your mood.

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How did you find your love for design? Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
MIR: My brother. He took me to New York City when I was 13 years old and took me to all the art museums. We discussed the history of art and the specific styles and periods of design. We toured the Guggenheim and discussed the Chagall paintings and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Did you ever stray from this path or think about changing course?
MIR: Never

Tell me about your client.
MIR: Velti is an international company that creates advertising on mobile devices. They are expanding across the globe and are taking advantage of a growing platform.

AK: It was amazing that the client embraced the new workspace strategy completely with no private offices even for the executives, which allowed us to design a truly open work environment and maximize the amazing views of the bay of San Francisco.

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What is your first memory of the project?
MIR: Meeting with the client. They were wonderful. This is key to a great project. The client was knowledgeable, trusting and enthusiastic.

AK: During the very first meeting it was clear that our client was very open minded and excited to be part of the team to create the right environment.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
MIR: I wanted to create environments that people would enjoy coming to everyday. I felt like it would be my contribution to making the world a better place.

AK: People spend a large amount of time in their work environment and it feels great to create spaces that they are proud of and that enhance team collaboration and innovation.

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How did you plan your design differently for each “neighborhood?”
AK: The neighborhoods / departments were placed according to the right adjacencies and workflow. Color was used as an identity and way finding tool by the use of Shaw carpet accent colors and furniture / finishes.

What are you most proud of?
MIR: The strong team collaboration for a project that had a tight schedule with wonderful design opportunity.

AK: That the entire team worked together to realize this project in a very aggressive schedule and that in the end it exceeded the expectations from our client.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
AK: The client hosted an open house and it was gratifying to see the space function as we designed it for these kinds of meetings; all large rooms adjacent to the reception area have moveable doors for ultimate flexibility.

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Eighth Annual Design is… Award Global Winners Announced

Eighth Annual Design is… Award Global Winners Announced
Firms celebrated for design excellence around the world

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – September 6, 2013 – In its eighth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Six projects out of 369 entries from 26 countries were selected as winners. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

“After eight years and more than 1,700 entries from 31 countries, the Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across market segments and around the world,” says John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “The Design is… Award program celebrates more than just beautiful spaces. These projects surmount simple beauty to deliver innovative solutions, impacting the people who encounter the space and the functions that take place within.”

Firm: AECOM | Los Angeles, CA
Project: Velti Headquarters | San Francisco, CA
The design redefines the dynamics of the modern workplace with a creative workspace that actually feels like a social network. Carefully attuned circulation, retractable walls, natural light and formal and informal workspaces create a “neighborhood” vibe. Spaces are linked by exposed concrete floors, layered open ceilings, as well as bold graphics and textures.

Firm: ITOKI Corporation | Tokyo, Japan
Project: SYNQA ITOKI Innovation Center | Tokyo, Japan
With the concept of “co-creation, open innovation,” the design encourages a lively flow of ideas spread over three floors. The first floor represents the influx of ideas, the second floor expresses the interaction of external wisdom and the third floor reflects the fruition of internal knowledge. The result is a space that communicates the idea that human activities come first.

Firm: HDR Architecture | Omaha, NE
Project: Bellevue Medical Center | Bellevue, NE
Informed by nature and hospitality, the interior is designed to soothe and relax. Carpet patterns are abstracted from the natural environment. Glass along the patient room corridors is etched with a grass motif. Abundant daylight, hotel-like furniture and finishes, textiles with floral motifs, along with soft lighting, make for a comfortable environment designed to meet LEED certification.

Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers | Minneapolis, MN
Project: Macalester College – Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center | St. Paul, MN
Inspired by village squares, the design uses warm materials, accent lighting and comfortable furniture to invite community. Connected to the Arts Commons, the Concert Hall is surrounded by Red Oak slats in a pattern inspired by polyrhythm and staccato textures. The idea is echoed in the floor finishes, pendant
lighting, signage and exterior façade.

Firm: HNTB Architecture | Kansas City, MO
Project: NNSA National Security Campus | Kansas City, MO
The design team created a workplace to replace the National Nuclear Security Administration’s outmoded office space and to celebrate collective genius. The project, which anticipates LEED Gold Certification, includes a walking trail, courtyard, fitness center and cafeteria. A white-box aesthetic is accented by walnut paneling and strategically placed color. Interiors also draw inspiration from graphic models used by scientists to visualize their work.

Firm: Avola-Llaber Arquitectos | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project: Red Bull Argentina | San Isidro, Argentina
The design was inspired by the brand mantra: “Red Bull give you wings.” The space focuses on charged creativity, while encouraging social butterflies – from reception to workstations. A semi-open gallery with sliding doors features brand imagery. Customers can linger in the dining bar or choose to view one of the brand’s own Red Bull Media House films. Avola-Llaber Arquitectos won the People’s Choice Award, which brought in over 900,000 votes.

Five distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality.

The judging panel included:
John Nelson – Founder and Principal of Design, NELSON
Rachel Gutter – Director, Center for Green Schools at U.S. Green Building Council
Erica Steenstra – Interior Design Manager, The Walt Disney Company
Kathy Woo – Director, Hopping Kovach Grinnell
Mark Harbick (moderator)  – Design Principal, NBBJ

Winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials. Winner videos can be found on Shaw Contract Group’s Vimeo channel. Click here to watch a video profiling the 2013 winners.

Firms can currently enter the 2014 Design is…Award competition at www.shawcontractgroup.com.

About Shaw Contract Group
A leading global floor covering brand, Shaw Contract Group defines design through not only by great appearance, but also performance and sustainability. Its Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products perform in commercial spaces around the world, and can be endlessly reclaimed and recycled into new high-performance product. Shaw Contract Group has received Best of NeoCon awards for its carpet collections every year since 2002; was rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers; and was recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.” A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract Group combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visit shawcontractgroup.com.
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CONTACT:
Katie Holcomb
770-607-2462
katie.holcomb@shawinc.com

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Here are the 2013 Design is…Award Global Winners. These are Their Stories.

In its eighth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Six projects out of 369 entries from 26 countries were selected as winners. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

Visit our website to learn more about the winners and view the 2013 winner’s videos.

2013 Design is…Award Global Winners – Intro from Shaw Contract Group on Vimeo.

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AECOM – Velti Headquarters

SYNQA ITOKI Innovation Center by ITOKI Corporation

ITOKI Corporation – SYNQA ITOKI Innovation Center

HGA Architects and Engineers - Macalester College - Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

HGA Architects and Engineers – Macalester College – Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

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HDR Architecture – Bellevue Medical Center

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HNTB Architecture – NNSA National Security Campus

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People’s Choice: Avola-Llaber Arquitectos – Red Bull Argentina

Visit our website to find out more about the program and to enter your project in our 2014 Design is…Award.

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