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2013 Market Winner: Bellevue Medical Center by HDR Architecture

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.

Aneetha McLellan, Associate Vice President and Director of Interior Architecture, talks to us about always wanting to be a designer, praise from patients and creating soothing spaces.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
Honestly, this is probably one of the easiest questions to answer. I never thought of anything else honestly! I knew from the age of 4 that I wanted to be an architect or be in the profession of architecture. I remember looking at a dictionary to see what the word meant…….and the first thing it said was, “the art of…..” and that is all I needed to hear. I absolutely loved art and anything affiliated with the arts. So it stuck and it never went away. Any chance I could get I always researched about famous architects and their specific language and style of design. I only waiver slightly from this and became and interior designer. No regrets whatsoever!


What are you most proud of?
There are many things that make me immensely proud of this project so sometimes it is hard to define one. But I think the biggest piece that I know I can say is, that a “team” of individuals with an overall objective came together and never once strayed course of what that ultimate goal was for this project. Each member played a part and understood the philosophy, design creed and mission and values of this project. The concept was strong, the team members were strong and most important the client was strong. A strong team makes a strong project.


What is the patients and families’ reaction to the space?
I think a testament in an environment is the reaction of your peers when they themselves were unintentionally immersed in the environment. This happened to a fellow co-worker with his mother. This co-worker felt so strongly about the space they made an immediate effort to call and express his views on the overall environment. He stated that he couldn’t believe that this hospital was even a hospital. It was just stunning and so soothing. He went on to say that every little detail to the final selection of artwork was thoroughly throughout and felt like it was a perfect fit for the facility. You know the that the environment in which you design is truly a success when your own peers feel strongly to convey the message of this success.

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Hospital or Hotel? Healthcare Becoming More Hospitality Focused

Healthcare design is increasingly focused on creating a comfortable and hospitality-like environment for patients – or “guests” as some hospitals may say – keep patients and guests at ease during their stay. A recent New York Times article discusses how hospitals are being transformed and some people may not even be able to tell a hospital and hotel apart.

Similar to the article’s quiz, take a look at some hotels and hospitals featuring Shaw Contract Group flooring and see if you can tell the difference – hotel or hospital? Answers below.

Also, try the quiz from the New York Times to see if you can tell the difference!











A: Hospital – Bellevue Medical Center (Bellevue, NE)
B: Hotel – Shore Hotel (Santa Monica, CA)
C: Hospital – Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, PA)
D: Hospital – The Overlook at C.C. Young (Dallas, TX)
E: Hotel – Doubletree Suites by Hilton (Huntsville, AL)
F: Hotel – Westin Phoenix Downtown (Phoenix, AZ)
G: Hospital – Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center (Issaquah, WA)
H: Hotel – The Allison Inn & Spa (Newberg, OR)

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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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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.


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


HDR Architecture – Bellevue Medical Center


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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