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Element Restaurant and Lounge a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Cara McKedy addresses the design process for Element Restaurant and Lounge in St Louis, MO.

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Describe this project in one word.

Adaptive.

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

We believe that the positive reviews this restaurant has received are partially due to the unique atmosphere. We worked in conjunction with the entire restaurant team on this project to support their vision, and it turned out to be a really great showpiece of both design and food. This proves that the atmosphere of a restaurant can be just as impactful to visitors as the food on their plates.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

We had a fixed timeline on this project, so we worked from the beginning with a team consisting of Remiger Design as the architects and designers, the owner’s rep, the chef of the restaurant, the general contractor and the food service consultant. This allowed us to include feedback from every party in the design and create a space that met everyone’s needs. The owner wanted to include enough seating to remain profitable, the chef helped our team understand the type of preparation space he needed, and the general contractor worked with us to ensure schedule and budget adherence throughout the process.

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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?

Creating a well thought-out, functional design is much easier when you have the input of both the contractor and the end user of the space. Our advice to future designers would be to incorporate as much feedback as possible from the end user while working with the contractor to keep the schedule and budget in check. This will help create spaces that meet the needs of the client and don’t exceed budget or timeline limitations.

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ECO a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Dagmar von Schwerin addresses the design process for ECO in Boston, MA.

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Describe this project in one word.

ECO-logical.

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

Designed for young urban professionals, ECO offers relatively compact units balanced by a variety of common spaces available for use by tenants and their visitors. These gathering spaces support the connectivity and community sought by today’s younger residents.

Flooded with natural light and accented with the warmth of wood, bold red accents and surprises of texture in furnishings and carpeting, ECO’s crisp design creates a welcoming environment for social gatherings. The 24/7 activity in the common spaces – located at the entry, the rooftop and top corner of the building – activates the building, letting neighbors know that the lights are on and “someone is home”.

All aspects of the project were specifically designed to advance the Green District’s theme of eco-friendly living, established as a core design principal for this new, sustainable city neighborhood. It is one thing to build a sustainable building, but if the people who live in it do not live sustainably, the effort is only partially successful. In the Green District, residents sign a “Green Lease”, agreeing to adhere to a sustainable lifestyle including the use of on-site recycling and composting, free hydration stations throughout the building to cut down the use of plastic water bottles, car charging, public transportation, and on-site bike and car sharing. The integration of these sustainable options into the building’s design helps ensure that ECO achieves its full eco-friendly potential.

The elegant, modern look and feel of the project, and its clear focus on sustainable living, generated tremendous interest in the community, with all units leased before opening day.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

ECO is the culmination of an ambitious and highly successful development conceived by The Mount Vernon Company of Boston. As the final new building in Allston’s “Green District”, ECO offers a stylish, urban alternative for those seeking eco-friendly, middle income rental opportunities.

PCA’s work with the developer, The Mount Vernon Company, began here with The Edge, a new 79-unit apartment building. Concurrently PCA was asked to upgrade and retrofit façades and building exteriors within the Green District to support the look and feel of the new neighborhood.

The design evolved with every new project, with each building developing a unique style to provide variety and choice to prospective renters. The Edge was designed with an “industrial chic” feel, in contrast to the more traditional themes of the Element apartment building (not designed by PCA) and existing multi- and single family housing in the District.

ECO’s design in turn was inspired by Scandinavian architecture, with clean simple lines and a fresh palette, playful lighting, pops of color, comfortable iconic furniture and the warmth of wood. The continuity of some of the exterior materials used at ECO, such as brick and metal panel, ties ECO back to its neighbors in its urban context. New accents, like the strong blue of the fiber cement clapboards and the pops of red in the fitness room skylights, make a stronger statement about modern style and attitude. The furnishings of the common spaces, visible from the street, further emphasize this approach.

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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?

When designing residential spaces, it is critical to think about how they will be received long term by a variety of audiences. Designing to current trends can quickly date a building. Aim to use high quality materials to create flexible, clean, neutral environments that residents can customize to their liking.

Well programmed and designed public space fosters a sense of community. Comfortable furniture is key. For people to spend time in these spaces they need to feel like they are at home.

Sustainability resonates with today’s young urban professionals – they truly want to “walk the talk”. ECO proves the viability of high quality, contemporary, housing designed specifically to promote eco-friendly living. In addition to being fully leased on opening day, the three new Green District buildings sold for $147.5 million in March of 2015, the second largest apartment transaction in the Boston’s history.

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King Edward Hotel Model Room a 2015 Design is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Katie Weber shared insight from this design process with us.

Describe this project in one word. Luxurious.

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?Great design is like chemistry: we mix elements, textures and colours in an effort to elicit a physical response from, in this case, the hotel guest. Understanding that the King Edward hotel is Toronto’s first luxury hotel, we endeavored to immerse the guest in timeless elegance that creates a sense of calm but is at the same time, dynamic.

Design is a process. Explain your journey. At MDAI we embrace and incorporate a property’s unique qualities – creating spaces that look forward while giving a subtle nod to the past.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow? There is a tendency to want to put a modern face on a property when doing a full renovation. We’ve learned that rather than masking the character, you should embrace it; that’s where the interest lies.

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NEOCON: THE PARK HOSPITALITY

Shaw Hospitality Group transforms space and spirit with The Park, a collection of carpet tile and broadloom patterns. A renewal of space and spirit, these patterns are a celebration of the fundamental human experience enjoyed through public parks. Shaw Hospitality Group designers were inspired by the parallels of how we move, gather and enjoy different zones of a park and how those zones correlate to hospitality interiors and transition from communal, energetic experiences to a quiet, singular moment.

The Park by Shaw Hospitality Group

The Park by Shaw Hospitality Group

“The collection was designed to be transformative – in thinking, in people and
in space,” said Maria Scott, Shaw Hospitality Group Director of Design. “Our
goal is to reinforce and demonstrate that through great design, balance can
be achieved in the spaces we gather, play and escape. In hotel lobbies, as in
a park, we see guests enjoying being alone, together. Amidst the hustle and
bustle, individuals taking a moment to gather their thoughts or gather together;
a moment to appreciate the importance of human connectivity or time to pause
and reflect.”

The Park broadloom and carpet tile in 18 x 36 in. and 9 x 36 in. formats offer
options tailored for public spaces as well as guest rooms. Shown in neutral
shades with a pop of energetic chartreuse, the palette reflects renewal and
vitality. The broadloom and carpet tile products, which are constructed of Eco
Solution Q® nylon, offer a lifetime commercial warranty covering abrasive wear,
tuft bind, edge ravel and delamination. Additionally, they are recyclable and
manufactured with recycled content, while offering a sustainable flooring solution
that contributes to LEED certification.

This carpet can be reclaimed at the end of its useful life and processed through
our portfolio of internal recycling technologies.

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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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