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2013 Market Winner: NNSA National Security Campus by HNTB 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.

Wes Crosby, Director of Design & Interior Architecture, Lori Kruger, Senior Interior Designer, and Katie Moorman, Interior Designer talk to us about molecular structures, collective genius and designing spaces for ‘unique contraptions.’

Your design inspiration came from the structure of atoms and molecules. Tell me more about that.
The major form making elements of the interior architecture draw their inspiration from graphic models commonly used by scientists to visualize their work. “The construction and use of representational models is a central activity in the formulation of chemical theory. Such models make visible the invisible world of the atom and molecule; they give them a graphic clarity. The means of producing this has taken two major forms – physical and symbolic.” The design team abstracted and gave three dimensional form to these graphic representation models. For example, the ceilings in the open office area, inspired by Dr. van’t Hoff’s templates for unfolded tetrahedra, and reinforced with diagonally oriented lighting, help modulate and break down the vast open office areas.


Typically when government buildings come to mind, most people think of drab and gray spaces. What was your process in creating a space with a more elevated design than the average government building?
The design team endeavored to create a workplace strategy that would replace the NNSA’s outmoded office space. The design sought to create a clean, white box aesthetic that provides a crisp backdrop to walnut paneling and strategically placed color in the interior architecture and furnishings. The resulting design establishes a workplace that celebrates the organization’s collective genius.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
Seeing the pride the client has taken in the project. This environment is a dramatic departure from their previous space. It greatly exceeded their expectations of what a work environment could be. When we told them about the award one of our clients said, “well deserved . . . and we get to live here!”


Tell me something that was unusual about the project.
We never thought we’d be incorporating zoo-like turnstiles into an interior as a major entry element to the secure pods/ open office areas. Doing that in a design conscious manner proved to be a bit of a challenge. There were more unusual things in the manufacturing spaces, specifically “the sled”. A machine designed to accelerate objects to super high speeds and decelerate them just as quickly. It is supposed to replicate the forces objects experience when leaving and entering earth’s atmosphere. The crazy thing is not that we were designing spaces for contraptions like this one. The crazy thing was that we were designing spaces for thousands of different contraptions like that one.

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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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