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Design Is… Award Market Winners Announced

Firms recognized for global design excellence

June 12, 2015 – In its tenth year, Shaw Contract Group’s Design Is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Today, Shaw Contract Group announces the winners of the Market Award, which represent the highest caliber of work within an industry segment. An esteemed group of design professionals selected 48 winners out of more than 470 entries submitted from 30 countries. The Market Award winners will advance to the People’s Choice program.

“The design showcased in the entries signifies the global reach of our brand and utilization of high performance, Cradle to Cradle Silver CertifiedTM products across the globe,” says John Stephens, Vice President of Marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “This year’s winners reflect how design profoundly impacts the intent of the space and its positive effect on the people that use it.”

Winning projects include:

Large Office (Greater than 40,000 sq. ft.)

  • AECOM | Los Angeles CA
  • Project: Large Financial Institution | Los Angeles CA
  • Nando’s | Johannesburg South Africa
    • Project: Central Kitchen | Johannesburg South Africa
  • Gensler | Washington DC
    • Project: Intelsat | Mclean VA
  • Perkins+Will | Atlanta GA
    • Project: Colliers International | Atlanta GA
  • RMTA | Kansas City MO
    • Project: The Barney Building | Mission Woods KS
  • KMD Architects | San Francisco CA
    • Project: Zappos.com Corporate Headquarters | Las Vegas NV
  • Edifice Consultants Pvt. Ltd. | Mumbai India
    • Project: Jsw centre | Mumbai India

Mid-Size Office (10,000 – 40,000 sq. ft.)

  • Space | Mexico City Mexico
    • Project: Grupo CP | Mexico City Mexico
  • Roxby Architects | Perth Australia
    • Project: Toyota WA – Head Office | Perth Australia
  • + Architects | Santiago Chile
    • Project: Showroom Multicarpet Rollux | Santiago Chile
  • SmithGroupJJR | Washington DC
    • Project: SmithGroupJJR | Washington DC
  • Interiors For Change | Johannesburg South Africa
    • Project: Joe Public | Johannesburg South Africa
  • Space Invader Design | Manchester UK
    • Project: Astra Zeneca Da Vinci HQ | Cambridge UK
  • 5plus Architects Limited | Manchester UK
    • Project: Your Housing HQ Fit Out | Warrington UK

Small Office (Less than 10,000 sq. ft.)

  • Curtis+Whitfield | Sydney Australia
    • Project: Liberty International Underwriters Brisbane | Brisbane Australia
  • Brook | Tokyo Japan
    • Project: Diamond Head Co.,Ltd  | Tokyo Japan
  • Alex Szeto | Hong Kong China
    • Project: Nu Skin | Hong Kong China
  • Metaphore Design | Montreal Canada
    • Project: Microsoft | Montreal Canada
  • Shearer Licensed Interior Design Inc. | Calgary Canada
    • Project: Louis Dreyfus Commodities | Calgary Canada
  • graphite architects | Sydney Australia
    • Project: Mingara Leisure Group Corporate Offices | Central Coast Australia
  • Perkins+Will | Atlanta GA
    • Project: Beeline Group | Atlanta GA
  • OARQUITECTOS | Santiago Chile
    • Project: Security Sat | Santiago Chile
  • James Liang & Associates Ltd. | Canton China
    • Project: Baoli Metropolitan Innovative Showroom | Canton China


  • EGBARQ | Santiago Chile
    • Project: School of Rock Santiago | Santiago Chile
  • SHW Group | Berkley MI
    • Project: Lansing Arts and Sciences Renovation | Lansing MI
  • DLR Group| Denver CO
    • Project: Casper College + UW Student Union  | Casper WY
  • Jackson Clements Burrows | Melbourne Australia
    • Project: Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus | Melbourne Australia
    • Sixthriver Architects | Austin TX
      • Project: Manzanita Hall | Tempe AZ
    • Jones Studio | Phoenix AZ
      • Project: Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center | Mesa AZ
    • Gow Hastings Architects | Toronto Canada
      • Project: Durham College Centre for Food | Whitby Canada


  • Emmett Phair Construction | Lake Oswego OR
    • Project: Dr. Judah Garfinkle | Portland OR
  • Gilmore Interior Design | Sydney Australia
    • Project: The Central Development | Crace Australia
  • Staffelbach | Dallas TX
    • Project: Chase Tower Fitness Center | Dallas TX
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Ewing Cole | New York, NY
    • Project: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center : West Harrison | Harrison NY
  • Stantec | San Francisco CA
    • Project: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Benioff Children’s Hospital | San Francisco CA


  • Prellwitz Chilinski Associates | Cambridge MA
  • Project: Eco | Boston MA
  • Moncur Design Associates Inc. | Toronto Canada
    • Project: King Edward Hotel Model Room | Toronto Canada
  • Remiger Design | St Louis MO
    • Project: Element Restaurant and Lounge  | St Louis MO
  • Delawie | San Diego CA
  • Project: Snow King Resort | Jackson Hole WY
  • Nineth Design | Beijing China
    • Project: Kung restaurant Kongyiji Restaurant private room | Beijing China
  • GGLO | Seattle WA
    • Project: Cedarbrook Lodge Expansion | SeaTac WA
  • ForrestPerkins | Dallas TX
    • Project: The Fairmont San Francisco | San Francisco CA



  • Forme UK | London UK
    • Project: Somerset House | London UK
  • Burkettdesign | Denver CO
    • Project: Science Pyramid | Denver CO
  • Senger Design Group LLC | Colorado Springs CO
    • Project: Colorado Army National Guard Readiness Center (COARNG) | Colorado Springs CO
  • Anne Phillips Architecture | Berkeley CA
    • Project: Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls | Oakland CA


  • HKS Architects, Inc | San Francisco CA
    • Project: AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah – San Jose Branch | San Jose CA
  • MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio | Houston TX
    • Project: TX Contemporary VIP Lounge | Houston TX


Twenty distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. The jurors reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.


The panel of judges included:

  • Bradley Barnett, Guild 13
  • Ron Bateman, HOK
  • Brian Berry, Gensler
  • Stephanie Clements, THW Design
  • Sandra Cortner, Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Tim L. Cowell, The Walt Disney Company
  • Victor Feingold, Metrobuilding
  • Cynthia Ann Haight, ThenDesign Architecture
  • Joan Insel, Callison
  • Shane Kelly, tp bennett
  • Jonathan Kim, Steven Leach & Associates Inc.
  • Jiayi Li, Shanghai Architectural Decoration and Landscape Design Research Institute
  • Geraldine Maher, Jackson Architecture
  • Karen Miller, NBBJ
  • Bill Puetz, Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV Design
  • Rob Toner, Cox Enterprises Inc.
  • Erica Wickes, 34F Design Inc.
  • Elisa Worden, Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Charles Young, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Winning firms are recognized in Shaw Contract Group’s annual NeoCon magazine, featured on shawcontractgroup.com, and promoted through social media outlets.  Additionally, winners are included in the People’s Choice voting, where public voting establishes the winner.


About Shaw Contract Group

As a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  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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NEOCON: Exploring the Design Implications of the Affordable Care Act

MASS Design Group and Shaw Contract Group host CEU presentation at NeoCon

As we design new infrastructure solutions within the current restraints on development, we must recognize that hospital architecture remains our interface with the healthcare system and should be considered an integral factor in approaching the problem of access.  Designers have a current opportunity to participate in the conversation of designing integrated solutions to persistent problems in healthcare.

On June 15, during Chicago’s annual NeoCon expo, Shaw Contract Group will present a compelling look at how the Affordable Care Act impacts the future of healthcare design during a live conversation with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group. A non-profit design firm based in Boston, MA and Kigali, Rwanda, MASS Design Group provides infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity and wellbeing.

The event includes lunch and provides attendees an opportunity to earn CEU credit (IDCEC and AIA qualifying for Health Safety Wellness). The event is limited to a small audience, but designers and architects who will not be at NeoCon can schedule a filmed version of this CEU by contacting their local Shaw Contract Group Account Manager.

NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969.  The three-day event is the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry, and attracts 50,000 design professionals and 700 exhibitors.  Visit www.neocon.com for more information.

About Shaw Contract GroupAs a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  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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Rethinking the chemistry of resilient flooring, Ecoworx Resilient Tile introduces a PVC-free solution to the market. The Park is designed to redefine boundaries, enhance moods & open our minds. This collection explores parallels of how we move, gather and connect within different zones of a park & how they correlate to commercial interiors.

The Park Resilient

The Park Resilient

Whether it’s gathering in a greeting area, convening at the end of a corridor, or needing a place to reenergize, we all need a new scene, setting or vibe. The collection features carpet tile, hard surface & broadloom. The Park will improve the quality of space by instilling a quality of life and will reinforce our belief that balance can be achieved. Design is renewal.


Creating spaces to gather thoughts or gather together. Varying degrees pattern and color allow you to design a range of spaces from communal to private. Warm and cool tones with vivid color options reflect renewal and vitality. These PVC-free, resilient designs mimic aesthetics found in nature. The organic visuals promote balance & well-being within interior spaces. Building on the success of our sustainable platform, EcoWorx Resilient offers superior scratch and scuff resistance, excellent cleanability and recyclability. Featuring a heavy commercial wear layer, it is ideal for high-moisture environments and has a lifetime warranty.


Product Detail:

Sustain is a natural, rustic wood visual with subtle wire-brushed texture.

Adapt is a near-solid visual reminiscent of the light reflective properties of water. The skinny-plank format allows design flexibility with installations from brick to herringbone.


The Ecoworx product platform brings the proven Cradle to Cradle design chemistry, driving innovation into the resilient category. As part of our commitment to health and human safety, EcoWorx Resilient is manufactured with a process using our EcoWorx carpet backing to produce an environmentally responsible, hard surface solution. This non-PVC flooring is low-VOC & free of phthalates & plasticizers.  On track for Cradle to Cradle™ Bronze Certification, The Park Resilient is an environmentally responsible product.

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Welcome to an altered perspective. We’ve changed the space & redefined the room for an entirely different point of view-where things aren’t quite what they seem. Layer your curiosity with creativity to blur the line between the real & the surreal-redefining how we see.  Not just within a space – but in all that surrounds us.  Design is transformed.



An ideal selection for creating spaces with varying degrees of movement or pattern, the collection palette features 12 colors and four styles to provide directional vibrancy in two formats: 9×36 and 18×36. Using alone or blended to build scale or enhance the space.

Here, we conducted an exploratory workshop, immersing ourselves in the process of analog vs. digital.  The purpose: to identify how we process imagery and detect the real from the altered.  We’re anchored by digital enhancement, so working with photographers enabled us to shift both our thinking and designs. Taking what we learned, we made something beautiful – something entirely different.


Product Detail:

Analog is a tonal pattern with subtle blurring in 18×36 format.

Distort is a tonal 18×36 with a broken geometric pattern to convey a layered, digitized aesthetic. Glitch provides a sleek streak of concentrated color along the long edge of the 9×36 plank.

Manipulate is a directional 9×36 plank with energetic glitching of color throughout.

Altered is applicable for all market segments and offers superior durability, style and recyclability. The Shaw Contract Group lifetime commercial warranty covers abrasive wear, tuft-bind, edge ravel and delamination.


Altered goes beyond Declare & HPDs. Cradle to Cradle Silver & assessed for human health. Made with recyclable EcoSolution Q nylon & EcoWorx Tile, these products contribute to LEED & are backed by an environmental guarantee.

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Based on the internal clockwork of humankind, Collective Time Resilient takes cues from the shifting light captured from day to night.

Collective Time Resilient

The Nightingale Gold Award-winning collection was designed specifically with healthcare environments in mind, and given the positive response we’ve received from the market we expect this product to be used across all segments.  There’s additional versatility here, as these styles are intended to coordinate with the Collective Time Carpet collection, a 2014 Neocon Gold recipient.


Product Detail

Collective Time Resilient, a collection of sheet vinyl and plank products, is constructed with high performance components, including ExoGuard quartz-enhanced urethane for severe traffic and intensive use spaces.  Each box of plank is intentionally designed for random and fluid movement of color, ensuring that no two installations are alike. Constant sheet is designed with solid color options and a soft gradient that shifts across the width of the product. Styles can be used alone or mixed to create visual interest in a space.

Because healthcare clients prefer a cohesive design that is not visually sterile, Collective Time was designed to provide flexibility within a space. Clients can mix styles to create unique installations, enhance way-finding and provide an additional layer of design.  There are three styles in the collection – each featuring a woven visual texture:

Change: a sheet good with a soft gradient aesthetic.  Available in 6 colors.

Constant: a sheet good providing a solid option .  Available in 12 colors.

Interval: a plank offering the same, soft gradient . Available in 6 colors.



This collection is FloorScore certified and contributes to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Additionally, Shaw Hard Surface products and adhesives emit low VOCs, making them safe for even the most sensitive areas such as hospitals and schools. Our products have independent certification from various third party laboratories that ensure safe and clean air post-installation.

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