Thursday, December 31, 2015

Shaw Contract Group honors Design Is... Award Winners

Shaw Contract Group honors Design Is… Award Winners Across Industry Segments

image caption:   The design of the Colorado Army National Guard Readiness Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado commemorates servicemen of the US military with the 2-story Iron Mike image applied to perforated acoustic metal panels. The Shaw Contract Group Absorbed, Visible, and Colour Plank tiles were used throughout the project.  

Design can change the world. As a member of the architecture and design community, you are the visionary—the creative problem solver who is constantly redefining the way we work, play, and organize our lives. Shaw Contract Group's Design Is…Award recognizes your amazing work, and it celebrates the design story behind each and every project. 
Submitted by the Senger Design Group, LLC, The Colorado Army National Guard Readiness Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, posed a unique design challenge.    The project was a unique collaboration between US Air Force Academy (UASFA) and Colorado Army Readiness National Guard (COARNG) on USAFA property. The 23-acre site supports one Infantry Headquarters company and one Infantry company with a combined manning strength of 344. The interior design objective was to emphasize the international design aesthetic featuring light and taught plane surfaces, no ornamentation, open interior spaces, and visual weightlessness with cantilever construction utilizing glass, steel and concrete.
Not only did the project become LEED Platinum certified by the USGBC, it also garnered a 2015 Design Award in the Government sector.  Shaw Contract Group products are utilized throughout the installation and contributed to the LEED Certification. 

The Shaw Contract Group Design Is... Award program is open to all professional interior design firms, architecture firms, and end users within an industry segment across geographic regions. In 2015, 477 entries in 30 countries were submitted.   Winners enjoy the opportunity to be featured in Shaw Contract Group marketing materials, media outreach, as well as an advertising campaign in leading Architect & Design (A&D) publications. Each winning firm will receive a Design Is…Award to commend the achievement. Winners enjoy the opportunity leave a design legacy by allocating a donation to the charity of their choice.  

To learn more about this project and how you can enter your own projects in the 2016 Design Is Award, visit

Allison Mair
2015-16 Government Forum Rep
IIDA Georgia

Spectrum's 10 Most Accessed Articles of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, IIDA Georgia wishes its members a safe and happy holiday season. To help you reflect on the past year, IIDA is providing the readers of Spectrum a look at the 10 most accessed articles from the year. Check it out here:

Monday, December 21, 2015

Workplace Wellness

Space - Environment - Health

Great insight into where a holistic approach to healthy work place design is taking us!

IIDA Announces Design Competitions

43rd Annual Interior Design Competition        

24th Annual Will Ching Design Competition

Find out more here:

How to Evaluate Company Culture

Drivers, Core Values and Culture

Is a potential employer's company culture the right fit for you?  Ask yourself a few questions...

How to Create a Legible Workplace

How to Create a Legible Workplace

Take a look at this people-centered approach to designing work spaces that work!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

10 Tips for Completing the NCIDQ Practicum Faster!

Efficiency is key - great post about working faster without sacrificing accuracy!

What Does Beautiful Thinking Mean?

Interface explores what beautiful thinking means...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Behavioral Health Design

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design has published this year's winner of their 4th annual design competition - patient room design for a mental health facility.  Check out the details and image gallery:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

52 Outstanding Outdoor Furnishings


Interior Design Magazine has posted a great slideshow of dreamy outdoor furnishings - just released. See it here: