ASID 2014 Design Excellence Awards

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Valley News Issue: September 2014
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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) North Chapter is the premier organization for local interior designers.Each year, ASID salutes its members’ design achievements in multiple categories for residential, commercial, hospitality, health care and sustainability. The winners were honored at the 2014 ASID Design Excellence Awards Gala, held in August at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Following are the recipients and Best in Show winner for the Commercial category of interior design. The winners in the Residential category are presented in this month’s issue of our sister magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden. For more information about the ASID North Chapter, visit asidaznorth.org.

 

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Office Space Under 5,000 Square Feet

Winner - Ashlyn Jones, ASID

Est, Est, Inc.
17770 N. Pacesetter Way, Scottsdale,
480-563-1555
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This project involved a comprehensive remodel of public and private areas in a commercial office building, including a front lobby, conference room, break area and public and private work spaces. The challenge was to inventively transform a drab and dated business suite, with ample infrastructure issues, into a fresh and practical office environment for a small business owner. Designing around existing internal structural components, a space plan was created with adjacencies cognizant of public and private daily business place activities that encourages elements of an open-plan environment.

Through the use of a variety of surfaces and textures, and unexpected combination of components and materials, this space emits an organic vibe with a subtle industrial flair that captures a unique sense of tranquility and visual interest. Ultimately, an intimate and professional workplace environment was achieved that meets the needs of the client and tenants.

 

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Office Space Over 5,000 Square Feet

Winner - Brian Cox, Allied ASID

Cox-James Architects
820 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe,
480-659-5801
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A new company, new direction, new employees, new location, new furniture and, of course: new offices. This was a company growing right in front of our eyes, and all of this had to be accommodated in the design process within a tight time frame.

Expectations were huge from the client’s perspective. I applied a fresh, simple approach to the design, utilizing materials such as natural aluminum door frames, light rift-cut white oak, deep charcoal/chocolate carpet tile for depth, porcelain stone tile, polished granite and painted drywall.

Various ceilings at open office cubicle nodes were opened to the structure above and acoustical baffles defined the ceiling plane. Energy-efficient lighting was used as well as floor-to-ceiling glass at all offices and conference rooms to bring light into the interior spaces. Colors: chocolate, off-whites, terra cotta, olive, raw umber and sage. Project was within budget and schedule.

2nd Place - Brian D Cox,  Cox James Architects
3rd Place - Brian D Cox,  Cox James Architects

 

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Senior Living Facility

Winner - Kim King, Allied ASID

Thoma-Holec Design LLC
7255 E. Hampton Ave., Ste. 112, Mesa,
480-671-9307
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When our clients first had the vision to create a senior living facility in Phoenix, it was an abandoned structure resembling an old parking garage. It was originally intended to be condominiums, with the recession leaving it unfinished. We had to work with existing structural elements such as load-bearing walls, elevator and plumbing shafts, columns and ceiling heights.  

Our clients wanted to highlight the surrounding historic Biltmore shopping mall and resort, which was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  They wanted the

building to feel urban and modern with a unique offering of many aspects of a luxurious resort. We wanted the finishes to have a subtle elegance, with accents of tangerine and soft lime green to complement the beautiful surrounding mountain views and cityscapes.

The building offers 80 suites for assisted living, 30 suites devoted to individualized care for residents with memory impairments, and many wonderful amenities.

2nd Place - Jill St Germain, Thoma-Holec Design
3rd Place - Kim King, Thoma-Holec Design

 

 

 

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Retail Space

Winner - Brian Cox, Allied ASID

Cox-James Architects
820 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe,
480-659-5801
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The challenge to design this new bank branch was two-fold: a total new design direction, and the bank had to continue to operate through a complete demo and re-build. The new design features open spaces and access to more natural light. Vertical cut bamboo was used as a renewable material and the matching perforated ceiling panels are acoustical. In addition, fabric-covered whisperwalls contribute to the acoustic value of the ceilings.

The color palette touches gently on the Southwest’s sandy ochre shades with a counterpoint of warm umber, light sage and saddle leather. The bamboo mimics natural mesquite at a lesser cost. Other materials include clefted porcelain tile, granite, and recycled wall covering.

The lighting is all state-of-the-art LED for longevity, energy savings and quality of light. The end result is a branch bank that feels comfortable and, ironically, doesn’t look like a branch bank.

 

 

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Public or Educational Facility

Winner - Marcene Kandra, ASID

Deutsch Architecture Group
4600 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix,
602-840-2929
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Designed to attract students to this multifaceted technology program, this 1968 classroom building renovation offers a dynamic place to learn. The central hub of the space, the student lounge brings connectivity and flexibility. Colorful design features and circular elements are juxtaposed by rectangular architectural features that provide visual energy to the space.

Challenged by dimly lit spaces, existing ductwork in penthouse areas were reworked to add drama and unexpected height to the lounge and hallways. Energy was weaved into the spaces with the addition of skylights and colorful design features. Thoughtfully placed accent walls, colored graphic film and vibrant color in the furniture made the space feel brighter and alive.

To provide for ever-changing technology, raised flooring was used in the classrooms to provide maximum flexibility, while allowing for easy reconfiguration of classroom furniture and layouts. The use of different carpet tile layouts allowed the ability to create unique spaces.

2nd Place - Roberta Thomas, Jeremy Lear & Erin Dayala, Evolution Design Inc.

 

 

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BEST IN SHOW

Hospitality Facility

Winner - Lynne Beyer, Allied ASID

Lynne Beyer Design
602-377-0287
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The challenge: transform a 50-year-old, 1,344-square-foot, dark, dated and introverted resort bar into a sleek, seductive, signature bar lounge attracting new patrons and stimulating food and beverage consumption.

Collaborating with ownership, architects, engineers, contractors, FF&E vendors and a renowned bar advisor, the designer created a bold 2,972-square-foot plan. The backlit onyx drink rail provides an illuminated divide between lounge dining and the bar while aligning interior spaces with the outdoor patio.

A lighted cove ceiling inspired by trips to Dubai and Shanghai is joined to the original wood ceiling, maintaining a visual/textural connection with the resort architecture. A Makassar ebony entry portal reveals spectacular mountain views and a sophisticated environment to consume signature cocktails and a new dining menu.

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Designer created each furniture piece and selected all finishes to strengthen the branded bar name.

2nd Place - Jose Martinez, Form Design Studio
3rd Place - Lawrence Lake, Lawrence Lake Interiors
Honorable Mention - Roberta Thomas, Evolution Design Inc.

 

 

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Healthcare Facility

Winners - Roberta Thomas, IIDA, ASID, Principal; Co-Designers: Claire Schoninger; Erin Dayala

Evolution Design, Inc.
51 W. 3rd St., Tempe,
480-921-0880
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The project objective was to create a calming and friendly orthodontics office on a limited budget. Architectural features such as curved walls in the lobby were used to emulate flowing water. In the clinic area, curves were created with a curved soffit, carpet tile and bamboo sheet vinyl to continue the feeling of waves. A water mural flows across the entire exam area and striped fabrics in hues of blues and green were used to reupholster the examination chairs.

One of the major challenges of this project was how to assist the client in retaining the same equipment in their new office space that was 50 percent smaller than their previous office, and to design to a tenant improvement allowance. In the end, the client was able to keep all of their existing equipment as well as enjoy a creative and functional space that reflects their passion for water and perfecting smiles.

 

 

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Special Function Space

Winner - Kim King, Allied ASID

Thoma-Holec Design LLC
7255 E. Hampton Ave., Ste. 112, Mesa,
480-671-9307
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Originally this space was an old maintenance room. Our objective was to convert it into a fine-dining experience. It was designed to offer restaurant-style dining for 60 residents, including a semi-private room, which is separated by a double-sided fireplace. A more casual approach was taken with banquet seating, providing flexibility for larger groups. Additional windows were added, providing natural light and views to the outdoor patio area.  

Since the space required some flexibility, often utilized for board meetings and reserved events, a flat-screen television was required for PowerPoint presentations and videos. In order to maintain the formal atmosphere, the television was hidden with a remote-control-accessible canvas art piece.  

Contemporary patterned carpet with a bright, contemporary color scheme creates an ambiance of dining in a vibrant restaurant atmosphere. It has been completely transformed into a comfortable, inviting dining room for all to enjoy.

 

 

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Adaptive Use

Winner - Wendi Stallings, ASID; Co-Designers: Christina Johnson; Robyn Gabby

Private Label, Intl.
968 E. Libra Pl., Chandler,
480-330-0611
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The client purchased a 1960s apartment complex in an ‘A’ location and wanted to breathe new life back into this once desirable place to live. Scope included a comprehensive property repositioning plan inclusive of exterior paint schemes, signage, and graphic and cultural brand elements. Public spaces included leasing office, leasing displays, clubhouse, model, branded laundries and fitness center, as well as exterior common spaces. The challenges were to transform the property on a minimal budget and reuse as much of the existing architecture as possible.  

The overall vision of the property was strongly influenced by international boutique living trends, national art and design, with a focus on the local community. The designers pulled in vintage pieces from neighborhood stores, added decorative metal screening to the facade and community outdoor spaces.  The combination of each of these elements resulted in this unique look and feels like a place suspended in another time.

2nd Place - Wendi Stallings, ASID; Co-Designers: Christina Johnson; Robyn Gabby, Private Label, Intl.

 

 

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Historic Space

Winner - Wendi Stallings, ASID; Co-Designers: Christina Johnson; Robyn Gabby

Private Label, Intl.
968 E. Libra Pl., Chandler,
480-330-0611
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Design intent was to refurbish the Calhoun Beach Club’s athletic club to increase membership and awareness of its social services, which paralleled the original 1928 founder’s radical idea of a club where men, women and children could enjoy fitness, fine dining, outdoor recreation and the beauty of Lake Calhoun.

While preserving the property’s inherent historical architectural styling, the focus was to add strategic elements to modernize its image. This included updating interior finishes, millwork, furnishings, lighting, graphics and brand consistency. It also included vintage art installations featuring regional sports equipment like lacrosse rackets, snow shoes and tennis rackets. As the oldest high-rise residential building outside of Minneapolis’ downtown core, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 2003. 

The result was a vintage brand that enriched the modern day bottom line, raised brand visibility, grew market share and maintained high visibility in the marketplace.

Honorable Mention - Brenda Strunk, Shaping Spaces