Tile setting comes to CEFGA SkillsUSA competition

NTCA is taking part in an important set of career events in Georgia today and tomorrow – the CEFGA Career Expo and SkillsUSA, both taking place at the Georgia International Convention Center March 23 and 24, 2017.

At the CEFGA Career Expo, students can learn about the tile trade and create their own mosaic designs.

The Career Expo, hosted by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, tile setting mining and more. The Career Expo consists of hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials in order to tap into their unique skills and interests.

Rod Owen, Jr., of C.C. Owen Tile Co., Jonesboro, Ga., — a Five Star Tile Contractor, and Technical Chair for CEFGA – has involved NTCA in this event since 2007.  Becky Serbin, NTCA training and education coordinator, is also onhand at the events today and tomorrow. Attendees can learn about the tile trade and even create their own mosaic designs with tile donated by Interceramic and Daltile.

NTCA’s Rod Owen (second from left) with competitors (l. to r.) Martin Sanchez of Griffen High School, Timothy Crawford of Statesboro High School and Logan Conyers of Leesburg County High School.

New this year, due largely to Owen’s efforts, is tile’s participation in the SkillsUSA component of the event. The SkillsUSA State Championships is a competition that invites students to showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. This combined event is becoming increasing successful, drawing 6,988 attendees in 2016.

This year, three high school students are taking part in the competition: Martin Sanchez from Griffen High School; Timothy Crawford from Statesboro High School and Logan Conyers from Leesburg County High School. The competitors took a written, open-book test, and will tile floor and wall modules today and tomorrow. The winner will receive a $150 cash prize, and second and third placeholders will also receive awards, $75 and $50 respectively.

Competitors will test their skills at tiling floor and wall modules Thursday March 23 and Friday, March 24.

Schluter donated KERDI-Board and Johns Manville donated GoBoard for the tile test modules, setting materials are supplied by LATICRETE, Daltile supplied tile used in the competition, and tools were donated by Barwalt. Steve Young of Steve Young & Associates, and NTCA’s 2016 Tile Person of the Year, organized the donations for the SkillsUSA materials. Phil Canto, LATICRETE International, Eric Shaddix, Speciality Tile Products, Inc., and Scott Carothers, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, are the competition judges. An award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 25.

NTCA hopes to follow up on the success of this program by encouraging members to get involved in their local state competitions and build off of this momentum.

The tile-setting competition was sponsored by C.C. Owen Tile Company, D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, and The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.

 

CUSTOM® PURCHASES CARBON OFFSET CREDITS FROM TERRAPASS

Funds Carbon Emission Reduction Projects through Emerald System

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – March 22, 2017Custom® Building Products, the leading provider of flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems, continues its long-standing commitment to sustainability by purchasing carbon offset credits from TerraPass, which fund programs that eliminate 1,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. During the past 15 years, CUSTOM® has partnered with TerraPass to provide sustainable carbon emission solutions that help reduce the environmental impact of residential and commercial projects across the country.

The production of Portland cement, a primary ingredient in various tile and stone installation products, is a major contributor to carbon dioxide, which is a primary element in harmful greenhouse gases. The purchase of carbon offset credits allows TerraPass to fund carbon emissions reduction projects that eliminate undesirable greenhouse gases while producing renewable energy like wind and solar. The result is a cleaner, safer environment for everyone.

Custom Building Products passes along TerraPass carbon offset credits to projects using its Emerald System™, which features environmentally-friendly underlayments, thin-set mortars and grouts in the installation of stone and tile. Since 2011, the Emerald System has offset more than 13.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide or the equivalent to emissions from 675,145 gallons of gasoline by funding greenhouse gas reduction projects. In addition to contributing to carbon offsets, the Emerald System along with more than 100 Build Green® products from Custom Building Products, contribute to U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification and are compliant with other standard green building standards. For more information on Custom Building Products sustainability efforts, visitwww.custombuildingproducts.com.

30 Openings available for CTI test at Coverings; Registration fee reduced during the show

Are you – or someone you know – ready to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI)?

CTEF is making it easy for you to add this credential to your business. At at Coverings17 in Orlando, Florida, there are 30 openings over three days for the hands-on test. Choose between Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5 or Thursday, April 6.

In addition, during Coverings 17, you can register for the CTI exam for only $295 — that’s a $200 savings over the standard $495 exam fee.

To learn more about the CTI program, click on Becoming a Certified Tile Installer: What’s Involved?

The future of the tile industry depends on having trusted professionals who are nationally recognized as qualified labor. Sign up today – and invite a colleague — to become part of the future!

Register here:http://bit.ly/2nxqNro.

 

Metropolitan Ceramics Features Raven Color in Extensive Color Palette

Metropolitan Ceramics offers one of the widest selection of unglazed ceramic quarry tile available. Metropolitan’s natural earth tone color palette goes well beyond the standard red and gray often associated with quarry tile. Colors include both single (monotone colors) and flashed range color products. And all of Metropolitan Ceramics products are designed with slip resistance and durability in mind.

One of the more recent additions to the product line is a dark charcoal black color appropriately named Raven. The use of black and near black in tile design and design, in general, is quickly becoming a popular trend.

Metropolitan Ceramics developed the Raven color option to allow designers the freedom to create contemporary and appealing floors in demanding heavy traffic areas. Raven can handle the spills and moisture and all the abuse these (indoor and outdoor) areas produce.

Raven is the perfect choice for these areas because Raven is designed to be both durable and slip resisting. Raven’s color is through the body, and the body is low absorption with an unglazed slip resisting surface. Raven is available in 8”x 8”, “4 x 8”, and 6” x 6” sizes. Trim is also available.

With Raven and the other colors available in the Metropolitan Ceramics color palette, design and functionality can come together, even in the most demanding applications.

To learn more about Raven and the other fine ceramic quarry tile products from Metropolitan Ceramics visit the website www.metroceramics.com

Tech Tip: Q&A with NTCA Training Director Mark Heinlein

NTCA Training Director Mark Heinlein was recently asked the following question regarding the use of marble thresholds and the options available to installers who need to transition tile or stone to another flooring product.

Question
I have a school cafeteria with Marble thresholds all are broken. Is there something more stable that I can use to replace them with. There are several 3′, 4′ and up to 8″ lengths. Before the 3/4 marble only came in 3′ so there are many joints.

Mark’s Answer:
While marble is among the softer natural stones, if the substrate is sound with no deflection and if the marble is properly bedded, it should hold up well.
As an alternative, I would suggest contacting a stone fabrication shop.  They often have remnant pieces of harder stone or composite materials that they can mill to your specifications for length and width.  They can also put beveled or bullnose edges on them for you.  I have found that 2cm thick material works well for this sort of thing.

TCNA Handbook Method TR611-16 is your reference for more information and a schematic detail for proper installation of a threshold.

Any material you install will still require proper preparation of the substrate and proper bedding with appropriate mortar.

Motawi Tileworks to Host Tile Glazing Workshops

Ann Arbor, MI – Motawi Tileworks has announced it will offer three tile glazing workshops in the Spring. On April 8, May 13, and June 10, guests will be invited to hand-glaze a tile using the bulb-glazing technique that Motawi has been using since its inception. Workshop sessions are two hours and participants may keep the tiles they glaze. The tiles will be pre-selected by the 25-year old company, and instruction will be given throughout each class. Motawi will provide all tools and supplies needed, and will fire each piece in one of its twelve kilns. There are eight available spots per session. Registration information may be found on the company website www.motawi.com.

 

Motawi Tileworks is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based art tile company that was founded in 1992 by Nawal Motawi. Motawi can be found in more than 300 galleries, showrooms, and museum shops across the U.S., including the National Gallery of Art and The Chicago Architecture Foundation.

COVERINGS 2017 ENGAGES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees.  New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

 

Featured Sessions:

Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation  will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

Tuesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m

President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 8 – 9 a.m.

Presented by Contract Magazine, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, will hold a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, Founder of TAL-Studio. This intimate conversation will focus on the power of design, Lenahan ’s experiences, and the influences which led to his current creative vision and how he successfully authors and implements design standards for global brands.

Wednesday April 5, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor of Architectural Record, will highlight addressing extreme weather events and sea level rise in her panel “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions.” Joined by Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner & Ball; Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will; and Reinaldo Borges, Borges Architects + Associates; the team of experts will discuss what types of infrastructure are suited for different climates, explain the differences between hard infrastructure and green infrastructure and address challenges around flood protection and building codes.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!TM” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator Stacy Garcia, Founder of StacyGarcia, Inc., will lead the panel “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” along with panelists Malcolm Berg, EoA, Inc.; Justin Colombik, Puccini Group; Glen Coben, Glen & Co Architecture. This group of industry professionals will share key information on how to stay ahead of the competition and create spaces that authentically speak to the consumer when it comes to hospitality design.

Thursday, April 6, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Randy Fiser, will be the Keynote speaker for the Keynote and Cocktails event hosted by ASID and Interior Design Magazine. In his session, “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace” he will discuss how our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. To further the discussion, there will be a reception immediately following with ASID and Interior Design in the Destination Lounge.

Thursday, April 6, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Owner and President of Dionco, Inc., Jim Dion, will present ideas and strategies to enhance customer engagement in the retail environment both online and offline in the session “What’s Next in Customer Engagement – More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For.

Friday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

Fuse Alliance Recognizes Network Members and Suppliers Winners of Spark Awards Announced

Fuse Designer Panel

Laguna Niguel, CA [March 15, 2017] – Fuse Alliance, a Member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, today announced the recipients of the network’s Member and Supplier Awards, which were recognized at the organization’s 2017 annual conference. Fuse Alliance also announced the winners of its inaugural Spark Awards, presented to network members only. With a record attendance of nearly 275 attendees from the United States and Canada, the Fuse Alliance annual conference was held in Austin, Texas and focused on connecting the architecture and design community with the network’s flooring experts.

There is nothing more inspiring than connecting face-to-face with industry peers and recognizing the talent and expertise in our industry,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director for Fuse Alliance. “In addition to honoring our Members and Suppliers, we were thrilled to recognize our Members for extraordinary project installations through our Spark Awards, which is the first of its kind for our network and generated a large number of entries.”

Member Awards

Fuse Alliance’s Geoff Gordon and Mike Hutton

Fuse Alliance network members were recognized for excellence in Communication, Reporting and Follow Up, Loyalty, Sustainability and Spirit. Members received awards during a presentation, which was held on Tuesday during the network’s annual conference.

Member Awards were presented to seven network businesses. OEC, based in Boise, Idaho, captured Excellence in Communication; Division 9, based in the Seattle area and Christian Brothers, based in the San Diego area both took home Excellence in Reporting and Follow-Up; three network members received Excellence in Loyalty, which included StarFloors of Dallas, Texan Floor Service of Houston and Franklin Flooring in Pennsylvania. Re:Source Floors Inc., based in San Diego, was recognized for its contribution to Ecollect™, Fuse Alliance’s reclamation program. Finally, Resource 4 Floors, based in Ft. Lauderdale, received the Spirit Award.

Supplier Awards

Supplier Awards were presented to four of the network’s preferred suppliers. Johnsonite received Best Product, Armstrong Flooring received Best Service, and Schönox received Best Support. Ardex Americas captured Supplier of the Year. Fuse Alliance conducts an annual member survey for the Supplier Awards. The results are tallied and presented at the organization’s annual conference.

Spark Awards

Fuse Member Group

A new program offered to network members only, the Spark Awards celebrate excellence in project design installed by its network members and is centered on flooring. Based on originality, quality of installation and design innovation, the awards represent outstanding craftsmanship, skill and expertise in the flooring industry. The awards were judged by an outside panel of notable leaders in the design and flooring industry: Lendlease Executive Vice President, Project Management & Construction, David MacDonald; leading technical flooring expert, Lew Migliore, founder of LGM and Associates; and Susanne Molina, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP, principal of the Los Angeles-based interior design firm One Design Collective.

Butler Flooring Services, based in Louisville, Kentucky captured three Spark Awards including Best Branded Environment and Best in Show for Turf Club & Stakes Tavern Renovation at Kentucky Derby and Most Maximized Budget for Frazier Rehab 8th Floor Renovation. Commercial Interior Resources (CIR), based in Orange County, California, captured the Greatest Space Challenge for a theater renovation project (project unnamed). Floorz, based in Denver, captured two Spark Awards including The Most Aggressive Timeline/Schedule for Halcyon Hotel and the Best Flooring Solution for the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport. Signature Commercial Floor Covering received the Toughest Site Conditions for LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Renovation.

About Fuse Alliance

Fuse Alliance is a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors. With 94 companies in 154 locations across the United States and Canada, the organization’s member businesses represent approximately $1.2 billion in sales and services. Fuse Alliance is made up of a unique network of flooring experts with a combined experience that spans across flooring product knowledge, installation expertise, and a keen understanding of meeting the environmental requirements of today’s market. Fuse Alliance’s governing body is an executive Board of Directors made up of 12 member business owners. Through its member network, Fuse Alliance is dedicated to serving the North American market and member businesses can be found throughout the United States and Canada.

www.fusealliance.com

Bostik Sending Two to Paris

Bostik and Artaic continue to make a serious media splash in the architectural and design communities with the Design ‘N Gather Mosaic Design Competition. Just as in 2016, competing designers will vie for their chance in the spotlight, amazing media attention, and a trip for two to Paris!

Design ‘N Gather, the annual global tile mosaic design competition created by Artaic Innovative Mosaic and sponsored by Bostik is now accepting submissions for the 2017 edition. Forward-thinking architects, designers, artists, and mosaic design enthusiasts are invited to submit designs “beyond the threshold of imagination” for a larger-than life, backlit, tile mosaic mural to be permanently installed at the spectacular “Height of Decadence,” Hyde Bellagio nightclub overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Hyde Bellagio is transforming a space into a beautiful selfie studio outfitted with an one-of-a-kind tile mosaic. According to Scott Banda, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Bostik, “It’s going to be one of the most photographed mosaics in the world.” Entrants will qualify to win various prizes including the Grand Prize, an all expenses-paid, trip for two to Paris, France!

The competition welcomes designers and collaborative groups from all disciplines to design on Artaic’s mosaic software, Tylist™. Based on the amazing success of this past event, Bostik, Artaic, and MGM Resorts are vigorously working together to make Design ‘N Gather 2-17 to an even higher, more globally-focal level. As an architectural designer, you are invited to share in this excitement. And in doing so, have your unique design creation permanently recognized on one of the world’s great new stages.

DNG 2017 is quick, easy and FREE to enter. Registration is required, and participation is open to applicants from all design backgrounds including professionals, students and design enthusiasts. All submissions must be received no later than March 24, 2017. An esteemed panel of industry experts will select the ten finalists and ultimately, the Grand Prize Winner. The winning design will be announced at HD Expo in Las Vegas the first week in May.

For more information on the event, please visit designngather.com

Design ’N Gather 2017 is sponsored by Bostik, Artaic Innovative Mosaic, MGM Resorts International and Interior Design Magazine.

Coverings 2017 Engages Industry Leaders for Comprehensive Schedule of Conference Programming

(ARLINGTON, VA – March 17 2017) Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees. New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

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