The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) awarded three NTCA Five-Star Project of the Year awards to NTCA Five-Star Contractor members during a live awards ceremony on Thursday, July 8 at the Coverings trade show, held in Orlando, Fla.
The awards were sponsored by Daltile, and were an opportunity to showcase craftsmanship. Projects were judged on scope, complexity, technical soundness and presentation, in the Residential, Commercial and Commercial Elite (projects of $1 million or over) categories.
Residential Grand Prize Winner – D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting
Essence of Bliss, Atlanta Ga.
This Japanese-inspired master bath with a tiled soaking tub and recessed curbless shower uses traditional installation methods to manage water, while keeping the desired aesthetic that is both restful and alluring to the eye. Architect: Larraine Enwright; General Contractor: Brookside Custom Homes.
Commercial Grand Prize Winner – H.J. Martin and Son
The Dick Resch & Family Learning and Conservation Center, Green Bay, Wis.
A 13,000-sq.-ft., $3.1 million event space and nature-based 4-K school were built at the Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Ceramic tile flooring was used throughout the building for both its durability and ease of cleaning. Wood-look and pebble tile was used on both levels. In the event space, the pebbles create an outline of the main floor while on the lower level, the pebbles were set to create natural pathways for the children to use for wayfinding. H.J. Martin and Son installed intricately-designed ceramic tile to create natural barriers and wayfinding paths. The tile was selected to match the plumage of local birds for a natural effect. Architect and General Contractor: Keller, Inc.
Commercial Elite Grand Prize Winner – David Allen Company
The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Charlotte, N.C.
This 17 story high-rise with 254 guestrooms used more than 85,000 sq. ft. of porcelain, glass, and mosaic tiles in guestrooms, bathrooms, and throughout public spaces. The feature design included a cut-to-size pattern of 700 uniquely shaped triangles designed to emulate a “galaxy” flowing through the entry. This triangle pattern presented the challenge of having many small and sharply-pointed pieces that would not be effectively installed individually. Instead, individual tiles were grouped into “pods” that would allow larger sections of the pattern to be installed in the field, As the tiles were cut on the waterjet machine, each piece was labeled to match an overall key plan. Then, each group of tiles in that pod was assembled offsite. Epoxy grout was used to bond the pods together until they were set. Templates were waterjet cut to ensure the perimeter of each pod was perfectly accurate. This complex project was artfully orchestrated to finish with a beautiful and durable project. Architect : Gensler; General Contractor : JE Dunn.