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OPX Captures Grand Prize For The Antron® Design Award

Winners Announced At Gala Ceremony In California

Newport Coast, Calif. (April 22, 2012) — At a special gala ceremony held at The Resort at Pelican Hill® in Newport Coast, Calif., INVISTA, maker of Antron® carpet fiber, awarded the Antron® Design Award Grand Prize to OPX for the design of the law offices of Mintz Levin in Washington, D.C. Judges awarded an additional nine projects with a category or merit awards for the innovative use of carpet in design.

Judges were impressed with the refreshing modern design and excellent use of bold color for a law firm. "The overall design was elegant, yet bold, refined and energized, said judge Eileen Goodman, partner at Moody Nolan, Inc. "The pops of color so clearly viewed through open and transparent vistas worked beautifully. The carpet, though subtle, was still very textural.

Judge Gillian Johnson, principal at BURKETT DESIGN, added, "The relationship of spaces and sequencing of spaces is brilliant and expertly established, with the perfect balance of restraint and personality.

Entries were evaluated on the creativity and originality of the carpet application, overall design, creativity and originality, and how well the design met client business objectives and challenges.

Category awards were given to:

  • Healthcare Category Winner: Perkins Eastman for The Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Hospitality Category Winner: Philip Koether Architects for Bar Basque
  • Grand Prize Winner and Large Office Category Winner: OPX for Mintz Levin
  • Small Office Category Winner: SmithGroupJJR for The Burgess Group
  • Small Office Category Winner: HOK for HOK New York

Merit awards were given to:

  • Healthcare Merit Winner: WHR Architects for The Methodist Outpatient Care Center
  • Large Office Merit Winner: Paul Lukez Architecture for Intersystems Corporation
  • Large Office Merit Winner: HOK for Sony Mobile
  • Public Spaces Merit Winner: McCarty Holsaple McCarty for the University of Tennessee, Neyland Stadium, The Peyton Manning Locker Room & The Lauricella Center for Letter Winners
  • Small Office Merit Winner: 20 Below Studio for Public Radio International (PRI)

"Our panel of judges was impressed with how well the winning interior design teams utilized carpet as a design element to create sophisticated and refined interior designs for their clients, said Tracy Cook, director of global branding, INVISTA Commercial Flooring. "The winning projects showcase how carpets made of Antron® fiber add beautiful aesthetics and complimentary textures to sophisticated and award-winning design.

Since 1983, the Antron® Design Award has recognized design firms in the United States and Canada that continue to push the envelope in innovation and creativity in using carpet in commercial design.

Judges for the Antron® Design Award were Sonya Dufner of Gensler, Eileen Goodman of Moody Nolan, Inc., Gillian Johnson of BURKETT DESIGN, Clay Pendergrast of HOK and Paulla Shetterly of CDH Partners.

Grand Prize Winner and Large Office Category Winner: OPX for Mintz Levin
The design for the law offices of Mintz Levin was inspired by a metaphor of Main Street where the shops and café are interpreted into different collaborative spaces including meetings, lunch spaces and study spaces. The layout of the directional carpet pattern, Bentley Prince Street's Satellite City manufactured with Antron® carpet fiber, became a reference to the orientation of the building. The building is on a direct axis to the National Archive and Navy Memorial, providing a subtle point of reference without using a map or signage.

Healthcare Category Winner: Perkins Eastman for The Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
The major challenge for the design of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center was to create a hospitable, comfortable healing environment and incorporate life affirming elements. The waiting areas, public spaces and circulation areas set patients at ease with tones of green and caramel, which are warm and soothing colors found in nature. The Masland Contract custom carpet, constructed of Antron® fiber, employs an organic inspired pattern that features a soothing color palette with a gentle falling leaf design motif.

Healthcare Merit Winner: WHR Architects for The Methodist Outpatient Care Center
WHR Architects was challenged to create a hospitality and spa-like environment while meeting the maintenance and durability demands for the 1.6 million square foot Methodist Hospital Outpatient Care Center. Custom Lees Carpets are used throughout the public spaces and insets, constructed of Antron® fiber, were utilized in an area rug fashion to create seating zones. The alternating perforated wood ceilings and custom carpet patterns create intimate seating groups that reduce the expansive space and aid acoustics. Natural light cascades onto the aqua and green color pattern in the custom carpet.

Hospitality Category Winner: Philip Koether Architects for Bar Basque
Bar Basque, which occupies 20,000 square feet on the second floor of a new 54 story mixed use project in New York City, features the robust color scheme of red and black, accented by reflective metal and glass architectural elements. The lounge and bar area incorporates subtle allusion to the Basque region while incorporating high-tech programmatic features. Both the private dining area and bar itself feature art installations referencing the famed Bilbao Tree in full bloom. Public areas are enveloped in Infiniti Red opaque and translucent wall panels illuminated to glow from within and soften the intense color scheme. Black architectural elements, details and furnishings were utilized to contrast with the custom red color at all light levels. Designers specified Bentley Prince Street's Illuminaire, which features Antron® carpet fiber.

Large Office Merit Winner: HOK for Sony Mobile
The office space for Sony Mobile boasts a unique reception concept that fosters playfulness, entertainment and interactivity. The carpet styles, Landscape Colours and Manufactured Landscapes, manufactured by Tandus Flooring, with Antron® carpet fiber, flows into all employee areas and break rooms where it provides a simple tailored and textured aesthetic while not competing with the brand messaging. The enclosed collaborative spaces feature pops of color in casements that screen areas for a bit of visual privacy and enclosure, while reinforcing the brand and the nature of the energetic work that takes place within them.

Large Office Merit Winner: Paul Lukez Architecture for Intersystems Corporation
The design goal for Intersystem Corporation's office space was elegant and understated, reflecting their corporate culture while making the most of the building's exceptional location and views. The carpet, City Center manufactured with Antron® carpet fiber by Bentley Prince Street, brought a sense of warmth to the minimalist architectural language, through the carpet's use of texture and subtle layers of pattern and color. The carpet style was chosen because it is not overly figurative, allowing the refined pattern to bring a sense of continuity and integration to the collaborative workplace. The subtle texture and layers of the carpet partner with the rich tones of the wood ceiling to bring warmth and substance to the glass and steel stair and railing.

Public Spaces Merit Winner: McCarty Holsaple McCarty for the University of Tennessee, Neyland Stadium, The Peyton Manning Locker Room & The Lauricella Center for Letter Winners
The University of Tennessee desired a renovation of the Neyland Stadium Locker Room to motivate players and heighten game day spirit, support the team's functional needs and entice visiting recruits. The broad expanse of open floor space quickly became a major design element. By re-coloring a running line carpet style, Moki by Masland Contract, bordered with Color Canvas by Mannington and manufactured with Antron® carpet fiber, the designers created a high-impact, visually charged custom carpet, which became the foundation for graphics, wall colors and branding elements. The stripes are an intentional link between the locker room and playing field, leading the way to the player's entrance onto the field.

Small Office Category Winner: HOK for HOK New York
The new design for this HOK office features an open and efficient floor plan that allows for a flexible arrangement of workstations to facilitate enhanced communications between project teams. The state-of-the-art office was designed to be bright, crisp, open and collaborative with a variety of different meeting spaces to allow for an enhanced architectural studio culture. The carpets, Euro Modern Reduced and Euro Modern Coordinating Stripe, constructed of Antron® carpet fiber by Bentley Prince Street, was one of the most important aspects of the project as it was meant to make a bold statement in high contrast to the white walls and workstation finishes. Two carpet patterns were used to define spatial areas, circulation meeting rooms, offices and the open workplace.

Small Office Category Winner: SmithGroupJJR for The Burgess Group
The new design for The Burgess Group Headquarters combines administrative offices and workspaces along with an open design studio for computer software developers. Designers specified two carpet styles manufactured with Antron® fiber, including Landform by Tandus Flooring and Inizio by Atlas Carpet Mills. The directional nature of the rectangular pattern visually leads to the plush white accent panel. The acoustical benefits of carpet played into the decision to feature it in the design studio. The strength and depth of the rich natural hues make it an anchor for the use of bold accent colors on vertical surfaces.

Small Office Merit Winner: 20 Below Studio for Public Radio International (PRI)
Public Radio International (PRI) requested a design solution to better reflect its culture of collaboration and innovation. Customizable workstations replaced private offices. Rooms were grouped together with glass fronts and the flexibility to be reconfigured as project rooms, private offices or conferencing spaces as needed. Meeting spaces and collaborative areas were strategically placed to encourage engagement. The carpet styles, Vector and Constellate, manufactured with Antron® carpet fiber by Masland Contract, act as a visual anchor for the open office and meeting spaces.

About Antron® carpet fiber
Antron® carpet fiber is constructed with type 6,6 Nylon polymer, exceptional fiber engineering and treated with DuraTech™ soil resistance treatment. Carpet of Antron® nylon is tested against the Antron® Brand Performance Standards Program, the highest fiber performance standard for carpet durability. For more information on Antron® carpet fiber, please call 1-877-5ANTRON or visit antron.net.

INVISTA is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA's global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA™, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

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Amy D. Williams
A. Williams Public Relations
678-549-1200
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Tracy Cook
INVISTA
678-581-6182
tracy.cook@invista.com