Second Annual Coverings Installation & Design Awards Recognize Superior Work In Tile + Stone

(ATLANTA, GA – April 30, 2013)–Fifteen outstanding stone and tile projects from across the country and around the world were recognized in the second annual Coverings Installation & Design Awards. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone in residential and commercial projects.

Projects were judged and awarded separately on technical installation and design. One Grand Prize winner for both design and installation in each category (residential and commercial) was chosen.

The grand prize in the residential category was awarded to Phoenix-based installer Alpentile and designer Wendy Lesueur of Mesa, AZ, for a pool and deck in Scottsdale, AZ. The top commercial honors went to installer KEPCO+ of Salt Lake City and designer Ross Nadeau of SWA Group in San Francisco for a massive water feature at City Creek Center, a mall in Salt Lake City. Each of the top honorees won a $1,000 cash grand prize.

Lesueur and Alpentile’s project at a ranch in Scottsdale involved replacing a sun- damaged pool and deck with an all-tile spa, an elegantly shaped swimming pool with a 25-foot-long raised water feature, and an expansive stone deck for entertaining. Materials included hand-textured porcelain tile, glass mosaic tile, and natural stone. The sparkling, iridescent finishes of the pool and spa tiling are brought to life at night with a single LED spotlight positioned so that the undulating surface of the water feature can be viewed from the patio.

Nadeau and KEPCO+ earned the commercial grand prize with the stunning recreation of City Creek, a natural spring-fed stream that was moved underground a century ago to prevent flooding as Salt Lake City grew. The new above-ground, man-made creek bed, which runs through the City Creek Center mall, stretches over 12,000 feet and cascades over three waterfalls, the tallest of which is 18 feet high. Painstaking attention to detail was required for this immense project, as well as careful work to maintain the integrity of the waterproofing system.

High Marks in Residential and Commercial Tile + Stone
Ten other projects were also recognized for exceptional design and installation work from the more than 97 entries received from around the world. The winners were awarded $500 cash prizes from Coverings.

Winner, Residential Tile Design
Project: Bilezijkian Apartment Remodel, Miami Beach, FL
Designer: DEN Architecture
Winner, Residential Stone Design
Project: Dragonflower Vine, Seattle, WA
Designer: Tile Design by Edelstein
Winner, Residential Tile Installation
Project: Schaefer/Graf Residence, Evanston, IL
Installer: Kraftex Floor Corporation
Winner, Residential Stone Installation
Project: Concentric Complexity, San Antonio, TX
Installer: Cox Tile, Inc.
Winner, Commercial Tile Design
Project: Dallas SPCA Jan Reese Jones Animal Care Center, Dallas, TX
Designer: Hinojosa Architecture and Interiors
Winner, Commercial Tile Installation
Project: bestbet, Jacksonville, FL
Installer: Dixie Contract Carpet Inc.
Winner, Commercial Stone Design
Project: 1 World Trade Center/National September 11 Memorial, New York, NY
Designer: Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Michael Arad
Winner, Commercial Stone Installation
Project: Smith Center for Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
Installer: Superior Tile & Stone
Winners, International Design
Project: Children Education Center & Children Innovation Center, Paterna, Spain
Designer: Natucer

Project: University Teacher Training College, Granada, Spain
Designer: Ramón Fernández-Alonso y Asociados
The judges also gave special recognition awards to three additional outstanding tile and stone projects:
Award, Community Project
Project: McRae Children’s Fountains, Jackson, Mississippi
Submitted by: Colorco, Ltd
Award, Artistic Use of Tile, Residential
Project: Vista La Grand, Grand Rapids, MI
Installer/Designer: Inspired Installations
Award, Artistic Use of Tile, Commercial
Project : Iowa State Mural: Learning to Fly, Ames, IA
Designer: Artaic
To learn more about the Coverings Installation and Design Award-winning projects visit

About Coverings
Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 50 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition also serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 70 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge.

Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2013 will be held April 29-May 2, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information visit or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.