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Tandus Flooring Announces Winners of Powerbond Inlay Design Competition


Dalton, Ga.—Tandus Flooring announced winners of the Powerbond Inlay Design Competition that challenged designers, both professional and students, to create a design using Powerbond’s unique inlay capabilities. Powerbond, a hybrid resilient sheet flooring, fuses resilient closed cell cushion with a nylon wear layer, making it ideal for inlayed designs that facilitate branding, merchandising, learning and wayfinding.

Robert Holm, senior professional associate for HDR, Omaha, won the 2010 Tandus Flooring national juried Powerbond Inlay Design Competition with an inlay design for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha. Lauren Shaw, a graduate student at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture, won the student award with her concept for the Staunton Community Design Center, Staunton, Va.  

Holm’s inlay design for the Specialty Pediatric Center at the regional referral children’s hospital in Omaha relies heavily on Powerbond flooring for theme creation and wayfinding. Flooring inlays increase in sophistication from childlike artwork of fish and leaves to educational weather displays, reflecting the developmental growth of patients from birth to teenagers. Flowing ribbons of color lead patients to their destination, making wayfinding intuitive and fun. Exam room pods are identified with a floor icon such as an acorn or snowflake that is repeated in wall graphics and children’s art.    

For the winning student entry, Shaw created a dandelion-inspired flooring inlay that is mirrored in the stretched architectural fabric of the ceiling. The flooring focal point mimics the “triangular tessellation” created by the dandelion as it loses petals and seeds emerge. Shaw created the flooring concept for a vacant warehouse in Staunton that she envisioned as a Community Design Center offering pro bono services for urban redevelopment. The floor’s color palette of Plexus Colours II key lime, taupe and coffee bean echoes the panoramic nature scenes viewed through the warehouse’s many windows.  

Winners were awarded $2000 in the professional category and $1000 in the student category and will be showcased in various communications mediums throughout the year.

“The designs submitted in this competition showcased Powerbond’s unique capabilities in all environments, which is exactly what we were looking for,” says Tom Ellis, vice president of marketing, Tandus Flooring.

The Powerbond Inlay Design Competition is a national juried event recognizing innovative design achieved through Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet flooring. Entries for the 2011 competition will be due in December 2011. For more information about the competition, visit the Tandus Flooring website.