IIDA Chapter Announces 2009 Calibre Award Winners

May 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES – The Southern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently announced its 2009 Calibre Award winners at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. More than 700 designers and industry influentials attended the event to honor their peers in the design community as well as support the IIDA Southern California Chapter’s student scholarship program.

“The Calibre Awards celebrate the synergy of a successful team and acknowledge the vast support required for interior design firms to create and execute the projects they envision with their clients,” says Barbara Dunn, president, IIDA Southern California Chapter. “We congratulate all of this year’s winners and their collaboration to create beautiful and responsibly built environments. We are also especially pleased to recognize our scholarship award winners who will shape the design trends of tomorrow.”

Recognizing that a successful project involves a team approach, the Calibre Awards honor project teams—rather than one individual or company—for significant contributions to design excellence. Nominated by the design firm responsible for the project, the project teams consist of up to five companies essential to the success of the project. This year, nominations were judged by the IIDA Illinois Chapter.

Now in its 21st year, the awards event also endows a scholarship fund that recognizes exceptional students who represent the future of quality design. This year, more than $19,000 in scholarships was given to area design students. In total, the IIDA Southern California Chapter has awarded approximately $265,000 in scholarships.

2009 Calibre Award team winners are:

Office (over 75,000 sq. ft.)
Project:  Investment Management Firm
  — ARC Engineering
  — Cushman & Wakefield
  — Horton Lees Brogden
  — Taslimi Construction Company

Office (between 30,000 – 75,000 sq. ft.)
Project:  Private Office Building
  — Diffenbaugh Construction
  — Gregg Electric Inc.
  — Kirk Sommers
  — Lutron Lighting Controls
  — Martela by Suomi

Office (between 5,000 – 30,000 sq. ft.)
Project:  iCRETE
  — Cushman & Wakefield
  — dTank Inc.
  — Environmental Contracting Corporation
  — Pacific Capital Group
  — Western Office Interiors

Office (under 5,000 sq. ft.)
Project:  Warren Wixen Real Estate
  — Curtis Varner Furniture
  — Howard Building Corporation
  — K2PM
  — Pulp Studio
  — Warren Wixen Real Estate

Project:  The Shop Café
  — RW Smith & Company
  — University of Southern California, Capital Construction Development
  — University of Southern California, Hospitality

Project:  Vans Inc. Headquarters
  — Caliber Construction
  — PD&A
  — Cushman & Wakefield

Educational, Health Care and Government
Project:  California State University Fullerton, Mihaylo College
  — Tangram
  — Turner Construction
  — Turner Logistics
  — Workplace Resources
  — California State University, Fullerton, Mihaylo College

Project:  Star Alliance Premium Customer Lounge
  — eSquared Lighting Design
  — Star Alliance Services GmbH
  — Swinerton Builders
  — TMAD Taylor & Gaines

2009 Calibre Environmental Award:  EarthLink
Given to a company for demonstrating excellence in preserving natural resources, reducing energy consumption and creating a healthy, more productive workspace.

About IIDA Southern California Chapter
Chartered in 1995, the IIDA Southern California Chapter is the one of the largest chapters of the International Interior Design Association, with more than 800 members throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Inland and Desert Empire areas. The diverse membership is comprised of professional designers, industry professionals, students and media. Committed to realizing the vision of the IIDA mission, the Southern California Chapter has established several annual programs and events that help further the practice of interior design through IIDA’s core principles of knowledge, value and community, including the Calibre Awards, City Center Premier Events and annual scholarships. For more information, visit www.iida-socal.org.

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