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The B.E.S.T. acronym stands for Brilliantly Executed Spaces & Thinking.

These awards celebrate those interior design projects that go beyond the pretty picture and truly encompass great design. We also recognize that successful interior design requires a collaboration of many disciplines such as, consultant teams, project managers, vendors, contractors, etc. This awards show is a celebration of that collaboration, and of great design in the Intermountain region.


Work Over 15,000 Sq Ft: BEST Award Winner

Mountain America Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, Method Studio
Sandy, Utah


Project Description: The 11-story, 327,000sf corporate headquarters is home to an organization whose primary goal in business is to support its members. The facility needed to let current employees know they’re cherished, and future recruits want to work there. Careful attention was paid to capturing the essence of what makes this group unique by understanding who they are and how they work.
Judges Comments: Dynamic, well thought out beautiful design. Feels cohesive and very inviting. Impressive scope that is considerate and organized.

Design Team Members:
Marbe H. Agee, IIDA: Principal In Charge, Lead Design
Amber Lake, IIDA: Project Manager, Design
Gentry Griffin, AIA: Project Architect, Design
Lauren Heile, IIDA: Interior Design
Bri Conrad, IIDA: Interior Design
Anya Barmina, Conceptual Design & Branding/Graphics
Silvia Galli: Branding & Graphics
Shawn Treasure & Kelton Beret: construction administration

Developer:
The Gardner Company

Owner:
Mountain America Credit Union (MACU)

Consultant Team Members:
Civil: Ensign Engineering
Structural: BHB Engineering
Electrical: Spectrum Engineers
Mechanical: PVE Engineers
Furniture: Midwest Commercial Interiors


Work Over 15,000 Sq Ft: Merit Award Winner

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Method Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: Recursion’s main objective was to transform the former sporting goods store into a state-of-the-art “full-time working lab” for a cutting edge pharmaceutical research company. The 96,000 SF headquarters combines offices and labs into a blended high-tech work space that reflects their “geeky, outdoorsy, exploratory” personality to support their team and enable them to compete with Silicon Valley for talent.
Judges Comments: The right balance of bright colors, used in a very tasteful way. Can’t believe the massive scale of the space yet it feels comfortable and inviting.

Design Team Members:
Josh Green, AIA, Leed Green Assoc., PIC & Lead Design
Sam Kellerman, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architecxt
AJ Ansbergs, Interior Designer
Jaeyoung Byun, Design & Technical Support
Basil Harb, Design Support
Jared Barnett, Design & Technical Support
Milad Sefiddashti, Design & Technical Support
Terrel Bodily, Technical Support
Marbe Agee, Design Support
Anya Barmina, Design Support
Kyle Borchert, Design & Technical Support
Jennifer Forbes, Graphics & Branding Support

Owner:
Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Contractor:
United Contractors

Consultant Team Members: 
Spectrum Engineering - Electrical
Reaveley Engineers – Structural
VBFA - Mechanical & Plumbing
Jedrziewski Designs - Kitchen
Collon Gordon – Vibration Mitigation Design
UNVC – Commissioning Agent


WORK UNDER 15,000 Sq Ft: BEST Award Winner

Method Studio Corporate Offices, Method Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: The team sought a space that would showcase its ideals of authenticity, innovation, and rigor while fostering teamwork in a space employees could thrive. The historic Cummins Diesel building located on the edge of Salt Lakes Granary warehouse district was selected to showcase our design ability, and demonstrate our commitment to building community while promoting collaboration within an energetic work environment.
Judges Comments: Beautiful project, can’t believe it was completed on such a tight budget. The materials complement the existing environment so well. Love the variety of spaces. Beautiful integration of project visuals throughout.”

”Skillful handling of light, palette and views through the space. Calm and crafted.

Team members
Becky Hawkins, Associate AIA/Associate IIDA, Principal-in-Charge + Designer
David Hulsberg, AIA, Project Manager
Jake Gines, Assoc. AIA, Designer
Marbe Agee, IIDA, NCIDQ, ASID, LEED A.P., Designer
Joe Smith, AIA, LEED A.P., Designer
Basil Harb, Assoc. AIA, Designer
Rob Beishline, AIA, LEED A.P., Designer
Joshua Greene, AIA, LEED Green Assoc. Designer
Breann Coggins, FF&E Support
Lindsay Murray, Design Support
Anya Barmina, Design/Graphics Support
Amber Lake, IIDA, Design Support/Library
Angela Flicker, Technical Support
Milad Sefiddashti, Technical Support
Nathan Blair, Technical Support
Eric Carter, AIA, Technical Support

Owner:
Kimball Investment

Contractor:
Interior Construction Specialists/Layton Construction

Consultant Team Members: 
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Studio
Mechanical Engineer: Spectrum Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineering
Furniture Dealer: Henriksen Butler, IKEA


WORK UNDER 15,000 Sq Ft: Merit Award Winner

Office of the Future, WOW Atelier with Salt Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: In creating the office of the future, we considered every step of the day from a fresh start in the morning to unwinding in the evening and everything in-between. We designed a space as comfortable as a coffee shop with the amenities of an office. The layout engulfs the workspace and cafe in light while creating a different feel for the hidden lounge and conference room.
Judges Comments: Extremely beautiful millwork. Love the clean and bright palette.

Design Firm:
WOW Atelier with Salt Studio

Team members
Gregory Walker, WOW Atelier, Designer and Project Manager
Jon Turkula, WOW Atelier, Designer and Project Manager
Benjamin Wienmeyer, WOW Atelier, Artist and Head of Fabrication
Stephanie Mulford, Salt Studio, Account Manager
Camille Beauregard, Salt Studio, Interior Designer

Owner:
Hines


LEARN: BEST Award Winner

SLCC Westpointe Training and Education Center, ajc architects
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: This vibrant new facility supports the community’s training needs in a flexible, high quality space that benefits business, industry and the surrounding community. This building allows SLCC to fulfill its mission as Salt Lake County’s primary post-secondary provider of technical workforce education while offering collaborative spaces with industry partners which provides students with a unique educational experience.
Judges Comments: The systems of the building are used to visually tell a story, sometimes in a very colorful way.”

”Graphics, art and finishes are incorporated purposefully.

Project Team:
Jill A. Jones, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Principal Architect
Steve Simmons, AIA | Project Architect
Heber Slabbert, AIA | Project Manager
Dijana Alickovic, AIA | Project Coordinator
Connor Stephens, Designer
Anthony Larson, CADD Technician

Owner:
State of Utah | Salt Lake Community College

Consultant Team Members:
ARCHITECTURE CONSULTANT | SRG Partnership | Uwe Bergk, AIA, IIDA
CIVIL | Meridian Engineering, Inc. | Nichole Luthi, PE
ELECTRICAL | Spectrum Engineers, Inc. | Chris Kobayashi, PE
LANDSCAPE | Landmark Design | Mark Vlasic. LLA
STRUCTURAL | Reaveley Engineers & Associates | Jeff Miller, SE
CM/GC| Big-D Construction | Clint Fackrell, Sr. Project Manager


LEARN: Merit Award Winner

Midvale Middle School, VCBO Architecture
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: Designed to complement the surrounding neighborhood aesthetic, Midvale Middle School is a replacement school that takes cues from the brick houses and art-deco style architecture of the historic town.
Judges Comments: Way more expression that you would expect in this type of building. The angular planes and panels really provide for a fun and visually stunning space. And the kids seem to really love the space!

Team members:
Jeanne Jackson, FAIA
Brian Peterson Assoc. AIA
Coreen Crouch

Owner:
Canyons School District

Consultant Team Members: 
Civil: Ensign Engineering
Electrical: Envision Engineering
Landscape: ArcSitio Design
Mechanical: Van Boerum & Frank Associates Inc.


SERVE: BEST Award Winner

Sweetwater County Justice Complex, EDA
Rock Springs, Wyoming


Project Description: The building engages the community through the use of materials which evoke the climate, culture and geography of the area. Exterior brick cladding echoes the striated buttes and mesa of the region. Locally sourced beetle kill pine is put to work in this resource-based economy. Wyoming snow fence was used to form the concrete seat walls.
Judges Comments: -Beautiful building in/out, with natural materials, finishes and textures done right.”

”Sense of place and skilled handling of program that leverages the best of it’s siting and context makes this a truly unusual project. Justice design should all be this spectacular and sensitive.

Project Team:
Sam Hammack, AIA, Project Architect
Rachel Bergeson, NCIDQ, Interior Designer
Kevin Thibault, Assoc. AIA, Architect Designer
Jessica Sluder, NCIDQ, Interior Designer
Robert Herman, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect Designer, Principal
Tom Brennan, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal

Owner Team Member:
Chuck Radosevich, Sweetwater County

General Contractor:
Groathouse Construction

Consultant Team Members:
Civil: Ensign Engineering
Electrical, A.V. & Acoustics: BNA
Mechanical:  VBFA
Structural: Dunn
Landscape: Arcsitio


SERVE: Merit Award Winner

Summit County Library and Services Center, Method Studio
Kamas, UT


Project Description: As the gateway to the Uinta Mountains, Summit County Library & Services Building seeks to unify diverse programs housed within, while inspiring patrons in a modern, comfortable space that articulates the texture, colors and seasons of the mountains. Wood columns and details reference the forest while celebrating the mountain ambiance that empowers the community in a welcoming space for all.
Judges Comments: Finishes, graphics, lighting and furniture are all orchestrated to create a diverse yet truly cohesive design solution. Brilliant use of color and textures without overdoing it.

Team members
Becky Hawkins, Assoc. AIA/Associate IIDA, Interiors Principal/Lead Interior Designer
Rob Beishline, AIA, LEED A.P., Lead Architectural Design/PM
Liz Yonashiro, Architectural Associate, Designer
Breann Coggins, Interior Design & FF&E Support
Lindsay Murray, Interior Design Support
Kat Ernst, REVIT/Design Support
Jared Barnett, REVIT/Design Support

Owner:
Summit County

Contractor:
Spindler construction

Consultant Team:
BNA, Electrical Engineer
VBFA, Mechanical Engineer
BHB, Structural Engineer
Forsgren, Civil Engineer
Furniture Dealers: Midwest Office, Henricksen Butler, Ikea


LIVE MULTI-UNIT: BEST Award Winner

Milagro Apartments, FFKR Architects
Salt Lake City, UT


Project Description: Milagro, a 183 unit multi-family space located in downtown Salt Lake. A premier property situated next to its sister, the AC Hotel, both of which have a European design. The amenity spaces include a gym, pool, yoga room, dog wash, and theater. The units are designed to be functional with high end finishes and views to the city and mountains.
Judges Comments: Finish palette has a great balance of raw materials and natural inviting colors. Integrated wayfinding into wood paneling is beautiful.

Team members
Kylee Weathers, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED GA, Interior Designer
Jackie Black, Associate IIDA, ASID, Interior Designer
Cristen Cagle, Associate IIDA, ASID, Interior Designer
Larry Curtis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager
Jim Lewis, AIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge
Mike Leishman, AIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge

Owner:
PEG Development & Colmena Group

Contractor:
Wasatch Commercial Builders

Consultants:
Mechanical: Gunther’s Engineering
Electrical: Hunt Electric
Structural: ARW Engineers
Civil: AWA Engineering


LIVE MULTI-UNIT: Merit Winner

The Rivulet Apartments, Lisman Studio
American Fork, Utah


Project Description: This multifamily project is a 264 residence property located in American Fork, Utah. While having valuable input on the “Modern Farmhouse” exterior design, the design team was also forging away on interiors that were bold with a sophisticated youthful feel. A terrific Fitness Center, Well Beats room and Indoor Golf Simulator contribute to the upscale vibe of the property.

Team members
Jason Newitt
Belle Kurudzija – Senior Interior Designer
Emily Hatfield – Associate Interior Designer


LIVE SINGLE-UNIT: BEST Award Winner

Sampson Ave, Cityhome Collective
Salt Lake City, Utah

Project Description: We worked to mix designer and custom pieces in various textures to add a layered and comfortable vibe to the space. Comfort was key. We started with a neutral color palette and added pops of muted color throughout. Our clients wanted to feel like they were on vacation in the mountains, but not go literal with the “mountain home” vibe.

Team members
Lauren Bald – Design Director
Helena Morozoff - Senior Designer
Susannah Holmberg - Senior Designer
Brea Valenzuela - Junior Designer
Rebecca Loosli - Junior Designer
Bre Snow - Purchaser
Pamela Jewell - Senior Designer
Jordan Geurts - Design Assistant
Morgan Victorine - Design Assistant


LIVE SINGLE-UNIT: Merit Award Winner

Capitol Hill Transformation, Lisman Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: This distinct private residences, joined by a long breezeway, created a linear floor plan fraught with obstacles. Since the property and its surroundings are listed in a historic district of the city, another challenge became working carefully within the existing footprint of the home. The original exterior structure had to remain intact, including window and door locations.

Team members
Belle Kurudzija – Senior Interior Designer
Emily Hatfield – Associate Interior Designer


PLAY: BEST Award Winner

AC Hotel, EDGEiD
Salk Lake City, Utah


Project Description: Heritage, and local influence played a significant role in the design of this project. From interior to exterior, you cannot overlook the influence of the iconic Salt Lake Temple and its stark contrast to the desert environment in which it was built. Much like the temple, the AC stands apart from the rest of the city, while staying integrated within its history and natural surroundings.
Judges Comments: Tailored, fresh, and unexpected. This project navigates detailing and emotion throughout the texture of the rooms without being cloying. Classic, stylish and comfortable.

Team Members
Aubrey Pugmire - Partner + Interior Designer
King Scovell - Woodbine Development
Cameron Gunter - Peg Development


PLAY: Merit Award Winner

Torrent Cycle, FFKR Architects
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project Description: Torrent Cycle is Salt Lake’s premier indoor rhythm-based cycling studio with a clean and modern design and full-service locker rooms. Originally a coin shop, unique challenges were presented. The building’s new streamlined vibe of high contrast, minimal design with high impact details showcases their brand. Murals of Salt Lake, Neon signs, and graphics bring the biking community vibe home.
Judges Comments: Clear point of view. Sophisticated yet energetic approach. Nice tight little project that delivered precision design. Minimal yet full of energy.

Project Team:
Kylee Weathers, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED GA, Interior Designer
Tyler J. Smith, AIA, Project Architect

Owner:
Dan Cooney and Mike Barney

Consultant Team Members: 
Structural: JC Engineering
MEP: Spectrum Engineers


BEST ON A BUDGET: BEST Award Winner

Method Studio Corporate Offices, Method Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah


Project description: The team sought a space that would showcase its ideals of authenticity, innovation, and rigor while fostering teamwork in a space employees could thrive. The historic Cummins Diesel building located on the edge of Salt Lakes Granary warehouse district was selected to showcase our design ability, and demonstrate our commitment to building community while promoting collaboration within an energetic work environment.
Judges Comments: Beautiful project, can’t believe it was completed on such a tight budget. The materials complement the existing environment so well. Love the variety of spaces. Beautiful integration of project visuals throughout.

Team members
Becky Hawkins, Associate AIA/Associate IIDA, Principal-in-Charge + Designer
David Hulsberg, AIA, Project Manager
Jake Gines, Assoc. AIA, Designer
Marbe Agee, IIDA, NCIDQ, ASID, LEED A.P., Designer
Joe Smith, AIA, LEED A.P., Designer
Basil Harb, Assoc. AIA, Designer
Rob Beishline, AIA, LEED A.P., Designer
Joshua Greene, AIA, LEED Green Assoc. Designer
Breann Coggins, FF&E Support
Lindsay Murray, Design Support
Anya Barmina, Design/Graphics Support
Amber Lake, IIDA, Design Support/Library
Angela Flicker, Technical Support
Milad Sefiddashti, Technical Support
Nathan Blair, Technical Support
Eric Carter, AIA, Technical Support

Owner:
Kimball Investment

Contractor:
Interior Construction Specialists/Layton Construction

Consultant Team Members: 
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Studio
Mechanical Engineer: Spectrum Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineering
Furniture Dealer: Henriksen Butler, IKEA


BEST ON A BUDGET: Merit Award Winner

Dental Select, Method Studio
Sandy, Utah


Project Description: The design strives to embody the organization’s rebellious approach to business and internal culture. The space is intended to relay a “simplicity that makes you smile” and leave visitors with no question that this is home to a group of clever rebels that make noise, ruffle feathers, and get things done, all in an efficient, flexible, and playful work environment.
Judges Comments: Clever concentration on the ‘free’ details by making the yellow zipper manifest a fun diagrammatic way finding system. The beauty is in the details. Simple workhorse combinations with more finely honed moments in signage, pops of color, and framing are the start of a masterclass in finding the essentials in a design.

Team members:
Marbe H. Agee, IIDA: Principal In Charge
Kim Webb, AIA: PM/PA, Design
Carly Overton: Job Captain/Design
Lauren Heile, IIDA: Interior Design / Furniture
Anya Barmina, Conceptual Design

Owner:
Dental Select 

Consultant Team:
General Contractor: Interior Construction Specialties
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing: Spectrum Engineers


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Mountain America Credit Union Corporate Headquarters
Method Studio
Sandy, Utah

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BEST OF THE BEST AWARD WINNER

Method Studio Corporate Offices, Method Studio
Salt Lake City, Utah

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BEST REP 

Aja Macheel, Industry IIDA

Interiorscape Designer & Sales Manager
Cactus & Tropicals

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Aja Macheel has twenty years of experience in the horticultural industry in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, including ten years at Cactus & Tropicals in Utah, where she started at age 15. With a passion for tropical plants and interiorscape design, her specialty is bringing green space indoors to commercial and residential spaces alike. As an artist in her own right, taking on new, innovative and creative green space designs is her specialty. Today she continues to work for Cactus & Tropicals as an interiorscape Design Rep and Sales Manager, where she continues to nurture and perfect her craft.