Municipal center wins design awards

Any stone-faced Frisco representatives would have cracked smiles as the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center won two architecture awards recently at an international trade show at the Orange County Convention Center.

Twenty-one winning projects were honored at Coverings 2008 with the annual Spectrum and Prism Awards, presented, respectively, for imaginative and visionary use of tile and natural stone.

Holzman Moss Architecture accepted a $1,500 Prism Award of Merit and a $1,000 Green Award for the Frisco project. The municipal center’s split-face and sawn Hadrian limestone from Texas stone quarries and Texas Sunset Red granite comprise the exteriors and are indigenous to the region. The clock tower and fluted columns flanking the main entrance are made of remnant granite from Cold Spring Granite in Marble Falls, Texas. The remnant granite strips, usually discarded in the process of manufacturing countertops, were assembled as pre-cast units to clad the columns. This fabrication helped add LEED certification points, and the facility is now under review for Silver level accreditation.

The Spectrum and Prism Awards celebrate creativity and achievement in the use of tile and stone, respectively, in both commercial and residential projects.

Noting that it was the competition’s largest group of award winners ever, TV personality Doug Wilson, host of TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” emceed the award ceremony, which is a cornerstone event of Coverings, the international tile and stone expo and conference. Coverings conferred $37,500 in prize money and celebrated the winners following the ceremony at a reception at the four-day marketplace.

Coverings is an international trade show and conference that showcases the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone, introduces some innovative products related to tile and stone, and serves as a resource for continuing education for all categories of attendees, with seminars and live demonstration sessions.

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