Coverings Installation Design Showcase to Celebrate Leading Installation and Design Talent

Attendees of Coverings, the largest international tile + stone exposition and conference, will see firsthand the visions of four Las Vegas-area design teams come to life during the show’s Installation Design Showcase. In its fifth year, the live-action demonstration and exhibit will pair representatives from regional design organizations with industry-leading tile + stone manufacturers and installers to create full-scale, conceptual vignettes, in full view of Coverings attendees, as the show celebrates its 25th Anniversary, from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Designers Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs from tvsdesign Atlanta take showgoers on a tour of their vignette at Coverings 2013

Designers Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs from tvsdesign Atlanta take showgoers on a tour of their vignette at Coverings 2013

The four designers spearheading each vignette represent the following regional organizations: the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); the Nevada Chapter of United States Green Building Council (USGBC); and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Department of Architecture (UNLV). An installer with Five Star Recognition from the National Tile Contractors Association and certification from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation will execute the vision of each team by expertly managing the high-quality materials supplied by Coverings exhibitors. Installation materials will be supplied by MAPEI, TEK and LATICRETE; tools will be supplied by Dewalt, European Tile Masters, Pearl Abrasive and Tuscan Leveling System; and backerboard will be provided by USG.

The 2014 Installation Design Showcase will produce four compelling spaces including an indoor courtyard, bar, retail space and a sustainable, accessible bath, all of which will showcase tile + stone materials and installation techniques in unique and advanced applications.

Indoor Courtyard
Led by designer Jonathon Anderson, Assistant Professor of Architecture at UNLV, the team representing the UNLV Department of Architecture will bring the outdoors inside in this vignette, with the creation an indoor courtyard composed of materials designed to evoke nature indoors in a clean, contemporary, monochromatic design. Crossville has supplied material from their large-format, thin porcelain panel line, Laminam, to create an oversized fireplace with the innovative 3mm-thick panel. Visual and technical complexity will be added to the design by more than 1,000 individually pre-cut-to-size pieces of tile to create an intricate gradient pattern. Installer Martin Brookes, of Heritage Marble Masonry & Tile, said he looks forward to working with these materials, and welcomes the opportunity to perform and illustrate industry standards under the constraints of time and the added pressure of a live audience.

Retail Space
Tile + stone will be the focal point of a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the retail environment envisioned by Eric Roberts of SH-Architecture, who represents the Las Vegas Chapter of AIA and his firm along with colleagues Dennis Panars and Jeni Panars. Porcelain manufacturer, Florim, will supply materials from its Pier and Galaxy product lines, both durable, rugged materials designed for use in commercial or residential spaces. The Gems line will be used to add a complementary sense of artistic movement and excitement, and all three products will be incorporated into the walls, shelving, displays, and point-of-sale areas of the space. According to Robert Herman of Superior Tile and Stone, the company prides itself on the quality of its installation techniques, and the Installation Design Showcase serves as an ideal platform to demonstrate the processes that go into high-quality tile + stone installations.

Bar
Designer Stephen Leon, participating on behalf of the ASID Central California-Nevada Chapter, will create a vision of a bar unlike any other. Leon’s vision will feature tall obelisks in dark hues surrounding a bar composed of materials that create the appearance of exotic onyx with a glowing effect. Complementary stone treatments will create swirling patterns on the floors and walls to add visual drama and excitement. Large format panels from StonePeak’s Plane product line will be used in various sizes, up to 5-foot by 10-foot, throughout the installation.

“Participating in the Installation Design Showcase allows our team of installers to work with a local designer to execute their vision live on the Coverings floor,” said installer Elizabeth Lambert of Lambert Tile & Stone. “It’s fun and challenging to watch it all come alive with our installation team stopping to answer the questions that always come from the show attendees on how and why we are using certain installation methods.”

Sustainable, Accessible Bathroom
The USGBC Nevada Chapter will present an open concept bathroom to showcase the marriage of universal access and sustainable design practices in a warm, contemporary, natural space, envisioned by Chapter President, Daniel Huard. Three-time Installation Design Showcase participant, James Woefel of Artcraft Granite, Marble, & Tile Co., will use tiles provided by Ceramics of Italy featuring eco-conscious attributes that are sustainable from start to finish. The visual centerpiece of the installation is an anchoring band tiled with Lea Ceramiche’s “Lines and Waves” collection, designed by Patrick Norguet. Furthering the incorporation of universal access standards, the floor design calls for the tiles of various sizes to be laid on a diagonal—a technique that is used to help visually impaired individuals navigate the space by feeling the grout lines between the tiles. The design will mimic the color gradient of sand along a shoreline.

“The 2014 Installation Design Showcase represents the first year in which we’ve engaged local design associations to participate,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “As the showcase progresses, the participating designers, manufacturers and installers masterfully demonstrate how the marriage of design and installation is critical to create an amazing result.”

The four vignettes will be open for the duration of the exposition and conference for all attendees to enjoy. Coverings will host a full tour with presentations by the designers and installers detailing each vignette on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow. This free program and reception is open to all attendees, though it is suggested to pre-register while registering to attend the show at coverings.com/register.

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, please visit coverings.com/IDS. Follow along with the designers, manufacturers and installers as the Installation Design Showcase approaches by using the hashtag #CoveringsIDS across all social media platforms.

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Coverings 2014 – Installation Track Seminars

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Here’s a first peek at the Coverings conference program offerings that are targeted specifically to installers and contractors, with several sessions presented pre-show on Monday, April 28. For full course descriptions and room assignments, visit www.coverings.com.

This year’s Coverings will take place from April 29-May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday, April 28
1-2 pm
Sealing Tile, Grout and Natural Stone: True or False
– Joe Salvo, Miracle Sealants & Abrasives

2:15-4:15 pm

NTCA Presents Live Hands-On Demonstration to Today’s Installation Challenges
– Gerald Sloan, Michael Whistler, NTCA

 

Tuesday, April 29
12:30-2 pm

Thin Tile and Trends in Design and Processes
– Eric Astrachan, TCNA

1:45-2:45 pm

Barrier Free Shower Installation – Art Mintie, Maria Oliveira, LATICRETE International, Inc.

Budgeting for Tile Contractors 101: Forecasting and Budgeting for Success
– Dan Welch, Bob Woodward, Welch Tile & Marble

3-4 pm

Concrete and Wood Substrates: Considerations for Specification, Product Selection and Installation
– Richard P. Goldberg AIA, CSI, NCARB, Professional Consultants International

Low Hanging Fruit: The Five Easiest Ways to Supercharge Your Digital Marketing Strategy – Ken Tarwood, LATICRETE International, Inc.

4:15 -5:15 pm

Shower Installations:
Best Practices
– Gerald Sloan, Michael Whistler, NTCA

 

Wednesday, April 30
8 -10 am

The New Rules of Relationship Marketing
– Jon Goldman,
Brand Launcher

8:30-10 am

Case study of Development of National Food Chain Specification for Material Selection, Design Methodologies and Construction Techniques
– Scott Conwell, International Masonry Institute

2:45-3:45 pm

Large Porcelain Panel Installations for Floors and Walls – Tom Plaskota, TEC/H.B. Fuller Construction Products

The Not So Secret Sauce: Nine Key Steps for Business Success – Wally Adamchik, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting

 

Thursday, May 1
8 – 9 am

Rules of the Game: How Contractors Can Use ANSI, TCNA Handbook and NTCA Reference Manual to Improve their Business and Their Profit
– Chris Walker, David Allen Company; James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co.; Nyle Wadford, Neuse Tile Service

9:15-10:15 am

Business Training Strategies
on the Internet
– Wally Adamchik, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting

1:30-2:30 pm

Estimating for Advantage
– Mike Clancy, Fails Management Institute

Understanding Thin Tile Installation
– Dr. Neil McMurdie, MAPEI Corporation

2:45-3:45 pm

How to Maximize the Manufacturer Relationship
– Elton Mayfield, ER Marketing

Utilizing Technology in the Field to Improve Performance for Contractors
– Martin Howard, David Allen Company

 

Friday, May 2
8 -10 am

Restorative Cleaning and Maintenance of Natural Stone and Tile & Grout
– Bryan Thompson, Sapphire Scientific

COVERINGS 2014 KICKS OFF TILE + STONE PHOTO SWEEPSTAKES

cid small wCoverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition, this week launched an online photography contest to honor the inspiring tile and stone installations, artwork, buildings and structures found around us everyday.  The social media-driven sweepstakes also serves to commemorate Coverings’ 25th year, with two Grand Prize Winners earning a trip to Las Vegas during the show, which takes place April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Coverings invites participants to upload their favorite photo of tile + stone, with an explanation of where they shot the image and the hashtag #Coverings25 in its caption. The self-shot photos can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our brand new Instagram, and there is no limit to the number submitted – in fact, the more photos the participants enter, the more chances there are to win. Photo entries can be submitted until March 28.

The Grand Prize Winners will be selected to win a trip to Las Vegas to attend Coverings 2014 and a seat at a special VIP dinner with some of the most prominent leaders in the tile + stone industry. Additionally, Coverings also will give away smaller prizes every other week for the duration of the contest to recognize impressive entries as they are received. Winners for the weekly prizing will be chosen at random from all entries. Participants are encouraged to enter across all platforms to increase their chances to win.

“As we prepare for the show’s 25th Anniversary, we’re looking forward to highlighting how tile and stone impacts our lives everyday,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Tile and stone continues to have the unique ability to transform the look of interiors and exteriors with rich textures, color, warmth and fluidity that few other products can replicate. We’re excited to see what inspires our exhibitors, attendees and fans as we all prepare for this year’s show.”

Learn more about Coverings’ Tile + Stone Photo Sweepstakes, and register for the 2014 show for free at coverings.com.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
Instagram:
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LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
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Blog:
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About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition 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 Distributor 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 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

COVERINGS AND UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE DEVELOP TILE DESIGN COURSE

unlv covCoverings, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Architecture, to develop a course that will investigate the use of tile as a medium for furniture design. Through a 13-week series of lectures and workshops, students enrolled in “Mediations on Making – Exploring Furniture Design” will learn about the factors involved in designing furniture, opportunities and constraints of tile, design visualization and presentation, construction and installation drawings, and fabrication processes. The course also will include a competition where each student will design a conceptual drawing of a bench using tile and stone as its source material.  A jury will select six concepts for students to fabricate and display at Coverings, from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“This is an excellent opportunity to create a dialogue between students and the tile industry as a working collaboration,” said Jonathon Anderson, course director and assistant professor at the UNLV School of Architecture. “It also will expose our talented students to the many usages of tile, enhance their knowledge of furniture design and fabrication, and gain real-world exposure to the exhibition of prototypes.”

“Mediations on Making – Exploring Furniture Design” is supported by a number of leading manufacturers, which will be providing students with high-quality materials and real-world training. Arizona Tile will be providing tile for the program, Bonsal/Prospec and wedi will supply installation and structural materials. The National Tile Contractors Association, as well as Bonsal/Prospec, also will provide certified trainers to educate students on the fabrication and application processes.

“The partnership between Coverings and UNLV to develop this unique opportunity for students to partner with leading manufacturers, fabricators and installers in the tile and stone industry, will greatly enhance their knowledge and skillset for their future design careers,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “This program also highlights Coverings’ commitment to industry education and expanding the knowledge to emerging talent that tile and stone are surfaces with unbridled design potential.”

The six finalist benches will be displayed on the Coverings show floor for the duration of the exposition and conference for all attendees to enjoy. During the Coverings 25th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, April 30, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the benches in a silent auction that will benefit the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and a charity of UNLV’s choice.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
YouTube:
youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Google+:
google.com/+Coverings
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition 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 Distributor 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 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

COVERINGS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2014

Coverings 25Twenty-five years ago, the tile and stone industry in the United States was gaining momentum and needed a single, cohesive venue for distributors, retailers, contractors, installers and specifiers to see the finest examples of new tile production available in North America. The solution: Coverings, the first U.S. tile and stone exposition and conference, was founded not only to showcase new products, tools and machinery, but also to provide networking opportunities, training and education on an array of topics from design trends to installation techniques and certification programs.

Next year, Coverings will celebrate its 25th Anniversary from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show will host an official Anniversary “After-Hours” Party on Wednesday, April 30 from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. at a Las Vegas nightclub to celebrate this important milestone. The special event will feature an open bar, music, networking and reminiscing. Exhibitors and distributors can purchase up to 10 tickets to share with customers. Tickets are $60 each, and can be purchased upon show registration at www.coverings.com. Additionally, Coverings attendees will receive a 25th Anniversary commemorative collectible at the show.

Coverings Comes of Age

The first iteration of Coverings took place in 1990 in Anaheim, California, when Tile Expo and The World Exposition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings merged, creating The International Tile Exposition, which later became the International Tile and Stone Exhibition and eventually Coverings. By all accounts the show was a huge achievement, met with enthusiasm and excitement from the first several hundred exhibitors. The inaugural show also accomplished something no one in the industry had been able to do — unite five industry associations under one umbrella: The Ceramic Tile Distributor 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).

“It seems nearly impossible that it has been 25 years since my first show,” said Inma Roca, Coverings Board Member and representative from Tile of Spain. “The show unquestionably hit the mark — finally there was a trade show, and not just an industry conference format event, in North America.”

Since that first show, Coverings has become overwhelmingly the largest and most important international platform for the tile and stone industry in the U.S., with more than 900 exhibitors, more than 70 conference sessions and a myriad of networking events annually — all for free.   

“When I look back and see how Coverings has progressed over the years, these words by Peter Drucker come to mind: ‘Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision,’” said Luciano Galassini, Coverings Board Member and Deputy Director General of Confindustria Ceramica. “By joining forces with other tile associations and creating a tradeshow run by the industry, we’ve been able to transform the tile market in the U.S. Many things have changed over 25 years, but the show continues to be the best tool for promoting tile in America among distributors, contractors, specifiers and consumers.”

Coverings Catapults Industry Growth

The growth of Coverings, however, has come with limitations. While Anaheim proved to be a popular venue in the show’s early years, the sheer size of Coverings restricts the locations where it can take place, which currently includes convention centers in Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and Chicago.

“Each year, we seek to produce a show that is more outstanding, impactful and memorable than the last,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Coverings exhibitors continually showcase outstanding products and inventive booths with international flair, like no other trade show in the United States. Paired with the most comprehensive educational track and numerous networking opportunities, Coverings continues to provide the platform that the industry relies on to thrive and continue its success all year long.”

The show’s owners attribute the growth of the industry to the success of Coverings. In fact, tile consumption has catapulted in the U.S. market from 977 million square feet in 1988 to 3.3 billion square feet at the industry’s peak in 2006, according to U.S. tile consumption data from the Tile Council of North America. During that same time, the industry has witnessed a revolution in technology and design, all taking place at Coverings. From the institution of rectified tiles in 1993 to the introduction of large format tiles in 1998 and inkjet technology gaining popularity around 2003, nearly every aspect of the industry has evolved.

“Since inception, Coverings has been about people and education—and over the years, the show has only improved,” said Svend Hovmand, Coverings Board Member and representative of the Tile Council of North America. “Coverings has evolved to showcase truly impressive booths, brilliant products, live installation demonstrations, and equally important—our educational track. As tile and stone have become essential to the overall architecture and design of many spaces, Coverings remains critical to fulfilling industry demand.”

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition 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 Distributor 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 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

 

First Installers Pass ACT Certification at Coverings

by Bart Bettiga

CTI_cvgs13ACT Certification has been given to the first eight professional installers. Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers – ACT– addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes. A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

The eight professional installers passed all four certifications under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States. Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the online written test that comprises 25% of the certification score.

The eight installers with this special honor are:
Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona
Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California
Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois
Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California
Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan

Partners in the development initiative are: Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors; and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies. Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com.

2014 COVERINGS INSTALLATION AND DESIGN AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

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The 2014 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards, honoring the best achievements in outstanding design and installation of tile and stone, is now open for entries. Open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers and installers, the CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone in residential, commercial, international and sustainable projects. Sponsored by TileLetter and TADA magazines, winning projects will be honored during Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

New to the 2014 CID Awards is the addition of a Sustainability category for recognition of tile and stone projects that place a premium on innovative, sustainable design. This new category replaces the PROJECT: Green program that recognized these projects in years prior. Additionally, a new online portal simplifies the process of entering projects for consideration in the 2014 CID Awards.

“One of the highlights of Coverings is celebrating and honoring unique projects that exhibit the highest levels of creativity, craftsmanship and outstanding use of materials,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “We anticipate even more outstanding projects than ever before, especially with the new program updates we’ve implemented.” 

An independent panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on execution and installation, original usage, and overall design and purpose, with special recognition given to those projects exemplifying stunning tile and stone. The Grand Prize winners of the Residential and Commercial categories will each receive $2,000 and a one night’s hotel stay in Las Vegas. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners must be present at the CID Awards Reception & Ceremony at April 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. If winners are unable to attend, the project will be disqualified with a new winner awarded (note: does not apply to international projects).

To obtain entry forms for paper entries, or further details on the program, go to www.coverings.com/CID. Entries can be submitted digitally via an online portal at: www.conferenceabstracts.com/CID2014.htm.

First Installers Pass ACT Certification at Coverings

Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the ACT certification program.

Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers— ACT—addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance:  Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes.  A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States.  Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises twenty-five percent of the certification score.

The eight installers with this special honor are:

Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona

Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan

Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California

Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan

Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois

Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California

Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan

Keith Tavshanjian - KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California, one of the first eight ACT Certified Installers

Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California, one of the first eight ACT Certified Installers

 

 

Partners in the development initiative are:  Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors, and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies.   Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.

For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com

REGISTRATION FOR COVERINGS’ 25th EXPOSITION IS NOW OPEN

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Online registration for Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, that returns to Las Vegas from April 29—May 2, 2014 opens today.  Coverings 2014 marks the return of the super show and conference to the West coast, this time in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The show is anticipated to offer more than 900 exhibitors representing more than 35 countries, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all at no cost.

Early registration provides attendees with advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contests and promotions, as well as discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings through a large variety of hotel partners including:  Bally’s Casino Resort, Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Flamingo Hotel, Harrah’s Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), Las Vegas Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Paris Las Vegas, Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Convention Center and Springhill Suites Convention Center.

“As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Coverings, we’re exceptionally proud to be the only show that can offer the breadth and depth of tile and stone exhibitors from around the globe, coupled with a truly significant educational offering for every segment of the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “What’s more, we pride ourselves on holding an event that is at no cost to our attendees including: the exhibit floor, all of the valuable CEU conferences sessions, workshops and demonstrations, featured speakers and many of our networking events. Coverings provides a wealth of information and the business-building resources companies need to be successful when it comes to the tile and stone industry. It’s a truly amazing value that all architects, designers, tile and stone retailers and showrooms, wholesalers, installers and contractors, and builders and developers, have continued to take advantage of for the past 25 years.”

Coverings Social Media
Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2014
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings
In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition 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 Distributor 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 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.

SPECIFIER ATTENDANCE UP AT COVERINGS 2013 AS ALL ATTENDEE SEGMENTS ENJOYED VALUABLE PROGRAMS

Coverings 2013, The Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience, attracted an increased number of architects, designers and specifiers this year when the four-day event was held in Atlanta for the first time, April 29-May 2. The audience segment grew by three percent, drawn by the opportunity to see the latest innovations by more than 900 exhibitors from 50 countries, and attend more than 70 free education sessions, many of which offered free CEUs.  

Overall Coverings 2013 drew over 22,000 attendees, on par with last year’s show.  There was something for everyone from Distributor VIP programs, Contractor Days, on-site cov 2Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) and the new Stone Zone for fabricators. All the buzz was shared at Coverings Central, the show’s social media hub.

Visitors took in continuing advances in thin tiles, large format tiles and tiles that mimic other materials such as wood with increasing fidelity.

“Coverings has engaged with the robust community of architect and designers in the Southeast for the past 12 months and we are pleased that they took advantage of all the show has to offer,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “We know our exhibitors appreciate the added opportunity of reaching the growing specifier audience. At the same time, all our audience segments enjoyed robust programming and educational opportunities.

One of the many ways Coverings built support among the local design community was by sponsoring for the first time a special Best Use of Tile or Stone category in the ASID Georgia Chapter annual design competition. The Gold Award went to Jo Rabaut, ASID, and Georgia Rappole, Allied ASID, Rabaut Design Associates, for their work on the

Porcelanosa Atlanta, GA showroom. Kris Kirchner, ASID, Lisa Hatch, ASID, and Lauren Higgins, ASID, of K2J, Inc. claimed the Silver Award for the Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, GA. Rabaut and Rappole also took the Bronze Award for their Rothbloom Residence master bath in Atlanta.  

“Our ASID chapter greatly appreciated Coverings’ support of our design contest. The special category drew attention to the rich and varied design possibilities of tile and stone. We, of course, went to the Coverings show and it was fantastic. So many amazing new products to see,” said Janie K. Hirsch, ASID, J. Hirsch Interior Design, Johns Creek, GA.

cov pieAt the show itself, the daily activity at the Installation Design Showcase was of particular interest to the design community as well as installers. The Showcase matched four outstanding Atlanta-based design firms with four of the nation’s finest installation teams. Design talents Michael Neiswander and Margaret Nysewander of Atlanta’s ASD Inc., conjured a spectacular bar—“a conceptual art piece, really” says Nysewander. It featured all-red tiles from different Ceramics of Italy manufacturers, applied in a faceted manner by Joel Phinney, Senior Project Manager of Rimrock Design, the Lake City, FL-based installer.

Hospitality-design veterans Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs of Atlanta’s tvsdesign evoked the grand feeling of a large hotel lobby on a small scale specifying Plane 5-foot by 10-foot engineered porcelain ceramic wall panels from StonePeak Ceramics as well as glass and mirror tiles, all installed by Rod Owen of C.C. Owen Tile Company, Inc., in Jonesboro, GA.

For an in-patient room in a women’s birthing center, Mary Porter along with Craig Anderchak—both of Atlanta’s VeenendaalCave Healthcare, set a serene, relaxed mood with Italian wall tile that resembled light-color fabric and a wood-look floor. Installer Chad Love of David Allen Company in Birmingham, AL, welcomed the opportunity to work with Strata Mat, a new coupling membrane by LATICRETE. 

Mark Williams of Atlanta’s Mark Williams Design Associates designed a masculine 1920s Gatsby master bath modernized with Deco undertones, using Noble Company products, TOTO fixtures and Crossville tile. Installer Buck Collins of Collins Tile and Stone in Aldie, VA, appreciated working with Crossville’s Laminan very thin wall tile.

Attendee Jennifer Wood, ASID, RID, LEED GA, and President of the ASID California Central/Nevada Chapter, took advantage of the opportunity to see just how important the ongoing designer/installer partnership is to a successful project. “It was exciting to see real-time grassroots designing in accordance to team building,” she said.

Coverings 2013 offered excitement for every audience segment. Participants in the VIP Distributor Program brought customer groups to the show including builder/contractors as well as specifiers. Traditions in Tile, Robert F. Henry Tile Company, and Crossville Tile & Stone were among the distributors who hosted personalized tour groups at Coverings.

For installers, this year’s show offered qualified attendees the opportunity for the first time to take the test for the new Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers. One of the most popular features at Coverings were the Live Installation Demonstrations offering an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations.

As the premier event for tile and stone contractors, Coverings 2013 offered free education, live demos, networking opportunities and the return of Contractor Days that offered tours of the show floor with lunch and happy hour as well as access to the Contractor Lounge.

The new Stone Zone offered stone fabricators the opportunity to experience the latest in equipment, tools, accessories and supplies. In the Stone Zone, the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) presented ongoing demonstrations and educational “how-to” topics for fabricators and installers on everything from seam polishing to honing and antiquing.

With so much going on at the show, Coverings Central was a vibrant interactive area offering Tweetups, new Quick Fire sessions on how to best use social media, plus complimentary sessions on creating harmony between tile and stone, and other elements such as fixtures, paint  and appliances. Coverings Central was also the perfect place to take in the PROJECT: Green display of outstanding environmentally respectful projects.

As the largest international exposition dedicated to tile and stone, the 900-plus exhibitors offered an unrivaled view of the most current industry trends including thin tile, large-format tile, and antibacterial and self-cleaning ceramics, among others. Further advances in high-definition digital inkjet printing resulted in tiles that mimic stone, wood, fabric, leather, metal and other materials with amazing precision and realism.

Thanks to all the activity at the show, exhibitors reported their investments paid off. First-time exhibitor InnoDeck doubled its space for next year.  Rodolfo Jacobsen, export manager for Portinari, noted, “It’s important for us to be at Coverings not only for the American market, but also because we have our clients here from the Caribbean, Central America and Canada.”

“Exhibiting at Coverings is the thing to do. Coverings is the only show we do,” said Robin Vojak, owner, CR Studio 4, Inc. “It’s a great opportunity to find new clients.”

Lindsey A. Waldrep, VP Marketing, Crossville, said her firm comes to Coverings not only to see distributors, but also to support TCNA, and to reach out to contractors. “We’re really big on training, education and demos and Coverings gives us the opportunity to do all those things,” she added.

Hector Narvaez, executive vice president, Marazzi USA, agreed that it’s important for his firm to be at Coverings to show new products and to partner with distributors.  Aparici Tiles has been exhibiting at Coverings for 15 years, said Carlos Aparici, because the American market is very significant for his firm and the show is the ideal place to introduce new designs to dealers and distributors.

Coverings 2014 will be held in Las Vegas, April 29-May 2, 2014. Registration will open this fall.

To learn more about Coverings, visit www.coverings.com.

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