Installation Experience: contrasting the results of skilled and qualified labor

The Installation Experience debuted this year at Coverings. Conceived by the NTCA and CTEF and spearheaded by CTEF’s Scott Carothers, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and brought to life by scores of hardworking volunteers, it sought to demonstrate the quality difference between work done by qualified labor such at Certified Tile Installers or those with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers credentials, and unskilled labor.

The Hall of Failures showed the results of installations done by unskilled labor.

Another example of failed installation in the Hall of Failures.

Bad lippage can result when installers don’t follow methods and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “experience” was a self-guided journey through identical installations in the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence that demonstrated the industry-approved ways to execute an installation and the results of an unskilled install. The comparison was supported by photographs.

Beautiful results from qualified labor.

Another example of an expertly-done installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installers and Regional Evaluators on hand to answer questions about the CTI and ACT exams.

Regional Evaluators, NTCA State Ambassadors and other volunteers answered questions about CTI and ACT exams.

CTEF’s Scott Carothers (R) answers questions from visitors to the Installation Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers also participated in an install-off  called the CTI Challenge where they competed in time and skill while installing identical vignettes.

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers faced off to install a vignette in the Construction Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Experience concluded with the “At Home with Tile” theater where time-lapse video highlighting various construction stages immersed visitors with inspiring and educational projects, and visitors could view beautiful, functional room settings, with expertly installed tile.

Functional bathroom backsplash with Sideview glass from Crossville.

Cutaway view of a gauged porcelain tile panel install over existing brick.

Installation Experience Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.

 

Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.

 

The DW Sanders Tile & Stone crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.

 

Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Visalia Ceramic Tile crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, visit coverings.com/IDS.

 

NTCA Members Receive Prestigious Awards at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced the names of its members who were recent recipients of key industry awards at Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID) Ceremony in Atlanta, GA.

The Coverings Rock Stars  – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

The three individuals recognized are strong supporters and members of the Association:

 

  • Triniti Vigil of J&R Tile, San Antonio, TX

 

      • Ceramic Tile Education Foundation – Certified Tile Installer Program Regional Evaluator
      • Bi-Lingual leader mentoring apprentices in J&R Tile’s Department of Labor approved program

 

  • Cameron Proctor of David Allen Company, Raleigh, NC

 

      • Project Manager for the David Allen Company at just age 34; recording over 2 million square feet of tile and stone projects
      • Both industry educator and student, continuously developing his and others’ technical expertise on a variety of products and projects

 

  • Jason McDaniel of Stoneman Construction LLC, Portland, OR

 

    • Nominated by a record 11 industry leaders for the Rock Star Award
    • Founder of Global Tile Posse Network; avid NTCA supporter and philanthropist with the Wounded Warrior Projects in Oregon

Four NTCA Members were among those selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of residential stone, residential tile, commercial stone and commercial tile.

A panel of judges consisting of ​editors, designers and industry professionals evaluated ​all ​submissions​.​

The NTCA congratulates the following members for being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:

  • Camarata Masonry Systems of Houston, TX –Commercial Stone Installation winner
  • California Tile Installers of Cupertino, CA – Grand Prize winner for Commercial Tile Installation
  • Columbia River Tile & Stone of Portland, OR –Residential Stone Installation winner
  • Tile Design by (Nadine) Edelstein of Seattle, WA –Residential Tile Installation winner

“On behalf of the board members and staff of the NTCA, we applaud all of the award winners, both seasoned veterans​ and ​those ‘​up​-​and​-​coming,​’​” stated Bart Bettiga​, NTCA’s Executive Director. “As our Association moves forward with its efforts to educate and train for the future, these accomplishments solidify what wonderful career accomplishments can be attained.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

NTCA Awards Night Special Guest: U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna, Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program smart home recipients

NTCA, Crossville, Inc., and MAPEI are all supporters of the program

One of the most moving moments of the NTCA Awards Night was the talk given by Sgt. Eric Hunter and his wife Kenna, who gave personal insight in to the transforming power of Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. specially-adapted smart homes.

U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna spoke about the importance of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program and its specially-adapted smart homes to restore independence and dignity to veterans injured in the line of duty.

Sgt. Hunter and Kenna spoke about the circumstances that surrounded the family’s need for a specially-adapted smart home, provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program. NTCA, along with ceramic tile donor Crossville, Inc., and setting materials supplier MAPEI, have been supporters of this program.

Sgt. Hunter explained how after suffering injuries in the service of his country, he was denied assistance from other organizations because he wasn’t injured “enough” to qualify for assistance. A cut to his Social Security benefits increased the hardship the family was facing in a home that was inadequate for his special needs. He explained how the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program gave hope to him and his family, and how the specially-adapted smart home will allow him to regain independence and dignity.

While introducing Eric and Kenna Hunter, NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson said, “These life-changing homes not only provide our injured veterans the opportunity to reclaim independence but also the families that have sacrificed alongside them.The recipients of the Foundation homes are deeply grateful for the support of the many sponsors and volunteers. Every one of them have hand signed a photo of their completed home and have sent them to us.”

He continued with the introduction, saying “ United States Army Sergeant Eric Hunter was first deployed to Iraq in 2010. While there, he connected on the internet with a girl from his hometown named Kenna, and they remained in contact throughout his deployment. On June 1st, 2011, Eric and Kenna married and she and her two children came to live with him in Kentucky.

“Eric’s second deployment in 2012 took him to Afghanistan,” he continued. “On May 31st, 2012, the day before Eric and Kenna’s one year anniversary, while patrolling his unit, Eric stepped on an improvised explosive device. Along with many other injuries, the bomb took his right leg and shattered his left. Eric was flown to three different hospitals before arriving at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where Kenna came to be at his side.

“Eric spent four years at Walter Reed where he has undergone 61 surgeries with the possibility of more to come as he still feels pain in his salvaged leg,” Olson added. “In December 2016, Eric and Kenna welcomed a new baby girl, making them a family of five. They currently reside in a non-handicap accessible rental in Marietta, GA. Since Eric cannot use his wheelchair in his home, he has to cope with being in pain while walking or scooting from room to room. The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide the Hunters a specially adapted smart home to further enable this soldier and his family to move forward with their new life together. The NTCA is proud to be a part of this program and we are particularly honored that they are willing to say a few words to us tonight about the difference the Foundations supporters are making in their family’s life.”

View a video of Eric and Kenna’s remarks on the National Tile Contractors Association Facebook page here: Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna remarks at NTCA Awards Night

 

NTCA’s Bart Bettiga (l) and Jim Olson (r) with U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna. NTCA, along with MAPEI and Crossville, Inc., are all supporters of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program.

Jim Olson coordinates sponsors and assists in finding NTCA contractors to provide labor to install donated ceramic tile. For information on being involved in the program, contact Jim Olson at jim @tile-assn.com.