Austin’s Solarwinds Space Exudes Energy Intertech’s Gold-Winning Work
It’s a great feeling when your professional peers point to your work as the best in the country. For the Intertech Commercial Flooring team, that recognition came not once – but three times – this spring and we are incredibly honored. Three of our recent projects took home top honors in the 17th Annual Starnet Design Awards, one of the flooring industry’s most prestigious competitions to recognize the best and brightest in flooring design. The Starnet awards are the flooring industry’s version of the Academy Awards! This is the first in a series of blogs showcasing these exciting projects.
Intertech’s work on the recent office renovation for IT software management company Solarwinds garnered Starnet’s top Design Award in the competition’s corporate category. Working with Austin-based designer Lauckgroup Interior Design, Solarwinds wanted to create an energy-filled space that would inspire and connect employees and clients. For the gold-winning 175,000-sq.ft. renovation, Lauckgroup recommended contrasting materials and colors to create a fresh and engaging design while also creating an easy-to-follow wayfinding system within the offices’ open concept.
With the unique challenge of incorporating both soft and resilient wear-surfaces over access flooring, Intertech worked with the designer and end user to identify carpet tiles and vinyl that would deliver an aesthetic design with function and durability. Among the products we installed were Mannington carpet tile and LVT, Amtico LVT and Tandus carpet tile.
In addition, Intertech collaborated to custom-design the food and relaxation areas to meet mandated HVAC portals for which we designed, constructed and installed custom access floor panels.
Since occupying its updated space in spring 2014, Solarwinds has been recognized for setting a new standard for bringing together a tech-savvy subfloor system and a highly functional, innovative workplace. “This is a dynamic installation with the different uses of patterns, color and scale,” said David Kehm, Starnet Design Awards judge. “They were creative in multiple use of flooring materials. This project is clearly a stand out.”