An innovative ceiling system from Hunter Douglas, used vertically as a wall system, was accented by LED lighting and ceramic tile to provide a relaxing environment for students in the new student commons on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (NOTL) in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
A couple of years ago, Niagara College in Ontario, Canada invested tens of millions of dollars in renovating and redesigning its two campuses — Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) and Welland (WC) — to make the college experience more appealing for students with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.
Over the last year, I have been fortunate to travel to many different countries around the world. During my travels, I’ve observed how much of an impact the tile industry has on different regions. It’s truly amazing to see how a manmade material such as tile can affect different ways of business and life.
Yurtbay Seramik, one of Turkey’s leading producers of ceramic tile materials, currently exports its comprehensive product ranges to more than 50 countries spanning the globe. One of the firm’s major export markets is the United States.
The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, has developed an alphabetical listing of Certified Tile Installers (CTI) on its website. This is in addition to the CTI zip code locator.
Tile is produced in all parts of the world, which makes traveling in this industry inevitable. As a business professional, I have been afforded the opportunity to travel to several countries throughout the years, which has been a very humbling experience, to say the least.
This year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, an annual awards program sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, attracted the most competitive pool of projects in the contest's history. The winning projects speak to the A&D community's commitment to using a material that is technically advanced, aesthetically pleasing and manufactured with a focus on sustainability. Nine projects in three categories were recognized: residential, institutional and commercial. The grand-prize winners include a century-old, three-floor adaptive re-use project (Schaefer-Graf Residence), a 675,000-square-foot entertainment arena (Barclays Center) and a LEED-certified government building (NIST) in addition to six projects who received honorable mentions from the jury.
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