The results of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2008 Student Design Competition are in and American Woodmark Corporation, a leading supplier of cabinetry to the new construction and remodeling industry, is proud to announce the eight winners of this year’s competition. Co-sponsored by American Woodmark and Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc., this competition is designed to identify the rising stars of the kitchen and bath industry through a fun, mock-design contest. Students are presented with a scenario that imitates a real-life project –including challenges and opportunities – and asked to meet the specific needs of the imaginary homeowners.
This year, students were challenged to create a functional kitchen or bath with natural finishes that complement the architectural style of a Spanish ranch home in Texas. The students were required to meet the specific needs of the client, a newlywed couple whose diverse, and sometimes conflicting, interests and tastes had to be reflected in the room designs. The winning designs show creativity in developing beautiful rooms that meet the clients’ needs, which include the use of natural or recycled materials, as well as kid-friendly amenities. The students’ creations also offer insight into the kitchen and bath design trends for next year and beyond. The following eight winners’ designs were chosen from among the hundreds of entries the NKBA received.
1st Place: Tanja Uzar, Brigham Young University, Rexburg, ID
2nd Place: Satoshi Serizawa, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
3rd Place: Sanchali Srivastava, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Lindley, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
1st Place: Danielle D. Mohlman, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
2nd Place: Emily Wilson, Brigham Young University, Rexburg, ID
3rd Place: Marie Hagberg, Century College, Minneapolis, MN
Honorable Mention: Amber Wedige, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
“American Woodmark Corporation has long been involved in identifying, training and supporting young talent within the design industry,” said Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD and director of design for American Woodmark Corp. “Our vision is to nurture the designers of tomorrow. The winners selected exemplify a passion and a drive to create our future spaces through their stylish, progressive and functional designs.”
American Woodmark Corp. along with Sub Zero, Inc., and Wolf Appliance, Inc. and the NKBA thanks all the students who participated in the competition and congratulates these eight contest winners. A total of $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to the winners. An awards presentation will take place at the 2008 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) April 11 in Chicago.
About American Woodmark Corporation
American Woodmark Corporation, located in Winchester, VA, is the third largest manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinets in the United States. Offering more than 350 cabinet lines in a wide variety of designs, materials and finishes, American Woodmark products are sold through a network of dealers and distributors and directly to home centers and major home builders. All American Woodmark products have received certification by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program.
The Company operates 14 manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as various service centers across the country. American Woodmark shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “AMWD.” To find out more about American Woodmark, and view its vast array of cabinet styles, visit its Web site at www.americanwoodmark.com.
About Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc.
For more than 60 years, Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc. has offered innovative, aesthetically appealing and technologically advanced solutions to meet virtually any home refrigeration need. Through foresight and responsiveness, the company has earned its position as an industry leader – a position Sub-Zero intends to maintain well into the new millennium. Unique to Sub-Zero and indicative of the company’s innovative engineering is its dual refrigeration system, which relies on two separate, self-contained cooling systems to keep fresh food fresher and preserve frozen food longer. Sub-Zero is the only refrigeration company to offer dual refrigeration. For more information on Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc., visit www.subzero.com.
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS®). With 41,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for 45 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry. For more information, please visit the NKBA Press Room at www.nkba.org/press.aspx or call (800) THE-NKBA.