Tile and stone use in architecture and design will be recognized at Coverings 2008 with the annual presentation of the Spectrum and Prism Awards. In issuing the Call for Entries, Coverings organizers also announced slight restructuring in the prizes and award categories.

Tile and stone use in architecture and design will be recognized at Coverings 2008 with the annual presentation of the Spectrum and Prism Awards. In issuing the Call for Entries, Coverings organizers announced that the prize money for the dual honors - Spectrum for tile, Prism for stone - totals $30,500, and it will be bestowed upon winners at a special awards ceremony inaugurating the international tile and stone expo and conference, April 29-May 2, at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. More than 15,000 entry forms have been mailed, plus downloadable versions are available at www.coverings.com/spectrum-prism-awards.html. Deadline for receipt is February 1, 2008.

Historically, the top criteria for the awards include a mastery of the materials, overall creativity and imagination, plus installation competency.

This year, the Spectrum Awards will be presented for usage of porcelain and/or ceramic tiles, and separately honor projects featuring glass and/or mosaics. A $3,000 first prize each will go to winners of both residential and commercial projects in those two separate categories. Additionally, $1,500 Awards of Merit have been earmarked for the two different tile classifications.

Finally, judges will have the option to acknowledge one other submission with a $1,000 Special Recognition Award.

The Prism Awards also reflect a slight restructuring: $3,000 First Prizes and $1,500 Awards of Merit for use of stone in Residential, Institutional and Commercial projects will be presented. A $1,000 Special Recognition Award also will be offered.

To qualify, projects must have been completed between January 2004 and December 2007. Each submission must be accompanied by an electronic file; a pocket folder with an official entry form; a typed project description and identification information; and, high-resolution photography. The entry fee is $100 for a single project, but multiple entries are accepted and encouraged, with a reduced $60 fee for each additional entry.

The 2008 Spectrum and Prism Awards are sponsored by Coverings and coordinated by the five sponsoring organizations of the show including ASCER (Spain’s Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association), Confindusrtria Ceramica (Italian Association of Ceramics), CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distributors Association), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and TCNA (Tile Council of North America).