Left to right: Tara Solomon (Design Team Winner - Butler Rogers Baskett), Chris Stulpin (The Mohawk Group), Karen Boyd (Partner - Butler Rogers Baskett), Tory Churchill (Antron Carpet Fiber/Invista), and Jeff Knoll (Design Team Winner - Butler Rogers Baskett) stand with Butler Rogers Baskett's Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Grand Prize Award.

Butler Rogers Baskett recently received the Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Award grand prize from Invista for its design of Major League Baseball’s headquarters in New York City.

“We are excited to award the grand prize to Butler Rogers Baskett because carpet played a significant part in the overall design objectives and aesthetics for the space,” said Diane O’Sullivan, global marketing director of Invista's commercial flooring segment.

Entries were evaluated on the ability of the design to withstand the test of time, the innovative use of carpet, and how well the design met client business objectives and challenges relative to performance, aesthetics and sustainable benefits.

Butler Rogers Baskett designed a space to capture the spirit of baseball by incorporating references to the sport, such as bench-seating to reference dugouts, and flooring to represent the grass and dirt zones found on a baseball field, reinterpreted in a combination of carpet and terrazzo.

The MLB headquarters project includes subtle allusions to baseball throughout the design.

“Shirt,” by Lees, a brand of the Mohawk Group, made with Antron Legacy nylon, inspired the designers with its textured and quiet appearance, and the randomly spaced colored stripes provide a sense of movement and reference the pinstripes found on many uniforms. Performance was of utmost concern to the client, and designers achieved this through the use of high-performance materials.

“The designers displayed their intuitive knowledge of baseball’s subtleties and successfully incorporated a Let’s Play Ball theme into the space without kitsch or iconography,” said judge Ellen Dickson of Bailey Edward Architecture. “The interior design is solid from concept to execution, including the selection of carpet constructed of Antron fiber to ensure performance and durability for years to come.”  

Judge Marcia Drenten King of Forest City Enterprises added, “The carpet selection complemented the other architectural elements, resulting in a ‘home run’ space.”

Since 1983, the Antron Carpet Fiber Design Award, now the Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Award, has recognized design firms in the United States and Canada that continue to push the envelope in innovation and creativity in using carpet in commercial design.

Judges for the Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Award were Josie Briggs of NBBJ, Ellen Dickson of Bailey Edward Architecture, Linda Goldstein of CI Select, Holley Henderson of H2 Ecodesign, Marcia Drenten King of Forest City Enterprises and Dennis Fortune of McGill University.