Dalton design awards

Healthcare Design magazine recently bestowed its highest award on Hamilton Health Care System’s Anna Shaw Children’s Institute building in Dalton. The publication, which is an information source for architects, interior designers and hospital officials, will present its Award of Merit to the Children’s Institute at its November Healthcare Design Showcase program in New Orleans.

Dedicated to the memory of Anna Sue Shaw, a local philanthropist, the Children’s Institute cares for those who are challenged with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and developmental delays. The new building, designed by Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates, has elements inspired by a treehouse and provides a unique environment that blends calming color and fun play for children of all abilities. Built of glass, wood and mountain stone, the facility reflects the beauty of the North Georgia mountains.

Shaw Create Centre; courtesy of Shaw Industries Group

Dalton-based flooring giant Shaw Industries Group has also earned a prestigious design award for its Shaw Create Centre in Cartersville. The centre received top honors in Fast Company magazine’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards, which honor creativity at the intersection of design, business and innovation. The Shaw Create Centre, designed by Gensler Atlanta, was chosen from among more than 4,300 entries. Along with its range of workspaces that promote connectivity, collaboration, productivity, movement and well-being, the building is a LEED Silver-certified facility, built with a solar façade and glass that has high light transmittance.

Find out more about Dalton and Whitfield County’s innovations and successes in this month’s feature, “Reason to Believe.”

Photo of the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute and some of the facility’s staff members courtesy of Hamilton Health Care System.

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