MIA+BSI Announces 2016 Awards Program Call for Entries

May 12, 2016 - Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY


The Natural Stone Institute is proud to announce the 2016 Awards Program Call for Entries. The MIA+BSI Awards Program honors and recognizes natural stone companies, natural stone professionals, and architects from around the world.


The 2016 Awards Program consists of the following.


Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards are presented to companies whose projects’ beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential applications in 6 categories:

·       Commercial Interior (sponsored by Mapei)

·       Commercial Exterior (sponsored by Mapei)

·       Residential Interior/Exterior (sponsored by GranQuartz)

·       Renovation/Restoration (sponsored by Coldspring)

·       Kitchen of the Year (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair/Marmomacc Latin America)

·       Bath of the Year (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair/Marmomacc Latin America)

A Grande Pinnacle Award (sponsored by Marmomacc) will be presented to the best overall project. Deadline: Friday, July 22.


Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award. Sponsored by Polycor and TexaStone Quarries, this award honors a craftsman who has physically performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation. Deadline: Friday, June 24.


Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award was established to recognize an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry and the association. Deadline: Friday, July 8.


Natural Stone Scholarship Award. Sponsored by Coldspring and Delaware Quarries, Inc., this award provides educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers in the industry. The scholarship will cover travel and registration for TISE 2017. Deadline: Friday, July 15.


Jonathan Zanger (Walker Zanger), winner of the 2015 Grande Pinnacle Award, said: “To be recognized, in the presence of your peers, for all the hard work and creativity that goes into a winning project, makes all the effort worthwhile. It is especially rewarding when you consider all the other incredibly impressive projects that are entered each year.”


To learn more about the 2016 MIA+BSI Awards Program, please contact Helen Distelhorst (helen@naturalstoneinstitute.org) or visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/awards.



MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events.  Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.


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