Elevation Awards Winner: Mixed-Use Commercial


Technology Publishing Co. again partnered with the Commercial Painting Industry Association for the sixth annual commercial honors program, The Elevation Awards. For the first time since the program’s inaugural year, the competition underwent a restructuring, which involved redeveloping the program’s project categories and eligibility criteria.

This year’s group of outstanding projects completed between January 1, 2021, and July 15, 2022, recognized an impressive collective of not just commercial painting contractors, but also architects, interior designers, decorative artisans, manufacturers and suppliers throughout the industry.

In the coming weeks, PaintSquare Daily News will be highlighting this year’s winners in each category to celebrate commercial painting greatness. All winning projects are featured in the winter issue of Commercial Painting.

In the “Mixed-Use Commercial” category, the award is given for the effective use of coatings and other decorative treatments to achieve interior and/or exterior aesthetic effects on a high-end residential structure. Examples include multifamily and high-rise residential.

Assessed by our panel of painting experts, the following project was awarded in the program’s “Mixed-Use Commercial” category:

Grand Central Station

EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc. was contracted in 2020 to restore the decorative plaster elements on the iconic ceiling of the Grand Central Station Main Concourse in New York. Originally opened in 1913, the Main Concourse ceiling features a gigantic celestial mural depicting 12 zodiac constellations. After the original full-scale restoration of the mural in 1996, the ceiling continued to experience some water damage and general degradation.

Those at EverGreene shared with TPC and the CPIA that the walls at Grand Central are composed of molded plaster elements attached to a terra cotta substrate and made to resemble architectural Caen stone blocks.

As part of the project, EverGreene performed a conditions assessment and was then hired to complete the faux Caen stone restoration, plaster restoration and decorative painting on the areas surrounding the mural. The project scope included replacing damaged plaster panels, completing crack repairs, larger surface repairs and re-adhering delaminated panels. In addition to faux Caen stone repair work, additional plaster repairs and flat painting were completed on the West Balcony Ceiling Arch and above three clerestory windows of the Main Concourse. 

“In areas of flat painting, thin decorative pin stripes were recreated based on existing historic layout to mimic the appearance of joint lines of an Ashlar block pattern,” wrote Evergreene in its submission form.

EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc. was contracted in 2020 to restore the decorative plaster elements on the iconic ceiling of the Grand Central Station Main Concourse in New York.

The project was completed in September 2021. The contractor for the project was Nicholson & Galloway, Inc.

Products utilized throughout the project included Benjamin Moore Aqua Lock Primer, Benjamin Moore Regal Select, Dumond Smart Strip Pro, Edison Coating Interplast 57, Larsen Plaster-Weld, Smooth-On Cab-o-Sil, Smooth-On Mold Max 30, Smooth-On Mold Release, Smooth-On Poyo Putty, USG Moulding Plaster and Villeroy & Boch Metalyn.


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