At the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (KBIS) April 30 – May 3, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and GE Consumer & Industrial will recognize the winners of the 2009 NKBA/GE Charrette Competition. The competition honors students attending NKBA-accredited colleges who demonstrate skill in kitchen design, distributing more than $25,000 in scholarships to winners, honorable mentions, and finalists.

The top five winning students of the 2009 NKBA/GE Charrette Competition each created—within three hours—a floor plan with specifications, a design statement, and a perspective or elevation drawing of a kitchen that meets the needs of a hypothetical client, adheres to NKBA Planning Guidelines, and incorporates GE Monogram commercial-style appliances. The "clients" were a retired couple who cook together frequently, require seating for six, and want a television in their 22-foot-by-13-foot kitchen.

The winners are:

First Place ($5,000)—Pamela Berry of Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta. Berry created a sophisticated design centered around a large cooking and seating island wrapped in zebrawood, according to competition judges. Her design focused on providing ample space between the island and the adjacent counter, as well as on sufficient cooking surface landing areas around the island cooktop.

Second Place ($4,000)—Matthew Lawrence of Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minn. Lawrence designed a kitchen that accommodates the client's current needs and comfort, yet provides for continued accessibility in the future. A key move positioned the work triangle away from entertaining and seating spaces, as well as the computer corner.

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