Interior Design Department Recognized for Excellence

Our interior design department has been recognized for exceptional design, earning three awards from the International Interior Design Association and American Society of Interior Designers at the Interior Design Excellence Awards held in Richmond, Virginia at the Hippodrome Theater. The projects receiving recognition are the Sterling Construction Headquarters, Operation Smile Headquarters and an unbuilt Navy Lodge  project.

“The designs of these projects represent what we’re most proud of in our work at Clark Nexsen,” said Principal and Interior Design Department Director, Susan Drew. “Our goal is to transform our clients’ vision into reality by creating spaces that function at a higher level by actively facilitating the experiences meant to take place within them.”

Sterling Construction Headquarters was recognized for excellence in interior design for a contract space under 35,000 square feet. Sterling Construction partnered with Clark Nexsen to create a modern work environment consistent with their values as a progressive and publicly traded civil construction corporation. This award validates the successful execution of the design intent as the panel specifically noted the expertly executed detailing and the nice use of transparency in the space.


Operation Smile Headquarters received an Honorable Mention for a contract space over 35,000 square feet. Operation Smile and Clark Nexsen partnered to design a facility that aligns with the organization’s mission: to provide children worldwide with access to excellent, safe surgical care for cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. With this mission in mind, Clark Nexsen’s team designed interior spaces with an extensive use of glass and open, welcoming spaces, best described by senior certified interior designer, Leslie Vollbrecht:

“The new headquarters is an elegantly simple design response to Operation Smile’s goals. The plan is bright, light-filled, open and transparent with extensive use of glass walls, which embodies the nonprofit’s desire for transparency in their business practices and operations.”

The Navy Lodge, an unbuilt project, was recognized for interior design. This proposed addition to the existing Navy Lodge at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland would expand housing options for the families of service members staying at the National Military Medical Center. The design solution provided an inviting and relaxing atmosphere for the lodge guests.

Clark Nexsen’s interior design department plays a critical role on our projects, collaborating with our integrated disciplines and our clients to discover the best solutions and create transformational spaces.