Whirlpool expands NKBA design team

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (October 13, 2008) -- Whirlpool Corporation's dedicated program for building and design professionals, The Inside Advantage, announces that Andrea Hutchins, AIA, and Dan Page-Wood, Associate AIA, have earned Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) credentials from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). With the accomplishments of Hutchins and Page-Wood, Whirlpool Corporation is the only appliance manufacturer with an on-staff NKBA certified design and marketing team.

Our close involvement with the NKBA helps us better meet the needs of the design community. Andrea and Dan?s accomplishments help further this involvement,? said Mark Johnson, FAIA, CKD, architect and senior manager of architecture and design marketing at Whirlpool Corporation. ?As part of our Architecture & Design Marketing Group, their accomplishments continue to translate into meaningful assistance for designers and architects.

Hutchins latest project is developing a new NKBA course on sustainable products and finishes used in the Sustainable Kitchen by Whirlpool Corporation. The course will include all major components for the kitchen and how they qualify for national green home certification programs, including ENERGY STAR home and LEED for Homes. The course is also slated to meet the 2009 AIA Sustainable Design (SD) course requirement.

Page-Wood is currently developing Whirlpool Corporation's next collection of Google SketchUp 3-D appliance models for the Google 3D Warehouse Web site that will include point values for national green building programs.?Google SketchUp is a powerful, yet easy-to-learn, software developed to provide quick and easy 3-D forms for conceptual stages of design. The Google 3D Warehouse is a repository of 3-D building objects that expedites the design process.

As part of The Inside Advantage, the Architecture & Design Marketing Group creates educational, informational, and experiential resources and events to engage design professionals and build on their knowledge of Whirlpool Corporation?s portfolio of brands. Recent industry firsts developed by the group include the first home plan book/CD/Web site of green home designs for the housing industry in collaboration with Alan Mascord Design Associates, the first Podcast series for architects and designers to receive continuing education (CE) credit, and the first branded appliance collections for Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, 20/20 Fusion and Chief Architect CAD software users within Google?s 3D Warehouse.

For information on Whirlpool Corporation and its offerings for architects and designers, please visit insideadvantage.com/digitalgreen or call 1-800-253-3977.