PureBond Quality Awards (PQA)

About the PureBond® Quality Awards (PQA)

Columbia Forest Products and the PureBond Fabricator Network proudly announce the 8th Annual PureBond Quality Awards.

Participants may provide an entry in each of these categories:

  • Residential: Kitchen
  • Residential: Other (Bath, wall treatment, furniture, closet, built-in, etc.)
  • Commercial (any application)

Columbia will award prizes to the top three participants in each category:

  • 1st Place : $1,500
  • 2nd Place : $1000
  • 3rd Place : $500

Winners will also be featured on our websites and promoted through our press releases and social media outlets. In addition, all winners will receive a certificate and a PureBond Quality Award Winner badge to place on their website and social media platforms.

To participate, each PFN must submit the following:

  • A paragraph about your shop and history.
  • A paragraph about the job submitted, date of installation and the PureBond product(s).
  • A paragraph about how PureBond plywood met the needs of the client (e.g. American Hardwood beauty, No VOC’s, Made in America, all wood construction, etc.).
  • One to Six photos of the job submitted (high-quality, hi-res digital images of at least 1,600 x 1,200 pixels in JPG, PNG, TIF, or EPS format).

Limited to one submission per category.
Entrants must be a member of the PureBond Fabricator Network.
Deadline for project submission is April 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.

View the winners from previous years:

Our Judges for 2020

Katherine Swank

headshot_swankk-150Dr. Swank is chairperson of the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University.  The interior design program is accredited by CIDA, NASAD and NKBA.  Dr. Swank has over 30 years of experience in interior design education.  Research interests include environmental illness and interior design and renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels.



Chip Wade

headshot_chipwade-150Atlanta native Chip Wade has building in his blood. Coming from a long line of experienced carpenters and woodcraftsmen, Chip began working with his father at an early age – and over the years developed an interest in design, carpentry, landscaping and renovation. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Chip moved on to earn his certification in residential construction while working for an Atlanta based home builder.
Chip transitioned into media in 2007, lending his carpentry skills to the Atlanta team of HGTV’s Designed to Sell. Since then Chip has appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, Ellen’s Design Challenge, HGTV’s Showdown, HGTV’s Design Star, Oprah, Ellen, and the TODAY Show.
As the host, designer and executive producer on his Emmy Award Winning series, Elbow Room, Chip is there from concept through construction to show HGTV and DIY viewers how to customize their spaces and transform houses into homes that perfectly suit their lifestyle.   He has become known for his unique ability to utilize cutting edge materials, processes and authentic creativity to craft these large scale, multi-faceted projects   Chip is also currently filming two new shows for HGTV and DIY.
Chip represents several national brands as a spokesperson and is the owner and lead designer of Wade Works Creative LLC, offering services in residential and commercial design, architecture, realty, and building one of a kind amazing stuff. Chip’s career is devoted to using his expertise to help people make educated home improvement decisions.
Chip resides in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

“I am so please to be asked to be the judge for the Pure Bond Quality Awards! It is a such a joy to see what other craftsmen are devoting themselves to and what they are able to create with such quality products like Columbia PureBond. When you start with quality materials, it makes building something special worth while.”

C.T. “Kip” Howlett, Jr.

headshot_kiphowlett-150C.T. “Kip” Howlett Jr. is the President of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA) in Reston, Virginia. HPVA represents the North American manufacturers of hardwood plywood, veneer, and engineered flooring and their value chain including suppliers, distributors, and fabricators. HPVA develops national consensus standards for the industry, provides laboratory testing and certification services, promotes the products of its members, and represents the industry in public policy venues.

Mr. Howlett was a Vice President of the American Chemistry Council and Executive Director of its Chlorine Chemistry Council for 11 years. Previous to that responsibility, he was with Georgia‐Pacific for over 19 years holding a variety of positions including Vice President of Environment and Government Affairs. He is a lawyer with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR and a BA degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD.

He resides in McLean VA with his 15 year old son and has 3 adult children.

Ang Schramm

headshot_angschramm-150Ang Schramm is a 45 year veteran of the building materials industry.  He is retired after spending the last 35 years with Columbia Forest Products, with whom he still serves in a consulting technical and instructional capacity.  He has served the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association as both chair and member of the HPVA Technical Committee, and is a 2 term member of the Board of Directors.  He is the author of A Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer, published by Purdue University Press in 2000 and used extensively by woodworking professionals throughout North America and beyond.  He has been responsible for developing product specifications for many of Columbia Forest Products’ OEM cabinet, architectural millwork, and fixture manufacturer customers, and has participated in development and subsequent revisions of the ANSI/HPVA HP-1 product standard since 1983. Schramm holds a BS from Georgia Southwestern University in Americus GA.

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