Fairmont, W.Va. – Pierpont Community & Technical College assistant professor Rachel Beach, recently received an international award and recognition for her work in interior design.

Beach, the program coordinator of Pierpont’s applied design program was awarded an honorable mention placement at the international 2021 LIV Hospitality Design Awards competition.

“[This award] helps validate all of the hard work I have put in throughout my career,” said Beach. “Being recognized with an award like this after 30 years of hard work is an incredible feeling.”

The LIV Design Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence in hospitality architecture, interior design and guest experiences on a global scale. During the 2021 competition, there were more than 400 submissions from 41 different countries around the world.

Beach was awarded for her proposed design of the third floor of Pierpont’s Advanced Technology Center in Fairmont.

“Earlier this year, at the request of [Pierpont Interim President] Dr. Anthony Hancock, I designed a project for the yet-to-be-completed floor of the ATC building on the campus of Pierpont,” said Beach. “I used the collaboratorium design concept that was implemented in a few regions in the United States and many more in Europe.”

The proposed space would be utilized in a multitude of ways. The design gives the institution the flexibility to use it as needed.