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building stone magazine

The Perfect Match: Digging Deep to Restore the Wyoming State Capitol

by | Nov 14, 2023

Four years of overhaul—the complex’s first major renovation since 1917—resulted in a state capitol worthy of the accolades it has received. The stonework received the 2021 Grande Pinnacle Award from the Natural Stone Institute, while awards for the total project streamed in from many trade organizations: the American Public Works Association, Building Design and Construction magazine, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, the Construction Management Association of America, and Engineering-News Record Mountain States.

A Concrete Argument for Stone: Building for Longevity at Freedom Place

by | Oct 6, 2023

A former hospital complex originally built in 1894, the Old Parkland campus in Dallas, Texas, has seen its share of reclamation and renovation in the past decades. The most recent addition, Freedom Place at Old Parkland, echoes the campus’ existing Jeffersonian buildings in style and design. Designing and building a 140-foot, six-story structure that includes 8,310 pieces of limestone required massive planning and coordination — particularly because the original design plan was created for cast stone.

Off the Wall: Using Natural Stone to Create a Unique Staircase

by | Feb 21, 2023

A stair project is typically all in a day’s work for an engineer, but what PICCO Group put together for a Toronto homeowner counters logic and the perceived limitations of natural stone.

Cascading Marble Panels and Sustainable Materials Shine in New Community Health Center

by | Dec 22, 2022

Occupying almost an entire city block in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn is the NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Center for Community Health. The new 400,000-square-foot building, which took the last decade to construct, was designed using a variety of sustainable materials, most notably the Calacatta Caldia marble that adorns the walls, reception desk, kiosks, café counter, and credenza in the main lobby.

Using Natural Stone and the Golden Ratio to Add Functionality and Inspiration

by | Sep 17, 2022

Ancient Art of Stone creates one-of-a-kind stone portals at their studio in Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. They first source stones, then design and build artistic and functional fireplaces, stone doors, spas, mosaics, megaliths, and murals and ship and install them across North America.

From Waste to Wonderful: Using Salvaged Limestone at the Houston Botanic Garden

by | Aug 12, 2022

“Natural stone is such a noble material, and there’s a gravity to it that is immediately recognizable and universally appreciated by everyone,” says project director, Donna Bridgeman Rossi. “It’s not a subjective mix material, it is good in its own state that we value. You don’t have to modify it in any way to make it do what it needs to do.”

How a Common Local Stone Helped Create Jobs and Inspire Design in Rwanda

by | Apr 21, 2022

In Rwanda’s Burera District, the volcanic rock pumice was undervalued and unappreciated. The mundane natural stone proved itself to be a change agent in this landlocked African country.

Granite Creates a Serene Space at the Spring Creek Nature Area

by | Apr 13, 2022

Today and for years to come, residents and visitors of Richardson, Texas, will be able to leave the chaos of the world behind and enjoy some calm and serenity as they pass through Sylvan Portals at Spring Creek Nature Area.

How Marble Added Dignity and Honored Philanthropy at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

by | Mar 9, 2022

In 2019, a 60,000-square-foot expansion of the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was completed. A 1,200-square-foot wall of Bianco Carrara marble was created in the lobby of the new Welcome Pavilion: known as the “Gratitude Wall,” it was engraved with names of each donor.

Successful Marble Matching Returns Grandeur to Historic Dallas Landmark

by | Jan 21, 2022

Restoring the building to its original grandeur was an arduous task, but the preservation architects at Architexas insisted on matching the original stone types and finishes with no compromises.

Using Thassos White Marble to Create a Grand European Mosque

by | Jul 30, 2021

With its unprecedented size and beauty, the mosque in the city of Shali in the Chechen Republic of Russia has an awe-inspiring presence. The massive structure features Thassos White marble throughout its exterior and interior design—further contributing to its stunning appearance.

Recreating a Quarry Wall Through a Lobby Installation at 100 Bishopsgate

by | Jul 14, 2021

100 Bishopsgate is a development of two mixed-used buildings in London’s financial district. On the walls of the ground floor and lobby, a wide range of Lasa White marble from Carrara, Italy was used to welcome visitors to the complex. All of the walls, specifically the lobby’s feature wall, were vein-matched to convey a solid look: a feat that took a lot of time and planning to achieve.

Reinventing the Wall

by | May 11, 2021

For the construction of a 7,400-square-foot home in Highland Park, Texas, a pair of homeowners opted for a modern architectural style using materials that would withstand the test of time. The home’s center is focused around the main entry, which features meticulously designed walls clad in Indiana limestone.

More Than a Final Resting Place: Natural Stone Use at the Boch Garden Pavilion

by | Apr 5, 2021

The palatial estate of Eric Boch Jr. has been over a decade in the making. Boch’s home in Norwood, MA exudes elegance and refinement. The property’s most recent addition is an elaborate but tasteful natural stone chapel and mausoleum designed by Eric Inman Daum, AIA.

The Archangel Estate: A Home Set in Stone

by | Jan 21, 2021

Inspired by the historic stone architecture surrounding the Boston area, the Archangel Estate is an elegant display of the use of natural stone at its finest. Regional stone grounds the home to its natural habitat and relates it to its surrounding environment.

Revitalizing a Century-Old Architectural Landmark

by | Oct 26, 2020

Given the significant extent of limestone spalling and deterioration of this landmark, a comprehensive rehabilitation program was prepared to restore the limestone as closely as possible to its original beauty and appearance,

A California Home Full of Natural Stone

by | Oct 7, 2020

This award winning California home features design and construction with keen attention for detail and a love for natural stone. “This project let us show what we are capable of doing, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to prove it.”

A Marble Kitchen Makeover

by | Jul 21, 2020

From the start of their kitchen remodel, the owners of a palatial home in Weston, Massachusetts knew they wanted a countertop material that would become the showpiece of the living space. “As soon as we saw the slabs of Calacatta Saturnia marble, we knew it was the perfect fit.”

A New Take on a Classic Icon: The Winged Goddess of Victory

by | Jun 18, 2020

A Hellenistic sculpture of Nike of Samothrace is one of the world’s most celebrated sculptures. In 2017, it inspired a private Fortune 100 company in Portland, Oregon to reinvent the iconic artwork in the form of a stone wall carving.

Using Natural Stone to Create Old Hollywood Glamour in a New Beverly Hills Hotel

by | Apr 30, 2020

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an urban oasis that combines modern luxury with timeless design. This building welcomes visitors to Beverly Hills by honoring the Golden Age of Hollywood and the architectural history of Los Angeles.