Blog: From the Bedrock

A Return To Form: The Renaissance Of Structural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

For millennia, natural stone has been used as the primary structural material for construction projects around the world, and the future looks remarkably like that past. The modern building industry is increasingly choosing natural stone materials for their projects due to their proven, trusted

Topics: Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Natural stone cladding

Striking A Balance Between Old And New With American Black Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

AMERICAN BLACK® granite is tied to the culture of Pennsylvania, as well as its history, in fact, it’s tied to the history of the United States itself. From Valley Forge, to the nations’ first capital, Philadelphia, and historic Gettysburg, you’ll find American Black® granite. Monuments,

Topics: American natural stone, American black granite, Sustainable Design, buy local

Building Strong Communities, One Stone at a Time

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Natural stone is more than just the culmination of its physical characteristics. Each piece has a life and an energy and soul of its own. A gorgeous slab can spark conversations, memories, and emotions. Natural stone has been used to build some of the most historic buildings across North America

Topics: American natural stone, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, buy local

Not Quite By The Book: HASTINGS Architecture Revives Abandoned Library for New HQ

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

For several years, Nashville’s thriving economy has led to an endless reshaping of the city’s skyline. High-rise residential towers and 25-story office buildings dot the sky—alongside omnipresent construction cranes. While many of these new builds went up in parking lots, that was not always

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Renovation, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble, White Georgia Marble, Sustainable Design, adaptive reuse

The Stone on This Building Was Not Quarried by Children or Slave Labor

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Beckford House, 301 E. 81st Street, NYC nearing completion featuring Indiana Limestone - Full Color Blend

 

With its history as a family company, Polycor is taking a leading role in fair labor practice in stone quarrying. 

Importing stone can paint a troubling picture, beyond the obvious carbon

Topics: Safety, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, fair labor practices

Once Abandoned, Grand Old Buildings Are Now At the Forefront of Modern Architecture

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Photo by Gensler

Turn-of-the-century post offices in major urban centres are among America’s most architecturally significant buildings. But, as the postal industry waned with the advent of electronic communication, the remarkable buildings these institutions often inhabited were often vacated

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Natural Materials, Exterior applications, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

An Inspired Reverence For Stones Old And New: Renovating Place d’Armes

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

While cities begin considering lifting the stay-at-home orders, we’re all left wondering when we can get back to enjoying outdoor gatherings again. The possibility of taking short car trips to reconnect with local sights and historic architectural gems that may have been overlooked take on a

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Cambrian Black, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

Natural Stone Cladding: Anchored In The Past, But Ready For The Future

Posted by Steven Schrenk

The longevity of stone puts any human concept of old age to shame. Stone creates a sense of permanence and solidity, even when worn and weathered. It’s been used throughout history as the structure and facade of buildings- buildings that have literally stood the test of time.

Topics: Natural Materials, Sustainable Design, Stone Facades, Natural stone cladding

8 Reasons Why Natural Stone is Sustainable

Posted by Steven Schrenk

There are many sustainable practices that manufacturers of building materials can adopt, but there is only one building material that is inherently good for the earth and good for your health: natural stone.

Topics: Cambrian Black, Georgia marble, Bethel white, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, French limestone

A $375.5M Design Uses Indiana Limestone to Tell Alberta's Story

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Museums, whether they intend to or not, show what’s worth learning about and honoring. The choices of artwork and historical material featured represent and reflect the energy and culture of the communities they serve. It’s this responsibility that led the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), which

Topics: Museum, Limestone, Commercial Projects, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, Stone Facades

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