Diverse finishes maximize granite’s potential

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Well-known for its beauty and durability, granite offers numerous design benefits. However, a less familiar advantage is its versatility—particularly when multiple finishes are applied. Today, design teams are selecting one granite type, choosing several finishes, and achieving great variety, texture, and appeal.

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A Face-lift: Travertine cladding and paver repairs

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Built in 1982, Capital One Plaza is a 22-story structure in Houston, Texas. The building exterior wall consists of ribbon windows and 30-mm (1 1?8-in.) thick travertine panels connected to precast concrete spandrel panels.The cladding was fabricated by placing travertine panels face-down in formwork, installing stainless steel wire loop anchors into predrilled holes in their back surface, and casting concrete against this to encapsulate the stainless steel anchors.

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Specifying Stone Design: New technologies increase opportunities

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This article looks at stone design, highlighting case studies that demonstrate success with sandblast projects. It also examines new technologies that have improved detailing for stone manufacturers. Finally, the piece explores sustainably green aspects of natural stone and how its use must include an assessment of the building material in terms of its complete environmental impact, from quarrying and fabrication to transporting and installation.

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Preserving 10 Light Street’s Exterior Façade with Restoration

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Built in the late 1920s, the Art Deco 10 Light Street is the first skyscraper in Baltimore. A detailed façade inspection was recently completed using 29 swing stage drops for close access—this led to a restoration project for the more than 325 m2 (3500 sf) of Italian marble, replacing it with a durable quartzite from Brazil. This article examines what occurred during the reconstruction.

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