A signature space in limestone

March 1, 2005
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


A 65,000-square-foot campus center -- home to student organizations as well as a bookstore, library, cafe, recital hall and 249-seat theater -- has recently been added to Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, due to a generous gift from Carl and Ruth Shapiro. Designed by Charles Rose Architects of Somerville, MA, the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Campus Center features Cenia limestone, which matches the existing materials that can be found on prominent buildings around the campus. As a result of its outstanding stonework, the project received a 2004 Tucker Award from the Building Stone Institute in the “Non-Residential Winner” category.

According to Principal Architect Charles Rose, the goal of the project was to create a signature building on campus that would also blend in seamlessly. “The use of limestone was an attempt to make these forms feel at home on the campus,” said the architect. “We wanted to have a material continuity with some existing buildings, but also to provide a far more contemporary look. We wanted venerability, but at the same time wanted to use material with more interest and more color. There is really some wonderful variation in the stone we chose. I think there are some fossilized elements to the stone, and warmth to the color that make the limestone very appealing.”

The stone was used primarily on south elevation, since the architects wanted that portion of the building -- which faces onto a public landscape -- to have a distinguishing facade.

Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. of Lincoln, RI, served as both the supplier and installer of the stone for the project. According to Mike Varone of Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc., the company supplied 10,000 square feet of Cenia limestone with a flamed finish. He said that the stone was applied in a random repeating pattern with pieces ranging in size. Varone also said that the project called for a conventional handset installation method. The stone was mechanically fastened using stainless steel anchors, and stone-to-stone joints were filled with sealant. Overall, it took approximately three months to install the material, with a range from two to eight workers on the job at any given time.

Varone explained that Cenia limestone comes from nine different benches from a quarry in Spain. “This project called for four of the nine benches,” he said. “We had to come up with a system to ensure that the four different benches were blended together -- not uniform, but we didn't want a checkerboard pattern either. We wanted a homogenous effect of all four different types of the benches.”

The supplier explained that this aspect of the project was initially dealt with during the shop drawing process. “The project was fabricated in Italy, and we had to make sure that each random pattern was blended to our specifications,” said Varone. “Each piece was crated per [its] pattern, and then shipped to us, which really helped facilitate the installation.”

Rose and Varone both said that the stone was carefully detailed to maximize the project's limited budget. All of the corners and exposed edges of the building are clad in 3-inch-thick pieces of limestone, while the main veneer had to be reduced to 1 1⁄4-inch-thick pieces. “We came up with some nice details that make the stone look thick, but it's actually really thin,” said Rose.

In addition to the limestone, granite paving stones were used for terraces, while a black prairie stone was used for the first course of all the stonework on the building.

“The reaction has been extremely positive, especially the stonework,” said Rose. “I get the feeling that the client would have liked for us to even use more stone.”

End box

The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Campus Center
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Architect: Charles Rose Architects, Somerville, MA
Stone Supplier/Installer: Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Lincoln, RI

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

Stone World Magazine

Stone World September 2014 cover

2014 September

In this issue of Stone World, we have a Report from Europe, which includes a series of articles about the quarries and stone processing operations that SW editor Jennifer Adams visited as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Fall 2014 cover

2014 Fall

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we take a look at the latest developments in TPT, with a feature article and you can read more comments from Waldrep on this subject as well as other industry professionals.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

STONE STANDARD

Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Guide

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+