Conjuring a feeling of warmth with Vermont slate

August 21, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
When planning the design of the new sanctuary for The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, GA, the architects were faced with the challenge of creating a Gothic Revival style building while matching existing architecture on site. Plenty of thought was given to what type of building materials would be successful in achieving these objectives. In the end, those involved were convinced that Vermont natural green slate was the appropriate choice.

"I think slate is a material that reflected that period of time," said Project Manager David Brown of Chegwidden, Dorsey, Holmes (CDH) Partners Inc. in Marietta, GA. "It has a very regal look and three-dimensional feel to it. It also wears well over a period of time." Working along with Brown on the project were Principle-In-Charge Bill Chegwidden, Project Designers Tom Smith and Tim Param, Interior Designer Sheila Pratt and Construction Manager Don Dangar.

The architect explained that the master plan for the church was commissioned after the church's purchase of an existing office building and property. In addition to converting the 85,000-square-foot office building into education and worship space, the plan also included constructing a 3,000-seat sanctuary in front of the existing building.

"The slate was specifically a material that worked well with the fa¿e," said Brown. For the exterior, the slate was used for the roof to blend with the hand-made brick and cast stone that was already there, according to the architect.

Inside the sanctuary, Vermont green slate - quarried by Sheldon Slate Products Co., Inc. of Middle Granville, NY, and supplied by Ceramic Technics Ltd. of Alpharetta, GA - was employed for the flooring in the corridors and the sanctuary itself. In total, approximately 30,000 square feet of the material was used.

"It's a very timeless material," said Brown. "It has a very rich finish. The green worked well with the color scheme. We didn't want dark or washed-out looking materials. The slate had warmth."

The architect also explained that they opted for slate for acoustic reasons as well. Used in combination with carpet, the sound in the sanctuary has a nice balance, he said.

An assortment of three different sized slate pieces - 6 x 6, 6 x 12 and 12 x 12 inches - comprise the flooring. "Our interior designer played a strong part in putting [the pattern] together," said the architect. "The joints are a little more spaced. We wanted to keep a randomness to it so it wouldn't look like a standard pattern."

According to tile contractor Greg Dickerson of Doyle Dickerson Co. in Stone Mountain, GA, it took a crew of about 10 to 15 workers to install the slate flooring. A thin-set method was used, and the entire installation took approximately four months to complete.

Dickerson explained that his crew was given a plan to follow for the floor design. "It wasn't too difficult," he said. "It was a repeating pattern. Everyone worked together pretty well."

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

Recent Articles by Jennifer Adams

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



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


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 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 to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+