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Granite consistency makes for a smooth installation

October 1, 2009
Bianco Romano granite, which was quarried in Brazil and supplied by Southland Stone USA, Inc. of North Hollywood, CA, was used to clad the exterior of the Union Bank Building located on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA.


In designing a new Union Bank facility in Southern California, the architects at Area Architecture of Los Angeles selected Bianco Romano granite from Brazil, which has distinctive patterning and coloration. But despite the material’s unique qualities, the consistency of the stone imported for the project allowed for an efficient installation.

The stone pieces were anchored to the building with brass wire.

The Bianco Romano granite was imported and supplied by Southland Stone USA, Inc. of North Hollywood, CA, and it was used in a cut-to-size format on the building facade, columns and flooring. In all, approximately 5,000 square feet of Bianco Romano was imported for the project.

The stone was installed by JB Marble in Van Nuys, CA. According to Jacques Balava of JB Marble, the material was anchored to the building with brass wire. “It was a basic tie wire installation,” he said.

A total of four workers from JB Marble were on the job, and Balava said that the consistency of the material helped to simplify the project. “No sorting of the stone was needed,” he said. The stone is characterized by a unique coloration with black accents and patterning.

In all, it took a total of two months for JB Marble’s crew to complete the installation.

Approximately 5,000 square feet of the material in a cut-to-size format was used on the building facade, columns and flooring.



Because of the consistency of the material, which is characterized by accents and patterning, no sorting of the stone was required.



Sidebar: Union Bank Building

Beverly Hills, CA

Architect: Area Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

Stone Supplier: Southland Stone USA, Inc., North Hollywood, CA

Stone Installer: JB Marble, Van Nuys, CA