Stone World

Renovation in Vietnam

December 1, 2002
BETHANY, CT - Laticrete International was recently involved in the renovation of the U.S. General Services Administration offices at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The location is the site of the old U.S. Embassy, abandoned in 1975 at the close of the Vietnam War. This new consulate now features granite floors, granite paving, two ceramic mosaic wall murals and a U.S. Embassy logo. All of these areas were installed with Laticrete installation systems, according to the company. The Laticrete products used include Laticrete 4237 Latex Thin-set Mortar Additive mixed with Laticrete 211 Crete Filler Powder and grouted with Laticrete Sanded Grout in 42 Platinum for the granite floors; Laticrete 272 Premium Floor N' Wall Thin-set Mortar for the ceramic mosaic wall murals; and Laticrete 4237 Latex Thin-Set Mortar Additive mixed with Laticrete 211 Crete Filler Powder for the installation of the granite U.S. Embassy logo.

"As soon as this project began to take shape, Laticrete became an integral partner," said Michael Case, a Laticrete marketing representative. "Vietnam has worked very hard to rejuvenate itself over the last 25 years, both by its own strength and with the help of other nations. Laticrete felt very strongly about collaborating with project officials to ensure the success of this legendary project."

The general contractor for this project was Delta Construction Co., a joint venture between De-Matteis Construction Co. of New York and Licogi Co. of Hanoi, Vietnam. The architecture firm was G.S.A. Architects from Washington, D.C. The stone supplier was Granida Co. Ltd., from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and the ceramic tile supplier was from Dal Tile of Chicago.