Articles by Michelle Stinnard

Granite Enhances Tuscan Design Style

October 3, 2008
To warm up the kitchen of a Tuscan-styled private residence in Southern California, warm elements, such as beige-colored granite countertops, were employed.
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Stone Creates Feng Shui Restaurant Setting

October 3, 2008
The Gi Fu Loh restaurant in Nevada utilizes a variety of authentic elements to help create a Cantonese inspired establishment, and natural stone played an integral role in the design.
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Fabricator Case Study: Carrying on a family's specialty career

October 2, 2008
Scott Murphy founded Dream Stone Inc. of Frederick, CO, in 2001, shortly after his parents decided to shut down their own granite business.
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Cultural center relies on traditional limestone

September 2, 2008
The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, was recently built to house eight independent organizations, including an Art Museum, a History Museum, a Music Foundation, a Science Center, an Arts Guild, the Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, a Ballet School and a 500-seat theater. The $47 million campus included the use of limestone from Indiana Limestone Co. of Bedford, IN, for exterior elements.

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Renovation relies on new and reclaimed stone

September 2, 2008
The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, recently renovated its Welcome Center and Tropical Forest Conservatory, both of which were designed by local architect, IKM, Inc. The first phase of the project included a new Welcome Center at Phipps historical “front door” in Schenley Park, and involved major additions to its historic 1893 glass house, including limestone features. The Tropical Forest Conservatory, which features a rotating exhibit schedule where every two years a different tropical environment will be on display, opened featuring a “Thailand theme.” Reused sandstone was saved from the original building and implemented into the new structure for interior walls.

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European fabricator finds success in U.S.

September 2, 2008
Owner Fernando Cantarilho had his first stone-related experience in Portugal before immigrating to the U.S. and opening his own company, Fernando’s Marble Shop, Inc., a family owned and operated fabrication operation located in Rockville, MD. The company began in 1979 as strictly a marble shop and later incorporated granite production in order to meet customer demands.

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Ohio company diversifies with stone fabrication

September 2, 2008
Nisbet Brower, a full-service building materials company located in Cincinnati, OH, recently added a stone division to its business, and the 6,600-square-foot stone fabrication facility houses a variety of machinery from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN.
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California fabricator moves into the "digital age”

August 1, 2008
De Lorenzo Marble of Torrance, CA, founded in 1980 by Frank and Antoinette De Lorenzo, is now a second-generation family business, which Joe De Lorenzo and his brother-in-law Mario Di Vincenzo have transformed into a fully digital operation. The company’s current facility, which includes 6,000 square feet of office space, a 10,000-square-foot fabricating facility and a 25,000-square-foot slab yard, fabricates an average of 750 square feet of slab material a week using the latest in digital technology.
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Granite kitchen portrays oceanic colors

July 1, 2008
In order to take advantage of the breathtaking views surrounding a private residence in Monument, CO, the kitchen of the home was designed with an open concept, featuring a large bay window and a free-flowing design, and granite played an integral role.
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Historic museum addition rediscovers Vermont marble

July 1, 2008
Working with Michael Graves & Associates, Inc. of Princeton, NJ, in collaboration with SmithGroup’s Detroit office, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently completed a $158.2 million, six-year renovation and expansion project. The project includes ongoing expansion and renovation of the south and north wings, the restoration of portions of the original building and a 57,650-square-foot addition to the existing south wing of the museum, bringing the total building area to 657,650 square feet. The original building, designed by Paul Cret in 1927, featured extensive use of Danby white marble from Vermont, and the new building features a similar Danby marble, quarried and fabricated by Vermont Quarries Corp. of Rutland, VT.
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