Located in one of the fastest growing small cities in the nation, Frisco, TX, the Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco comprises 13 stories, 321 rooms, a 95,000-square-foot convention center and a 680-space multi-story parking garage. The 322,000-square-foot hotel is adjacent to both a new semi-pro baseball stadium and a new practice facility for the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as office and residential developments. The hotel’s exterior features Texas limestone, while marble and onyx were used extensively throughout the interior of the space.
For the design of a 4,500-square-foot private residence in Vail, CO, Fritzlen Pierce Architects sought to create a home that reflected an intimate relationship with the Gore Creek area surrounding the development, and natural stone was an obvious choice to help accomplish this goal.
When designing a private residence in Southern California, the designers were challenged to establish a Mediterranean feel with a classic Italian look to it. To meet the owner’s desired aesthetic, Massangis French limestone was selected for the exterior facade, while a number of stone materials were carried inside the home, adding to the overall charm of the space.
Designed by Callison Architecture, Inc. of Seattle, WA, with a vision of “instant access to information by anyone from anywhere,” the Boeing World Headquarters in Chicago, IL, features 275,000 square feet of sophisticated office space. Further enhancing the corporate design, the 30th floor reception area features slate flooring, which was quarried by Burlington Slate, Ltd. in England.
City leaders envisioned the George M. Silliman Community Activity Center in Newark, CA, as the showpiece of the community. According to California-based Glass Architects, the program called for a 36,000-square-foot Community Center to be constructed as the first phase, with provision for a 32,000-square-foot Aquatic Center added as a second phase. In establishing the design, Chinese slate from Echeguren Slate, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, was selected as flooring throughout the public spaces of the facility, as well as for roofing.
The Miami Federal Courthouse in Miami, FL - formally referred to as the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse - one of the largest federal courthouses in the U.S., was recently expanded and now comprises 578,000 square feet, including 14 courtrooms spanning the length of two city blocks. The design completes the judicial campus created by the old courthouse, the courthouse annex tower, the Lawrence King Building and the federal prison. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica and national architecture firm HOK, a variety of natural stone was added to the building, including slate flooring from American Slate Co. and Italian limestone from Grassi Pietre s.r.l. It also has a signature waterwall comprised of a number of stone materials.
To establish a large-scale French Chateau theme for a 9,000-square-foot residence in Bethesda, MD, the local firm of Mangan Group Architects selected fieldstone for the exterior. And to complement the design of the home, slate paving was installed throughout an outdoor patio area. Luck Stone Corp. of Richmond, VA, supplied both materials for the project.
Take It For Granite Too, located in Las Vegas, NV, a branch off of the California-based original company called Take It For Granite, fabricates and installs a wide variety of natural stone material in both the residential and commercial sector. And by utilizing a variety of machinery from Northwood of Louisville, KY, the company has significantly increased its revenue over the past few years.
In 2006, after a five-year partnership with another stone company, William Scott Elliott split off to begin Capstone Rock Products LLC of Marietta, OH, an offshoot of his third-generation family-owned-and-operated industrial manufacturing business. He continued leasing and developing the aged New Castle Quarry because of its unique sandstone.
California Stone Co. of Brentwood, CA, has been in operation since 1989, and today, with the help of his partner Craig Zickenberg and state-of-the-art machinery from Matrix Stone Products of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Cookson continues to produce a top-quality product for his customers.
In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we bring you our annual focus on Kitchen & Bath Design. From a beach-inspired bathroom design to a kitchen backsplash made of circular mosaic tile, the following are filled with illustrations of innovative and unique uses of stone and tile.