Supplying the stoneAccording to Terrence Meck of Rolling Rock Building Stone, a custom blend of stone was quarried and supplied to match the existing buildings on campus. â€œWe chose to put multiple custom blends together so they had options from which to make a choice,â€ he explained. â€œThey selected the most natural appearance single-source stone blend - what is defined as 'Hamilton College Blend A,' a rough ashlar blend. It is quarried locally [in Pennsylvania] nearly year round. It is a sandstone with medium density.
Since the project began over four years ago, Rolling Rock Building Stone has supplied more than 1,000 tons of 4- to 6-inch-thick bed rubble building stone for the campus, including the Unified Science Center and site walls. The company is also supplying additional stone for future campus development.
Installing the stoneworkAccording to Tom Murray from Colonie Masonry, installation of the stonework was completed in three separate phases over a two-and-a-half-year period, with an average of 15 workers on the job.
â€œWe basically had to match the existing work, and we trained a few local bricklayers to the method needed to match the material,â€ explained Murray. â€œOnce that was accomplished, we made pretty good time on it.â€
Meck said the challenge when working with rubble stone is always the close matching of product and labor to the desired finish application requested by the design team and/or owners. â€œWe are proud of our part in the success, and know the mason did an exceptional job in providing the completed finish the college sought,â€ he said. â€œThe completed work appears far above expectation.â€
Unified Science Center
Architect: Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering (EYP), New York, NY
General Contractor: Barr and Barr, New York, NY
Stone Suppliers: Rolling Rock Building Stone, Boyertown, PA (Hamilton College Blend A); Granite Importers, Inc., Barre, VT (Salem Buff limestone, Crystal Gold granite); Vermont Structural Slate Co., Fair Haven, VT (Vermont Unfading Green slate)
Stone Installer: Colonie Masonry Corp. of Albany Inc., Schenectady, NY