Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone, quartz and recycled surfacing, has announced the opening of its 25th North American Cosentino Center in Houston, TX. More than 230 building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives attended the grand opening reception. The new Houston center, designed by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino, aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and continues Cosentino’s mission to expand its presence in the U.S. market. With Cosentino’s North American headquarters based in Houston, this opening marks a special milestone in the company’s expansion.

The program, which was held on March 6, 2014, included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Alex Rioja, General Manager for the Houston Cosentino Center; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of Distribution. Cosentino was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Houston: Mayor Annise Parker’s office declared that March 6th is Cosentino Group Center Day. The Grand Opening party celebrated the company’s Spanish roots with tapas, Spanish wine and flamenco dancers.

Now, all visitors to the Houston Center will be able to explore and engage in the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color selection to specification and fabrication. With more than 27,000 square feet, the Cosentino Center showcases the full portfolio of Cosentino brands, including: Silestone Natural Quartz; ECO by Cosentino recycled surfaces; SenSa® Granite; Scalea Natural Stone; Marlique™ Marble; Muro™ Mosaics; and the Prexury™ Collection, a semi-precious stone line handmade by expert craftsmen, and Dekton, an innovative and ultra-compact surface with interior and exterior architectural applications.

The Cosentino Center is more than a showroom and distribution center. It’s designed to support, promote and educate trade professionals by integrating distribution facilities, exhibition areas, and workspaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations. The centers create a unique interactive environment for architects, designers, distributors and fabricators to view the latest products and design trends, attend educational workshops, hear from visiting expert speakers and receive training on new product innovations and installation techniques.