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Natural Stone Resource Library Surpasses 50,000 Downloads

Posted on 01 September 2017 by cradmin

design-professional-resourcesMIA+BSI’s Natural Stone Resource Library has reached a new milestone of 50,000 downloads. Launched in 2015, the library houses all MIA+BSI technical documents, as well as resources from other industry associations. There are currently 272 documents available. All resources can be downloaded free of charge. The Library has become a trusted resource not only for stone companies, but also for architects, designers, and construction professionals.

MIA President Jon Lancto (Big Fish Consulting) commented “50,000 downloads makes a clear statement that the Natural Stone Resource Library has become our industry’s go-to source for information about natural stone.” BSI President Daniel Wood (Lurvey Supply) agreed stating “This incredible resource, a collection of the most comprehensive, up-to-date natural stone information in the industry, is the most valuable resource we offer. We encourage the industry to take full advantage of this free resource in order to be successful in specifying and utilizing natural stone.”

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StoneTalk Episode 35: Jim Hieb

Posted on 27 June 2017 by cradmin

In episode 35 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, Jim Hieb of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) speaks with host Patrick Foley on a multitude of subjects, including all of the following:

  • The role of associations in the countertop industry
  • How to comply with new OSHA regulations
  • Why you should create a safe workplace and how
  • The vast training library of MIA+BSI

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 35 – Jim Hieb

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MIA+BSI Releases Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0

Posted on 03 June 2016 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute released the Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0, the stone industry’s single-source reference for dimension stone design and construction facts and details. Major revisions and additions to version 8.0 include a new “Restoration and Maintenance” chapter consisting of 122 pages covering equipment, repairs, sealers, restorative processes, and working with commercial and historic buildings. In addition, a 16 page “Troubleshooting Chart” containing over 128 photos illustrating common problems and solutions is included. The “Tolerances” chapter incorporates the September 2014 technical bulletin “Tolerances in the Dimension Stone Industry” and all tolerances references from previous DSDM editions. This new chapter is formatted as an easy-to-read chart divided into three sectors: stone fabrication, installation, and substrate condition tolerances. The revised “Wet Areas” chapter incorporates the 2013 Wet Areas Technical Module and 19 additional pages of large scale detail drawings. The revised chapter includes residential and commercial application details, conformance to current water vapor permeance standards and endorsement of current ASTM, ANSI, and TCNA methods and standards.

MIA+BSI Technical Director, Chuck Muehlbauer, stated: “The Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration chapters of the Dimension Stone Design Manual were the only two chapters that had not received significant revision in the past 10 years. This fact, coupled with the realization that the restoration sector of the industry is currently the fastest growing sector of MIA+BSI membership, made this project an essential improvement to our manual.” Keith Graves (Arc Granite & Marble), who was instrumental in completing the new Restoration and Maintenance chapter, commented: “I really think that this document will be an asset to the industry and it is my hope to have it serve as a standard to preserve the integrity of the industry.”

Following the publication of version 8.0, MIA+BSI is working on the first-ever translations of the manual. Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin translations are now underway as a means to enhance the applicability of the association’s technical resources. The launch of the association’s online Natural Stone Resource Library in 2015 affords architects and designers easy access to this information. To date, nearly 12,000 downloads have occurred, with the highest percentages being information from the Dimension Stone Design Manual.

The Dimension Stone Design Manual, Version 8.0 can be purchased in the association bookstore. It is also available for download in the Members Only section of the website and the Natural Stone Resource Library.

 

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MIA+BSI Announces Pinnacle Award Winners

Posted on 23 March 2016 by cradmin

MIA Pinnacle Award Winners

Jonathan Zanger (center) receives the Grande Pinnacle from GianPaola Pedretti (Veronafiere) and 2015 MIA President Dan Rea

The MIA+BSI recently announced its annual Pinnacle Awards. Taking the Grand Pinnacle Award was Walker Zanger of Perth Amboy, N.J., for its outstanding work on the Park Hyatt New York. Also honored at the event for their involvement in this project was the architectural firm Yabu Pushelberg.

The other Pinnacle Award winners are as follows.

Awards of Excellence

Residential Interior/Exterior
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Massachusetts Residence
Boston

Residential Interior/Exterior
United Marble Fabricators, Inc.
Watertown, Mass.
“Bar with a View”
Boston

Renovation/Restoration
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Fashion Tower New York
New York

Bath of the Year
Walker Zanger
Sun Valley, Calif.
2014 Pasadena Showcase House
Pasadena, Calif.

Kitchen of the Year
Tithof Tile & Marble
Northbrook, Ill.
Private Residence
Lake Forest, Ill.

Awards of Merit

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Tarrant County Civil Courthouse
Fort Worth, Texas

Commercial Exterior
Las Vegas Rock, Inc.
Jean, Nev.
Mitchell Park Library
Palo Alto, Calif.

Commercial Exterior
Eclad Limited
Dublin, Ireland
Eaton House
Dublin

Commercial Exterior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
United Nations Memorial, Ark of Return
New York

Commercial Interior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Commercial Interior
Marmi Natural Stone
Norcross, Ga.
Alston & Bird Atlanta
Atlanta

Commercial Interior
Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc.
Lincoln, R.I.
The New York Palace Hotel
New York

Commercial Interior
Grassi Pietre Srl
Nanto, VI, Italy
Zýmē Winery
Cariano, Italy

Renovation/Restoration
Rugo Stone, LLC
Lorton, Va.
Cosmos Club Historic Fireplace Renovation
Washington, D.C.

Renovation/Restoration
W.R. Weis Company, Inc.
Chicago
John Hancock Lobby Renovation
Chicago

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MIA+BSI Announces 2016 Safety Initiative

Posted on 25 January 2016 by cradmin

Funding for these projects was provided by the MIA+BSI 2016 Safety Committee.

Funding for these projects was provided by the MIA+BSI 2016 Safety Committee.

Although we had originally planned to bring you Part 5 of our six-part series on Effective Safety Planning for this month’s Health & Safety Watch, we thought it would be prudent to share the January announcement from the newly partnered Marble Institute of America and Building Stone Institute (MIA+BSI), together known as the Natural Stone Institute.

As part of its commitment to renew a focus on safety in 2016, MIA+BSI has prepared the first phase of its 2016 Safety Initiative, which includes all of the following:

  1. Release of a new safety poster set – In the first week of 2016, a set of seven safety posters was mailed to all MIA+BSI member fabricators, installers, quarriers and stone distributors in North America. Additional sets are available for purchase here: www.marble-institute.com/bookstore.
  1. Free OSHA On-Site Consultation Program webinar – A free webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST, featuring Scott McNulty, Industrial Safety Consultant for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and OSHA. This webinar will help participants understand OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, which offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United States. Go here to register: www.marble-institute.com/OSHAwebinar.
  1. Release of new safety video – Production is underway for a new safety video: Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success. This video will build on the vast library of available training videos and will focus on eight key areas of commercial and residential installation safety, including PPE requirements, best practices for material loading and unloading and large-scale commercial installations. Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success will be available at no charge to members as part of MIA+BSI’s Online University. Hard copy DVDs will be made available for purchase from the bookstore.
  1. Increased emphasis on quarrier and producer safety – MIA+BSI, along with the National Building Granite Quarries Association, is assembling information to expand safety resources for quarry-worker safety. Resources are being developed that will be helpful for both new and existing employees.

“One way to demonstrate the strength of MIA+BSI is through an increased emphasis on safety,” said David Castellucci, 2016 MIA Board President. “By creating a library of educational resources and adhering to the highest standards across the board, we not only protect all of our members, but we keep our reputation high.”

Aaron Hicken, 2016 BSI Board President Elect, agreed, stating, “It is time to put safety and compliance at the forefront of the entire natural stone industry to ensure the success of our operations and, above all, the welfare of our workforce.”

Stay tuned for next month’s Health & Safety Watch when we get back to Effective Safety Planning with Part 5: Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers.

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MIA+BSI to Participate in 16th China Xiamen International Stone Fair

Posted on 12 January 2016 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Building Stone Institute (BSI) will be holding sessions at the 16th China Xiamen International Stone Fair, scheduled March 6 to 9. Sessions on several different topics are planned. Also planned for March 8, in partnership with Xiamen Jinhongxin Co., Ltd. is a one-day study tour of factories in the Shitou Fujian region. Xiamen Jinhongxin Co. Ltd. has also agreed to underwrite a Mandarin translation of the Dimension Stone Design Manual, to be available in late 2016.

You may also be interested in this article on the ISFA/IWF Countertop Sympiosium.

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Vote to Combine for 2 Years

Posted on 11 December 2015 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoThe results of a vote conducted jointly by the memberships of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and and Building Stone Institute( BSI) affirming the entrance into a joint, two-year agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, on Jan. 1, 2016, the two organizations will combine operations for a period of two years, and operate under the name “MIA & BSI The Natural Stone Institute.” After the initial two years, members will again vote whether or not to make the agreement permanent. According to information released by the organizations, the MIA had 417 votes cast from a pool of 1,323 eligible members (31.5 percent), with 396 voting for the merger and 21 voting against, whereas the BSI had 103 votes cast out of a pool of 222 eligible voters (46.3 percent), with 102 voting for the agreement and one voting against. The Boards and staff of the two organizations have been busy reviewing and combining operations in anticipation of this decision and are working to put plans into play immediately. All benefits of both organizations will be shared between members.

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Marble Institute and Building Stone Institute Seek 2-Year Consolidation Agreement

Posted on 14 August 2015 by cradmin

MIA BSI logo comboThe boards for the Marble Institute (MIA) and Building Stone Institute (BSI) voted to ask the memberships to consolidate their operations for two years. A vote is anticipated toward the end of the year. This action concludes a year of discussion between the two organizations about their similarities and duplication of efforts to serve the stone industry. The recommendation to enter into a two-year joint venture came from a task force including representation from both organizations.

“The threats we face each day and into the future are not from the natural stone industry, or its many associations. It is from well organized alternative materials with huge marketing campaigns focused on our markets,” said Coldspring’s Dan Rea, 2015 MIA president. “It’s time to create a unified effort to not only defend but actively promote natural stone.”

“Most importantly, we need to become preemptive as it relates to competing products and our own threats in not taking action,” added Dee Brown Company’s Rob Barnes, 2015 BSI President.

After two years, both memberships can decide to fully integrate or remain independent. The combined group will be called: “MIA + BSI – the natural stone institute.” “Uniting resources creates enormous leverage that, simply put, gets things done,” said Rea.

“We believe this consolidation is additive, and strongly feel the combined equity will provide additional value to the industry and our members with continued relevance as the world’s premiere natural stone association,” added Barnes.

Both organizations have created web pages to inform their respective memberships why they believe the consolidation should take place.

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