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Natural Stone Institute Completes 38th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 05 October 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 38th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders.

The fabrication and natural stone for U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Doc Jacobs and his family were provided by Pacific Shore Stones and Marjan Stone. Jacobs enlisted in the summer of 2004 and after training was assigned to a unit in Ramadi Iraq. On February 25, 2006 Jacobs was severely injured in an IED explosion. His Humvee was struck by a triple stack IED, which took two lives, left two soldiers as amputees, and resulted in other serious injuries.

Jacobs was medevacked through Balad Surgical and soon transferred to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda via Landstuhl. After three months in Bethesda receiving critical surgeries, he began outpatient recovery and transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego. Jacobs was determined to continue his service. He fought to achieve his goal, becoming the Navy’s first amputee Corpsman and of all Navy Personnel to return to a deployable infantry unit. However, after several jaw surgeries left metal in Jacobs’ face and mouth, he was deemed undeployable by the Navy. Soon after, he chose to retire from the Navy to pursue dreams and goals in other areas of life.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to email [email protected] To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products, and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

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Four Companies Join Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society

Posted on 23 September 2021 by cradmin4

Four companies have joined the Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society, an honor given to those who have made sizeable contributions to the foundation. The companies join Gary Mullard, founder of Northern Stone Supply, who started the foundation’s fundraising efforts with a $100,000 Diamond Level contribution. Mullard was also the first individual to make a multi-year contribution and was celebrated during the Natural Stone Institute’s annual Board of Directors dinner at TISE.

As of September 10, 2021, the following companies had joined the Leadership Society:

Camarata Masonry Systems – “We are pleased to support the Natural Stone Foundation in order to provide perpetual financial support for the non-profit and its mission of promoting critical initiatives that increase natural stone’s market share, establish globally unified standards, educate design professionals on the use of natural stone and clarify the differences between natural stone and other competing products.”—Kevin M. Camarata, CEO, Camarata Masonry Systems

Dee Brown, Inc. – “By making this contribution, I am continuing to do what I said I would do: contribute my time, talent, and treasure to the industry that has put food on my table my entire life. I am indebted to it. I hope this helps get the Foundation off to a great start!” –Rob Barnes, President & CEO, Dee Brown, Inc.

MSI Charitable Trust – “MSI applauds the bold mission undertaken by the Natural Stone Institute to create a much needed global standard for natural stone. We are proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation and further the growth of the natural stone industry.”—Rupesh Shah, President, MSI

Triton Stone Group – “Triton Stone Group is proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation. They are doing excellent work with promoting natural stone and providing education and resources to all those in the natural stone industry. Natural stone is the backbone of Triton Stone, and we are fortunate to be able to give back to such an amazing organization that is supporting such a great industry.”—Katie Jensen, President, Triton Stone Group

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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

Posted on 21 September 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced that a new CEU course entitled Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications is credit-approved and ready for presentation. Natural Stone Countertops offers an overview of several natural stone choices, with a focus on setting consumer expectations for their performance. Knowledge of fabrication, installation and proper stone care will provide all parties involved with an educated experience when selecting materials. The course also offers examples of natural stone in current and unique designs to help audiences feel confident that they can choose a stone to fit both functionality and personality.

Natural Stone Countertops expands on the content of the popular Marble Use in the Kitchen course, which will be available through 2021 but will “sunset” at the end of the year. While Marble Use in the Kitchen has offered invaluable educational opportunities for audiences over the years, survey results concluded that CEU attendees desired more information about additional natural stone possibilities for countertops.

Natural Stone Countertops was developed by volunteer members of the CEU Education Committee and is now available to certified Natural Stone Institute CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. On demand, live in person, and live webinar credit has been approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA. Anyone interested in learning more about the course is invited to attend a live presentation of the course on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am ET.

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National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted on 23 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) to further advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers and continued efforts to promote the use of natural stone.

The NBGQA was founded more than a century ago with approximately 12 original member granite companies. Today the membership is comprised of five companies: Coldspring, Dakota Granite, New England Stone, North Carolina Granite and Polycor. All are existing Natural Stone Institute members.

Through this merger, the NSI will acquire ownership of the NBGQA granite specification, as well as resources to further advance quarry safety initiatives, sustainability, natural stone promotion and advocacy. NBGQA financial assets will be earmarked to assist with several initiatives being directed by the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group, which is the first of several industry advocacy groups being formed by the Natural Stone Institute. The NBGQA will remain incorporated for two years as the transition takes shape and work begins on key initiatives through the North American Quarry Advocacy Group.

Natural Stone Institute board president Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to see this merger occur as it will strengthen the industry’s ability to further advance several key industry initiatives. We’ve been working alongside the NBGQA and its members for several years which makes this merger a natural transition. The quarrying sector will benefit from the initiatives underway.”

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Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

Posted on 28 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute announced that nine applicants have been selected for the inaugural North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee.

Members of the committee are:

Byron Davis – Salado USA, Florence, Texas
Quade Weaver – TexaStone Quarries, Garden City, Texas
Ann Marie Ramos – New England Stone Industries, Smithfield, RI
Ben Kaus – Vetter Stone/Alabama Stone, Mankato, Minn.
Bernard Buster – Lyons Sandstone, Lyons, Colo.
Peter Prvulovic – Vermont Quarries Corp., Mendon, VT
Ralph Morgan – Polycor, Quebec City, QC, Canada (Bedford, IN)
Reid Kubesh – Coldspring, Cold Spring, Minn.
Eric Chaloux – Miles Supply, Barre, VT

Reid Kubesh has been appointed chair of this committee. Kubesh brings volunteer leadership experience, enthusiasm for the industry and committed support from Coldspring. Their support ensure Kubesh the time and resources necessary to spearhead this initiative and advance the North American Quarry Advocacy Group’s purpose, which is to positively impact quarries of all size.

In its initial meetings, the Steering Committee has identified several key areas of focus, with two  priority work groups: one addressing collaboration in benchmarking and exchange of data and solutions, and one that will collaborate to find solutions for recruiting and retaining employees. The committee will continue to discuss natural stone promotion and educational needs for the North American sector.

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Rugo Stone Receives 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award

Posted on 17 June 2021 by cradmin4

Rugo Stone in Lorton, Virginia has been named the recipient of the 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award for their work on the Trinity Church Wall Street Altar & Chancel Restoration project in New York City.

Trinity Church is a 174 year old historical structure that served as a shelter from debris during 9/11. The church needed a variety of upgrades, including complete conservation and restoration of the Gothic Revival chancel and the historic Astor memorial altar. 

Rugo Stone was selected to dismantle and conserve the Astor memorial altar based on extensive experience in stone and mosaic conservation and restoration. Their task was to carefully dismantle the marble and the mosaic which formed the altar. The mosaic panels, believed to have been created in the 1870s by acclaimed Italian mosaic artist Antonio Salviati, are considered priceless, as is the Vermont statuary marble altar. 

Rugo Stone cataloged the altar by 3D scanning it in place, and then dismantled and transported it to their carving studio. Over the next 6 months, artisans cleaned and restored the damaged pieces, as well as produced new columns, hand-carved capitals, performed dutchman patches, and new gilding, all to create a new configuration for an ADA accessible altar mounted to a new steel frame. 

The team also sourced new Caen French limestone to recreate rear wall missing pilasters and base, which was particularly challenging as the original Caen limestone was quarried in the 1860s. The chancel floor was completely re-done using Olympian White Danby and Rosso Levanto marble pavers with 1/32-in. joints, patterned to create a bold checkerboard appearance. Rugo Stone’s team worked tirelessly to complete all the work for the dedication services that were scheduled for Christmas 2019. 

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients.

Public Landscapes/Parks Memorials
Fundidora Park Mural
Monterrey, Mexico
Creative Edge Master Shop Fairfield, IA

Spring Creek Nature Area
Richardson, TX
Coldspring Cold Spring, MN
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX

Commercial Interior
Hillsdale College Christ Chapel
Hillsdale, MI
Booms Stone Company Redford, MI

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Expansion
Hollywood, FL
Twin Stone Designs & Installations Hollywood, FL

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture
John F. Kennedy Center, The REACH Donor Wall
Washington, DC
Rugo Stone Lorton, VA

Nike of Samothrace
Samothrace Island, Greece
F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles-Granites Drama, Greece

Renovation/Restoration
Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Paterson, NJ
Ghirardi Stone Contracting New York, NY

Trinity Church Wall Street Chancel & Altar Restoration
New York, NY
Rugo Stone Lorton, VA

Dallas Municipal Building Restoration
Dallas, TX
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX
Tennessee Marble Company Friendsville, TN

Commercial Exterior
Tenko Omakase Japanese Restaurant
Bangkok, Thailand
Stone and Roses International Samutprakarn, Thailand

The Williams Inn
Williamstown, MA
Connecticut Stone Milford, CT

Residential-Single Family
The Floating Stair
Toronto, ON Canada
PICCO Engineering Concord ON Canada

SoHo Townhouse
New York, NY
ABC Worldwide Stone Brooklyn, NY

Villa Florence
Downey, CA
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. Bell Gardens, CA

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 36th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 09 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 36th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy and his family in Poway, Calif. were provided by Arizona Tile and Tony Sciarrino Stone. 

Soon after Kenton and his wife, Lindsey, were married Kenton joined the U.S. Navy. On November 19, 2017, while serving in Syria, Kenton was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the blast, Kenton became a quadriplegic, was blinded in his left eye and developed issues with speech. Kenton has undergone extensive rehabilitation in several facilities including the TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Kenton has received numerous awards for his service including a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals. He is proud to have been named the 2010 USO Sailor of the Year. 

The Stacy’s have four children, Logan, Mason, Annabelle and Sadie. Lindsey serves as the primary caretaker for Logan, who has special needs. A specially adapted smart home will significantly improve Kenton’s quality of life as well as provide assistance for Lindsey and their family.

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Natural Stone Institute Takes Ownership of Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

Posted on 26 May 2021 by cradmin

Ownership of the ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Stone standard has officially transferred from the Natural Stone Council to the Natural Stone Institute.

First issued in 2014, the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard establishes criteria and methods for tracking, measuring, and improving sustainability in the production of natural stone. Since its initial development, the Natural Stone Council has maintained the standard and updated it to ensure continued relevance in the green building space.

Duke Pointer, Executive Director of the Natural Stone Council, commented: “The Natural Stone Council (NSC) is proud to hand off the Sustainability Standard for Natural Stone, ANSI/NSC 373, to the Natural Stone Institute. The NSC saw the need over 10 years ago for development of an industry standard and we committed the resources to complete and launch one. The Natural Stone Institute will now take the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard to the next level. We continue to offer our support in that effort.”

Since its initial development, NSF International has served as the program operator and auditor for the standard. The Natural Stone Institute has contracted with NSF International to continue supporting the implementation of the standard for the next three years. “The Sustainability Standard for Natural Stone, ANSI/NSC 373, includes well-defined environmental, ecological, social responsibility and human health metrics through a multi-stakeholder, science-based approach,” said Suzan Somo, Environmental Products Business Lead at NSF International. “Our team at NSF International is looking forward to working with the Natural Stone Institute to continue supporting the implementation of this stone standard. This standard helps quarry operators and stone fabricators assess their internal practices, drive efficiencies and attain preferred status in their markets as the building industry continues to value sustainable products and practices.”

The next step in the transfer process will be to re-engage the joint committee that maintains the standard. This committee includes a cross section of stakeholders including academia, designers and specifiers, building owners, stone producers, and related industry and sustainability experts. They will be responsible for ensuring the standard remains relevant with contemporary practices, technology, governance, and related standards.

The Natural Stone Institute has also been working with a set of industry stakeholders to identify sustainability goals and strategies, including: 

  • Guide quarriers and fabricators through the benefits and process of certifying to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard.
  • Expand the relevance of the standard through a companion EPD program.
  • Position natural stone as a desirable solution to satisfying green building goals.
  • Arm the natural stone industry with knowledge and tools needed to tell the sustainability story.

“We’ve been working with the Natural Stone Council prior to, and during, this transition to identify ways to build relevance and awareness for both the Sustainability Standard and the concept of using natural stone to satisfy green building goals. A few key things we hope to accomplish include: developing industry average EPDs, organizing a CEU blitz to educate the design/build community, and organizing more extensive guidance for companies completing the certification process,” says Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering), 2021 Natural Stone Institute board president.

To learn more about the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard and join the new sustainability mailing list, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/sustainability.

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Natural Stone Institute Updates Board of Directors

Posted on 04 May 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute welcomed Blake Christensen (Valley View Granite) and Amit Gupta (TAB/Amsum & Ash) to its board of directors in January. Christensen and Gupta replace Bruce Knaphus (KEPCO+) and Josh Zhang (Jianming Stone Group) who completed their board terms.

Additionally, the Natural Stone Institute membership recently passed a bylaws vote to adjust the structure of the board of directors. Going forward, the Natural Stone Institute board of directors will include representation from five key North American industry segments (Fabricator, Installer, Quarrier, Restoration & Maintenance and Stone Distributor), as well as one director from the Associate Member segment, two directors from outside North America, and five North America At-Large positions. The total number of board seats will remain unchanged at thirteen.

In 2021, three board seats will be recruited: Associate Member, North American Quarrier and North American Installer. 2021 Board President Mike Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to have Blake and Amit join the board this year and are grateful to Bruce and Josh for their board service. We strongly feel that the board is assembled with one primary purpose: to serve the membership. We feel that this change has strengthened this mandate.”

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2020 Pinnacle Award Recipients

Posted on 22 March 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute announced the recipients for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards. The Grande Pinnacle recipient will be announced during the awards ceremony at TISE on June 16. Videos for each project can be found on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.

The full list of 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients is as follows.

Public Landscapes/Parks Memorials

Fundidora Park Mural
Monterrey, Mexico
Creative Edge Master Shop Fairfield, IA

Spring Creek Nature Area
Richardson, TX
Coldspring Cold Spring, MN
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX

Commercial Interior

Hillsdale College Christ Chapel
Hillsdale, MI
Booms Stone Company Redford, MI

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Expansion
Hollywood, FL
Twin Stone Designs & Installations Hollywood, FL

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture

John F. Kennedy Center, The REACH Donor Wall
Washington, DC
Rugo Stone
Lorton, VA

Nike of Samothrace
Samothrace Island, Greece
F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles-Granites Drama, Greece

Renovation/Restoration

Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Paterson, NJ
Ghirardi Stone Contracting New York, NY

Trinity Church Wall Street Chancel & Altar Restoration
New York, NY
Rugo Stone Lorton, VA

Dallas Municipal Building Restoration
Dallas, TX
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX
Tennessee Marble Company Friendsville, TN


Commercial Exterior

Tenko Omakase Japanese Restaurant
Bangkok, Thailand
Stone and Roses International Samutprakarn, Thailand

The Williams Inn
Williamstown, MA
Connecticut Stone Milford, CT

Residential-Single Family

The Floating Stair
Toronto, ON Canada
PICCO Engineering Concord ON Canada

SoHo Townhouse
New York, NY
ABC Worldwide Stone Brooklyn, NY

Villa Florence

Downey, CA
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. Bell Gardens, CA

Submissions for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards are being accepted until July 20, 2021.

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