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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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Natural Stone Institute Announces ISO TC 327 Updates

Posted on 03 March 2021 by cradmin

Natural Stone Institute technical director Chuck Muehlbauer has been appointed chair of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 327 on Natural stones. As chair, he is responsible for the overall management of the committee, helping to manage standards projects effectively and leading the committee in reaching consensus. He will serve in this capacity through 2025.

TC 327 currently has 13 global participating members (Belgium, Brazil, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States), with another 10 national standards bodies observing. Participation in the committee is expected to grow as its work advances. TC 327 held its first virtual meeting on January 14, 2021, and the committee will continue to work virtually throughout 2021, with plans to bring global members to Las Vegas for an in-person event as part of TISE 2022.

The progress of the committee will be accelerated by assembling existing standards from around the globe, including the Natural Stone Institute’s Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM), and using them to create one unified standard. Additionally, a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formed to develop and transmit, via the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), U.S.-consensus positions and comments on activities and ballots of the ISO TC. The U.S. TAG held its first virtual meeting on December 9, 2020, and is chaired by Scott Scallorn of Intertek’s York, Penn. location.

Michael Picco, 2021 Natural Stone Institute board president, commented, “As the current president of the association, I am extremely proud that we will be taking a leading role in the new ISO initiative. We are ensuring that we will be at the forefront of the creation of this global standard.”

Jim Hieb, Natural Stone Institute CEO, agreed, “Through our work with ISO TC 327, we will be able to develop uniform standards for natural stone with members in ISO in over 150 countries. We are moving our industry forward in new and exciting ways and ensuring a global connection for our association for years to come.”

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Natural Stone Institute Announces Scholarship Recipients

Posted on 03 February 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute has announced the recipients of the 2020 Natural Stone Scholarship and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Both recipients will be celebrated during the association’s awards ceremony at TISE in Las Vegas this June.

Jim Buth, Production Manager for Lakeside Surfaces in Muskegon, Mich., is the recipient of the 2020 Natural Stone Scholarship. The Natural Stone Scholarship provides a trip to TISE, where the recipient will gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry and will meet and network with leading stone professionals. Buth commented, “Over the next five years, I have goals to continue my education in natural stone, develop processes to improve fabrication, continue to improve quality, and develop processes and procedures to help lead the natural stone industry in innovation and improvement. Ultimately, I want to grow into an expert in natural stone fabrication.”

Nicole Renko, Estimator for Colorado Custom Stone in Denver, Colo. is the recipient of the 2020 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship provides a trip to one of three major industry events: TISE, Coverings, or a Natural Stone Institute study tour. The recipient is given the opportunity to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership and her commitment to a career in the stone industry. Renko commented, “I enjoy being a leader, coming up with new ways to improve our functions and the overall development of the company. My career goals are to continue learning, sharing knowledge with others, and promoting Colorado Custom Stone, the Natural Stone Institute, and the stone industry to the highest levels of professionalism and standards in the commercial market.”

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Katie Jensen Joins Natural Stone Institute Executive Committee

Posted on 19 January 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute announced that Katie Jensen (Triton Stone Group) has been selected to join the association’s executive committee as board secretary.

Jensen commented: “I am honored to have been selected to the Natural Stone Institute executive committee. It has been a joy to contribute and deliver an outstanding member experience. I hope to continue to provide leadership with my peers as we provide more resources to advance the natural stone industry.”

Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering), 2021 Natural Stone Institute board president, looks forward to the experience, enthusiasm, and innovation Jensen will bring to this leadership position: “Since joining the board she has leveraged her business connections to get more companies involved in the Institute’s initiatives. Her resume of involvement is impressive, and she is the perfect candidate to keep the association focused on the member experience and continuing as the leader in technical resources and education.”

The Natural Stone Institute executive committee is currently comprised of President Picco, Vice President Buddy Ontra (Ontra Stone), Treasurer Duane Naquin (Stone Interiors), and Secretary Jensen. Jensen is on schedule to become the association’s board president in 2024.

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Marmomac Renews Support of Natural Stone Institute Grande Pinnacle Award

Posted on 12 November 2020 by cradmin3

Natural Stone Institute board president Bob Zavagno & Veronafiere Stone & Design Department Executive Elena Amadini at TISE in January.

Marmomac has renewed its sponsorship for the Natural Stone Institute’s Grande Pinnacle Award for the next four years.  Marmomac has sponsored the Grande Pinnacle Award since its inception in 2008.

The Grande Pinnacle Award is presented to the best overall project entered in the Pinnacle Awards. The winner will receive a trip to Marmomac including round trip economy airfare, four nights lodging, and registration. One architect from the winning project will also receive this award.

In announcing the renewal, Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb stated, “We look forward to continuing this important partnership with Marmomac. The Grande Pinnacle represents the best use of natural stone in the Pinnacle Awards, and as such, it makes perfect sense for the winner to receive a trip to Verona to attend Marmomac. We appreciate Marmomac’s support of this prestigious program.”

Veronafiere Deputy Marketing Director Elena Amadini added, “Marmomac and the Natural Stone Institute share the goal of promoting the use of natural stone by engaging the design community and challenging it to use stone in increasingly aesthetic and diverse ways. Our sponsorship of the Grande Pinnacle Award is thus a perfect fit in pursuit of this common goal.”

The Pinnacle Awards honor projects whose beauty, creativity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in residential and commercial applications. Last year’s Grande Pinnacle award recipient was honored at TISE in January 2020 and at Marmomac ReStart, the first entirely virtual edition of Marmomac, which took place in September.

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