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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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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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Natural Stone Resource Library Adds New Documents

Posted on 17 December 2020 by cradmin

Sixteen new documents have been added to the Natural Stone Resource Library. Authored by Technical Director Chuck Muehlbauer, the documents originally appeared as Queries & Quandaries articles in The Cutting Edge. A wide variety of topics are covered, including tolerances, stone anchors, testing flexural strength and countertop overhang limits. The new documents can be found by searching “Newsletter” in the search bar at naturalstoneinstitute.org/resourcelibrary.

More than 300 documents are now available for download via the Natural Stone Resource Library, including technical bulletins and modules, Dimension Stone Design Manual chapters, and resources from other industry associations, including the National Building Granite Quarries Association and the Indiana Limestone Institute. All documents are available free of charge.

Since launching in 2015, the Natural Stone Resource Library has seen more than 500,000 downloads and has become a trusted resource for stone companies, architects, designers and construction professionals.

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2020 Tucker Design Award Recipients

Posted on 21 July 2020 by cradmin3

The twelve winning projects of the 2020 Tucker Design Awards will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony on August 18 at 11am. The 2020 Bybee Prize recipient will also be announced during this virtual celebration.

The 2020 Tucker Design Award recipients are:

Eric Inman Daum, LLC
Boch Garden Pavilion
Norwood, Massachusetts

Valode & Pistre
Grande Arche de la Défense
Paris, France

Royal Alberta Museum
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Eric Eggemeyer
Eggemeyer’s General Store
San Angelo, Texas

Place Vauquelin
Montreal, Quebec Canada

Liederbach & Graham Architects
An American House
Hinsdale, Illinois

McCrery Architects, LLC
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Knoxville, Tennessee

Meyer & Meyer
Archangel Estate
Brookline, Massachusetts

Sculpture Park & Bosque at 1775 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, Virginia

Scott L. Aker, AIA
June 5th Memorial Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MdeAS Architects
645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower
New York, New York

FFKR Architects
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jurors for the 2020 Tucker Design Awards were Bob Mortensen (Mortensen Associates), Renae Kwon (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates), and Julia Manglitz (TreanorHL).

The biennial Tucker Design Awards competition, which began in 1977, honors members of the design community who exhibit innovation and excellence in the use of natural stone. The Bybee Prize, named in honor of the late James Daniel Bybee (past president of the Building Stone Institute and former president of Bybee Stone Company), is awarded to an individual architect or landscape architect for a body of work executed over time and distinguished by outstanding design and use of natural stone.

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