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Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg, Germany

Inspections of Niederhafen’s existing flood barrier in 2006 determined that supporting elements of the existing structure were overburdened and its foundations needed significant reinforcement. Later that year, the city of Hamburg organized a competition to design the redeveloped flood barrier and subsequently awarded the project to Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Echelon Aria Slim™ Stone wins Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine

Oldcastle APG announces that Echelon Aria Slim™ Stone has been awarded a Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine. Highlighting the most innovative developments, the PIA Awards are earned by products manufactured for better performance, affordability and sustainability. Recognized for increased durability and reduced installation time, Aria Slim Stone delivers the elegant appearance of long, clean lines with a unique 36-inch profile.

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Coldspring® honored for energy excellence

“Coldspring has a history of demonstrating leadership for the environment not only in the state of Minnesota but also within the natural stone industry,” says Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing at Coldspring. “In 2006, we began working within the stone industry to form a sustainability committee which would later implement the industry’s first third-party-verified standard to recognize the sustainable production of natural stone, ANSI/NSC 373. Reducing energy consumption has played an important role in Coldspring’s ability to achieve ANSI/NSC 373 certifications at various locations.”

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Polycor announces acquisition of Elliott Stone Company Inc.

Polycor Inc. announced October 1 that it has acquired Elliott Stone Company Inc., a leading quarrier and fabricator of Indiana limestone based in Bedford, Indiana. Polycor states the acquisition expands its ability to deliver the most comprehensive offering of natural stone building products for the hardscapes and masonry industry.  

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Sustainable design featured at Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

As part of a $1.2 billion capital improvement program for its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple University commissioned Stantec, as part of a joint venture with Snøhetta, to design its new library. The building’s base is covered in granite and appears different in color depending on the time of day, creating an evocative mood. Glass is strategically positioned at the three entrances to allow in the natural light and foster a sense of transparency.

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Porcelain tile manufacturer Mosa welcomes new team members

The U.S. offices of Mosa, a Dutch porcelain tile manufacturer, have announced new additions to their architectural sales and support team. It has made a change at the top of its U.S. operation, naming Celeste Gilbert as Vice President of Sales, USA. Gilbert, formerly Eastern USA Regional Sales Manager, will lead the entire Mosa USA team and operations.

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Natural Stone Council (NSC) updates sustainability standard to align with evolving green building programs

“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone is continuous improvement,” says Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director of Coldspring and Chair of the Natural Stone Council (NSC)’s Sustainability Committee. “With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”

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Indiana Limestone Company receives ANSI/NSC 373 Certification for quarry operations

Indiana Limestone Company (ILCO), supplier of natural limestone building products and largest limestone quarrier in the U.S., has received ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone Certification for its three quarries. This accreditation helps architects and builders who specify ILCO materials ensure the stone for their buildings is produced in an economic, environmental and socially responsible manner. 

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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