A new, durable, plastic polymer grid system is facilitating the installation of stone up to 3 inches thick on elevated surfaces. The system, which is designed to support the structural load across a 16-inch-on-center span, effectively opens up the entire range of stone options for elevated surfaces to include the use of natural stone pavers, travertine, pavers, slate, marble, and tile.
If you pay a visit to downtown Rock Hill, S.C., you might find yourself in the Freedom Walkway, walking on bands of red and cocoa pavers from Pine Hall Brick Co., laid into a running bond pattern that turns into a basketweave pattern at gathering spots. The Freedom Walkway takes its design from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, commemorating the sit-in, an often-used method of civil disobedience. Black college students adopted the method of going to segregated lunch counters and ordering food. When they were denied, they would refuse to leave and ended up under arrest. Bolstered by a sit-in in February 1960 by four North Carolina A&T State University students at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, N.C., the movement spread to 250 cities across the U.S. by the end of that month and 400 by the end of the year. In January 1961, the Friendship Nine — so named because eight of the nine were students at Friendship Junior College — attempted to integrate a whites-only lunch counter at the McCrory’s department store in Rock Hill.
If you are an outdoor designer, architect, or stone mason who has worked for some time in our business, you have learned that no two jobs are ever the same. When it comes to masonry designs, our customers are always interested in what is new or hip. Our business has grown at such a fast pace that it is very important to be aware of any new product or techniques of installation, since they make us better at what we do.
Recently opened Centro Plaza, a $16 million, multi-modal transit center for the VIA Metropolitan System of San Antonio, features an architectural design that celebrates the beauty of the natural landscape with a modern, illuminated twist. In addition to incorporating lights, stainless steel, aluminum and glass into the new downtown transportation hub, CityLock and Eco-City Lock pavers from Pavestone® were installed to help bring the project vision of landscape architect Bender Wells Clark Design to life.
Product case studies often examine the potential problem-solving nature of products such as speed of installation, labor savings and the like. But when it comes to performance, it is often expressed by contractors or building managers in terms of expectations for the future, thereby remaining a mystery as to how the product fared months or even years later.
Decades ago, in every small town in America, the local high school was the center of the community. You attended the school, graduated from there, and then sent your kids there. And, on Friday nights, the football team and the marching band drew you back once again, to build memories that would last a lifetime.
Located on Lake Erie, 40 miles west of Cleveland in Lorain, Ohio, East Pier originally was constructed in the mid-1960s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a navigational improvement for the harbor. It consists of cylindrical steel sheet pile cells capped with two feet of concrete. The technical name for the structure is the “East breakwater shorearm.”