MIA+BSI, the Natural Stone Institute, has released its call for entries for the 2017 Pinnacle Awards. This award is given to MIA+BSI member companies for projects where beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone for commercial and residential applications. The Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomac, is given to the best project across all categories. The award is bestowed upon the MIA+BSI member company and also includes a trip to Marmomac 2018 in Verona, Italy, for the architect of record for the project.
April 10, 2017 — Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally made products that emulate quarried stone, has released a comprehensive, consumer-focused video and launched a newly redesigned website, providing consumers, homebuilders and commercial customers with improved access to the product line and its unique benefits.
April 4, 2017 — Two California-based architecture firms, AXIS Architecture + Design and Gene Fong Associates, have merged their design studios. As of April 1, 2017, the merged company will operate as AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design.
Phoenix, Ariz., is among the nation’s fastest growing cities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city’s population has grown about 3 percent (now at more than 1.5 million) since 2000. The Bureau also reports that Phoenix, which a century ago was not even among the 100 most populous cities in the country, has passed Philadelphia in total population to become the fifth biggest American city.