2015 Study Tour

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A joint event of the Building Stone Institute and Marble Institute of AmericaRegistration is now OPEN! All reservations made through BSI.  See 2015 Study Tour promotional registration flyer


The DC Study Tour is drawing larger than anticipated registration! We have exceeded our room block at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel and are now booking attendees at a nearby hotel.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY any further DC Study Tour registrations will be entered as FULL NON-LODGING. You must then make your own hotel reservation at TOPAZ HOTEL – a quaint, boutique-style hotel, just an easy 5 minute walk from the Mayflower.


Step 1:  Register for Study Tour

Use the BSI online reservation link – Select FULL/NON-LODGING $895 for each attendee. Registration closes October 22.

NOTE – You are registering to attend the 3 day Study Tour event (Sunday – Tuesday), including full access to its meetings, activities and advertised meals.

Step 2:  Book Hotel Room

BOOK online via BSI OVERFLOW Booking Link or call the TOPAZ HOTEL 24 hrs/day 800-775-1202 and mention BSI OVERFLOW to get the discounted rate ($229, plus tax = $262.21 per night, includes in-room wifi). You will pay the hotel directly for LODGING only.

*King Bed will be standard set up. If you require 2 beds, note bed type needed in Guest Details part of booking process, under Additional Details.

Many attendees are arriving Sunday and departing Wednesday morning. However, if you prefer to arrive on Saturday or depart after Wednesday, your TOPAZ HOTEL reservation must reflect those arrival and departure dates. Our discounted room block at the TOPAZ HOTEL extends from Saturday November 14 through Wednesday night November 18.

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Sponsors are needed! Pledge your support and gain twice the exposure to the most active, engaged, and influential members in the natural stone industry.

and MIA will jointly visit our nation’s capital as the destination for a 2015 Study Tour. Our dates immediately precede Greenbuild’s Expo which affords both memberships an opportunity to attend and see what other building products are competing with natural stone in the green building marketplace.

The Renaissance Mayflower Marriott will be our base of operations – located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers walking access to monuments, restaurants, shopping and nightlife, and is just a block from the metro. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasak-the-mayflower-hotel-autograph-collection/



The Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool on the national mall

Tour highlights include more member-led, Open Forum workshops; tours of the MLK and FDR memorials and other monuments; a visit to the National Cathedral for a presentation on earthquake repairs and routine restoration efforts; and an interactive “Stone Experience” at Luck Stone Center in Sterling, VA.
JB seattle029 BSI member Darlene Hansen, Luck Stone Center exploring stone carving at a 2010 BSI fall study tour, Seattle, WA.


Peter H. Miller Hon. AIA Peter Miller, Honorary AIA, Vice President, Publisher and General Manger of the Home Group of Active Interest Media (AIM) – whose work serves the information needs of old house owners, architects, contractors, building owners, developers and facilities managers who do residential and non-residential historic preservation and traditional building – will speak to us on trends in the building and design communities. AIM is a leading publisher of special interest magazines (ex. Period Homes and Traditional Building), trade shows, conferences, web seminars, e newsletters, books and websites.  Pete’s work meets the information needs of architects, contractors, building owners, developers and facilities managers who do residential and non-residential historic preservation and traditional building.

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As a collaborative event with our partners at the Marble Institute of America, the study tour will be host to MIA’s Women In Stone initiative, meeting on Sunday with a Key Note Speaker and as part of the Open Forum workshop on Tuesday. BSI members are welcome to participate. MIA member Stone Source will host all of us at their showroom for a final networking activity Tuesday after the monument tours, including a Women in Stone/Wine & Stone presentation and wine tasting:

Red or white, sweet or dry? The Wine & Stone presentation was developed as a unique way to show attendees what factors make stone hard or soft, veined or patterned, etc. See 2015 Study Tour Women in Stone Activities for more details. Visit MIA Women in Stone to learn more about this MIA program.



2 –  3:30 PM Women in Stone Key Note Speaker Danielle Crough, PhD
“Don’t be Taken for Granite: Maximizing Women Leaders in the Stone Industry”
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3:30 – 5 PM Joint  Town Hall Meeting on Joint Venture Proposal Between BSI and MIA Open to all!
6 –  7 PM Cocktail Reception
7 – 9 PM BSI and MIA Member Banquet

Breakfast on own
9:30 AM Depart Hotel (BSI arranged transportation)
10 AM – 12 PM National Cathedral – Restoration Presentation and Tour –  James Shepherd, Dir. of Preservation & Facilities and Joe Alonso, Mason foreman.
12 PM  Depart Cathedral
12:45 PM Arrive Luck Stone Center – Sterling, VA
1 PM – 2 PM Lunch at Luck Stone Center

2 PM– 4 PM “Stone Experience” Workshops – Open format with the following stations of experience and host companies:

Thin Veneer Stone InstallationGeorge Schofield Company
Anchored Stone InstallationRed Leaf Stone Anchors
Paving DemonstrationsColdspring and Northern Stone Supply
Stone Architectural Carving StationManassas Granite & Marble
Stone Letter Carving StationManassas Granite & Marble
Care and Maintenance StationCustom Building Products
Splitting and Trimming StationTompkins Bluestone
Dry Stone Wall Building DemonstrationThe Stone Store
Building Stone Geology – Rundle Rock Building Stone
Stone Tools – Trow and Holden

Optional “Stone Experience” Tour:
Maximum 25 seats will be available for a tour of Luck Stone’s aggregate quarry in Leesburg – about 20 minutes from the Sterling Luck Stone studio. Anticipate the full 2 hours for this tour.  If interested in this crushed stone quarry tour instead of the Stone Experience, attendees must pre-register for this activity during the event registration process.  Limited to first 25 attendees.

4 PM Depart for Hotel
Evening/Dinner on your own!

7 – 9 AM Buffet Breakfast at hotel (for registered Mayflower guests)

9 AM – 11 AM  Open Forum Sessions

Planned topics:
Natural Thin Stone Veneer – Installation and Marketing Best Practices
Natural Stone Promotional Campaign – an industry inclusive initiative by the MIA
Safety Training Resources for Quarriers/Producers – expanding safety best practices resources
Women in StonePanel discussion powered by the MIA. Join Women in Stone (WIS) for an informative panel discussion. Find out how you can get involved in the WIS mission to advance our peers in the stone industry. Open to everyone and no topic is off limits!


11:15 AM – 12:30 PM   Guest Speaker – Peter Miller, Hon. AIA –  Important Trends in the Building and Design Communities 

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:45 – 4:00 PM Monuments Tour – (FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Washington Monument, etc. walk through the National Mall)

BSI will provide construction/supplier information for the monument tour guides and provide transportation from hotel to key walking areas. Bus will transport to Cocktail Reception location – but attendees walk the few blocks back to hotel.

4:00 PM  Reception hosted by STONE SOURCE at their showroom 1129 20th St NW Washington, DC, including a brief Women in Stone Wine & Stone presentation.

Dinner on own

BSI-MIA Study Tour activities conclude on Tuesday evening after the Stone Source reception.

Day Four – Wednesday November 18 (OPTIONAL DAY):

Greenbuild (Nov. 18-20) – BSI encourages our members to attend the Greenbuild Expo – Washington Convention Center. You must register on your own to attend Greenbuild (separate fees will apply). www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/RegisterEXPO Only pass – $100.  Transportation to EXPO on your own. www.greenbuildexpo.com

Thank you to our Station Hosts & these generous sponsors!

Luck Stone Center
Stone Source
Custom Building Products

Architectural Stone Masonry
Atlas Copco CMT
Bybee Stone Company
Cleveland Marble
Continental Cut Stone
Dakota Granite
Dee Brown, Inc
Diamond Stone Technologies
Diatool, Inc
Eurostone Machine USA
George Schofield Company
Halquist Stone
Halbert Mill Company
Lurvey Stone Supply
Michels Stone

Miles Supply
Natural Stone Resources, Inc
Natural Stone Veneers International
Northern Stone Supply
Park Industries
PICCO Engineering, LLC
PolyCor, Inc
Raducz Stone Corp
Red Leaf Anchors

Red Leaf Stone
Rock of Ages
Rolling Rock Building Stone
TexaStone Quarries
Trow and Holden