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BSM 2016 SpringBuilding Stone Magazine, published by the Building Stone Institute (BSI) through a partnership with BNP Media, is the trusted source of natural stone information for architects, landscape architects, interior designers and consumers alike.     Through editorial and visually inspiring photography of stone installations, Building Stone Magazine provides a direct portal of necessary stone awareness and technical resources to benefit the decision makers who impact our built environment.

Natural stone – by definition – is a natural and sustainable building product. Readily desired for its aesthetic beauty, its versatility in use, enduring life cycle, low maintenance and 100% recyclable qualities substantiate natural stone as a preferred  green building product. The members of the BSI, in collaboration with other stone industry groups and the Natural Stone Council, will communicate through Building Stone Magazine how our industry operates in an environmentally, socially & economically responsible manner to further promote natural stone’s green attributes that extend beyond LEED points recognition. Our goal is to effectively communicate the benefits of natural stone to those who ultimately will make design and product selections that support a healthier, more sustainable environment.

Next Issue:  Spring 2016
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Mail Date:  May

Editorial Features of Current Issue – Fall 2015

Rekindling a campus institution
After years of neglect, Northwestern University’s iconic Charles Deering Library has regained
the spotlight on campus due to a renovation and restoration of its stone architecture.
Architect/Designer: HBRA Architects, Chicago, IL

Memorializing a hero in stone
Nearly 20 years in the making, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has been built as a showcase of stone in Washington, DC’s West Potomac Park to honor the lifetime achievements of an influential leader.
Architects/Builder: MTTG Joint Venture (McKissack & McKissack [Architect of Record], Turner Construction, Tompkins Builders, Gilford Corp.), Wash., DC
Design Architect: Roma Design Group, San Francisco, CA (winning design)
Stone Suppliers: Coldspring, Cold Spring, MN (Kenoran Sage granite); North Carolina Granite Corp., Mount Airy, NC (Mt. Airy granite); Indiana Limestone Co., Oolitic, IN (limestone); Stone Source, Washington, DC (Green Onyx); R.E.D. Graniti (Virginia Mist granite)

Reviving an architectural gem
As a prominent landmark in the railroad community of the Village of La Grange in Illinois since 1901,
it was important to residents that the architecture of the Stone Avenue Train Station be restored to its original splendor.
Restoration Architect: Legat Architects, Chicago, IL

Benefits for the architectural community of the NSC373 sustainability assessment of natural dimension stone. It will include site visits made to Lyons Sandstone who is finishing up the certification process. The articles will focus on why Lyons Sandstone (and TexaStone Quarries) decided to go through the certification process; how this will benefit their business as well as; how it will benefit architects, whose perspectives will be included. The article will touch a little on what the certification process entailed. Since TexaStone Quarries was the first to certify to the standard, they should be able to expand upon the benefits it has brought them and to the architects with whom they work.

There are two residential features – one is a unique application of Indiana limestone veneer.

There will be articles highlighting a few MIA resources as well:
One is the MIA Accreditation program – it will underline the importance for the industry and the design communities to consider programs like the MIA Accreditation program.

Natural Stone Resource Library for Architects, Designers and Contractors
The MIA will announce and promote their newly repackaged website and fully accessible – Natural Stone Resource Library. Once either only available for sale, or accessed via a members-only password protected site, this library of natural stone resources is available for anyone to access and will include key technical aides from MIA and several natural stone industry associations, including BSI, ILI and the NBGQA, that will widely benefit industry and the design/build communities.

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