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Coldspring is an approved American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) continuing education provider.

ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE

 Coldspring offers free online, certified courses in partnership with other leaders in the stone industry to help the design community increase their knowledge and competitive edge.

Mother Nature’s Green Building Material

The sustainable stone standard (ANSI/NSC 373) will transform the material selection of natural stone.

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The Importance of Testing When Specifying Natural Stone

Educating design professionals about which ASTM and ANSI tests to specify for every common natural stone application.

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Contemporary and Comfortable Designs Using Natural Stone

Several types of natural stone projects are highlighted emphasizing the many ways it can be used to create a contemporary and comfortable living or working space.

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Natural Stone: Everything You Need to Know About Designing with the Oldest Building Material

This course is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material.

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The Art of Specifying Natural Stone

There are many factors to consider to ensure you are choosing the proper material for your project including, species, color, impact on occupant safety as a walking surface, and more.

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The Chemistry of Adhesives

Participants will be exposed to the large variety of products used for fabrication, installation, and restoration applications within the natural stone industry.

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Specifying Natural Stone

This course will help design professionals confidently specify natural stone products across a range of applications.

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Understanding Anchorage Systems for Natural Stone Cladding

Knowing how anchorage systems work, their main components, and the difference in system types is critical for designing and engineering a natural stone cladding system.

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Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Formation to Fabrication

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) and .1 LU by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

This course is an introduction to commercially available natural stones (Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, and Marble) as used in dimension stone production. Geology as it relates to each stone type will be provided to aid in understanding each stone type’s physical properties. Stone harvesting and fabrication will be discussed to educate and provide insight into quarry and production techniques that contribute to successful architectural projects (understanding quarries, color and natural markings as they relate to natural stone, etc). ASTM Testing procedures and relative values will be discussed in relation to the stone categories considered. Also discussed will be piece size and thickness as it relates to the use of each stone type and the effect of quarry type and technique.

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Design and Architecture

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) and .1 LU by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). 

This course will focus on the architect’s sampling process, surface finishes, graphics, basic stone detailing, BIM object libraries, and will touch lightly on anchoring systems. The objective is to provide an understanding of available finishes, and design tools available to architects as they begin the design process and progress toward contract drawings. Consideration will also be given to budget pricing and cost implications of various design options.

Stone in Design: A Collaboration: Working with Stone Firms in the Early Design Phases

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is intended to instruct attendees about the use of stone in projects as well as defining the key elements in the design process.

How to incorporate natural stone in modern campus design

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

In recent years, campuses across the country have experienced a rebirth in design. Designers are experimenting with traditional materials such as natural stone and incorporating them in modern applications. Buildings and hardscapes must present a timeless, iconic elegance designed with durability and longevity in mind. Beautiful plazas and natural settings bring students outside, while thoughtfully designed hardscapes connect multiple buildings and provide opportunities for students to connect and share ideas. At the same time, walking surfaces are tasked with handling the elements and wear and tear of high-traffic areas. Through case study examples, we’ll discuss how to incorporate natural stone into campus design for iconic, durable, low-maintenance and creative solutions.

Why Specify Certified Stone: How the Natural Dimension Stone Sustainability Standard can Assist Green Building Projects

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES), the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES), and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

This course highlights how the dimensions stone sustainability standard (ANSI/NSC 373) can assist projects with sustainability goals. The standard examines and verifies through a third party, numerous areas of stone production such as: water usage, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation, corporate governance, energy, waste, chemicals, worker health and safety innovation credits. It also includes a companion Chain of Custody (COC) program, which ensures traceability of certified stone from the quarry to processing and throughout the supply chain and ultimately to their journeys end.

 

How to Create Value for Owners using Natural Stone in Landscape Applications

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

In this course, participants will receive education through case study examples on creating value for owners of landscape projects using natural stone. Participants will lean how to bring their vision to reality with the selection and specification of stone that maximizes the material’s benefits. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify opportunities for incorporating stone into a project, while keeping budget in mind and providing owners with an enduring, environmentally sustainable solution.

DEMYSTIFYING NATURAL STONE: INCREASING PROJECT CREATIVITY THROUGH DESIGN/MANUFACTURING COLLABORATION

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

Innovative landscape architects are constantly looking for new ways to push the envelope of creativity. In this course we will examine built case studies that describe how collaboration at the different stages of design, fabrication and installation can lead to innovative design solutions.

 

Or tour one of our fabrication facilities or quarries and earn credits while doing it

Tour: Quarrying Natural Stone – Selection to Extraction

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is to observe an operating quarry with an overview of granite geology and composition. Understand fundamentals of quarrying granite by viewing an extraction operation that results in commonly used material. Witness how employing industry best practices support sustainable operation goals toward social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Tour: Fabrication of Natural Stone – Processing that Meets Design Specifications

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is an overview of the equipment and sequence of fabrication processes used to create cuts and finishes per the design specifications for natural stone building products. Participants will recognize how architectural drawings translate into shop tickets and apply to the fabrication process. Illustrative examples of natural stone fabrication standards and how finished products are prepared for shipping and installation will convey realistic expectations in specifying design requirements for building and landscape projects.

 

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