With an understanding of modern stone quarrying practices, design teams can bring enhanced creativity to their designs featuring nature’s most beautiful, enduring and unique materials – natural stone. An in-person or virtual visit demonstrates the high-tech capabilities of today’s most advanced quarrying operations. One of these quarries, located in Babbitt, Minnesota, produces a beautiful and versatile domestic black granite known as Mesabi Black®. Coldspring’s Mesabi Black quarry has been in operation for more than 20 years, supplying material for high-profile as well as smaller projects across the country.
Located within the Superior National Forest, this certified quarry operates year-round. Mesabi Black, like all granites, offers exceptional character and finishing capabilities, possesses low embodied energy, no toxic chemicals, is harmonious with nature, infinitely versatile, and reliably sourced. A large amount of Mesabi Black is featured on the World Trade Center site. It has also been used on many notable projects around the country such as the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Target Field Station in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Another exciting project featuring Mesabi Black, known as Turn to the River in Terre Haute, Indiana, was recently completed. The project is part of an ambitious vision to connect downtown with the Wabash Riverfront area through public art, new pathways and rethinking use of spaces. The first phase of the project includes a remodeled plaza and a spectacular black granite sculpture with a stream of water flowing through a black granite sculpture to depict the course of the Wabash River and its banks. The sculpture, designed by artist Brad Goldberg, was created using the beautiful and versatile Mesabi Black granite. It includes a carved abstraction of the Wabash River Valley and pools in which the water falls at both ends of the artwork. Future phases will include the development of a promenade with an event space and an elevated overlook that will provide beautiful views of a picturesque portion of the Wabash River.
Coldspring Quarries—Abundant Supply of Materials
As one of North America’s largest and greenest natural stone quarriers, Coldspring offers an abundant supply of quarried materials from multiple quarries around the nation. Sourcing stone domestically is particularly advantageous in light of today’s import supply chain challenges. With shipping times and potential delays from overseas, the import supply chain is being severely affected and could result in even longer production times. Conversely, when sourcing stone from a domestic supplier, disruptions can be greatly reduced and significant delays avoided. Because Coldspring has complete control over the supply chain with full ownership of its quarry systems and manufacturing facilities, lead times are met and ease of matching the stone with other domestic colors is ensured — something that importers cannot easily duplicate.
When it comes to leveraging quarried materials for civil construction purposes, superior product availability and proximity are only part of why Coldspring is the preferred partner. You’ll also have a dedicated, experienced team of specialists working on your behalf and applying industry best practices throughout the process.
Visit a Coldspring Quarry Virtually
Have you ever wanted to see a natural stone quarry up close? Now is your chance—and you don’t have to leave your home or office to see it. Coldspring is offering a complimentary, online continuing education course—Virtual Quarry Visit: Coldspring. This one-hour virtual experience is hosted by the Natural Stone Institute and features Brad Goldberg, the artist who created the Turn to the River sculpture and Jason Kron, Director of Sales at Coldspring, who will take you through a virtual tour of the Mesabi Black quarry where you can see the stone in its original environment.
Wednesday, September 7th from 11 am to 12 pm ET
Approved for one LU/HSW credit by the American Institute of Architects, one HSW PDH by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES), and .1 CEU from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).