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  • What's Behind a Lasting Veterans' Memorial?

    As our nation recognizes Veterans Day, many of us will gather in our communities at veterans’ memorials. Veterans’ memorials serve an important purpose, as they pay tribute today to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. By providing a connection from the past to the present, veterans’ memorials enable people to remember and honor those who have served our great country.

  • How is Natural Stone Sustainably Sourced?

    When the green building movement first appeared, the focus for sustainable building materials was primarily on recycled content and renewable resources. Today product sustainability has evolved and project teams are now looking at the entire process of getting a product to market.

  • How is Stone Sustainable?

    With project owners, designers and contractors demonstrating an increased commitment to constructing sustainable structures, the sentiment regarding the use of eco-friendly building materials has shifted from “nice to have” to “must have.” Stone, one of the most durable materials used for any application, ranks high as the premier solution.

  • Which Natural Stone is Most Durable?

    As one of the largest natural stone manufacturers and suppliers in North America, we are often asked which natural stone is most durable. While we wish we had an easy and definitive answer, in truth, the correct response is that it depends.

  • Visit a Quarry and See Natural Stone in its Original Environment

    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.

  • How to Choose the Best Material for Exterior Cladding

    The best material for exterior cladding depends on many considerations, and natural stone often offers the best choice when features such as durability, beauty and permanence are important. What’s more, exterior stone cladding designs are an excellent choice for meeting historical preservation goals or when constructing a new structure in a historical area.

  • Why Did My Paver Project Fail?

    One question no one wants to ask or hear is, “Why did my paver project fail?” Unfortunately, from time to time, projects do not perform as well as intended. It is important to learn from these projects to avoid similar challenges in future projects. Pavers can fail over time for a variety of reasons.

  • What is the Best Material to Put Under Pavers?

    The best material to put under pavers depends on many considerations, including the method of installation. When the appropriate installation is selected, natural stone pavers can provide a long-lasting, durable and beautiful material for landscape designs in public spaces.

  • The Faces of Elysian Valley

    The diversity of one of the nation’s largest cities is proudly depicted in an elaborate outdoor display that greets thousands of people each day. Five larger than life sculptures make up the center of Los Angeles’ first roundabout. Each are egg-like shapes standing up to a foot tall.

  • Testing Standards for Natural Stone: What They Are, Why They Matter

    Building a beautiful structure that will stand the test of time is the goal of most projects. But when a stone’s physical properties take a back seat to design and aesthetics, how that structure will look in five or 10 years (and beyond) may not be as impressive as it looks immediately following completion.

  • Coldspring Receives Stone Industry Honors

    Cold Spring, Minn. – (February 10, 2021) – Coldspring® – the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America – is proud to announce the company has received two Pinnacle Awards of Excellence from the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) in the Commercial Exterior category.

  • Granite Plays Key Role in Challenging Gardens Upgrade

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home to one of the nation’s premier sculpture and botanical gardens – Frederik Meijer Gardens. In 2017, Meijer Gardens announced plans for a $115-million expansion, including a new 69,000-square-foot Welcome Center and upgrades to their Amphitheater.

  • Success with Granite and Rainscreens

    Stone can provide great performance with a rainscreen design, yet design teams often have many questions about how to incorporate them.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Quarrying

    At Coldspring, our quarrying and production processes rely on advanced technology to increase efficiency and optimize our stewardship of the earth. Read on to learn more.

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

    In today’s marketplace, a wide array of natural stones are available for U.S. dimension stone production. These include granite, limestone, sandstone and marble, each with unique qualities of color, texture, physical properties and more.

  • Responsible Development Informs Upscale Design

    Incorporating elements of natural stone in its raw rough state to a smooth glossy sheen, a beautiful and eco-friendly landscape design was created for a world-class commercial complex on the outskirts of Washington, DC

  • Coldspring Precision Diamond Tooling

    Coldspring, a major stone producer for 120 years began producing diamond tooling for their own production line during the 1930s. As time and the available technology progressed, Coldspring’s engineers and leadership set their sights on adapting new techniques in metallurgy and chemistry, and applied them to their cutting, shaping and polishing processes.

  • Drawing Inspiration from the Surrounding Landscape

    Carnelian granite boulders in their natural state created an inviting new entrance for Brookings Hospital, which was influenced by the glacial movement across the Great Plains thousands of years ago.

  • Key Features of Urban Park Designs

    As we saw the world shift towards socially distanced outdoor gatherings, both urban parks and plazas experienced renewed attention. We believe landscape architects now have an even higher calling to continue to bring inspired, sustainable spaces to our communities.

  • Creating Inviting Entrances with Natural Stone

    First impressions matter, especially when it comes to entryways, landscapes, hardscapes, and other types of construction. A space’s entrance should complement its surroundings and set the tone for the rest of the design. By incorporating natural stone into an entryway, design teams can create inviting entrances that make a statement.

  • How to Add Value to Your Project with Natural Stone

    These days, many project owners are looking to achieve as much value as possible out of their ventures. And one of the best ways to maximize a project’s value is by specifying an enduring, durable and high-performance product like natural stone.

  • One Stone, Many Expressions

    Think choosing one stone for your project means a boring design? Not if you choose multiple finishes! Different finishes can create a variety of shades and tones and strikingly different looks while unifying the space. Here are four of our top reasons to incorporate multiple finishes into your next project.

  • 4 Ideas for Creating High-Impact Small Spaces

    From sculptural seating to artistic landscape elements and water features, designers are using stone to bring the natural element into their small-space designs. Here are four ideas for incorporating natural stone into your small-space design to create big-impact results.

  • What Makes Stone Sustainable?

    In today’s world, project owners increasingly realize the importance of building with sustainability in mind. Architects are pushing the movement forward with designs that keep the health and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants in mind.

  • Setting the Paved Foundation

    Many factors contribute to the right choice of natural stone installation for a project. Methods include mortar set, sand set, bituminous set, and pedestal set. Understanding the differences in installation methods, and the best applications for each, is essential for a successful project.

  • The New Sustainability: Why Everything We Do Matters

    When the green building movement first came into the limelight decades ago, the focus for materials was primarily on recycled content and renewable resources. But today the sustainability of products has evolved based on changes in green building programs.

  • Natural Stone May Be More Cost-Effective Than You Think

    In today’s uncertain environment, project budgets may be under new scrutiny. If you or your client loves natural stone, but think it’s out of your budget, you may want to think again. Look to the project’s life cycle for clues that stone may be more affordable than you imagine.

  • Water Features and Natural Stone: Considerations for Design and Fabrication

    Water features hold a powerful place in landscape design. Through movement and sound, water transforms even the busiest urban landscape into a serene escape. A tranquil pool offers a place for reflection, or a dynamic fountain evokes a spirit of play.

  • Incorporating Granite in Modern Campus Design

    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.

  • The Importance of NSC 373 Certification: Why Coldspring Certified

    In recent years, the marketplace has become increasingly environmentally conscious. While leading companies in the natural stone industry have always adhered to environmental best practices, we knew it had become important that we as an industry verify these processes by an outside party

  • Increasing Project Creativity Through Design/Manufacturing Collaboration

    Natural stone, particularly from a supplier with the most advanced capabilities, offers nearly limitless design options as it allows designers to use a classic building product in creative, contemporary applications.

  • Boston Children's Hospital featured in Contemporary Stone & Tile Design

    When guests and visitors approach the entrance of the Boston Children’s Hospital they are greeted by a “hide and seek” style wall made of Mesabi Black® granite.

  • North American Quarrying

    As the national discourse surrounding tariffs for imported goods remains ongoing, the focus on domestic-manufactured products has reached an all-time high.

  • Elmira Corning Regional Airport by Fennick McCredie Architecture

    Coldspring provided approximately 12,000 sq.ft. of Lake Placid Blue and 8,500 sq.ft. of Sierra White® for the addition to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport.

  • Domestic and Imported Stone: Sourcing the Right Stone for Your Project

    In today’s business climate, the focus on domestic-manufactured products has reached an all-time high. While the discussion of tariffs for imported goods remains in progress, decision-makers are faced with carefully weighing all the options.

  • Minnesota Granite Earns Top Ranks

    Coldspring implemented grand measures to ensure a quality and efficient fabrication and delivery process for the Davis Barracks at USMA, West Point.

  • CNC Technology Brings New Era of Stone Design

    Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology has made its mark on stone design and fabrication, providing numerous benefits to those who take advantage of its capabilities.

  • Whimsical granite sculpture becomes sustainable public landscape

    A modern roundabout in Los Angeles was adorned with nine larger-than-life granite sculptures to help control smog and exhaust impacts on the surrounding community.

  • Natural Stone Provides Sustainability

    Two varieties of Coldspring granite were specified for the design of the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Material Certification Assures Consumers Sustainable Stone

    More than ever before, sustainability is a top concern for today’s educated consumer. It seems everyone from the college co-ed to the Baby Boomer-retiree wants to know if the products they consumer are produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Granite played an integral role in meeting design goals for the landscape of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • The Grove At Connell Center - Berkeley Heights, NJ

    The Connell Real Estate and Development Company had an idea to transform Connell Center Corporate Park in Berkeley Heights, N.J., into a pedestrian-friendly campus with multiple recreational experiences and environments.

  • CNC Technology Brings New Era in Stone Fabrication

    Collaboration between commercial building architects/landscape architects, designers and fabricators can lead to detailed stone designs with the assistance of state-of-the-art CNC machines.

  • The Stone Industry Adopts A New Sustainability Standard

    In the February 2018 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, Meg Calkins, FASLA, shares about the Natural Stone Industry’s new sustainability standard.

  • Specifying Certified Stone: Reaching Sustainability Goals with Environmentally Responsible Materials

    A recently developed sustainability standard gives project teams the verification needed to ensure that stone being sourced for a project is environmentally responsible.

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