Case Studies

Alumni Plaza


The Alumni Plaza at the University of Arizona is nothing less than a skillful combination of the old and the new. One of the focal points of the project, four Carnelian® granite fountains, not only incorporates the timelessness of the rock itself, but speaks to a vision of the school dating back to its founding in the 1880s.

Additionally, granite pavers in the same Carnelian granite allow donors to the project to be recognized and, as part of a memorial walkway, not only celebrate significant aspects of the school’s past, but also leave space for future generations to write their own history.

Polished Carnelian was the color of choice for the four 32 feet granite fountains. The project required complete utilization of design and fabrication capabilities to create the fountains. Each one is made up of eight segments, 4′ X 6′ X 2,’ and cantilevered at different angles from 38° to 68°. Each segment weighs approximately 8,000 lbs. A memorial walkway going through the center of the plaza features twenty-one 2’ X 6’ Carnelian pavers engraved with facts of historical significance for the University.

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