Awards by the Natural Stone Institute: Women in Stone, Person of the Year and Pinnacle

Grande Pinnacle Award: Stone works inside 520 W 28th Street in New York City.

Update (March 01, 2018): David Unger named 2017 Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year

The most important stone association in the US honors people from the sector and works realized in the states and outside

Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing for Coldspring in Cold Spring, MN, is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Stone Pioneer Award.

For more than a decade, she has made a powerful impact on the natural stone industry with her tireless efforts to position natural stone as a sustainable product within the building industry. She has been active in the Women in Stone initiative since its inception, and her vision and leadership were instrumental in creating the Women in Stone Mentorship Program.

Kathy Spanier, Coldspring

Getting involved is not a new concept to Spanier. Over the course of her 35 year marketing career she has continually assumed leadership roles in a number of industry associations.

David Castellucci

2017 Person of the Year Award for David Castellucci

David Castellucci, Director of Business Development at Kenneth Castellucci & Associates in Lincoln, RI, has been named 2017 Person of the Year by the Natural Stone Institute.

Castellucci served as MIA president in 2016 during the first year of the association’s joint venture. In the past two years, he has also served as Chair of the Board Nomination Committee, Chair of the Branding Committee, speaker at Coverings and TISE, and advisor to the New England chapter. He has served on delegations to the Xiamen Stone Fair, Middle East Stone Show, Marmomac, Vitoria Stone Fair, and Carrara Marmotec.

He also acted as chair of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards jury and as a legislative delegate to Washington DC to assist with industry promotional efforts.

Grande Pinnacle Award: Stone works inside 520 W 28th Street in New York City.

2017 Pinnacle Award Winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards were announced at the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony during TISE 2018 fair in Las Vegas, NV. For the tenth year, a Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the best overall project, this time to Port Morris Tile & Marble (Bronx, NY) for their work on the 520 W 28th Street Lobby Feature Wall in New York City.

Envisioned and designed by late renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the 520 W 28th Street project is a futuristic and upscale residential condominium building developed by New York City real estate firm, Related Companies. Apart from the stone work in the condominium’s luxurious apartments, the client also commissioned the engineering and execution of an artistic feature stone wall and matching floor design in the lobby area. Artfully carved from Grigio Brasile marble, the wall creates a breathtaking piece of art that expands a dramatic 34 feet across the lobby. This stone was chosen in part due to its highly durable characteristics, as well as its beautiful smoky grey color tones.

Facade of 520 W 28th Street seen from the High Line former railroad track. Awarded were the stone works in the lobby and in the condominium’s luxurious apartments. Photo: Godsfriendchuck / Wikimedia Commons

The 520 W 28th Street feature lobby wall project exemplifies unique collaboration of creativity, experience and craftsmanship and is now a standing landmark that represents how an inspired vision combined with skill and engineering can push stone design to the limits.

Grande Pinnacle Award: Filipe Pereira (Zaha Hadid Architects), Colin Addley (Port Morris Tile & Marble), and Chiara De Luca (Marmomac) with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto.

The judges appreciated the beautiful design and flawless execution of this project, calling it a „careful celebration of the stone’s natural characteristics.“ They also called it one-of-a-kind, noting that „the characteristics of the marble used is a big part of the success of the execution.“

Eleven Pinnacle Awards of Excellence were given out during the ceremony. The winners are as follows:

Commercial Interior: Euromarble, Carrara, Italy, Brookfield Place Tower 2, Perth, Australia;

Commercial Interior: Camarata Masonry Systems Ltd., Houston, TX, 609 Main Houston, TX;

Commercial Interior: Masonry Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Guoco Tower, Singapore;

Commercial Exterior: ROCAMAT Pierre Naturelle, L’Ile-Saint Denis, France, The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center of Paris, Paris, France;

Commercial Exterior: Coldspring, Cold Spring, MN
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA;

Commercial Exterior: ABC Worldwide Stone, LLC; Brooklyn, NY, Perry World House, Philadelphia, PA;

Commercial Exterior: Coldspring, Cold Spring, MN, Riverside Roundabout, Los Angeles, CA;

Residential: 3D Stone, Inc., Bloomington, IN, V House;

Residential: Stones and Roses International Co. Ltd., Samutprakarn, Thailand, Baan Phetkasem, Thailand;

Renovation/Restoration: Marmi Natural Stone, Norcross, GA, Recreation Pier Baltimore, Baltimore, MD;

Renovation/Restoration: H E Satterwhite, Richmond, VA, Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex, Dillwyn, VA;

Sponsors of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards were: Marmomac (Grande Pinnacle Award), MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards).

The Natural Stone Institute

Photos: The Natural Stone Institute

(26.02.2018, USA: 02.26.2018)