Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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86 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued from page 19) h a rd s c a p e s I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 1 2 redevelopment of an urban hardscape area might involve the reuse of granite for a new purpose or plaza. Q: How can an urban redevelopment project incorporate granite into the hardscape, even if the budget is tight? Kron: Granite has a reputation as a high-end material, which means it's often too quickly dismissed as a budget-breaker. Fortunately for hardscape projects, granite's cost is comparable to the cost of other materials on market. But granite doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing prospect. When the budget doesn't allow for an entire plaza area to be constructed of granite, the material can be incorporated into feature areas or pieces. For hardscaping, one cost- effective way to use granite is as a decorative feature or as an accent on plaza planters, seat caps or seatwalls. Using granite in select areas dresses up the space while keeping the budget in mind. Q: What new trends are you seeing in the use of granite for hardscapes? Kron: One trend we're seeing is the use of remnant material to create beautiful feature pieces to accentuate a hardscape or landscape area. Many forward-thinking designers are visiting quarries and selecting pieces that are unusable for the manufacturing process and repurposing them into beautiful artwork for their projects. For example, a piece may be left in its natural state and erected vertically to create a striking sculptural element for an entry. Using repurposed material from a quarry in an artistic element helps keep costs down, while creating exceptional appeal. Q: What final thoughts do you have on the use of granite for urban redevelopment? Kron: With urban hardscaping, the design takes advantage of granite's durable properties and puts them to great use. By adapting finishes, the design achieves an aesthetically pleasing, durable walkway surface that can meet ADA requirements and perform for a very long time. Since 1999, Jason Kron has specialized in the natural stone industry. In his current role as director of sales at Coldspring, Kron works with the architectural and design communities to meet their natural stone needs, and with cemeteries for memorial product and development needs. He can be reached at jkron@coldspringusa.com. Granite was chosen for Smale Riverfront Park and The Banks development partly due to its durability and sustainability. The riverfront is located in a floodplain, so granite was selected to mitigate potential damages from flooding and de-icing. When a hardscape is eventually remodeled, granite can be reused or repurposed for a new project. PHOTO CREDIT: PATRICK MCCUE PHOTOGRAPHY

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