An Institute of Architecture and Arts (ICAA) Event. A wide range of designers come together in Florence, Texas to bring their creative minds to the forefront. A day packed with learning how their imagination is transformed into Limestone Architectural Elements for their clients is enhanced with a tour of Continental Cut Stone’s Limestone Fabrication Mill. The day ended with their itching, creative hands ready to tinker on limestone hosted by Texas Carved Stone and Bartlett Stone.
A 72” saw sings, pneumatic hammers ping, what better way to support the ICAA (Institute of Classical Architecture and Art) and earn 3 CEUs (required credits for design licensing and accreditation). The day in the life of the design community runs into the wall of deadlines, distractions and mind-cramping design detail that weakens the creative spirit.
This past Saturday, April 22nd, the ICAA gave remedy to this slow path to the doldrums for right brainers by offering a day to tickle their creative juices. 30+ attendees came from as far away as Illinois, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio to expand their knowledge base under the tutelage of 90 + years combined experience of stone fabrication, design and carving experts in the Limestone Production and Design business.
The day started with a tour at Continental Cut Stone in Florence Texas, a limestone fabrication mill. Rob Teel, President and Founder, presented “Concept to Delivery”. Key takeaways included a better understanding of the types of quarrying and how the different sizes of limestone block relates to scaling in the design, limestone applications, LEED point discussions, shop drawings and best practices with more cost effective cuts to expensive designs, etc. A mill tour followed with a full demonstration of cutting limestone blocks that were as big as a small car to form into architectural elements.
Next, a quick trip to Texas Carved Stone for a light lunch and hands on stone carving. Bob Ragan of Texas Carved Stone, Matthew Johnson of Bartlett Stone and Stuart Simpson of Austin Stone Carving were delighted to share their stone carver expertise as they watched over and guided the attendees. Casual discussions ranging from designing in stone to installing fireplace over mantles were heard throughout the day. Participants who wanted to try their hand at carving grabbed a pneumatic carving tool and cut out their way to their own designs in stone!
Thank you to Texas ICAA board, Austin Chapter Steering Committee, Bartlett Stone and Texas Carved Stone and Continental Cut Stone for “Pulling Back the Curtain on Limestone Architectural Design” and thank you for all those who took a Saturday to come out. We know you have other things to do on a Saturday and so appreciate you taking time to come out for some fun and, sometimes, mind expanding activities.
Article by Katherine Teel, Marketing Director for Continental Cut Stone
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Health Learning Building Featured in Texas Architect
We were so excited when we learned that the UT Austin Dell Medical School Health Learning Building was going to be featured in the January/February issue of Texas Architect. We worked with C.W. Oates Masonry and Page Southerland Page on this truly unique project.
We worked closely with Page to create the unique trapezoid-shaped stones using our automated milling machine. The machine worked around the clock seven days a week for more than nine months to produce these custom pieces out of our “Armadillo” Texas Cordova Cream limestone, which is the same stone that has been used on all of the University of Texas at Austin’s buildings for 80 years.
The future of medical education, care and research is taking shape at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, the first medical school in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top tier Association of American Universities (AAU) research university. We are honored that we were able to be a part of making the vision for better health in Austin, and Travis County, a reality.
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Kelsey Richardson is beyond excited to join the team at Continental Cut Stone; a company that she believes “rocks”! Kelsey looks forward to making a positive impact on the company as our Account Representative – Outside Sales person.
Natural limestone designs, the people, and the industry are just a few essential components that have contributed to what she has envisioned as her career of choice. She loves being a resource for Architects, Masons, Designers and the building community at large. From concept to installation, Kelsey has the experience and drive to help move Continental Cut Stone projects forward. Continental Cut Stone is in its 30th year in completing new projects like George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, UT Dell Medical Center and Austin’s new Central Library as well as Court House restorations and High End Residential Projects.
Kelsey was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Austin in 2001. She attended Texas State University – San Marcos and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, with an emphasis in Interior Design. Shortly after college Kelsey joined forces with a few others to create a home staging company in Austin and surrounding areas. Energized by working with clients, she established herself as one to meet and exceed her clients’ expectations.
Kelsey entered the design world as an Architecture and Design Specification Representative for a distributor in Central Texas. Kelsey quickly learned she has a true interest and passion for building materials. She has enjoyed being a resource for Architects and Designers and looks forward to further building upon these relationships, and creating new ones. Kelsey is looking forward to applying her skills from her background in sales and design towards her new position with Continental Cut Stone and Continental Quarries.
She takes enormous pride in her company’s and client’s satisfaction and is excited to be part of the family. She looks forward to working with all of you!
Continental Cut Stone will be involved in the construction of the new UT Dell Medical Center in Austin. This project has started and they anticipate needing stone in mid 2015. This is a tremendous opportunity and will be fabricated from our Cream Quarry.
Continental Cut Stone is excited to be involved in several residential projects. Historically we have focused on this market and have done work in several parts of the U.S.. We have recently finished projects in Palm Beach, Florida and Napa Valley, California. We have active homes in New Orleans, L.A. and Natchez, MS.
Continental Cut Stone strives to provide for a discerning clientele.
Continental Cut Stone is moving into the 21st century with a recent purchase of a new Park Industries CNC Infinity machine. After our expansion in 2008 provided us space for this machine, we held off until demand warranted the addition of this machine.
We are very excited to step into the world of automation as we continue to improve our facilities.