2020 Pinnacle Awards of Excellence
CNC machinery helps create
unique stone design for
Arizona State University facility
To pay homage to its American desert southwest home, ASU wanted to use sandstone commonly seen throughout Arizona to create a feature wall in the lobby that simulated if a slice of a slot canyon was extracted and displaced. “We translated that into a concept of a windswept sandstone canyon, cut out of the American Southwest and inserted into downtown DC,” Peli said. “Through studies of the natural windswept forms, a digitally modeled surface was generated mimicking the canyon-like features. Rather than achieving a perfectly smooth striation pattern over the wall — an impossibility due to the wall being constructed of blocks cut from 6-inch-thick slabs — blocks were personally selected for uniformity and figuring to mirror the tectonic intersections in grain found in nature.
2018 Pinnacle Awards of Excellence
Las Vegas Rock
MGM THE PARK
The Park, MGM Resort’s dynamic outdoor dining and entertainment district, is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. The goal for the outdoor area was to create a space where stunning desert landscapes and cutting-edge design work in harmony. Las Vegas Rock’s metaquartzite was chosen for the project, and as one of the prolific building elements of The Park, the material measures up to the project’s intricate sustainability requirements that stretch far beyond the standard. The metaquartzite’s vivid strata variations introduce colors that are characteristic of the southwestern landscape visible from Las Vegas Boulevard, and reminiscent of some of Nevada’s most iconic natural landmarks. The pieces produced for The Park are giant, crystal-like planters that contain the native flora that bring the desert to bloom in the heart of The Strip. The giant crystal-like planters feature multi-dimensional surfaces that are made of 596 different pieces, all of which are windswept so no two are identical. "Once the crystal planter concept was in place, the !Melk Landscape Architecture & Urban Design team, located in NewYork, NY, scoured options for the perfect building blocks," said Jeremy Adams, vice president of operations for Las Vegas Rock, located in Jean, NV. "The team sought material that was not only environmentally appropriate, but would beautifully complement the surrounding desert landscape.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
Award of Merit: Commercial Exterior
Mitchell Park Library
Palo Alto, California
The Mitchell Park Library is 56,332 square feet of new construction on approximately 3.4 acres in a community park in Palo Alto, California. The approximately 40,000-square foot library is the newest and largest of six libraries in the Palo Alto City Library system. Recognizing the potential for a more sustainable service model, the city of Palo Alto’s Library and Community Services departments developed an innovative and robust “omni-channel” vision of enhanced service in a shared destination for civic, cultural, educational, social, and recreational experiences. To support this new vision, the city sought to replace its library and community center buildings with a new joint-use facility. Appropriateness, quality, and durability of materials were key. This project was designed to serve the community for generations.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: COMMERCIAL INTERIOR
Antero Resources Corporation; Denver, CO To highlight the focus of the company, McPherson Architecture was tasked with creating a geological theme that spoke to the Earth, its strata and the valuable resources within. The design team created an atrium with spiral stairs to connect four levels of office space and facilitate communication between departments.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AWARD OF
EXCELLENCE: COMMERCIAL EXTERIOR
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters; Agoura Hills, CA The split-face stone cladding manufactured by Las Vegas Rock enhances the synergy between nature and technology by echoing the texture and color of the surrounding local stone. The rectangular building clad in strips of auburn, burnt orange and deep-yellow metaquartzite, pay homage to the area’s vivid landscapes and tile roofs.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SPECIAL AWARD OF MERIT FOR SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE MDA EXPANSION PROJECT
The Rachel Ann Perkinson Center is a two story, 15,000 square foot expansion of MDA’s national headquarters building and was built to the highest standards of “green” design and energy efficiency.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AWARD OF MERIT FOR THE SAHRA SPA AT THE COSMOPOLITAN LVR
produced a “Windswept” material that was unifying and could accurately depict nature’s sculptural motion throughout the space. From the conceptual renderings of the designer, to the final installation, the overall feeling is one of a unique stone experience.
MARBLE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA – PINNACLE AWARD OF MERIT AWARD FOR MGM CITY CENTER ARIA PROJECT
The City Center project was awarded the LEED Gold Certification. Las Vegas Rock and their Silver Cradle to Cradle Certification helped facilitate some of the points to achieve the Gold recognition.