Archive: Mar 2010

  1. More than Green: Can the Space Between the Walls Make a Difference?

    Video Tours of 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. The 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. Office building is the first LEED© Platinum new construction office building in the Washington, D.C. region.  In the design and construction of Tower Oaks, the developer (The Tower Companies) took sustainability to a whole new level.  Not only is the building physically healthy, […]

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  2. Open Pages: Why You Should Judge a Stone Composition By Its Cover

    With precise attention to book-matching, designing with natural stone can result in striking compositions. Are you familiar with the old adage “measure twice, cut once”? To obtain perfect veining patterns in our stone feature walls, at GPI it’s more like “measure twice. draw a diagram. step back and think about it. call the design department. […]

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  3. From the Field: Wells Fargo Center Lobby Installation Part 2

    Part 2 of our photo update from the construction site at the Wells Fargo Center in Norfolk, Virginia. We manufactured, engineered, and installed the backlit onyx feature wall system and four-sided column wraps in the main lobby.  All of the prep work and structural steel has been completed and we are now hanging our FLAT-Lite™ […]

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  4. From the Field: Wells Fargo Lobby Installation

    A photo update of our installation progress on-site in Norfolk, Virginia (see the project rendering belowfor the final vision). Most of the steel has been installed and a few FLAT-Lite™ LED panels were tested.  Everything fit together perfectly and it looks like the columns will be installed tomorrow. The reception wall (above) had some framing adjustments, which […]

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  5. GPI Begins Backlit Onyx Install at LEED Certified Office Building

    This week marks the long awaited kickoff of the installation of our Wells Fargo Center job in Norfolk, Viriginia.  From the time a project is initiated to the actual installation, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  Here’s just a little taste of why we’re so excited to finally be on the construction […]

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  6. Backlit Honey Onyx: Representation of Hearth?

     “the solar-heating functions of a building were essentially a replacement of the original thermal functions of the fireplace.  With its circle of warmth, the fireplace had once been the center of family life… what were the qualities of the hearth that made it so wonderful and so beloved?” – Thermal Delight in Architecture by Lisa […]

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  7. Design Inspiration: 9 Ideas for Backlit Onyx Applications

    Think Beinecke Library at Yale University by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM: set architectural precedent by exploiting the possibilities of translucent natural stone. Translucent stone products possess unique depth and character. In addition to lit bartops and interior feature walls, backlit natural stone can be used in a variety of commercial interior and exterior applications. Whether translucent stone […]

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  8. Dynamic Architecture: Building Management Systems and Interactive Controls

    Imagine walking into a corridor that senses your presence and gradually produces light patterns on the wall that mimic your path of movement. Will central management of interior lighting eliminate the need for something as simple as a lightswitch? With the evolution of building management systems from mere organization of a building’s technical services (electricity, […]

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