Echelon/Oldcastle Masonry

 St. Rita’s Square

Crafting a Sicilian Piazza in Milwaukee

Thin cast stone veneer saves time and money, while conveying Italian influence. St. Rita’s Church was built in 1939 in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and for years served as the heart of the Italian American community there. Two years ago, Capri Senior Communities set out to replace the beloved St. Rita’s, which had fallen into disrepair, and several unused buildings in the area with a six-story, senior-care campus that would include a church. The name of the project was St. Rita Square. Designed by AG Architecture, the new senior living community incorporates architectural influences from the original St. Rita’s and Our Lady of Pompeii Church, another beloved religious

Marriott Springhill Suites, Fort Worth, Texas

Hotel’s High-Performance Wall System Perfect Match for Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is imbued with the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry. The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. Every component of the customized build was carefully selected for authenticity and quality. Andres Rubio, architect a

Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Ga.

Sustainable Materials Integral to Atlanta's Westside Park and Reservoir Megaproject

With the city reconfiguring, the long-neglected Westside is undergoing a massive overhaul as its 400-ft. deep Bellwood Quarry is repurposed into Atlanta’s largest water reserve container. The reservoir’s surrounding grounds are being developed into Westside Park, a 280-acre multi-use recreational space. This ambitious multi-phased effort addresses several issues associated with the city’s exploding population—water shortages and surpluses, an aging infrastructure and initiatives to balance development with environmentally responsible practices.This 2.5-billion-gallon capacity gorge will soon hold a large portion of Atlanta’s potable water surplus, increasing res


Full-Depth Veneers

Available in five luxurious colors and four brilliant finishes, Aria Slim Stone full-depth veneers deliver a distinctive, modern aesthetic, increased durability and reduced installation time. Suitable for both interior and exterior installation, the units feature a linear profile that enables the application of the same veneer on both façades and in corners. The 36-in.-long veneer design reduces installation time and the 3.625-in. bed depth enhances durability.


Rich Realism

In a variety of natural colors, the Echelon Porcelain Veneers by Mirage line coordinates with several items in the Belgard porcelain paver collection for mixing and matching. With the same benefits as regular porcelain, they are frost-resistant, durable, easy to clean and are resistant to alkalis, acids and chemical agents. The veneers come in three color collections: Quarziti with the richness of quartz; Ardesie, a stone look; and Noon, which features the look of distressed of wood.


College Hits High Note with Acoustics

Mesa Community College’s re-dedication to music and the arts gave birth to a new performing arts center, acoustically fine-tuned with an inner and outer shell of sound-reflective masonry. The transformation of the Mesa Community College (MCC) Performing Arts Center began when the college purchased the Harkins Movie Theatre, a vacant movie house built in 1979, to drive student interest in the arts and offer a broad range of musical, dance and theatrical performances. Designed by Jones Studio of Phoenix, the $10.3 million, multi-purpose facility, opened as the MCC Performing Arts Center in 2014. This rebirth and rededication into the arts found the center in need of some acoustic fine-tuning,


Stone and Fire

The Museum at Prairiefire wanted to blend natural and man-made materials to create an architectural icon on the Midwestern prairie. Located in Overland Park, Kan., the Museum at Prairiefire is more than a building—it is a work of art that rises from the prairie to tell a story of geology, culture and the practice of prairie landscape management through intentional burns. The standout architectural marvel, with a stone-clad backdrop that represents the undulating hillside, is alive with fiery sparks of color, which seem to flicker based on the time of day and the viewing angle. According to Jonathan Kharfen, AIA and LEED senior associate, Verner Johnson, “At dusk, strategically placed LED lig