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Echelon™ Masonry joined forces with Belgard® hardscapes to showcase a variety of Oldcastle® Architectural Products at the NAHB® International Builders’ Show held in Las Vegas January 19-21, 2016, premiering two new Artisan Masonry Veneers®: Kensley Stone Thin Veneer and Westpeak Stone Thin Veneer.
For many years, architects and builders have appreciated the benefits of utilizing thin masonry veneers for a variety of projects. With the aesthetic appeal of full‐depth brick or natural stone, thin veneers typically cost significantly less to ship and install, can be used for both interior and exterior applications, and do not require the additional footings of natural stone or full‐depth masonry -- all of which set thin veneer as the economical, versatile option for a multitude of architectural uses.
On November 1, 2016, major changes to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®) LEED® rating system will go into effect, including a significant overhaul of the Materials and Resources (MR) category that will shift expectations on sustainability reporting and performance. Despite the fact that adhering to LEED guidelines is often optional, products that meet the new complex and demanding transparency and performance requirements of LEED v4 will be more likely to gain favor with the architectural community moving forward.
On August 29, 2005, the nation watched as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, damaging or destroying over 120 schools in the New Orleans school district alone. Ten years after the storm, most of these school communities have not only rebounded, but flourished, and Oldcastle looks back on our part in the recovery story.
During the summer of 2016, Hall County Sheriff’s Department relocated its existing headquarters from downtown Gainesville—the site of the old county jail—to a 33-acre Government Center campus on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Georgia. The new, three-story architectural block building is 50,000 square feet and provides the county with an expanded space ample for growth in the near future.