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Continuing Education

Ongoing training for better results

Coldspring is an approved American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) continuing education provider. Programs currently available include:

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Formation to Fabrication

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) and .1 LU by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

This course is an introduction to commercially available natural stones (Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, and Marble) as used in dimension stone production. Geology as it relates to each stone type will be provided to aid in understanding each stone type’s physical properties. Stone harvesting and fabrication will be discussed to educate and provide insight into quarry and production techniques that contribute to successful architectural projects (understanding quarries, color and natural markings as they relate to natural stone, etc). ASTM Testing procedures and relative values will be discussed in relation to the stone categories considered. Also discussed will be piece size and thickness as it relates to the use of each stone type and the effect of quarry type and technique.

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Design and Architecture

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES) and .1 LU by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

This course will focus on the architect’s sampling process, surface finishes, graphics, basic stone detailing, BIM object libraries, and will touch lightly on anchoring systems. The objective is to provide an understanding of available finishes, and design tools available to architects as they begin the design process and progress toward contract drawings. Consideration will also be given to budget pricing and cost implications of various design options.

Stone in Design: A Collaboration: Working with Stone Firms in the Early Design Phases

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is intended to instruct attendees about the use of stone in projects as well as defining the key elements in the design process.

Tour: Fabrication of Natural Stone - Processing that Meets Design Specifications

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is an overview of the equipment and sequence of fabrication processes used to create cuts and finishes per the design specifications for natural stone building products. Participants will recognize how architectural drawings translate into shop tickets and apply to the fabrication process. Illustrative examples of natural stone fabrication standards and how finished products are prepared for shipping and installation will convey realistic expectations in specifying design requirements for building and landscape projects.

Tour: Quarrying Natural Stone - Selection to Extraction

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

This course is to observe an operating quarry with an overview of granite geology and composition. Understand fundamentals of quarrying granite by viewing an extraction operation that results in commonly used material. Witness how employing industry best practices support
sustainable operation goals toward social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Why Specify Certified Stone: How the Natural Dimension Stone Sustainability Standard can Assist Green Building Projects

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES), the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES), and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

This course highlights how the dimensions stone sustainability standard (ANSI/NSC 373) can assist projects with sustainability goals. The standard examines and verifies through a third party, numerous areas of stone production such as: water usage, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation, corporate governance, energy, waste, chemicals, worker health and safety innovation credits. It also includes a companion Chain of Custody (COC) program, which ensures traceability of certified stone from the quarry to processing and throughout the supply chain and ultimately to their journeys end.

How to Create Value for Owners using Natural Stone in Landscape Applications

Program approved for 1 LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (LA CES).

In this course, participants will received education through case study examples on creating value for owners of landscape projects using natural stone. Participants will lean how to bring their vision to reality with the selection and specification of stone that maximizes the material's benefits. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify opportunities for incorporating stone into a project, while keeping budget in mind and providing owners with an enduring, environmentally sustainable solution.

To schedule a Coldspring continuing education presentation:

• Contact your local representative

• Call 800.328.5040