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American Artstone wins national awards

January 10, 2011
The Journal

NEW ULM - American Artstone Company received two national awards by the Cast Stone Institute at the 2010 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida in October.

Artstone was the recipient of the Architects Choice award for its work on the St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.

Artstone also received a Hardscape Excellence award from the Cast Stone Institute for work on the Peace Plaza project recently completed in Rochester, Minn.

The work on the St. Anthony Regional Hospital was completed under direction of the architectural firm, Horty Elving & Associates, Inc. of Minneapolis, and general contractor, Graham Construction of Des Moines. The masonry contractor was Seedorff Masonry of Des Moines.

Artstone's scope of work for the hospital included designing, producing, and shipping architectural cast stone products for the new surgery center and parking structure that required modular and panelized exterior veneer products as well as a unique relief sculpture of St. Anthony measuring 31 feet, 10 inches tall and 10 feet, 6 inches wide.

Due to its enormous size, the 46,000-pound statue was produced and delivered in four sections. The hospital desired a look that would be recognizable by visitors.

The cast stone veneer combines smooth and split face textures in blended colors to simulate natural stone. The huge signature artistic relief graces the side of the building that sits on a hilltop, overlooking the city.

The Peace Plaza project in downtown Rochester, was completed under direction of Yaggy Colby Associates of Rochester. The contractor was Pember Companies of Menomonie, Wis.

The plaza replaced a section of city street to create a peaceful, park-like setting near the Mayo Health System buildings, offering a calm environment for visitors, employees and patients to relax and enjoy. Artstone designed and produced cast stone products that were used for creating light poles, planters, railing bollards and a large fountain.



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