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Interview with a Stone Inspector
September 1, 2010 by Maurizio Ghiotto

raoulRaoul Luciani is one of the foremost stone inspectors in our industry today. It literally takes decades of experience to become truly knowledgeable in the stone inspection field. Raoul now has more than 30 years under his belt and has worked on many well-known projects throughout the world.

I would like to share with you what a valuable asset he is to any project that requires skilled quality control for what can be (and often is) the most important aesthetic element of any architectural structure.

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The Houston Ballet is going to have a new home.
August 10, 2010 by Maurizio Ghiotto

manThe Houston Ballet is going to have a new home and the American Stone Company is proudly participating in stone installation.

The new home for the ballet is located in downtown Houston on the block surrounded by Smith, Louisiana, Congress, and Preston Sts.

ASC is currently consumed with the  installation of exterior cladding in "Absolute Black" granite and interior limestone flooring in "Gascoigne Beige", as well as tiling bathrooms and showers.


Lone Star State recognized on EPA's list of Energy Star Rating in 2009
March 23, 2010 by Washington (U.S. EPA)

/news/images/energystar.jpgHouston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings that earned the EPA's Energy Star in 2009.

Houston was sixth on the list, with 133 buildings given the Energy Star in 2009 for a total of 64 million sf. The buildings' energy efficiency saved $73.9 million and prevented emissions equal to 53,400 homes' electricity use.

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We have a WINNER!
March 22, 2010 by Maurizio Ghiotto

/news/images/Chambers.jpgOur own Robert Chambers and his team "The Trail Riders" are award winning rib bbq'ers (again) they have come in 11th place at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest for 2010. The mouth watering ribs are a treat for those of us that have had the privilege of trying them. Unfortunately, I was in China for a job material approval and missed the tasting this year but have savored those ribs in past years.

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2010 Construction Safety Excellence Award
March 19, 2010 by 2010 National Conference of Associated General Contractors

/news/images/tellepsen.jpgWe have just been informed that Susan Phillips and John Pfeiffer will be bringing home the GOLD for Tellepsen from the 2010 National Conference of Associated General Contractors of America(AGC) .




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Penrose Tiling
February 1, 2010 by Wikipedia

/news/images/Penrose_wikipedia.jpgA Penrose tiling is a nonperiodic tiling generated by an aperiodic set of prototiles named after Sir Roger Penrose, who investigated these sets in the 1970s. Because all tilings obtained with the Penrose tiles are non-periodic, Penrose tiles are considered aperiodic tiles. A Penrose tiling may be constructed so as to exhibit both reflection symmetry and fivefold rotational symmetry, as in the diagram at the right. nonperiodic tiling generated by an aperiodic set of prototiles named after Sir Roger Penrose, who investigated these sets in the 1970s.


The Start of a New Decade
January 12, 2010 by Maurizio Ghiotto

/news/images/maurizio-business2.jpgThe start of 2010 allows me to reflect on the past, review the present and set goals for the future.

I came to the United States over 25 years ago, the reputation of the boundless opportunities here inspired me to take that step. I feel blessed by the people I work with, my family, and friends. We at American Stone Company are a team and we continue to see an abundance of opportunity in our future.


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Hope for the Future
October 27, 2009 by Maurizio Ghiotto

Jordan FrittsWe hired a young man 4 years ago as a project manager. His name is Jordan Fritts. I hear many colleagues complain about the lack of work ethic in our youth; however, he has given me hope in our future.

This young man has been a pleasure to work with - as well as train. He started his first day with enthusiasm, curiosity and a strong intuition for this industry. He shows respect for his colleagues and clients and has built a following of very satisfied customers.

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Simona Furini of Rottet Studio Created an Outstanding Show
October 1, 2009 by Maurizio Ghiotto

italystyleItalian Style Expo produced by The Italy America Chamber of Commerce of TX, Inc. was opened September 25 through the 27, 2009 in the George R Brown Convention Center.

I was talked into participating in this show by a charming Italian architect friend, Simona Furini with Rottet Studio architectural firm. Simona is an outstandingly talented architect responsible for many award winning designs including Cheniere Energy in Houston and Corpus Christi which American Stone was able to provide and install the stone. 

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Italy in September
September 21, 2009 by Maurizio Ghiotto

treesItaly in September is absolutely one of the best months to travel there. It is beyond the August shut down when everyone in the whole country is on vacation. The evenings are cooler and days are the perfect sunny weather, really a true pleasure. I was born in Italy as is obvious by my accent and travel many times a year to Italy. This happened to be a particularly pleasant visit that I thought to share with you.

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Portuguese Tradition of Stone Soup
June 5, 2009 by Wikipedia

Wikipedia's contribution

According to Portuguese tradition, the events described in the "stone soup" tale took place around Almeirim, Portugal. Nowadays many restaurants in Almeirim serve stone soup, or "sopa de pedra". In the Portuguese version of the story the soup traveler was a monk.


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Spring 2009 in Portugal
May 1, 2009 by Maurizio Ghiotto

vertigoquarryWe were lucky enough to be able to take a trip to Portugal in the spring to approve some material for a very important job. A few of us from American Stone, the contractor and the most important person the architect, all took our job seriously.

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