By Thom Ashton
Nashville’s Centennial Park
On 09, Jul 2021 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By Thom Ashton
Nashville’s world class 132-acre Centennial Park, is located right in the heart of downtown and the West End. This sprawling green space has been a Nashville touchstone since 1897 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park also hosts a full calendar of signature events for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
Recently, a revitalization project was undertaken to improve the pedestrian experience within the park to provide wider paths with a more open landscape. The results speak for themselves. The lawn is now flanked on each side with 20 foot wide pedestrian promenades made exclusively of our Tennessee Crab Orchard stone. In fact, you will find our Crab Orchard Stone throughout the park, adding twice the amount walking paths for visitors to explore.
By Thom Ashton
Vanderbilt University Dorm
On 03, Aug 2020 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By Thom Ashton
Vanderbilt’s Nicholas S. Zeppos College provides students an environmentally friendly, ultra-modern living space encapsulated by gothic-style architecture. It houses 335 students in four-person suites, traditional double rooms, and traditional single rooms. The college also boasts many study and group discussion areas. Elaborate and exacting stone work was required to complete this unique project. In fact, each stone was fabricated to an exact place in the wall– many with complex angles. Our Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone can be found along the exterior, interior, and in the courtyards. Silvara provided the sawed rubble for the wall stone, plus a sawed stone for flooring and steps in various interiors and exteriors.
By Becky Hastings
Tennessee State Museum
On 25, Feb 2020 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By Becky Hastings
Our Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone was chosen for the exterior walkways surrounding the newly constructed Tennessee State History Museum. Sawn Tennessee Gray Stone was chosen for it’s modern, clean appearance and was sandblasted to offer a lifetime slip resistant surface. The outside skirting of the walkway is lined with our Natural Surface Gray Stone which is much darker in color and dramatically textured, creating a beautiful contrast between the two.
The focal point of the entire landscape is a magnificent fountain built of Tennessee Crab Orchard Gray Stone. This fountain is crafted from carefully fabricated solid Gray Stone blocks forming the main walls. A two-tiered wall allows the stone to protrude over the edge contained by an elevated wall, while the basin itself is lined with thinner gray slabs. The entire hardscape is tastefully illuminated and absolutely spectacular at night. Admission is free and is a must see for all traveling to and through the Nashville area.
By Becky Hastings
Sun Trust Park
On 04, Apr 2017 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By Becky Hastings
SunTrust Park is the new home of the Atlanta Braves major league baseball franchise. Silvara Stone is used throughout the ball park to create an elegant, yet warm and inviting atmosphere.
By Becky Hastings
Blue Ash Park
On 15, Mar 2017 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By Becky Hastings
MKSK Studios designed this climbing wall out of our sawed veneer. The cap stone presented a challenging fabrication element referred to as a ramp and twist. Even the restroom building incorporated our beautiful sawed veneer.
MSA Architects designed a beautiful layout incorporating all 3 surfaces in their main buildings. The buildings have a rusticated base course with our natural cleft stone displaying rich, dark color tones. The remainder of the wall is laid with our sawed veneer with a split face rubble accents that gives the wall great depth and accents.
Other than the climbing wall, you will also find Silvara Stone on the Concert Stage, the 2 mirror-image community buildings and the pavilion tower.
Cumberland Medical Center
On 20, Feb 2014 | One Comment | In Recent Projects | By jdsizemore
This state of the art medical facility used our variegated strip rubble as a wainscot-esque featured element around the building as well as at the main entrance.
To give the split face texture, each piece was hand-chiseled on site. This also helped achieve the radius around the front entrance. With a color spectrum of darker browns, lighter tans, buffs and pinks, the beauty of Crab Orchard stone transforms the facility into a unique installation.
Teton Masonry, our skilled masonry division, laid out columns with three straight sides and tapered back sides, adding an extra dimension to the installation. In addition to the columns, our masonry team had to put 45 degree inside corners between the pane glass windows and hand chisel the radius along the top of the entrance to the facility.
The result is a lasting beauty that will endure for decades to come.
On 03, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By jdsizemore
For this project, our quarry and fabrication departments teamed up with our masonry division, Teton Masonry, to turn this vinyl siding and brick paver area into an oasis of stone pattern flooring, natural stone thin veneer and custom planters and caps.
We demoed the vinyl siding and brick pavers and replaced them with our Chestnut Hill Thin Veneer with custom cut headers and our pattern cut, natural cleft flooring.
We cut out the center of the driveway and laid a stone paver accent to complete this front entrance makeover.
We custom laid the block for the planters and laid our Chestnut Hill Veneer on the exterior and interior where exposed and capped off the walls with our hand pitched sawn cap.
A beautiful accent to this amazing home makeover.
The University of the South
On 26, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By jdsizemore
This new residence hall at the University of the South contained more than 25,000 square feet of our medium veneer irregular fieldstone.
The weathered irregular fieldstone provided an old style, castle like appearance, complete with a more than 50 foot tall chimney.
The fieldstone color ranges include brown, tan, buff, gray and black to give this project a natural and timeless appeal.
We also provided more than 7000 square feet of our chestnut flagstone and step treads. The lighter tan and buff colors provided a nice contrast to the weathered rustic look of the fieldstone.
The Peace Center
On 17, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By jdsizemore
Located in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina, The Peace Center hosts hundreds of performance art events each year. For this breathtaking renovation project, we supplied more than 20,000 square feet of our Tennessee Blue/Gray Stone.
Silvara Stone was used for all the wall caps, step treads and pavers. The entrance off of Main Street includes a beautiful pattern of offset 12×24″ pavers.
To ensure the project was one-of-a-kind, a unique blend of light and dark grays were used, with splashes of earth tones for highlights. Every piece of stone was hand and/or machine cut and installed in a pattern.
The cap stone, pavers and step treads can all be seen together here, as well as a view from the corner of Main Street.
More than 7,000 square feet of walkways and patios were laid with our irregular gray flagstone, while our hand-pitched cap stone provide a beautiful, natural seating for the outdoor amphitheater.
Nashville Play Park
On 01, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Recent Projects | By jdsizemore
Metro Parks of Nashville and their architects, Hargreaves Associates, needed a stone that would stand out at their new Park. Our sawed surface stone was selected because of its unmatched beauty, color and character.
Our professional and experienced team of stone cutters were able to fabricate every piece to the specific detail required for the project. Hardaway Construction was the general contractor on the project and Valley Crest Landscape Development did an incredible job with the stone installation.
Silvara Stone was chosen because of our 50+ years of experience with this type of detailed, high profile project. Every Radius, every cut, every angle had to be spot on for this to come together.
More than 1500 tons of raw material was quarried and fabricated to complete this project, and more than 10,000 square feet of our Crab Orchard Stone was installed. As you can see, there is nothing in the earth that can match the beauty and character of our sawed Crab Orchard stone.