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Stone Renovation Project
1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW

1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW is notable for its proximity to the White House and National monuments in DC. Rugo renovated this iconic building to be one of the most recognizable office buildings in the city. 

The rooftop terrace features three serpentine stone benches with a waterjet-cut gray granite floor, inlaid as tiles. The benches are solid stone with varying dimensions and thicknesses, 1′-6″ to 1′-10″ tall, with ramps and twists to make a serpentine shape.

The serpentine benches were all modeled in 3D. They were drafted in 2D and 3D for approval and to communicate the setting plan to the field crew. Our team worked closely with the stone fabricator and was continuously involved in selecting, approving, and fabricating the benches. The pieces were cut, dry-assembled to hit accurate elevations and alignments per design, and then finished with the texture needed. 

Since the design required the stone, tile, and wood trades to coordinate with one another, our team coordinated every step of the installation with the GC and the other trades to ensure accurate and successful installation. Our team waterjet cut plastic templates and provided them to the trades to accurately lay out the stone benches.

Rigging the solid stone benches to the rooftop terrace was a challenging task given the project’s location in the heart of the city. We partnered with a rigging company to develop a plan to perform the work on a Saturday when the traffic would be more manageable. We measured job site conditions and prepared renders to show the crane’s proposed position and loading and handling plans to obtain the owner’s approval. We then hired a 10,900 lb capacity crane to carry the stone benches. All the parameters such as the crane’s position in relation to the building, the angle of inclination, the height of the boom extension, and the rotation on an axis were pre-calculated precisely and executed per the plan. 

Location: Washington, DC
Completion Date: 2021
Owner:  Akridge
Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates
General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Services Performed: Rooftop Exterior granite benches and paving. Design, Consultation, Supply, Rigging and Installation.
Size: 8,700 Sqft

From Our Clients:

“What a great experience! Every interaction from the first visit to the final inspection was professional and service oriented. They took the time to help us find the perfect stone and then had an installation team that was extremely detail-oriented and friendly. I know they do larger projects than ours but they made us feel very appreciated. Thank you to Brett Rugo, Sam Arcot and the rest of the team!  We would most certainly use and recommend you again!!”

“Your mason was an artist and a master craftsman! Wow — he really did an amazing job on our challenging project!”

“When I was a little boy, my parents and grandparents taught me five principles: Honor, Dignity, Respect, Integrity, and Passion. Very very few have all five. My dear friend Brett not only has those qualities and values––he defines them.”

“One of the things that impressed me so much about Brett, his meticulousness, his desire, his passion to do it right the first time.”

“I know how meticulous [Brett] is in his craftsmanship. That’s really a dying art, not just in the stone business, or my business, but throughout the construction industry.”

“I think Brett is the most knowledgeable guy that I know in the stone business and is extremely passionate about the stone industry. He’s taught me a great deal––by taking me to stone quarries, explaining everything from installation to fabrication. He’s just been a walking book of knowledge on stone.”

“With Rugo Stone and with Brett Rugo, you’ll have someone who is reliable, thorough, dedicated, efficient, and will work to perfection. He will not stop until everything is done the way it’s supposed to be done. Brett is one of those individuals who, whenever you ask for something, he comes through on it, and he is willing and able to please.”

“Brett is a driven individual, and so therefore, he has wanted to make sure that everything he does is done just right.”

“Brett has thankfully achieved a great name for himself and for his company, and he is known for his quality, craftsmanship work, that no matter where he goes, no matter what he does, it’s going to be done to perfection.”

“We can judge the tree by the fruit it bears, and this holds true for Rugo Stone. The work speaks for itself, and it is pretty exceptional. The entire organization has a real commitment to quality, from the shop drawings, to engineering, material sourcing, fabrication, and then installation, and that commitment is reflected in the end result.”

Driven by Passion. Dedicated to Excellence.

We lend a sophisticated aesthetic and world-class expertise to large scale and special projects. Clients include religious, civic, cultural and educational institutions, public agencies, private developers, major corporations, and individuals.