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American Red Cross Headquarters Office Building

This project is a combination of re-erecting the 1951 original headquarters building 25′ forward on the site and creating a new state of the art 500,000 sqft conjoined office building at the rear of the original building. The project consists of 133,000 sqft of limestone, granite, and decorative interior marble walls and floors, it also included installing precious bas relief white marble sculptures measuring 8’x6’x6″ thick.

The original building was previously dismantled and left in a very rough state, which required Rugo to mobilize off-site for 11 months to carefully catalog each piece so that we could recreate a shop drawing based on actual sizes of this massive load-bearing limestone. The off-site activity required 2 full-time project managers combined with a crew of up 20 skilled restoration stonemasons to repair and re-fabricate the existing granite and limestone into shapes that would accommodate the new design. The original building consisted of many massive 11″ thick panels, the largest measuring 22′ long x 6′ tall x 5′ thick, all installed with a 3/16″ joint. The new office building was highly articulated using 3″ and 5″ granite and limestone, all set with independent relief angles to form the new building facade. The interior floor is rich in decorative marble floors and stairs with large inlaid letters creating various cultural statements relevant to the core beliefs of the Red Cross:

2003 Washington Building Congress Award Winner for Exterior Stone Craftsmanship

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2003
Owner: American Red Cross
Architect: Shalom Baranes Architects
General Contractor: Clark Construction
133,000 sqft
Services: Restore original building facade, design, fabricate install new building facade and interior atrium walls, floors, landscape stone

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.