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Consolidated Forensics Laboratory

This project consisted of 40,000 square feet of 4cm thick Tunisian limestone rain-screen wall-cladding, erected on the exterior of the building. This project involved multiple stone color and character trips to the stone supplier in Italy, extensive amounts of stone physical property testing, and performance mock-up testing performed offsite.

The installation method relied on a secondary metal channel support system designed and engineered by Rugo Stone. The framing system mounted to the exterior metal stud framed wall enclosure system, which carried the air-water vapor system. Rugo’s scope included the scaffolding and mono-rail stone hoisting system, the supply of all stone, and the installation of the stone, for the two end elevations of the building and the continuous sloping roofline soffit cornice assembly.

The stone was procured within the desired color range, delivered on time, and installed with no warranty issues. In order to place the secondary support system, this project involved intricately detailed design work with close coordination with the stud wall and AWV contractors.

This project represents one of many examples of Rugo’s ability to work with Whiting Turner to manage foreign stone fabrication, shop drawings and anchor and framing engineering, successful stone performance mock-up results, and safe, timely installation all to meet the demands of the project schedule.

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2012
Owner: DC Department of Real Estate Services
Architect: HOK
General Contractor: The Whiting Turner Contracting Company
40,000 sqft
Services: Design fabricate and install stone façade on rain screen wall system

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.