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CASE STUDY

Fashion Tower

Fashion Tower stands out among the many buildings in a neighborhood that was once the epicenter of American clothing design and manufacturing. This restoration and renovation project included building a contemporary lobby inspired by the rebirth of the Fashion District and the building’s unique heritage. Rugo Stone performed this project in collaboration with Walker Zanger, NY.

Rugo Stone was top of mind for the team at Walker Zanger when it came to fabricating the marble for the complex design in the lobby. This unique lobby design features “pleated” walls in hand-selected, fine veined Calacatta Caldia marble, with hints of bronze-tinted aluminum between each marble pleat. First, the Rugo Stone team prepared detailed shop drawings and digital slab layouts to locate the saw cuts on the slabs, ensuring perfect vein matching from panel to panel. Using these layout drawings, Rugo then cut the panels on a waterjet machine to precisely cut the unique triangular and quadrilateral shapes. Then using a CNC machine, Rugo milled the edges to create custom angle cuts, which formed the pleated design. The team dry-assembled each marble panel on plywood to mock up the installation conditions as a final QC check. For this, Rugo built special crates based on the sizes of the pieces, carefully packed and sent to the final installation. The final result is an elegant design with perfect vein matching.

Location: New York, NY
Completion Date: 2013
Architect: GRT Architects
General Contractor: SCK Teamwork
Services Performed: Consultation, Waterjet and CNC fabrication

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.”

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