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The eight-story, 90-foot-tall office building at 888 16th Street NW, within sight of the White House, was constructed around 1968 in the Brutalist style — marked by a six-story block composed of precast concrete and deeply recessed windows. Rugo Stone was engaged by design firm Gensler very early in the design process to identify the proper stone materials for the exterior re-cladding of the precast facade.

Rugo conducted extensive research on affordable and structurally reliable limestone materials for the upper floors. Rugo identified six materials, one of which was accepted by the client after Rugo completed all of the ASTM stone physical property stone and anchorage testing. Rugo designed a unique supplemental stainless steel framing system to fur out the wall cavity and create a system of blind anchors to support the new stone cladding, which had exposed stone edges and would not allow for edge anchorage of the stone. Rugo furnished and installed over 40,000 sqft of limestone and granite cladding, granite site work, and an elegant marble and travertine lobby.

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2020
Owner: Tramell Crow
Architect: Gensler
General Contractor: Clark Construction
42,000 sqft
Services: Design, fabricate, and install new limestone and granite façade and marble

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.