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Washington DC Convention Center Exterior Cladding

The exterior of this building involved two massive stair towers clad in 3″ Indiana limestone as well as two very tall slender spires clad in granite. The stone package was bid without a secondary support system defined. Rugo Stone and their engineers designed a galvanized steel uni-strut and misc steel support system to create a secondary support system for the massive 3″ cladding. This secondary support system was fully coordinated with the stud wall construction to create a barrier wall behind our framing system.

Our framing system was created in a collaborative “design-assist” method with Clark and the PE of record. Rugo erected mast climber scaffolding and designed a mono-rail system to feed these heavy stones on to the work platform for a safe and efficient installation with minimal site footprint interruption to the other trades. This project was very challenging yet successful as the main building structure included a secondary stone support system, which was designed by Rugo in fully integrated shop drawings, which included all adjacent scope conditions to ensure a watertight installation.

Location: Washington, DC
Completion: 2005
Owner: Washington DC Convention Center Authority
Architect: TVS / Mariani JVT
General Contractor: Clark Construction
Services: Design, fabricate and install limestone and granite exterior wall rainscreen

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.