AIA CES Course Luncheon
Hosted by ARTO and Green Goods
Green Goods111 South Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Wednesday, September 19, 2012: 12:00 PM RSVP to email@example.com
Guest Speaker , William Love, ARTO
“The Beautiful Face of Concrete: Using Precast Tile, Pavers, and Wall Veneer for Historic Restoration and Renovation” (AIA 1.0 LU/HSW/SD credit)
The course explores how concrete tile, pavers, and wall veneer are employed for restoration and renovation of buildings and infrastructure. The design and manufacturing process is detailed to better understand the wide range of design options. Case studies demonstrate how concrete tile, pavers, and wall veneer can preserve the cultural heritage of architecturally significant buildings and places while contributing toward sustainability and LEED certification.
Since 1966, ARTO has designed and handcrafted concrete tile, pavers, brick veneer, wall panels, hardscape products, and architectural elements in Los Angeles, CA. We offer rustic & modern styles plus we specialize in custom fabrication, color matching, and historic restoration. Our Western Quarry Tile division has been handcrafting glazed and unglazed terracotta products for over 30 years. The ARTO Tile Studio offers handpainted tiles and murals from classic designs to custom images and logos.
ARTO products can contribute to LEED certification in a variety of ways as we are locally manufactured with locally sourced raw materials plus we can incorporate a wide range of recycled content. We also offer 12 colors certified to reduce the heat island effect plus permeable and pervious pavers to minimize runoff and water pollution. Notable projects include Terranea Resort (spa pool & restaurant), Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, City of San Clemente and LA City Hall (historic restoration), Mariachi Plaza subway station (custom canopy panels), and the Port of Los Angeles Cruise Ship Terminal (custom ballast blocks for 1.2 MW photovoltaic system).
Armen Alajian also recently attended Committee Week for the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA)
The NPCA represents manufacturers of diverse precast products ranging from septic tanks and utility boxes to decorative wall panels and architectural details. Armen is an active member of the Sustainability Committee which is responsible for developing standards to minimize the environmental impacts of these products and their manufacturing. The committee also works to promote awareness of these efforts and the sustainable qualities of precast concrete within the architectural and design communities.
The Sustainability Committee is developing a sustainable plant certification process and voted to create Sustainability Awards to recognize projects that best incorporate these aspects of precast concrete. Other topics discussed were the recent postponement of LEED 2012 (renamed LEED v4) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) which are essentially “nutrition labels” that can be used to compare environmental impacts of different materials. Product Category Rules (PCR) can be material specific and used to set parameters for both EPDs and LCAs (life cycle analysis).
The Sustainability Committee is also developing a new AIA CES course on the topic and will be contributing content for a new column on sustainability for Precast Solutions magazine. Visit the NPCA website for more information on the sustainable aspects of precast concrete products plus other resources for architects and design professionals.
Our Tag Line is “Rustic Elegance” it has started to become small as we have grown at least to me. It still works but it comes across narrow. When I read this Post from Seth it clarified what we meant many years ago. I may revisit the tag line again but in the mean time I have added two more tools to my small vocabulary #tilemagic & #brickmagic
I’m listening to an obscure CD of the Silver Beats, a group of four Japanese lads who play note for note renditions of Beatles songs. They don’t speak a word of English. And yet they sing beautifully.
I saw them as an opening act a few years ago, and the novelty was extraordinary.
The thing is, I don’t want to see them again. Why would I? It’s note for note. No chance for random rhapsodic moments. No chance for total disaster.
Part of the magic of our work is that it’s not guaranteed. As soon as it is, we can digitize it or mechanize it or outsource it.
Honorable Mention for Mariachi Plaza
Created custom concrete tile to match stone of the Gazebo.
The judging was extremely close. In most cases, the winning projects were separated from the rest of the projects by less than one point…..The entry [Mariachi Plaza] finished just a fraction of a point behind the third place score, however, and earned a Honorable Mention.
~Bob Whitmore Communications Director NPCA
Still looks like a winner to me. We are very proud to have this Honorable Mention. To see other Civic projects CLICK HERE.
When I think about it I see ARTO as a living organisim
I am very excited about the new site that the ARTO art department put together in house. It reminds me of the old days of working with Dream Weaver and guessing how to put a site together not very pretty but boy did the personal touch work. The new site goes back to our roots yet still is a new creation.