StoneLite® panels are a natural fit for retail construction as they meet the demand of quick installation and the natural stone veneer exemplifies the high quality image that retailers require. Retail projects also require durable materials to endure the abuse that comes with a high volume of traffic. Tough, durable StoneLite® panels offer fantastic impact resistance and flexural strength provided by our patented manufacturing process. They can resist up to 60 times more impact than solid 3 cm solid granite.
StoneLite® panels keep the beauty of natural stone and eliminate its fragile, brittle and variable properties plus they are easy to handle and do not require heavy lifting equipment. Our panels can be installed very quickly by trades who are already on the project, eliminating the need to bring in specialized labor while maintaining the design intent. They bring the beauty of natural stone, without the difficulty.
Below are some examples how StoneLite® natural stone panels have been incorporated into retail design.
First impressions are everything in the high end retail market segment. Nordstrom selected StoneLite® panels in three different natural stones and two different finishes. The panels were installed on the exterior, interior mall entrance, and multi-story interior creating a warm and luxurious impression. StoneLite® natural stone panels have been installed on multiple Nordstrom locations throughout the US and Canada.
Neiman Marcus Broadway Plaza features StoneLite panels with a flamed finish were installed on the exterior and entrance. The cantilevers are approximately 10 ft. to accommodate the soffit and the project has unique detailing to accommodate the exterior vitrines. Some of the StoneLite® panels were water jet cut to accommodate the 21′ x 8′ Neiman Marcus script LED signage. StoneLite® panels are the exterior stone cladding on the Neiman Marcus Charlotte location.
In renovation, using StoneLite® panels for over-cladding is usually the most cost effective solution. Covering a deteriorated exterior by anchoring StoneLite® panels through the original cladding saves the expense of removing and disposing of the existing cladding. The interior spaces are not subjected to detrimental weather conditions. When over-cladding with StoneLite®, building occupants can remain with minimal disturbance, and the location continues to produce income.
Bloomingdale’s 3rd Avenue flagship store in NY, NY needed to update their flagship store for the premiere HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The project had a tight construction schedule and StoneLite® panels were manufactured and installed to meet the project timeline.
StoneLite® was selected as the exterior cladding as part of a brand image campaign for multiple Salvatore Ferragamo locations including those in seismic and hurricane zones.
COLUMNS, CORNICES & COPING
StoneLite® panels are an ideal solution for cornices and coping shapes due their lightweight properties. Column cover panels may be manufactured with returns or quirk mitered edges and installed in a stacked or running bond pattern.
Williams Sonoma renovated a building using StoneLite® panels including coping shapes, column covers and cornices. After completion, the decision was made to renovate Potty Barn located next door. Pottery Barn also features StoneLite® cornice, column cover, and coping panels.
The Ann Taylor flagship store in Manhattan installed French limestone panels on the exterior in addition to the prefabricated cornices. StoneLite®’s lightweight composition and superior engineering allow designers to utilize natural stone for more complicated shapes.
StoneLite® panels have been carried through from the exterior to the interior retail space or installed in enclosed mall storefronts.
Lord and Taylor chose StoneLite® marble and granite panels as part of their brand design. Some locations featured exterior and interior and others were interior only.
Liberty Mutual HQ features StoneLite® architectural fins for their interior lobby and garage entrance The panels were prefabricated flat panels with two sided 1-18″ returns. The curved design was created by installing the panels in a segmented application. The same design element was incorporated for their in house Starbucks.
HURRICANE & SEISMIC
StoneLite® panels have successfully withstood Hurricane Maria, Andrew, Katrina, Isaac, and Sandy along with the Northridge and Anchorage earthquakes just to name a few.
StoneLite® panels have held the Miami Dade NOA certification many years and have passed the structural and wind load testing including hurricane wind load and missile impact, racking shearing tests and simulating seismic loading just to name a few.
Ann Taylor, DKNY, Godiva Chocolatier, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora have each installed StoneLite® panels on multiple locations in these active zones. Some of these locations have had panels in place since 1996 and the StoneLite® panels flexural strength have survived Mother Nature.
More than 200 Cadillac, Ford, Hummer, Infinity, Jeep, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and Volvo dealerships feature StoneLite®. Whether it is converting a dated structure into a modern upscale automotive center or building a new, state of the art location, StoneLite® natural stone panels provide the high end cladding and elegant interiors synonymous with luxury dealerships.
The panels are most commonly installed over simple steel stud framing. No special framing is required for our engineered system. Panels may be installed over most existing cladding to eliminate the need for expensive demolition.