In early 2016, Classic Stone was awarded a $3.7M contract for the supply and installation of stonework at 212 Fifth Avenue. The ornate, century-old building in the Flatiron district is being converted into 48 luxury residences with a unique combination of modern and neo-medieval design elements.
With breathtaking views of Manhattan from all angels, the interior specification flaunts a mix of marble, limestone and granite with clean, chic lines. Some of the worlds most luxurious and sought after natural stone can be seen throughout this development.
Classic Stone worked closely with developer, Madison Equities, and interior architect, Pembrooke & Ives, during the selection and specification of materials for the kitchens, master bathrooms, secondary bathrooms and lobby. Twelve different stones were sourced from six different countries making this project extremely complicated from a supply chain perspective. Prestigious, top-grade material, such as Thassos, Calacatta Gold, Super White, and Carrara were among the stones we sourced globally.
With extremely detailed specification requirements, the production was very involved and required expert craftsmanship and cutting edge technology. Operationally, the ‘carved fluted finish’ on the Carrara marble was the most complex. We devised special tools, implemented a detailed production plan, and performed frequent quality control checks to ensure the carved lines were seamless. The Thassos mosaics for the master bathrooms were also challenging. The innovative ‘diamond pattern’ was created using a single standard module that was then replicated during production. By creating false joints, we were able to enlarge the individual pieces, which reduced fabrication and installation costs.
Complete turnkey services were provided for this project, including site installation for over 90,000 sqft of natural stone. Due to the design complexity, a majority of the material required final adjustments and sizing at our local fabrication shop in New Jersey. Extreme precautions had to be taken when handling and installing the material. Sophisticated installation techniques, such as bookmatching and vein continuation were used on-site to master the intricate design elements.
Construction is nearly complete and many of the condominiums are already under contract. To learn more about the development, and the history of the building, visit www.212fifthavenue.com.