Emeryville’s Christie Park: A Cinderella Story

“Renovation” does not even begin to do justice to the incredible transformation that Christie Park in Emeryville, CA has undergone since plans to expand the park—and overhaul its design—were first introduced in 2014.

Christe Park GraniteCrete Installation

A Lackluster Beginning

Previously, the park featured an under-utilized “amphitheater” design that lacked imagination and warmth.  As a result, the number of visitors to the park was dismal and it failed to fulfill a city policy geared toward cultivating family-friendly spaces throughout Emeryville.  So, the Emeryville Planning Commission decided something needed to be done.

The Planning Commission introduced plans to increase the park size by a half acre, develop an innovative playground with innovative structures that step away from traditional “cookie cutter” structures, and foster a sense of community throughout the “Christie Core” area of the city.

A Dream Realized

Now, just over four years later, their vision has been realized.  Officially reopened to the public in November, Christie Park has truly evolved from a “park” in name only into a unique and beautiful gathering place for families, dog owners, athletes – and more!

Located behind Emeryville’s Public Market, the park now has a hip, progressive vibe.  It features an ocean-themed playground, lush green lawns perfect for picnicking, and a fenced-in dog park paved with a custom blend of two of GraniteCrete’s standard colors: 60% Natural and 40% Ash Grey.  As an environmentally-friendly paving material, GraniteCrete fits in perfectly with the overall look and feel of the renovated park.

A Doggone Good Dog Park

Designed by Hart Howerton, the minimalist-design dog park includes circle benches surrounding beautiful trees and a handful of decorative rocks sprinkled here-and-there, leaving plenty of room for playful pups to explore and meet new friends.  And, since GraniteCrete exceeds ADA compliance requirements, dog owners of all physical capabilities will be able to bring their faithful companions to enjoy the dog park.

GraniteCrete is proud to be a part of the Christie Park redesign and renovation that has enriched the city of Emeryville.

View this project, and other municipal installations of GraniteCrete in our gallery. Be sure to check out our residential and commercial installations as well!

Happy Holidays from GraniteCrete!

This past year has been an exciting time at GraniteCrete!  Thank you to all of the architects, installers, retailers, and customers who have made this a breakthrough year for us. As it winds down and we turn our sights toward the year to come, we’d like to share a few highlights from 2018.

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An in-progress shot of the GraniteCrete pathway being installed at the Bear Creek Redwood Preserve

GraniteCrete Permeable Paving 2018 Highlights:

  • In partnership with some of our best installers we’ve developed a new, easier, and faster installation method.
  • Our number of retail locations has expanded throughout Central and Northern California.
  • A growing number of our retail locations offer the pre-mixing of decomposed granite and the GraniteCrete admixture, making installation even more simple and quick!

GraniteCrete has also been fortunate to be a part of many exciting projects that put sustainability, durability and permeability first.  Some highlights:

  • Capo Creek Ranch and Winery: Located atop a hill in Healdsburg, CA, Capo Creek Winery offers beautiful, sweeping views of the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County.  It is truly an ideal location to kick back and unwind with a glass of their Old Vine Zinfandel.  We’re thrilled that GraniteCrete is able to contribute to this relaxing atmosphere.  Dr. Mary Roy, owner of Capo Creek, tells us:
“We are very pleased with GraniteCrete. The installation was clean and easy, and the finished look is so natural. I enthusiastically recommend this product to anyone looking for an alternative hardscape choice!”
  • Bear Creek Redwood Preserve: A 1,432-acre Preserve slated to open to the public in spring 2019.  It will “offer visitors shaded fir and redwood forests, cool perennial creeks, and spectacular views of the Sierra Azul Range.”  Visitors will access these breathtaking sights via pathways paved with GraniteCrete.  Installer Graniterock – Construction Division used a paver box to evenly distribute and compact the GraniteCrete for easy installation on this 17,000 square foot project

See more photos of this installation in our gallery!

  • Pacific Grove Golf Links: Adjacent to the famous 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Golf Links’ popularity came with an unexpected cost.  Golf carts repeatedly using the key to exit the course had worn away the carefully-curated lawn.  To combat this issue, they came up with an ingenious solution: Create a turnstile of sorts where carts would be funneled off into one of three paths for one week at a time.  This would allow the grass of each path to recover for two weeks, preventing the wear from becoming an issue again.  GraniteCrete is proud to have been chosen as the paving material for this turnstile and to contribute to this sustainability effort at Pacific Grove Golf Links.

Thank you for including GraniteCrete in your projects, and thank you for supporting us.  We wish everyone and their families a happy, safe, and wonderful Holiday Season.  We look forward to 2019, and wish a Happy New Year to all!

Warmest Regards,

Geoff Smith
David Ventura
Brad Barbeau
Anjika Grinager
Libby Hanson

Have You Heard About California’s Numerous “Cash for Grass” Rebate Programs?

Living in a drought-prone state has motivated many California residents to trade lush, green lawns for sustainable landscapes that require less water to maintain. For those aware of the “cash for grass” rebate programs, their pocketbook thanks them.

In recent years, California experienced one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. In response to the drought, many counties throughout the state of California have developed “cash for grass” rebate programs.

These rebate programs encourage homeowners and businesses to remove water-hungry turf and replace it with drought-tolerant landscaping, by off-setting some of the associated costs. Typically, the rebate amount is determined based off the square footage of turf being replaced, with some programs offering as much as up to $2 per square foot!

Replacing turf with sustainable landscaping solutions provides homeowners and businesses with exciting opportunities. Not only can they conserve precious water, they can help maintain the integrity of our groundwater by choosing landscaping options that reduce runoff, and assist with stormwater management.

Learn more about drought rebate programs here

Renaissance in the Garden District

The Portola District of San Francisco sits tucked away, somewhat isolated from the rest of the city. Back in 1922 the Girabaldi brothers built the iconic University Mound greenhouses and went on to develop many well-known varieties of roses along with snapdragons, delphiniums and dahlias – the official flower of San Francisco.

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Brett Stephens of San Francisco Landscapes & Construction oversees the installation

Other greenhouse businesses sprouted up and the area became known as “The Garden District.” The Portola neighborhood once had over twenty thriving, family-owned, commercial greenhouse operations and supplied most of the city with flowers for decades.


Due to this rural and agricultural history, the Portola district has one of the most diverse populations in San Francisco. The people of this area have overcome cultural and language differences by working and gathering together.

But times have changed. Many of the greenhouse business that once flourished in the area have since closed. Only one greenhouse business remains. Great swaths of the district have fallen into disrepair or been abandoned entirely.

The Greenhouse Project

A non-profit organization, The Greenhouse Project hopes to breathe new life into this historic district. They, along with the Portola Neighborhood Association, seek to honor the rich legacy of the Portola district by building public gathering places that celebrate its past. Through a Community Challenge Grant, their plan is to build sustainable, long lasting gardens, walkways and community gathering areas.

The ideal renovation will include community open spaces and pedestrian walking paths that will continue to foster community connection in this diverse community. Additionally, the public spaces should have a rustic, natural appearance that honors the rural history of the “garden district.”

A Nearly Perfect Solution – Perfected

Brett Stephens of San Francisco Landscapes & Construction jumped into the “green-up” efforts a few years ago as a contractor and an organizer of volunteer labor.  Stephens lives nearby, so the pedestrian pathway project had a special meaning for him; he sees it as an extension of his backyard.

The GraniteCrete installation is well on its way.

Since the pathway would see a lot of public use, Stephens knew they needed a paving material that would be durable, look natural, and fit the sustainable mission of the neighborhood. Ideally it would be permeable, thereby doing away with groundwater runoff issues. They wanted to avoid contributing to heat index. What’s more, the pathways had to be accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Having used GraniteCrete on past projects, Stephens knew of only one product that could solve all of these issues: GraniteCrete. He also knew GraniteCrete, better than any other product, could achieve the natural appearance they hoped to achieve. His only concern was that the installation process could be somewhat involved and a bit complicated for his all-volunteer crew.

Then he learned that GraniteCrete has recently developed a dry-installation process which was much simpler. This installation method requires fewer steps and is much less labor intensive.

(Full instructions on the new dry installation method are available on GraniteCrete’s DRY INSTALLATIONS page.)

Quality Assurance

Because GraniteCrete is committed to every installation being completed according to its high-quality standards, company personnel were on-site to oversee the installation process and assist Stephens and his crew as needed. 

For this pedestrian pathway, Stephens and his volunteers used an installation process recently developed by GraniteCrete in partnership with some of their best installers.  This new “dry” installation process saves time, effort, and labor for the installer and provides a more natural look and feel to the finished product.

Stephens found the dry installation process “much easier” than the wet process. He and his crew of volunteers quickly “got the hang of it” and finished the installation swiftly and with no issues. He noted the dry process was easier to screed, and could be compacted with just a roller and a broom!

A Beautiful Finish

GraniteCrete is proud to have been a part of this important project to develop beautiful, green areas in the Portola district and foster a sense of community throughout the neighborhood; we look forward to similar projects in the future. If you have a community project that would benefit from GraniteCrete’s unique qualities, let us know how we can help get the project started!

Marin Headlands: Sustainability in Action

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Parking are at Marin Headlands

In 2010, the National Park Service began work to update and expand the Marin Headlands, an outlook of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, famous for its unique geology. GraniteCrete was chosen as the paving material for the job due to its low impact, its porosity and its permanence: GraniteCrete requires minimal maintenance to last beautifully for decades.

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A foggy day at Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands’ characteristic red-brown topography formed millions of years ago by lava spilling from vents and mixing with radiolarians (microscopic protozoans). The paving upgrades needed to blend seamlessly with the surroundings to preserve “the crown jewel of the Golden Gate National Parks,” so the National Park Service required the color of the new paving to match the existing native material. This expansion also required excavation of the surrounding hillside to allow for a widened roadway and vista turn outs.

All of this presented GraniteCrete with a unique challenge: None of GraniteCrete’s four standard colors exactly matched the deep red-brown color characteristic of the area terrain.

As a leader in innovation and sustainability in surfacing solutions, GraniteCrete worked with the architects to solve two issues as sustainably as possible, the color matching and the disposal of the excavated material.

Normally, GraniteCrete admixture is mixed with decomposed granite brought in from an outside quarry. However, for this project, GraniteCrete Admixture was mixed with the on-site material that was being excavated – the trademark red-brown cherts for which the area is known. In a process that had never before been attempted, the excavated cherts were sieved to GraniteCrete’s specifications and then combined with GraniteCrete Admixture to create the perfect color, sustainably.

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Marin Headlands view of the Golden Gate Bridge

If the on-site material had not been used, twenty-four truck loads would have been needed to transfer the materials off site for disposal, and another twenty-four needed to bring in new decomposed granite! The use of the on-site material saved gas, reduced the wear to our roads, cut down on emissions, and saved more than $70,000 in trucking costs.

Pedestrian walkway at Marin Headlands
This view shows the hillside from which the cherts were excavated

What was done at the Marin Headlands was unprecedented in the aggregate stabilizing industry. GraniteCrete is proud of its part in this
sustainable and environmentally successful project and we encourage you to visit this natural wonder. It is truly the crown jewel of the Golden Gate Recreation Area. See it for yourself and bring a picnic lunch!

GraniteCrete offers 4 standard colors, along with custom colors, each made with organic toxin-free pigments. Combined with natural decomposed granite, GraniteCrete is your permanent, permeable and natural paving solution for trails, walkways, driveways, parking areas, and yes, even bocce ball courts!

Standing the Test of Time and Tide

In 2005, Asilomar State Beach had a big problem. The gorgeously rugged beach had suffered the ravages of coastal erosion. This one-mile stretch stretch of coastline, home to the Asilomar Conference center, is known for its rugged natural beauty and diversity. The dunes and sandy beaches give way to rocky outcroppings and the fierce tides regularly overwhelm the pedestrian pathways. All of this  is part of the attraction to locals and tourists alike.

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An example of the erosion at Asilomar on the left; the GraniteCrete installation after completion in 2005 on the right.

But by 2005, these conditions had led to a perilous situation for the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors. The stairways leading to the beach had been severely and dangerously washed away. Asilomar State Beach is not located in a protective cove, but exposed to the open ocean. The pathways and stairs leading to the beach are regularly submerged by a  cold upwelling from nearby Monterey Canyon. When deciding how to resolve the erosion issue, the California Department of Parks and Recreation needed  to find a solution that would be both cost effective and extremely durable.

Concrete, though durable, would not blend with the natural beauty of the area. Traditional decomposed granite would only be washed away by the punishing tides. They needed something that would require little maintenance. Due to the fragile ecosystem, they needed to choose a product that would not leech dangerous or toxic materials, such as synthetic pigments and binders.

More than a decade ago, The Parks System chose GraniteCrete™.

GraniteCrete’s permeability and permanence were perfect for the project. It not only blends beautifully with the surroundings, it requires no maintenance. The organic colors, made from natural pigments, have stood the test of time, retaining their natural shade. Despite constant tidal encroachment, the steps look virtually the same today as when they were first installed.  Some of this can be credited to the porous nature of GraniteCrete, and some to the permanence provided by the proprietary admixture.

In the nearly thirteen years since GraniteCrete was installed at Asilomar State Beach, it has maintained its structural  integrity. It has not eroded, and the transition/grade between the railroad ties and the GraniteCrete is continuous, making the steps safe for public use.  The State Beach has saved thousands of dollars in maintenance over a regular decomposed granite installation, with an installation that has the durability of concrete, yet aesthetic beauty that no other product could provide.

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Beneath the sand from the beach, the GraniteCrete installation at Asilomar State Beach maintains its integrity in 2018.

Contact us to find out how GraniteCrete can help you combat erosion!

What is C.3 Compliance, and How Can GraniteCrete Help?

Our thriving communities increase the number of buildings, roadways, and sidewalks – and concerns about stormwater management. The pressure is increasing for builders to choose low-impact development solutions, and many communities are implementing solutions that comply with C.3 requirements.

GraniteCrete permeable paving outdoor patio at MEarth sustainable kitchen in Carmel.

So, what is C.3?  C.3 is a requirement for new developments—and redevelopments—to meet stormwater design compliance requirements.  Among others, requirements that must be met include:

  • Minimize impermeability and reduce runoff
  • Control runoff rates and durations, if required
  • Provide for operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities

It also requires that, when possible, permeable surfaces should be used instead of traditional paving solutions so runoff can filter through to the underlying soil.  Runoff can carry pollutants that reduce water quality and negatively affect the beneficial uses of our waters.  C.3 seeks to protect our water sources from these issues.

California Stormwater Quality Association
GraniteCrete is a member of the California Stormwater Quality Association, the author of C.3

When planning new developments or redevelopments, a stormwater control plan must be created that illustrates how the project will implement stormwater controls into the project’s design and landscaping.  The plan should also show the size and location of both permeable and impermeable surfaces, proposed stormwater facilities, and detailed information of how runoff will flow from the impermeable surfaces to the stormwater facilities.

It is recommended by C.3 that to comply with these requirements, landscape architects look toward Low Impact Development (LID).  LID is an approach that seeks to control stormwater at the source and mimic the development site’s natural hydrology; it encourages architects to implement designs that will capture stormwater runoff and use it for local landscape irrigation and groundwater recharge.  This can be done in a variety of ways, including the use of rain gardens, native plants, and by installing permeable pavement.

An excellent permeable pavement solution that is often overlooked is permanent decomposed granite that does not contain a resin or polymer base, such as GraniteCrete.

GraniteCrete meets C.3 requirements as a stand-alone product.  It is a permanent, permeable, and natural paving solution.  It contains no polymers or resins, meaning it will not cause any unnatural substances to leach into the soil or groundwater over time.  It stays in place, and is able to self-repair any minor cracks that might occur on the surface due to normal usage.

Not only is it an ideal paving solution to meet C.3 requirements but best of all, GraniteCrete contributes two LEED credits when it comes to stormwater design:

  • Credit 6.1 – Stormwater Design – Quantity Control (1 point) GraniteCrete helps decrease the amount of stormwater runoff on a site
  • Credit 6.2 – Stormwater Design – Quality Control (1 point) GraniteCrete helps reduce water pollution by increasing on-site filtration.

Interested in using GraniteCrete on your next project?  Contact us to get started.


How GraniteCrete™ Solves Your Permeable Paving Needs

As California moves into the heart of winter and experiences the increased rainfall that accompanies it, the importance of using a permeable solution for paved surfaces becomes increasingly apparent.


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Permeable pavement mimics the ground’s natural processes by reducing runoff and water pollution, and replenishing underground aquifers. This installation of GraniteCrete™ at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia illustrates how water passes through permeable pavement, rather than puddling on the surface or creating runoff.

Traditional, impermeable surfaces – such as concrete – have played a huge role in the decline of watershed integrity in urban and urbanizing areas.  These surfaces can affect water quality, affect streamflow, and even increase the likelihood of flooding by causing:

  • Higher discharges
  • More bank erosion
  • Increased sediment transportation
  • Increased pollutant loads to streams
  • Reduced groundwater recharge

Thankfully, alternative paving solutions exist that combat these issues.  Permeable pavement has a high porosity that allows rainfall to pass through it to the ground below, and comes with both environmental and financial benefits.

GraniteCrete™ is proud to surpass other permeable pavement competitors, to be the ideal choice for those looking for a permeable paving solution.  GraniteCrete™ allows water to pass through at over an inch per hour—reducing runoff and aiding groundwater reservoirs—all while providing 13 LEED points as a stand-alone product!

Environmental benefits include:

  • Reduces storm water runoff rate and volume
  • Reduces water pollution by trapping pollutants in the pavement
  • Replenishes groundwater, which can in turn be used by plants surrounding the pavement
  • Reduces surface temperatures since permeable pavement doesn’t produce a “heat island”

Financial benefits include:

  • Reduces the need for some conventional drainage features, such as curbs and gutters
  • Lower installation costs, since underground piping and storm drains are not needed
  • Reduced water-usage costs, since surrounding plants can benefit from the replenished groundwater

The benefits of permeable pavement are undeniable.  One study found that after one year’s use of four permeable pavement areas there was no measurable surface runoff from the permeable pavement areas. After returning to the site after an additional five years all four permeable pavement systems showed no major signs of wear or clogging. Virtually all rainwater continued to infiltrate through every permeable pavement system, with little or no surface runoff.

A popular paving option is decomposed granite.  However, there are a few different types of decomposed granite solutions out there.  It’s important to know the differences between each, so one can choose the right option for the right environment.

Loose, decomposed granite is the least-expensive option, as it’s simply loose granite with no binders or additives.  While it has excellent drainage and the initial cost is low, loose granite can be costly to maintain since it’s affected by erosion and often needs to be filled in as it’s washed away or otherwise scattered from the initial installation site.  During wet periods, it is prone to becoming mushy and muddy, and can easily be tracked into homes, which may damage hardwood flooring.

Stabilized decomposed granite is comprised of a stabilizer mixed in with the granite aggregates.  There are a few different stabilizer options.

A stabilizer that is often used is a product made in India, called Psyllium husk Powder.  Once spread and compacted, it is similar in appearance to loose decomposed granite.  Over time, however, this product fails and replacing it can become costly since the stabilizer and the decomposed granite have to be mixed prior to being delivered to the installation site.

Another commonly used stabilizer is resin.  When mixed with decomposed granite, this stabilizer creates a firm surface that’s stronger than loose decomposed granite.  The primary downsides to decomposed granite stabilized with resin is that it discolors over time—meaning it lacks aesthetic appeal—and it is also not permeable.  The lack of permeability is a major issue, particularly if one is trying to meet the Stormwater Management C.3 regulations.  We will go into more depth about the Stormwater Management C.3 regulations in our February newsletter.

Decomposed granite can also be stabilized with a polymer base.  While this can be appealing to those looking for an option similar to loose decomposed granite, it fails in time allowing the decomposed granite to be tracked away from the installation location and into buildings.  The major downsides to this option is that it is not permeable, fails over time, has no color options, and has temperature requirements for installation that can delay or impact installation times.

This cross-section shows GraniteCrete™ on a lift of Class II permeable base rock.

Decomposed granite stabilized with GraniteCrete™ Admixture has the look and feel of a crushed organic surface, with multiple surface finish options: loose, smooth, and coarse. It requires little to no maintenance, does not fail over time, and has excellent erosion control.  It is also permeable, allowing water to easily pass through; since it does not contain any oils, resins, polymers, or enzymes, it will not cause water pollution.

GraniteCrete™ has been approved and accepted as a 100% permeable product by Monterey County.  As noted by the County in their determination: “This determination exceeds the minimum 40% pervious surface requirement established by Monterey County and has been confirmed by an independent testing laboratory. The important fact in determining GraniteCrete™ as a permeable surface is that the entire surface of the product infiltrates water. It provides 100% ‘pass through’ regardless of whether it is used as a 3″ lift for pedestrian traffic or a 4” lift for commercial and light vehicular applications.”

In many ways, GraniteCrete™ is the superior decomposed granite paving option.  Interested in learning more about how GraniteCrete™ can improve your next landscaping project?  Contact a representative.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.



GraniteCrete Drafts Fred DiPietro as its Newest Sales Representative

Professional baseball player, devoted family man, salesman extraordinaire: GraniteCrete’s newest salesman hits a homerun!

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GraniteCrete welcomes Fred DiPietro

After studying English at San Jose State University, Fred was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 4th round as a Catcher/Power Hitter. After several years with the Tigers, Fred retired from the game and entered the sales world. Over the course of his illustrious sales career, Fred has received several top awards and been honored with Gold and President’s Club Awards.
Having worked in pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and renewable energy industries, Fred has a wealth of sales experience and is truly a valuable addition to our team.
Fred strives to understand each client’s unique needs and challenges. By educating clients about new and emerging technologies, and offering valuable insights gained from decades of experience, Fred empowers clients to make the best decision to meet their needs.
Fred’s first spring training was in TigerTown, Lakeland, Florida, and his first year as a professional baseball player was spent playing on a Triple A Team in Evansville, Indiana. According to Fred, Minor League Baseball is one of the hardest lifestyles, where players are required to live out of a suitcase and stay in B-Hotels. Travel while in the minor leagues is another challenge, with players spending 10 to 14 hours a day on a bus, mostly traveling at night. To pass the time, Fred would read; one of his favorites was Jaws. “I will never forget reading Jaws on a bus to Key West, Florida,” says Fred, “I read it all through the night. I don’t think I ever went back into the ocean after that book!”

Later in his baseball career, Fred was drafted to the Detroit Tigers as a catcher, and was considered to be a power hitter with a strong arm. After Fred left the Detroit Tigers organization, he was offered another professional baseball contract in Italy, where he played pro-baseball for the William Lawson Team.

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Fred in action!


The Culinary Institute of America at Copia Strives for Sustainable Campus Perfection

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GraniteCrete is featured in the reflecting pool walkway at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia

In California, LEED certified buildings are becoming mainstream as businesses strive to lower their environmental impact, become more sustainable, and qualify for tax rebates while retaining higher property value. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia (CIAC) is no exception as the campus strives for sustainable perfection.The CIAC is located in Napa Valley, California and is the pinnacle destination for exploring the world of food and wine. “CIA at Copia is a first for The Culinary Institute of America, entirely dedicated to offering its innovative, industry-leading food and wine education and experiences to the public. It opens a window into what the CIA truly is: a visionary thought-leader and innovator in food and beverage, with world-class faculty and facilities,” said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA’s California campus. More specifically, the CIAC campus provides guests with daily cooking and beverage classes, wine tastings, art collections, restaurants, and community events.

The CIAC is a branch of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) culinary college. The CIA is led by Strategic Initiative Groups that work with other talented culinary institutes to assure that they are providing their guests and students with the best, and most relevant information in culinary related fields.

The Copia building was originally utilized by the Copia museum from 2001 to 2008. The CIA acquired the building in 2015 and redesigned the facility with sustainability in mind. The CIAC campus is a sustainable marvel that features various solar, water, and renewable material strategies in design. In addition, the campus prioritizes the management of storm water runoff and the mitigation of the urban heat island effect.

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GraniteCrete contributes to a serene setting at night at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia.

GraniteCrete’s paving aggregate binder was seen as the premium solution for their sustainable needs. GraniteCrete’s paving material is porous and reduces storm water runoff as storm water can pass straight through the material replenishing the water table. In addition, the light pigmentation of GraniteCrete has a high solar reflective index which mitigates the urban heat island effect, keeping the ground cool on hot days. GraniteCrete was also prioritized for this project as the sand color of the walkway complimented the amphitheater and the entrance to the facility where it was installed. When GraniteCrete is installed, it can provide up to 13 LEED credits for businesses striving to obtain their LEED building certification.The California Institute of America continues to demonstrate sustainable excellence, while offering the top culinary education and experience for their community.

GraniteCrete is the best choice for high-traffic public spaces. Contact a representative to get started.