Sungloss Marble Co News & Advice
Stone Restoration in Commercial and Community Spaces, March 3rd, 2010
When we’ve written in the past about marble, granite, terrazzo, and other natural stone cleaning, sealing, and restoration in commercial buildings, we’re not just talking banks and high rises. This week, a bit of news from the U.S. Green Building Council about a program they are in involved in with the Girl Scouts of the USA, reminds us at Sungloss Marble Restoration about the commercial work we’ve done in community centers such as schools and hospitals.
The USGBC and the Girls Scouts are partnering to promote education about the Environment – “protecting it, preserving it, and understanding it.” One goal eventually is to build or certify more ‘green’ schools. Sungloss Marble has worked in schools on large restoration projects in the past. Our own green practices would have surely contributed to a LEED certification for restoration and reclamation, had certification been at stake. The most major school project we’ve done in recent years was refinishing multiple floors of terrazzo for the Joliet Public School system. It makes us feel especially good to deliver wax-stripped, restored flooring at a competitive value, with little impact on children’s indoor and outdoor environment.
Another high-visibility project we are involved in which affects a large group of the community, is our terrazzo restoration work for the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Thousands of people (veterans!) visit this hospital (hospital!) monthly, so we take this project very seriously and very much to heart. Not only do we strive extra to provide value and quality to the VA through satisfying our contract within allotted time and to high standards, but we especially are concerned about the indoor environmental impact as a result of our work. We make sure our processes meet our Green Mission Statement, by choosing techniques and chemicals that are water-based, or have as little impact on the environment as possible. In fact, we schedule Sungloss’ own U.S. Veteran, Eugene on the job to make sure the work is up to par.
It is our hope that our environmentally-conscious work restoring marble, terrazzo, and other stone benefits not only our business partners, but the community at large as well.