Waterjet Design on a Grand Scale
Stone World - July, 1997
such great care to assemble each tile to be one solid unit, that frankly, we didn't have to handle each tile as if it were very fragile. Because of this, we didn't have to take additional time to complete the installation."
When the project was completed, Radisson threw a VIP party right in the renovated grand ballroom to celebrate its grand opening. A number of luminaries attended, including the mayor of St. Paul as well as high-ranking officials of the Radisson organization. Not surprisingly, the invitation that was sent out had an embossed cover consisting of the waterjet floor design. And attendees were given, as a token of Radisson's appreciation, a small waterjet-cut coaster designed and produced by Creative Edge. This coaster was made to be a very small-scale replica of the actual stone floor design. It consisted of 50 tiny waterjet-cut stones expertly assembled together into this design.
"This was another example of how waterjet work tends to be the focal point of every new installation or renovation," concluded Aalto. "People are really beginning to recognize just what kind of a long-lasting design statement waterjet technology can make."■
Radisson Hotel Ballroom St. Paul, MN
- Interior Designer: Michael St. Marie Design
- Waterjet Fabricator: Creative Edge Corp., Fairfield, IA
- Installer: Rheinschmidt Tile & Marble. Burlington. IA
While the use of stone for a hotel interior is certainly not a new concept, Michael St. Marie Design wanted to do something special with its stone use when renovating the St. Paul, MN, Radisson Hotel this past winter. Its grand ballroom, a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 sq.m) room used for conventions, weddings, debutante balls, bar mitzvahs, company dinners and other functions, needed to be upgraded. The firm had some background knowledge of waterjet-cutting technology, and officials from that studio contacted Creative Edge Corp., the Iowa-based waterjet fabrication and design firm, to assist creating a new look for the space.
"We were in total agreement that we wanted to create a stone floor that exuded a certain sense of elegance," stated Harri Aalto, co-owner of Creative Edge. "Yet, we wanted a recognizable theme in the floor as well. What ultimately was decided upon was a circular design with more or less a compass motif."
A 40-foot-wide (12.2 m) circular compass design was created that utilized ten different stones: Rojo Alicante, Imperial Red granite, Amarillo, Absolute Black granite, Asian Bordeaux, Botticino, St. Hubert, Verde Oriental, Tinos Green and Belfast Black. According to Aalto, there were 4,800 pieces of stone which were waterjet-cut. These were then assembled into 12- x 12-inch (305 x 305 mm) tiles, which subsequently were shipped to the jobsite. The whole traditional marble and granite tiles," stated Larry Rheinschmidt, president of the firm, "Creative Edge took