Indianapolis Temple Selected for CID Commercial Stone Award
KEPCO+ is honored to have been the exterior stone contractor for the Indianapolis Temple, which was recently selected as a recipient of the 2016 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Award for Commercial Stone. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and ethnical know-how in the use of tile and stone.
The project Owner desired a high-quality structure with an exterior that could withstand the influence of pollution and the area’s harsh winter weather. To ensure the intricate stone detailing could be fabricated and installed utilizing the most efficient methods, KEPCO+ was selected to participate in a six-month design-assist initiative and was later awarded the installation contract for both the exterior and interior stonework.
The architects drew inspiration from Indianapolis’ historic Monument Circle as well as the symbols synonymous with the state of Indiana. The resulting edifice incorporates classical architecture with an Egyptian influence. The inspiration from Monument Circle is reflected in the Temple’s two stately spires each created from carved limestone. The taller of the two reaches 86’ above the roof, 150’ from the ground.
Sixteen-thousand square feet of granite site work surrounds the temple, creating a tranquil setting for the temple’s many visitors. To complement the temple’s honed Aero Cream Limestone exterior, G350 Granite was chosen for the majority of the site work, while Giallo Antico Granite was used for the fountain and as an accent to the paving. The typical paver was 2” thick, while the granite wall caps and curbs were 6” thick. The site work also includes cubic granite stair treads, planter walls, plinths, cubic keystones, solid cubic benches, and fence piers. The project’s most impressive site work element is the dome-shaped central water feature, which is comprised of over seventy-five cubic shaped stone pieces, with the larger pieces weighing more than 3000 pounds.