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August 2009
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Topic of the Month:
The Essex County 9-11 Memorial

Architectural Firm of the Month: Barreto/Dowd

Stone FAQ: Cleaning Your Natural Stone Surface

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Devonian Terrace Welcome to the August issue of our newsletter, which we hope you will enjoy! We are always interested to hear about architects and their projects, so if you have something you would like to share, please contact us and tell us about it. Your project could be featured in one of our upcoming issues, which goes out to architects and building industry professionals across the country. And who are we? Our company mines and manufactures Glacier Blue® Devonian Sandstone products. The stone has a consistent pale blue-gray hue that has been used in residential, institutional and commercial projects across the country. Click here to find out more.

Architectural Firm of the Month: Barreto/Dowd

9-11 memorial 1 Barreto/Dowd is a professional firm located in Howell, NJ that has been providing Landscape Architecture, Site Planning, and Urban Design services since 1985. Creating an environment that is uplifting to the human spirit while satisfying program requirements and site constraints is the primary goal of Barreto/Dowd. The principals strive for a collaborative effort between the firm and it's clients early in the planning stages. Employing the firm's expertise, with creativity as a guiding principal, maximizes the potential of developing a setting with the highest visual and functional qualities. 

The broad range of assignments undertaken in both public and private sectors cover Landscape Architecture, Site Planning, Urban Design, Historic Site Restoration, Park and Recreation Facilities, and Ornamental Horticulture. Barreto/Dowd believes that creativity can and should be compatible with efficient execution. We explore new approaches and solutions to design problems that work in the field as well  as in theory. We give balance to creativity with strong quality, schedule, and budget control through management efficiency. Barreto/Dowd participates in all phases of the planning and design process from the project program development, feasibility studies, conceptual planning and design, through project implementation.

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Topic of the Month: The Essex County 9-11 Memorial
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Last April a new gazebo was unveiled next to the Essex County 9-11 Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey. The gazebo was among the latest improvements to the park, and Architect Daniel Dowd of Barreto Dowd Architects was commissioned for the project. 

Dowd explains, "We did the gazebo area and some other improvements to the park at Eagle Rock Reservation, which is adjacent to the County's 9-11 Memorial. There's a parking lot that's in between the 9-11 Memorial and the gazebo area, so we re-graded the area and added an entry plaza in front of the gazebo. We sited the gazebo so that it was deliberately on axis with the 9-11 Memorial and elevated so that you could focus more on the memorial, but also get a nicer view of the NY skyline."

Aside from other natural materials that Dowd chose to use on the site, such as clay brick, he also chose to use Glacier Blue® Devonian Sandstone in and around the gazebo leading down to the area overlooking Manhattan. "The walkways to the gazebo lead to an entry plaza area in front of the gazebo where there are wood benches with cast iron end brackets. This area is paved with Devonian Sandstone, and there are also stone steps leading back down to the adjacent parking area." The stones for the walkways measure 30" x 36" each and there are 94 pieces altogether. There are five steps which are 6" thick and measure 18 x 96".  "The treads were one solid piece of stone, making up the riser and tread. And we designed a random rectangular pattern in the plaza with the stone."

The floor of the gazebo is paved with Devonian Sandstone as well, and the center stone has been etched with the Essex County logo. The circular center stone measures 18" in diameter and has a polished finish. It is actually comprised of four separate pieces of stone that fit together precisely with three parallel seams. Devonian Stone of New York, Inc. took great care in cutting the stone so that the seams would not affect the image of the logo. Altogether, 13-15,000 square feet of stone was used for the project.

The gazebo itself "is Victorian in style, made of all natural materials, and it has cast iron posts with decorative cast iron scrollwork at the top. There is also a copper roof. It's semi-custom," Dowd explains. "A company named Stewart Iron works in Kentucky worked with us on the design of the gazebo. They did a similar gazebo and we coordinated with them to do something similar, so that was custom with some minor tweaking to make it work for us. The gazebo is an eight-sided structure, so in some places there are solid railings, except for one opening. One of the changes we made was to have entrances on four sides. On the inside of the gazebo, we used cast iron scroll decorative railings and we also had similar benches, but we used a backless bench so it didn't hide the detail of the scrollwork of the railings. This way, when you walk into the gazebo, you can appreciate the detail of the railing even though there are benches there."

"All of the hard surface walkways that lead to the gazebo connect to the stone entry plaza and bring you to the front of the gazebo. There are other walkways that lead out onto lawn because there is a big open lawn area and it's part of a much larger park. So someone who is just walking through the park could find their way up into one of the other entrances to the gazebo."

There were other improvements to the park that Dowd was commissioned to design. Dowd explains, "The space where the gazebo is and the 9-11 Memorial is a big one way looped roadway system. The park's main entrance is two-way traffic, but then it hits this one way loop road, and the first thing you pass is the 9-11 Memorial on your right, and the gazebo on your left. Then you drive through a small parking area and the Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant is there. One of the things that we did was when you came in the entrance drive, you would be looking across this large open great lawn, but you'd be seeing cars that are parked for the restaurant, so we re-graded that entire area. We created a grass berm to conceal the cars. Also, this large area of lawn near the gazebo area was somewhat problematic because of the wet soil conditions, so we converted it to a wildflower meadow with plants that do well in those conditions. There are types of wildflowers that typically are not bothered by deer, and around the gazebo there is a problem with the deer, so we used a variety of perennials and flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses that are typically not bothered by the deer, but would have seasonal interest from early spring into the fall. We did a variety of other things, such as added trees along the entry drive and changed some of the pedestrian walkway systems so it would be a little bit safer and more direct in connecting other facilities within the park, so we were able to add that into the project."

As far as working on a site that was positioned next to the Essex County 9-11 Memorial, Dowd comments, "We were sensitive to the Memorial and we wanted to do something where we were sure to complement and maintain that relationship to it. If you're in the gazebo and you walk out, most pedestrians walking back to the 9-11 Memorial would go down the stone steps and therefore be naturally focused on the main feature of the 9-11 Memorial. We deliberately did that so that people leaving the gazebo area can have that nicer view of Manhattan, but they could still be aware of and see and focus on the features of the 9-11 Memorial."

Stone FAQ: Cleaning Your Natural Stone Surface

For the basic care of your natural stone, cleaning procedures and recommendations vary according to the types of application in which the stone is used. Dust countertops, islands, and vanities frequently, use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch your stone's surface, and blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.

On floors, the best preventative measure is regular cleaning. The movement of dirt and grit as it is ground into stone tiles can wear away the finish, so the regular use of a dust mop can help keep dirt off the floor and preserve the finish. If the floor is particularly dirty, the use of a neutral stone cleaner is acceptable. We don't recommend using bleach, ammonia or other general purpose cleaners, or cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners on your natural stone surface. Instead, use only neutral cleaners or stone soap available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer.

If you have any questions regarding any stone-related topics, please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with the answer in an upcoming issue of our newsletter.

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community
The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit:

AIA's "Navigating the Economy" Website

The AIA has created a website called Navigating the Economy which offers helpful links to articles and resources for architects during these challenging economic times. Some of the resources listed include: Available Project Listings, Design Opportunities for the Federal Government, a Speaker's Registry, various podcasts and webcasts regarding the state of the economy, Tax Breaks for architects, and numerous articles with suggestions on how to not only survive, but build your business during an economic downturn. Please visit:

American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing   landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 68 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Visit:

Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit:


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Architectural Record Continuing Education Center
Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit:

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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
Devonian Stone of New York, Inc.

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