Burma Red Hilltopper Warning Track Mix - Yankee Stadium - New York, NY

Top 10: Most Interesting Places to See Kafka Granite

 

 

Pewter Granite Stabilized Pathway - Walgreens Corporate Headquarters - Deerfield, IL

Pewter Granite Stabilized Pathway – Walgreens Corporate Headquarters – Deerfield, IL

10. Walgreens Corporate Headquarters – Deerfield, IL

Application: Pewter Stabilized Pathway Mix

Found in 1901, Walgreens is one of the most prevalent pharmacies nationwide with over 8,200 stores across the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Walgreens Corporate is a bustling campus of employees. As of 2009, 5,200 employees funneled in and around the headquarters every day — all of them walking on Kafka’s stabilized pathway mix.

 

 

9. I-94 Bridge over St. Croix River – Hudson, WI and Lakeland, MN

Application: Platinum Granite DOT High-Friction Surfacing

In order to endure the intense freeze and thaw cycles of a Midwest winter, the bridge overpass over the St. Croix River was covered with Kafka’s Platinum-colored granite high-friction surfacing. Now thousands of commuters and travelers and cross state lines without worrying about spinning out on an icy bridge. This type of high-friction surfacing aggregate is extremely hard and can endure the abuse of harsh winters and relentless snow plows.

Burma Red Hilltopper Infield Mix - UW Softball Indoor Practice Facility - Madison, WI

Burma Red Hilltopper Infield Mix – UW Softball Indoor Practice Facility – Madison, WI

8. University of Wisconsin, Madison – Madison, WI

Application: Burma Red Hilltopper Infield Mix

Staying stateside, Kafka Granite was able to provide the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a beautiful outdoor softball infield using Burma Red Hilltopper mix. After proving hugely successful with softball-wielding Badgers, Kafka was then asked to install Burma Red Hilltopper infield mix in their state-of-the-art indoor softball field.


7. Buckingham Fountain – Chicago, IL

Application: Sunset Pink Permeable Paver Grit

Located in “Chicago’s front yard,” the Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant Park has been pumping water and churning out impressive light shows since 1927. Standing as one of the largest fountains worldwide, more than 20 million people visit the fountain and park annually, making it the second-most visited park landmark in the United States. Kafka Granite provided the eye-catching sunset pink paver grit located around the expansive fountain in Grant Park, complementing the aesthetic beauty of both park and fountain.

 

Salt & Pepper Granite Stabilized Pathway - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Brooklyn, NY - Project by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Salt & Pepper Granite Stabilized Pathway – Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn, NY – Project by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

6. Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn, NY

Application: Salt and Pepper Stabilized Pathway Mix

Aiming to be a “world-class park that is a recreational, environmental and cultural destination,” Brooklyn Bridge Park is 85 acres of renovated post-industrial waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. Construction began in 2008, and the park was roughly 74% complete by the end of 2015. Enjoyed by thousands of park visitors every year for its concessions, volleyball courts, playgrounds and natural habitats, Kafka is proud to have its Salt and Pepper Stabilized Pathway serve as a means to walk through and enjoy the scenery.

 


5. Erin Hills Golf Course – Hartford, WI

Application: Erin Hills Custom Blend Wax Polymer Pathway Mix – Pathways

Gearing up to be the host of the 2017 U.S. Open of the United States Golf Association, Erin Hills is a broad expanse of rolling hills and valleys carved by glaciers. As a cartless, walking-only course, Kafka Granite is using a custom blend wax polymer mix to create walking paths for easier access and maneuverability around the glorious course while being unobtrusive and offering a beautiful natural aesthetic.

 

4. Navy Pier – Chicago, IL

Application: Unilock Decorative Precast Pavers using Kafka’s Recycled Copper Slag

Kafka’s unique recycled copper slag aggregate offers recycled content to precast pavers throughout Chicago’s Navy Pier. As a not-for-profit tourist site, Navy Pier attracts nearly nine million attraction-hungry visitors every year — this ranks it as the top leisure destination in the Midwest.

 

Photo Courtesy of Wausau Tile

Photo Courtesy of Wausau Tile

3. U.S. Capitol Plaza – Washington, D.C.

Application: Wausau Tile Decorative Precast Pavers using Kafka Granite’s aggregates

At the East Capitol Street entrance to the U.S. Capitol building sits the U.S. Capitol Plaza. Lined with wrought-iron and bronze light fixtures, benches for taking in the capitol and precisely placed shrubs and trees of many varieties, Capitol Plaza is a place where visitors can take in the essence of the U.S. Capitol. Kafka’s aggregates only add to the natural aesthetic of the area by being used in decorative precast pavers throughout the plaza.

 

2. Yankee Stadium – Bronx, New York City

Application: Burma Red Hilltopper Warning Track

Yankee Stadium is home to one of the most well-known baseball teams in history. Having had names like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez on the roster, fans flock to the Bronx to not only watch great baseball, but to also watch a little bit of history. Burma Red Hilltopper mix from Kafka is what such a prominent sports team uses for its warning track around the field and under the cleats of greats.

 

1. Times Square – Manhattan, New York City

Application: NYC Blend Epoxy Overlay Streetscape application

Often referred to as “the heart of the world,” Times Square is one of the busiest and most recognizable intersections worldwide. From being featured in countless movie scenes to serving as home to harrowing Harry Houdini stunts, the crossroads of Broadway and Seventh Avenue gets pounded by the feet of over 300,000 people every day. Wisconsin’s Kafka Granite is featured as an epoxy overlay streetscape and adds vibrant life to the ground to complement the lights in the sky, while offering a non-slip surface for pedestrians. The streetscape color is a custom New York City blend and is comprised of 37.5% recycled porcelain.

 

Ebony Basalt 3D Panels by Norstone

Norstone’s Newest: Basalt 3D Panels

Kafka Granite is the Midwest’s exclusive distributor of natural thin stone veneer rock panels by Norstone. Kafka is now incredibly excited to be able to offer customers a new offering; Norstone’s undeniably modern and chic new product — the Basalt 3D Panel collection.

Ebony Basalt 3D Panels by Norstone

Ebony Basalt 3D Panels by Norstone

Meticulously crafted by hand, Norstone’s new interlocking basalt panels are hand-assembled to precision. These panels are also the only dimensional basalt panels available in the market: Norstone’s innovations add a three-dimensional facet to any design. Able to be applied in both commercial and residential settings, Basalt 3D Panels complement any modern aesthetic by lending clean lines and modern colors to any project.

The interlocking characteristic of these tiles completely eliminates the appearance of vertical seams while rendering them an easy-to-install option. Additional time-saving attributes show up in these panels’ two-part finger-jointed corner system: the need to arduously miter and join corners is nonexistent.

What is Basalt?

Basalt 3D Panels are made of 100% natural stone. Also known as “lava rock,” basalt is an extrusive igneous rock formed by the rapid cooling of basalt lavas at or near the earth’s surface. The hues of grey and black exhibited in these tiles are a result of being untouched for millions of years. Both the Ash Grey and Ebony Basalt color options are purely basalt and purely contemporary.

Norstone Basalt 3D Panels add a chic beauty to nearly any area — from residential backsplashes and fireplaces to expansive commercial feature walls or even water displays such as towering fountains and swimming pools. These dimensional panels flawlessly interlock to exacting standards and retain the easy-to-install nature of a veneer panel system.

Ebony Basalt 3DAsh Grey Basalt 3D

How are these Panels Installed?

Basalt 3D Panels are the essence of simplicity from appearance to installation. As an interlocking panel system, Basalt 3D Panels can be installed rapidly over prepared surfaces such as cement board, brick/block, or over a lathe and scratch coat using thinset.

Since each panel is precisely crafted to interlock into neighboring panels, there is no need to grout or mortar between individual pieces. However, as a porous stone, Basalt 3D Tiles should be coated with a water-based penetrating sealer. Depending on which sealer is chosen, different levels of sheen can be achieved, creating a truly unique look.

Ash Grey Basalt 3D Panels by Norstone

Ash Grey Basalt 3D Panels by Norstone

Kafka Granite, as the exclusive Midwest distributor of the unique and contemporary design options crafted by Norstone, can show you the vast array of stacked stone and basalt tile panels sure to complement your next project. Timeless yet contemporary, these three-dimensional basalt ledgestone panels could be the perfect addition to your space. To talk about the possibilities, give us a call today.

WHITE IS THE NEW GREEN: White Roof/Cool Roof Epoxy Overlay

LEED Credits With Kafka Granite

Since 2000, LEED Certification has served as the industry standard for measuring a building’s environmental sustainability. LEED, standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a way to establish and recognize a building as a “green” or eco-friendly structure or project.

Kafka Granite offers an incredible amount of products that could help your new or old construction project get acknowledged as green and receive one of four levels of LEED certification: certified, silver, gold or platinum.

From energy-efficient options such as white roofing aggregates to recycled materials like crushed porcelain or glass, Kafka offers repurposed and all-natural solutions to be used in a variety of ways. We can also help ensure architects are selecting regionally specific aggregate in order to achieve Regional Priority Credits. Since some of Kafka’s products are sourced from around the nation, it’s critical to ensure you’re getting materials that fulfill “geographically specific environmental priorities” in order to garner LEED credit for RPCs. To learn about all the ways Kafka materials can be used in your project and get it closer to LEED certification, talk to us today.

Why should your project be LEED-certified?

LEED certification will reap different incentives depending on which state your project is in. Not only will an impressively sustainable or eco-conscious build garner media attention or community support from those who appreciate green efforts, but they could also receive tax credits or fee reductions/waivers among other things.

Eight different green aspects of a building are taken into account:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Location and Transportation
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

Depending on the type of the project, there are 110–136 credits that can be earned. The more credits earned (the more criteria fulfilled) will translate to a higher LEED-certification level: 40–49 credits for certified, 50–59 credits for silver, 60–79 credits for gold and more than 80 credits to achieve platinum certification.

Kafka Granite Recycled Copper Slag

Kafka Granite Recycled Copper Slag

“Using more green materials, including renewable materials, recycled materials, and natural materials, is good for the building occupants and the environment.” Using organic or recycled materials from Kafka Granite can earn a project more points toward a higher level of LEED certification.

Is being LEED-certified more expensive than not building with recycled/natural materials?

Aiming to build a LEED-certified project, according to this study, will only initially cost as much or slightly more than a project not building with recycled or natural materials. However, the benefits and incentives gained from LEED certification may likely outweigh or outearn the extra construction and materials costs paid up front.

By working with Kafka Granite on your next LEED-certified project, you will get the best possible natural or recycled materials — such as our expansive variety of decomposed granite, crushed aggregate, and recycled materials — to aid in your green initiative. To discuss your specific needs or potential solutions, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable experts.

 

Recycled Fire Brick Blend

Kafka Granite Re-Introduces Recycled Fire Brick for use in Pathway Mix

Recycled Fire Brick Blend Stabilized Pathway Cart Path - Whistling Straits Golf Course - Kohler, WI

Custom Firebrick Blend Stabilized Pathway Cart Path – Whistling Straits Golf Course – Kohler, WI

Due to popular demand, Recycled Fire Brick Blend is back! As part of Kafka Granite’s sustainability initiative, Kafka recycles several landfilled materials or waste products such as porcelain, glass, mirrors, slag, and now–fire brick. These products can be used in place of natural aggregates for a more environmentally-friendly design.

Recycled Fire Brick Blend consists of a beautiful array of warm oranges and golds, due to the various colors of fire brick used by Kohler Corporation in their kilns during the production of porcelain toilets and sinks. Rather than wasting away in a land fill, Kafka collects this material and carefully crushes it to size for use in standard, stabilized, and wax polymer pathway mixes–giving the fire brick a new life.

In the past, Recycled Fire Brick Blend had been so popular that Kafka had depleted Kohler’s land fill– a good problem to have! However, we have now inventoried enough of the product to introduce it back to the marketplace. Want to help us clean up the landfills? Request Recycled Fire Brick Blend for your next pathway project!