Category Archives: Fountains

Fountains for Queen of Heaven

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

In Lafayette, CA, the Queen of Heaven Cemetery provides a peaceful resting place to hold and honor the deceased. Once a family owned walnut orchard, the 200-acre grounds still hold the original family home, barn and small cottages which the cemetery maintains.

Recently, Catholic Management Services (CMS) constructed a new “Funeral Center” at the cemetery to hold services and memorials. As part of the landscape design, they wanted two Tournesol Siteworks turnkey fountains – one at the entrance to the building and one behind the building, where outside services would be held.

Barcelona Basin Fountain at Queen of Heaven Cemetery

To start the process, CMS choose one of our four decorative basin profiles. Each basin is manufactured in our lightweight GFRC concrete and is delivered to the site as a package including everything that is needed for installation. Both fountains were installed by California Waterscapes, and both locations (front and back) feature 10′ round Barcelona Basins in Tier 1 Sandblast texture.

Spray Ring Water Feature

Fountains are available in any of our GFRC colors, of which CMS picked Italian Terra Cotta. The Barcelona basin has a classic belly profile featuring a bullnose return at the top. Inside the front basin, they chose the Spray Ring water feature which contains multiple spray nozzles directing an arch of water 360 degrees from the center (shown closely in the image above).

For the fountain located in the back of the new building, CMS picked the two-tiered Crystal Bowl element for the center feature with two bowls – one 36″ diameter and one 24″ diameter – topped with a finial for completion. For the color of the Crystal bowls, they used a contrasting color of Shark. The complete fountain’s foundation (the center platform) contains the pumps, lighting, electrical, fixtures, and controls.

The cemetery is located on a beautiful piece of land exuding a peaceful atmosphere and environment for visiting. For the Grand Opening Celebration of the Queen of Heaven Funeral Center, back in October, the cemetery was honored by Michael C. Barber. the Bishop of Oakland, CA.

A visit to El Paso…

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

IMG_3268Last week I had the opportunity to visit our new plant in El Paso, TX, meet many of the people we have working there, and see some of our newest products.

They’ve already begun producing many of Tournesol Siteworks’ GFRC products (planters, TWIG and Rune benches, garbage cans, etc.), but there is a full line of Stonewear products that I wanted to learn about.

discussing molds
Antonio, moldmaker extrordinaire and operations manager of the Juarez facility along with Isaias, operations manager of the El Paso facility.

We have complete mold-making capabilities in the new-to-us facilities, so we’ve been working to coordinate how we exchange information between our California engineering staff and the toolmaker. Because everyone builds their molds differently, we’ve had to get used to their process (and vice-versa). Things are progressing as well as we could hope.

Planter Barrier
A planter barrier, showing the internal barrier mold – just add concrete!

The planter barrier products that Stonewear has offered for the past decade is something we’re looking forward to promoting. While other manufacturers create a barrier by simply pre-casting a massively heavy planter and shipping it cross country, Stonewear figured out a better way. The barrier products are all light weight GFRC and designed to ship anywhere across the country. Each barrier integrates a lightweight internal mold and rebar system that lets the local contractor add the weight using inexpensive premix concrete. For a simple barrier inside a round planter (shown above), the form creates a jersey barrier inside the planter that will stop 4,000 lbs moving at 50mph!

maximum-security
Stops vehicles in their tracks – a maximum-security planter barrier

For maximum security applications, Stonewear designed a planter barrier to the US government’s DOS K-4 standard. Buried up to the base in the soil and then filled with premix concrete, it can stop 15,000 lbs. moving at 50mph – adequate for most government buildings. There aren’t many easier, more attractive ways for a designer to integrate a maximum security barrier into a project!

Decorative bollards
Typical lightweight concrete bollards

We’ve offered metal bollards and bike racks from our partners at Street & Garden Furniture in the past, but Stonewear bollards introduce a new element into our line. Either as a high security bollard cover over 8″ steel pipe that can stop 5,000lbs moving at 30mph, or simply decorative bollard covers (as seen above) that sit over 6″ steel pipe – we now have an answer for any application.

Packaging pots
Packaging up several Downtown Collection GFRC pots

Of course the largest component of what Tournesol Siteworks does (and what Stonewear did) is make pots and planters. We’ll be producing all of our shapes and sizes, and most of the offering that Stonewear has had over the years. It’s a great fit – a little overlap, but our offering will grow dramatically in GFRC. We’ll also be introducing many of their shapes in FRP fiberglass over time as well.

Stonewear Fountains
Isaias and Raoul trial-fit the seat cap on an 8′ fountain basin. Looks perfect!

And finally, fountains! I spent quite a bit of time working to understand the turnkey fountain products. While somewhat complex with lots of options, Stonewear turnkey fountains offer exceptional value for a complete fountain system. They have hundreds of impressive installations across the country, proving the reliability of the system design.

Stonewear now part of Tournesol Siteworks

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

As of June 1, Stonewear Composite Stone Products of El Paso, TX has become part of Tournesol Siteworks. We’re rapidly growing, and acquiring Stonewear gives us the opportunity to take advantage of their maquiladora-based lightweight concrete manufacturing footprint straddling the Texas-Mexico border.  In addition, Tournesol will now be able to offer turnkey fountains, security and barrier products and an even larger selection of site furnishings and planters.

DP_Oct_2007_ed3
a turnkey 12′ Stonewear Fountain

Tournesol will be consolidating the full current Stonewear product offering into its existing lineup. Stonewear’s focus on products for urban landscapes fits perfectly with Tournesol’s existing strategic direction. Most exciting is the line of pre-engineered fountains  that Stonewear has been manufacturing for the last 20 years. There are hundreds of  options, and when combined with Stonewear’s installation services, adding a dramatic splash to a project couldn’t be any easier.

Turnkey fountains from 8'-16'
Turnkey fountains from 8′-16′

We’ve been close with Stonewear for nearly a decade, and have always admired the level of craftsmanship of their work. Their focus on operational excellence in GFRC will enhance Tournesol Siteworks’ offering in that material, and we’re looking forward to expanding our sales in lightweight concrete with the improved capacity.

Security planter barriers and bollards
Security planter barriers and bollards

Stonewear has a been a leader in lightweight concrete with a history going back over 30 years. Their craftsmen are some of the best when it comes to GFRC, and will be also manufacturing much of our concrete product in the El Paso and Juarez locations. This will free up space and labor for more FRP fabrication in Northern California. We’ll explore more of their product options and features on future blog postings.

au7226-03
Aventine urns, with base

Former Stonewear owner Ben Vandenbossche commented that “Tournesol will be a great home for the Stonewear product line. They understand selling and marketing to designers, and we’re looking forward to them continuing the Stonewear tradtion”  Ben will remain active in a consulting role for several months. The rest of the employees will join Tournesol Siteworks as Stonewear’s operations in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez will be expanded as volume increases.