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Project Spotlight – The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Today we wanted to place the spotlight on another project Conestoga Tile had the privilege of working on. In the spring of 2011, we were contacted by CB Flooring of Columbia, MD to assist them in identifying and supplying a marble appropriate for Mount St. Mary’s University’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Emmitsburg, MD. The previous summer, the Chapel received a new paint scheme and a variety of decorative elements, including a new dome design, lighting, sound system, and many other necessary repairs. The old, unattractive bright blue carpet remained through these updates, so it was time to do something about it.

In the weeks that followed our entry into the project, we worked with architect Jim Mills, principal of Design Story Architects of Frederick, MD, and Megan Elcrat, principal of 33:Design of Baltimore, MD, in selecting an appropriate natural stone for the space. One of our biggest challenges was choosing marble that would complement the paint colors, the bright white altars, and the oak woodwork in the Chapel.

After carefully surveying the options available, the final products chosen for this project included Royal Oyster, Dark Emperador, Giallo Reale, Marva Red, Red Levanto and French St. Laurent. Royal Oyster’s grey tones were the perfect balance of warm and cool for the Chapel. Dark Emperador was chosen for its rich brown tones, which create contrast with the oak woodwork and pews. Giallo Reale added a nice complement to the other stones and existing accent stones used on the main and high altars. Marva Red was used on the side of the altar rails, Red Levanto with the main aisle, and French St. Laurent as a border. It is a beautiful array of stone and was expertly installed by CB Flooring. Everyone involved in the project was very pleased with the transformation and it was a very welcome change for those who worship at The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

We are especially proud of this project, as the installation is now being nominated for a 2013 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) award for excellence in design using natural stone in a commercial setting.

If you are searching for natural stone flooring for a commercial setting, please contact Conestoga Tile at 888-415-5689. We have showrooms in Sterling, VA; Harrisburg, PA; and Baltimore, MD, staffed with expert consultants who will help you determine the most appropriate material for your project.