Italbec U.S.'s project, the 'W' Hotel in South Beach, FL, received the Marble Institute of America's Grande Pinnacle Award and Commercial Interior Award of Excellence. The company supplied and installed more than 400,000 square feet and $14.5 million worth of eight varieties of natural stones.

Mauro Albano (left), manager of the Marmomacc trade show, presents the Grande Pinnacle Award to Fiore Vadacchino (center) and Rick Watson of Italbec U.S.


The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announced the winners of its 2009 Pinnacle Awards competition, as well as the winner of the Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomacc. Italbec U.S.’s project, the ‘W’ Hotel in South Beach, FL, received the Grande Pinnacle Award and Commercial Interior Award of Excellence. The company supplied and installed more than 400,000 square feet and $14.5 million worth of eight varieties of natural stones. The award was presented during the recently held MIA Annual Awards Luncheon at StonExpo/Marmomacc in Las Vegas. Accepting the annual award were Italbec’s Rick Watson and Fiore Vadacchino. A panel of four judges from Italy and the U.S. called the ‘W’ Hotel “a showroom of the use of stone and its varied patterns, colorations and textures.” The overall Pinnacle Awards, presented at the MIA Annual Awards Luncheon, honors “projects that demonstrate exceptional beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship in the use of granite, marble, travertine, limestone and other natural stones.” Also recognized during the luncheon were the 2009 Pinnacle Awards winners. They are:
  • Commercial Exterior Award of Excellence: Columbia Stone, Inc. of Tualatin, OR, for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Residential Interior/Exterior Award of Excellence: Architectural Granite & Marble of Austin, TX for the Bryant Residence in Austin, TX.
  • Residential Interior/Exterior Award of Merit: Rugo Stone LLC of Lorton, VA, for a private residence in Washington, DC.
  • Residential Interior/Exterior Award of Merit: SMG Stone Company of Sun Valley, CA, for a private residence in Newport Beach, CA.
  • Residential Interior/Exterior Special Award of Merit for Use of Stone: Fordham Marble Company Inc. of Bronx, NY, for a Fifth Avenue Apartment in New York, NY.
  • Commercial Exterior Award of Merit: KEPCO+ of Salt Lake City, UT, for the Sun Valley Music Pavilion in Sun Valley, ID.
  • Commercial Exterior Award of Merit: Connecticut Stone Supplies of Milford, CT, for Bailey Plaza at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
  • Commercial Exterior Award of Merit: Bestview International of Wood Dale, IL, and Caffall Tile and Stone Company, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, for Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple in South Jordan, Utah.
  • Commercial Interior Award of Merit: Wilkstone, LLC of Paterson, NJ, for One Bryant Park in New York, NY.
  • Commercial Interior Award of Merit: Carnevale & Lohr Inc. of Bell Gardens, CA, for Maguire Lobby in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Commercial Interior Award of Merit: Rugo Stone LLC of Lorton, VA, for Morrison & Foerster LLP in Washington, DC.
  • Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit: J.C. Stone, Inc. of Jefferson, Maine, for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine.
Serving as judges for the Pinnacle Awards competition were: Christian R. Pongratz, of Pongratz Perbellini Architects, Verona, Italy; Peter A. Follett, AIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT; David Meyer, Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects, Berkeley, CA; and Jim Hogan, Carrara Marble Company of America, Inc., City of Industry, CA, and MIA immediate past president. Caption: Mauro Albano (left), Manager Marmomacc Trade Show, presents the Grande Pinnacle Award to Fiore Vadacchino (center) and Rick Watson of Italbec U.S.