In Your Town
In the early 1900’s buildings were consistently rectangles. Architects of the time personalized the buildings with elaborate cornices, entrances, decorative stonework and brick and stone patterning on the exterior walls. They were limited to the extent of the building design and finishing because of the building materials and building methods they had available to use.
Nowadays there seems to be no limit to the scope of design and build. With the introduction of new building methods and materials aggregates are being used in wider applications. Aggregate compounds have played a huge role in us being able to build the architectural marvels that are commonplace today.
Take a walk down the main street of the downtown core of your city or town. Look at the old buildings, then look at the new buildings and mentally note the differences. Take a look at the walls, are they curved or are they square? Are the walls made out of wood, stone, brick or concrete or is it a combination of materials? How many windows do they have and how big are they? Are they straight up and down or do they have curves and lines that flow? Is there a square or rectangular base footprint or is it some other shape? How tall are the old buildings compared to the new ones?
More than likely your town will have one or two buildings that stand out from the rest because of their design and structure. Typically, these will be Arts and Entertainment Centres, Recreations Centres, Sports Complexes or City Halls; they are the perfect buildings to build and incorporate beautiful architecture.
We tend to spend more time in buildings where we feel comfortable. We are drawn to well designed buildings that incorporate different architectural styles and are pleasing to the eye. Civic buildings tend to have the highest traffic and use in any urban centre so why not put in the extra effort to make them as pleasing and comfortable as they can be? They are a focal point for the community with almost all important public events taking place in or around them. In almost every case, these types of buildings are constructed with concrete because of the versatility and strength that concrete offers. Architects can also design in representations of events that are specific to the local area making the building part of the history and story of the growth of the community.
Aggregate producers all over the province have a vested interest in the growth and success of the areas they serve. We are committed to providing not only the products needed for continued development but to provide support in other ways through donations to local charities, service clubs, community organizations and special projects.