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MIT VAULT: COOPER-HEWITT DESIGN MUSEUM NEW YORK CITY

In 2010 we received a unique request from a graduate student team from MIT asking if we could produce a special size paver with very tight tolerances, to be used in a free-standing vault that would be on display at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York City.  This incredible structure was made from our Elizabeth Red pavers, 4” X 8” X 1” and had to be true to the lines in order to work in this project.  The design team first built a wooden frame and then formed the arching vault over top, secured with mortar and then removed the frame after curing.  The end result was this form so strong, three men could stand on it without concern of collapse.  The project was on display for 8 months and we were grateful to have taken part in such a special design.

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