Posts Tagged ‘Innovative Surfaces’

Innovative Surfaces Partners with Century College to Provide Severely Disabled Residents Remodeled Homes Through Homeward Bound

June 5, 2013

Santa Cecilia granite kitchen for Homeward Bound project.

Santa Cecilia granite kitchen for Homeward Bound project.

Innovative Surfaces team installing the granite countertops for Homeward Bound

Innovative Surfaces team installing the granite countertops for Homeward Bound

Innovative Surfaces team at Homeward Bound installation

Innovative Surfaces team at Homeward Bound installation

For the fourth consecutive year, Innovative Surfaces in Hastings has donated the granite countertop fabrication and installation for the Homeward Bound project, in conjunction with Century College. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Century College Kitchen and Bath Design Students design the spaces and then the students at St. Paul College do the carpentry work, build cabinets and install. Architectural Granite & Marble provided the granite countertop slabs for the project.

“It is always a rewarding project,” says Margaret Krohn CKD, ASID, Faculty Century College. “We design the kitchens and other spaces to be more functional for the staff and residents. They buy site homes integrated into neighborhoods. We have many items donated for the spaces that need work, such as flooring, countertops, appliances, etc., and are grateful to have sponsors such as Innovative Surfaces. Innovative Surfaces does a lot for our Kitchen and Bath Design program as well.”

Century College is a local community college with highly regarded Kitchen and Bath Design Program, accredited by the NKBA.

“We feel strongly about the goodwill of this organization and the impact it has on the lives of those who otherwise may not be able to afford such modifications to their homes
says Kellie Akins, Marketing Manager, Innovative Surfaces. “The project provides us a platform to work along with, and gain exposure to, students working to receive certification in the Kitchen & Bath industry.”

This year’s design project consisted of the kitchen and medical/work area. This area is where the staff can store and prepare all medications for the residents. There also is a desk for the residents to use. The kitchen design provided a peninsula for the residents to use for various activities, including entertaining, when the residents’ families come to visit. The students each had their own design for the space, as a part of their final project for their Basic Kitchen and Bath Design class. Students also presented their project and ideas to the Homeward Bound representatives. The team at Homeward Bound then selected the components they liked from all of the designs, and final kitchen plans were drafted. The students at St. Paul College built and installed the cabinetry.

Innovative Surfaces
Innovative Surfaces, located at 2620 Industrial Court Hastings, MN 55033, is a wholesale selection center open M-F 8 am to 4:30pm, by appointment. Visit them online at http://www.innovativesurfaces.com.

Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is a non-profit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Photos of the kitchen remodel can be seen here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/homewardboundmn/sets/72157632652384516/page4/

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Artisan Group At StonExpo

February 1, 2013

2013 Artisan Group board of directors

2013 Artisan Group board of directors

Artisan Group has inducted two new board members: (L to R) Tom Rocks, owner of Rocksolid Stone Works in Cleveland, OH, and Fadi Halabi, owner of Duracite in Fairfield, CA. Rocks and Halabi join Joe Hoffman, Jr., owner of Hoffman Fixtures Company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK; Artisan Group executive director Chad Seiders and Layton day, owner of Bangor Wholesale Laminates in Bangor, ME. Not pictured are Brad Pearce, owner of Front Range Stone in Denver, CO, and Kellie Akins, Sales & Marketing Manager of Innovative Surfaces in Minneapolis, MN to complete the board. We had a great time at StonExpo.

How Artisan Group Granite Countertops are Installed

August 8, 2012

Cory, of Innovative Surfaces in MN, shares the process of granite countertop installation on PBS’ Home Time. How granite countertops are installed

The crew from Innovative Surfaces in Hastings, MN installs Artisan Stone Collection granite countertops on PBS’ Home Time TV program

How Granite Countertops are Fabricated

August 8, 2012

Todd Akins, Artisan Group member from Innovative Surfaces in MN, explains to Home Time TV viewers how granite countertops are fabricated. How Artisan Granite Countertops are Fabricated

Todd Akins, Artisan Group Member and General Manager of Innovative Surfaces in Hastings, MN, explains to PBS “Home Time” viewers how Artisan Stone Collection granite countertops are fabricated.

How Artisan Stone Granite Countertops Are Fabricated

August 8, 2012

Cory of Innovative Surfaces in Hastings, MN, shows PBS Home Time viewers how Artisan Stone Collection granite countertops are templated. Check out this video to see the process of measuring a countertop for fabrication. Templating granite countertops

Templating includes laser technology

Artisan Stone Collection Featured on Hometime

April 2, 2012

"Hometime" visits the Innovative Surfaces shop in Hastings, MN.

If you missed Innovative Surfaces’ Todd Akins and Artisan Stone Collection granite countertops in Crema Bordeaux featured on Hometime last Saturday, here is what you missed. This TV crew goes to the Innovative Surfaces yard and shop, showing the granite templating and layout technology, and covering the fabrication in detail. The episode also shows the on-site countertop installation. Todd Akins of Innovative Surfaces appears extensively in this episode. Mark works on the templates and Craig and Mitch do the installation. It also includes a brief flashback to the segment with Chad Seiders, Artisan Group Executive Director, in the showroom from episode #3.

Artisan Stone Collection granite on Hometime

Innovative Surfaces delivers the gorgeous Artisan Stone Collection Crema Bordeaux granite countertop to the "Hometime" kitchen set.

Artisan Group on PBS for the third time in a week!

March 23, 2012

Artisan Group member Innovative Surfaces in MN will be appearing on Hometime on PBS tomorrow. Three shows in two weeks! Artisan Group is getting popular! Cory Kleven shows how countertop templating is done. Find your local listing. http://www.hometime.com/Hometime_4.0/TV_Hometime/tv.htm

Cory Kleven does a great job explaining the templating process and showing off the Innovative Surfaces logo! Thanks to Kellie Akins for making this happen!

Hometime episode on PBS tomorrow! Kitchen and Mudroom #4 (Hometime episode 2606, national release date March 24). Photos of the show are here: http://www.hometime.com/Hometime_4.0/TV_Hometime/Shows/PBS/2012/2605.html

We also have a new Media section on the Artisan Group website. Check it out! More shows will be added soon!

Cory Kleven of Innovative Surfaces demonstrates the templating process on PBS' Hometime show

National PBS Show Hometime features Artisan Group member Innovative Surfaces

March 16, 2012
  • Hometime on PBS will air its first installment featuring Chad Seiders of the Artisan Group and countertops fabricated by Innovative Surfaces in MN on March 17. The Kitchen and Mudroom remodels are featured on  Hometime episode 2605.  This show contains a segment in the Innovative Surfaces showroom where Chad runs through the various Artisan stones and types of granites. Check your local PBS station for show time. http://www.pbs.org/hometime/. Special Thanks to Kellie Akins at Innovative Surfaces and Chad Seiders with Artisan Group for making this possible.  ImageImageImage