Use this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ master to specify cast stone units that resemble natural stone but are fabricated off site rom typical concrete materials, then installed on site in a manner similar to natural limestone. Typical products include columns, sills, keystones, and corner and opening trim.
This section also includes flashings, weeps, mortar dropping control, and other accessories required for installation.
For assistance in selecting and detailing cast stone refer to the CastStone Institute’s Technical Resources at (link)
Definition of Cast Stone
Defined as “a refined architectural concrete building unit manufactured to simulate natural cut stone, used in unit masonry applications as per ASTM C1364.” It’s a masonry product, used as an architectural feature, trim, ornament or facing for buildings or other structures.
Manufactured from white and/or grey cements, manufactured or natural sands, carefully selected crushed stone or well-graded natural gravels and mineral coloring pigments. To achieve the desired color and appearance while maintaining durable physical properties which exceed most natural cut building stones.
Excellent replacement for natural cut limestone, brownstone, sandstone, bluestone, granite, slate, keystone, travertine, and other natural building stones.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.