The Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on the University of Georgia Campus
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      Color is often an important characteristic of a building stone, but rarely was color more carefully selected than in the construction of this building. This is the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, built in 1987 on the campus of the University of Georgia. Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall is a museum and administrative center for UGA athletic activities. UGA's athletic colors are red and black, so a red and black building was essential. To achieve the red lower section, red granite quarried in India and polished in Italy was used. Large pink feldspars are prominent in this granite (see below). The upper black facing is entirely synthetic and appears to be black-backed glass.
 
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      This is not a builidng built of granite; instead, it is only faced with sheets of granite. Most modern stone-faced building are like this in being stone-clad with a steel (or perhaps other) internal load-supporting structure. The stone-clad nature of this building is apparent at doorways and other breaks in the walls, as shown below. The sheets of facing stone are only about 3/8 inches thick.

 
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