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The Cemetarian: All Granites are Not the Same By Kelly Conn, CMA, CA , Roc k of All Ages F or the past few years, I have done presentations regarding columbaria for the Cemeterian Operations and Management Training Program. In my presentations, the goal is to inform Cemetery Operators of the different options available for handling cremated remains. The most common choice today is public columbaria. Most of the recent columbaria installed in Ontario have a granite exterior. During my presentation, I inform the participants that the selection of granite is a very important consideration when purchasing a columbarium. This article provides a more detailed account of the differences between granites. Granite is very well known for its strength, beauty and durability. Some people incorrectly believe that granites are all the same, but this is far from the truth. I often hear that a rock is a rock. Granite is a natural material and therefore, like other natural materials, there are variations. The easiest comparison when discussing differences in granite is to look at wood. Would you say that all woods are the same? No, we all know that there are hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwoods are more likely to be used for high-quality furniture, decks, flooring, and construction that need to last. Softwoods are used for windows, doors, furniture, medium density fiberboard (MDF), paper and many other applications. Within each category there are woods that are more suitable for different applications. What is Granite? Granite is an igneous rock with at least 20 per cent quartz and up to 65 per cent feldspar by volume. The other major component is mica. Like wood, granite has different applications in two main categories, construction and memorial. These two applications have different requirements and as such granites that may be suitable for construction may not be suitable for memorials and vice-versa. Why Choose Granite? Figure 1: Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris, France. Granite is the second hardest natural mineral next to diamond. This strength, combined with the ability to take a beautiful polished luster that can last for generations, has made granite the ideal choice for many products and structures. Just recently, Bethel white granite was chosen for the new façade of one of Europe's most impressive monuments, the Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris, France (Figure 1). It is a massive cube 110 meters (360 feet) in all four dimensions. FACILITY FORUM | 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Fall 2016

Industry Watch
Home Run Baseball Hits a Pedestrian
All Granites are Not the Same
Technically Speaking
Risk Management – City Found Not Liable in Skating Injury
Winterizing Pools
Member Profile – Ross Rankin, RA Centre, Ottawa
Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
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