Oberlin, Ohio -- The entry period for the 2018 Pinnacle Awards will close on Friday, July 20. The Pinnacle Awards honor projects where beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone for commercial and residential applications. Natural Stone Institute members are encouraged to take part in this prestigious awards program.

Four new categories have been introduced this year, allowing for a broader range of natural stone craftsmanship to be showcased and honored. Pinnacle Awards will be given in the following seven categories: Commercial Interior; Commercial Exterior; Renovation/Restoration; Residential Interior/Exterior—Single Family; Residential Interior/Exterior—Multi-Family; Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture; and Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials.

A Grande Pinnacle Award (sponsored by Marmomac) will be presented to the best overall project. An award for the best use of Brazilian stone (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair) will also be available within each category. The Natural Stone Institute would also like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Pinnacle Awards: MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards).

The Pinnacle Awards are open to all Natural Stone Institute member companies. Project teams must include at least one Natural Stone Institute member company and projects must have been completed no more than three years prior to the submission date.

For more information, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.