Uses For Coquina Rock

Coquina rock has been used extensively in Florida for over four centuries. It was used in many colonial buildings, most of which were built with labor forces working under master masons. The historic Coquina masonry work of Florida is considered exceptional for the quality of its workmanship.

We have broken Coquina rock uses into three basic categories with sample images.

  • Architectural
  • Landscaping
  • Structural

Architectural uses of Coquina Rock

For veneer type facings, wainscoat cover and facade visual cover.

    Chimneys
    Coquina chimneys are sturdy and effective material for building a working and functional chimney.

    Fireplaces
    Fireplaces that are made of Coquina rock create a functional elements that provide good heat retention, and have a natural decorative facade.

    Gated Entrances
    Gated communities in Florida and housing neighborhoods use coquina rock in combination with plants and shrubs for visual impact to create elegant entrances and exits.

    Monuments
    Monuments are found in many cities, parks, playgrounds, and near city buildings, as cornerstones, and information plaques as well as gravestones. Many historical monuments have a brass plaque that is mounted on a larger decorative coquina rock.

    Restorations
    We are able to provide Coquina rock to match existing buildings or structures. Color, size, shape, and texture can be matched almost exactly.

Landscaping uses of Coquina Rock

Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land. Two primary features of landscaping are hard and soft scaping. Soft scaping, refers to living items such as plants and shrubs; while hard scaping refers to non-living items such as rocks that are used to enhance the appearance of the landscape.

    Garden Beds & Edging
    Coquina rock is a great material to create borders around gardens or to seperate landscpaing areas.

    Golf Courses
    Coquina rock is commonly used in the construction on golf courses; at tee's, along fairways, at edges of greens, as berm and retainer along sand trap edges, and in overall beautification of any course.

    Lagoons
    A hot new trend now emerging in coastal cities is the use of coquina rock to create a tropical lagoon. Your very own version of Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica, found in your back yard.

    Ponds
    Coquina rock is a great material to create an outer edge and erosion liner of an existing, or created pond.

    Pool Areas
    Create a natural looking and inviting pool area with Coquina rock.

    Waterfalls
    Coquina rock has been used in waterfalls, used at shopping malls, city centers, water parks, public parks, restaurants, and residential homes.

Structural uses of Coquina Rock

How coquina rock can be used in your construction project.

    Retaining Buffer
    Retaining buffers are used to hold back encroaching levels of dirt and unwanted vegetation.

    Revetments
    A revetment is used to divide, level, block, terrace, mask, or retain separate areas of your landscape.

    Sea Walls & Rip Rap
    Sea Walls are commonly used for breaking up waves and erosion on river and ocean front applications.

    Shoreline Recovery
    Coquina rock is used along the shoreline to build up the beach and sand level.

    Sign Bases
    We have worked with several commercial sign companies to enhance the visual impact of their signage, and use of lighting effects.

    Walls
    A collection of how over 400 years of building various walls, using Coquina rock, can be seen in buildings and homes.

Did You Know?
That Coquina rock will do a better job of breaking up wave energy than a solid concrete wall? Coquina rock simply dissipates the waves energy into thousands of directions because of its shape and structure, thus significantly reducing the waves overall impact.

Did You Know?
Almost every structure or building built in the Old City of St. Augustine, Florida is constructed from quarried coquina rock.

Trivia

How good of a building material is Coquina rock? You decide.

Some famous architectural uses of Coquina rock include:

    Castillo de San Marcos
    The most famous usage of Coquina rock architecture in Florida is the Castillo de San Marcos, located in St. Augustine Florida. The construction lasted twenty-three years, being completed in 1695. This fort still stands after 337 years, and is open to the public.

    The Daytona Beach Band Shell
    The Daytona Beach Band shell is located on the oceanfront directly behind the Hilton hotel.

    The Coquina Clock Tower
    Renamed Campbell Clock Tower in 1989, stands 30 feet tall and was built in 1936, dedicated in 1938. The Coquina Clock Tower, is located on the oceanfront directly behind the Hilton hotel.