Masonry Institute's 'It Makes a Village' Competition
In April, The Masonry Institute of Virginia held a Masonry Expo and "Masonry, It Makes a Village" Design Build Competition. A class of seminar speakers conducted 20 classes that gave continuing learning units to those architects attending. There were also seminars with valuable information to assist contractors in their daily operations. Forty top manufacturers and suppliers of masonry materials were on hand to give attendees the most up-to-date information on materials and their applications in the masonry industry.
The first "Masonry, It Makes a Village" competition was held in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., corridor. This event teamed architects and masons, who, in two days, designed and built projects that could be found in a village. It was a rewarding learning experience as participants enjoyed working and learning from each other.
The competition brought trade and apprenticeship programs to light with the team from C. S. Monroe Vocational Training Center competing in the event. Those students showed their abilities with their dedicated instructor, bring to light the importance of encouraging young people to step out of their comfort zones, challenge themselves and prove that the future of the industry lies in the mentoring and support of the workforce for tomorrow.
1st PlaceWaves of Fiji
Contractor: United Masonry, Inc.
Architect: EYP Architects
2nd PlaceVillage Viewing Fountain
Contractor: Deeben Enterprises
Architect: R. Hunter Hurt Architects
3rd PlaceThe Arch
Contractor: Falls Church Construction
Architect: BeeryRio Architects
People's ChoiceTown Clock
Contractor: C.S. Monroe Vocational Training Center
Architect: Hayes Large Architects
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The Masonry Institute of Virginia promotes the use of masonry through education, the exchange of information, recognition of noteworthy masonry projects and supporting the owners, architects, contractors and suppliers. For more information, please visit www.masonryinstitute.us.