Vision Award Winners Announced
Architects, communities, school districts, and universities recognized
By Tim O’Toole
On Monday, January 17, 2011, the Mason Contractors Association of America awarded the first annual Vision Award winners during the 2011 MCAA TEAM Awards at the MCAA Convention and the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas.
The Vision Awards celebrate school districts, universities, communities, and architects who have demonstrated outstanding use of masonry in their projects and incorporate masonry in their campuses, communities, and buildings.
The MCAA would like to congratulate the winners of the 2011 MCAA Vision Awards.
Malcolm Holzman; Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, LLPMr. Holzman’s dreams become reality with the use of masonry - he takes simple materials such as brick, block, and stone and creates unexpected results causing “heads to turn” at his unparalleled and awe- inspiring structures. Overall, Mr. Holzman truly creates masterpieces that become focal landmarks in the community or campus. One must truly be a master craftsman who can share the creative insight of the designers (and bring the designer’s ideas to life) when working with Malcolm Holzman and his team of dreamers. Mr. Holzman’s sincere foresight with architecture and masonry result in every building being built visually pleasant and one hundred percent functional.
Kyle, TexasKyle was one of the first cities in Texas to pass a masonry ordinance. The intelligent community leaders had the foresight to realize the unlimited benefits of masonry and how a simple ordinance would enhance the community ten-fold. The area leaders also recognized that sustaining a superb community and achieving goals is a marathon, not a sprint. Establishing new and higher standards of development and construction are effortless ways to improve, help utilize, and grow new business opportunities, which in turn will help bring more employment, families, etc.
Humble Independent School DistrictWhile facing the same economic challenges as other school districts in the Houston Metropolitan Area, the Humble Independent School District had the wisdom to choose durable masonry products for the extensive renovations of two signature high schools; Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas and Humble High School in Humble, Texas. Both schools utilized concrete masonry unit partitions and exteriors of brick and manufactured stone. The façade at Kingwood High School was particularly well detailed, containing multiple arched entries and canopies constructed of mechanically anchored cast stone, which convey the district’s commitment to providing a superior academic experience.
The University of TexasThe University of Texas is a truly beautiful campus, with a unique architectural style from many others throughout the nation. A visitor to the University of Texas would have a difficult time finding a building on campus not built of masonry. From the famous “UT Tower” and the distinguished Blanton Art Museum to the massive Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, this campus should be applauded for its extensive and impressive use of masonry.
Visit www.masoncontractors.org/team for more information about MCAA's TEAM Awards and the MCAA Vision Awards.
About the Author
Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing, Education, and Information Technology for the MCAA. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.