Vision Award winners announced
Architects, communities, school districts, and universities recognized
By Tim O’Toole
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the Mason Contractors Association of America awarded the second annual Vision Award winners during the 2012 MCAA Midyear Meeting in Park City, Utah.
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 2012 MCAA Vision Awards.
Moseley Architects has a long, rich history of designing architecture with masonry in mind. As a private firm with a public sector soul, Moseley Architects public school projects are mindful in their requirements for simplicity, durability, and longevity, yet still realize opportunities for aesthetic uniqueness. Their projects continually recognize the timeless permanence embodied in masonry, while exemplifying unique characteristic moments achievable within the material type.
Moseley Architects reaffirms that as a material, no other material blends seamlessly with all of them as well as masonry.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the largest private entities with a constant development of new facilities to meet the needs of their congregations and communities. Church construction in North America is between 50-70 new chapel projects per year averaging 12,000 sq. ft. per project along with 2-4 seminary or institute buildings each year where brick is the preferred exterior building material. Worldwide, the volume of work is about 200 new chapels annually. Average chapel construction consists of approximately 55000 modular brick equivalents, a sum of over 11 million brick used annually. Concrete masonry is used as the exterior veneer for many of the buildings.
The Church has an Architectural, Engineering and Construction oversight division that manages design and supports construction across North America and internationally. Their goal is to design facilities that fit well in the various communities, while maintaining aesthetics, long term sustainability, high energy efficiency and exterior façades that require very low maintenance. Masonry fits that charge. Following that goal, they use masonry as much as possible on every building they can. Besides the communities scattered across the nation, mason contractors, multiple manufacturers and suppliers that are affiliated with our industry, have benefited from this church organization, as they strongly support our industry.
Huntley Consolidated School District 158
Huntley Consolidated School District 158 is a small school district in northern Illinois. The district has three school campuses with five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. When selecting their materials the district chose to use masonry for the exterior and interior walls. No doubt this is due to the lifecycle factors for these buildings.
The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama is a truly beautiful campus. A visitor to the University of Alabama would have a difficult time finding a building on campus not built of masonry. The University of Alabama 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.