Baltimore Masonry, Inc.
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Spinnaker Bay is a residential high rise building located in downtown Baltimore near the Little Italy restaurant district overlooking the inner harbor. It includes luxury apartments and condominiums, with retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor. The building blends into the surrounding Architectural in elegant style. Designed to give the appearance of four separate building linked together, the buildings include the main 18 story apartment tower, a 14 story apartment tower, a 12 story apartment tower and an 8 story condominium complex. The first seven floors of the central core of the building are used for parking, while the 8th floor is a landscaped terrace and pool.
The masonry on the18 story tower was comprised of a cast stone base on the first floor and mezzanine levels, a medium dark iron spot brick for the next 13 floors, and a light wire cut brick on the top 3 floors. The brick was accented with many intricate cast stone bands, sills, spires, copings, and capitols.
The 14 story tower has a cast stone base, a light red machine molded brick on the first 12 floors, and a light wire cut brick on the top floors. Cast stone banding and sills were also used to accent the brick.
Cast stone was used on the entire first 2 floors of the 12 story tower with a dark machine molded brick on floors 3 through 10, and a light wire cut brick on the top floors. The 8 story condominiums have cast stone on the first 2 floors with a rose-colored machine molded brick on the remainder of the building.
Ground Face CMU, cast stone and granite compliment the landscaped terrace. The Spinnaker Bay project presented unique challenges for the mason contractor with seven different types of brick, five colored mortars, countless cast stone shapes, and the intricacy and scale of the project. The project included 750,000 oversize facebrick, 11,000 square feet of cast stone, 4,200 Ground Face CMU, 400 square feet of granite, and 80,000 CMU. With an aggressive schedule and the sheer size of the project, 65 Bricklayers were required during the busiest periods of construction.
Spinnaker Bay is a tribute to excellence in masonry design and craftsmanship.