Dee Brown, Inc.
Architect: Contacts Without Company
Dee Brown, Inc. was hired by the Hanover Company under a design build contract to assist Gromatzky Dupree and Associates with the design and detailing elements of the masonry skin systems on this mixed use project.
Originally, prior to DBI's involvement, the project was designed for modular brick. The Owner then changed the brick to king size with no intention of changing the skin elements. In order to accommodate the new coursing requirements the project would have to be redesigned to prevent a total disaster in detailing of not just the masonry system but the other elements as well.
DBI was brought in at this time and was able to accommodate the modular veneer to meet the Owner's budget by changing a considerable amount of detail, with the Architects design intent in mind. Many details were changed from cast stone, or stone to accent brick to carry off the color variation without the additional cost. Offsets were changed to eliminate the use of a considerable amount of solid brick, and shop drawings were produced to provide the correct layout for modular coursing. Some cast stone details were changed to GFRC to eliminate cost of both material and structure.
DBI also assisted in the layout of the backup system to simplify the drywallers system and eliminate time and money. When the project was complete DBI had installed approximately 2 brick types totaling 807,000 pieces, 31,000 concrete block which was utilized on partition walls, to decorative splitface CMU, and 4,735 total pieces of cast stone.