Pine Hall Brick Pavers Help Win Best In Class and Silver Awards in 2010 Brick In Architecture Awards Competition
By Renee Lawson
Pine Hall Brick, the largest supplier of clay brick pavers in the United States, had its pavers selected for two Brick in Architecture Award winners from the Brick Industry Association.
The winners were: a Best in Class award in Paving and Landscape Architecture for The Imaginary Garden, a pathway and plaza installation in the Walnut Street Park in Cary, NC; and a Silver Award for Justison Landing, a $500 million brownfield urban redevelopment project that features residential, retail and commercial space in Wilmington, DE.
As in years past, a panel of architects from across the United States served as judges for the competition.
“BIA was notably impressed with the quality and diversity of the entries,” said association spokeswoman Kelly Ewell. “This diverse field made for intense competition and difficult decisions.” Ted Corvey, paver business director for Pine Hall Brick, said the company joins the designers and installers in expressing pride over the projects in which they participated. “The true winners in these competitions are the families who visit the park in Cary or the people who live, work and play at Justison Landing,” said Corvey. “They’re surrounded by a landscape that combines durability with aesthetic appeal and sustainability.” . Imagination in a park
The Imagination Garden won the Best in Class award for paving and landscape architecture, for landscape architect Brian H. Starkey and OBS Landscape Architects of Raleigh, NC; artist Barbara Grygutis of Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC of Phoenix, AZ; manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Company of Winston-Salem, NC; and contractor Fred Adams Paving Co. Inc. of Morrisville, NC.
The Imagination Garden is an integral part of the Walnut Street Park, an 11-acre infill neighborhood park in Cary, NC. The park is divided roughly along its centerline between a grassy area that has a small playground, and a natural area of woods and wetlands. In between, to define the two spaces, a promenade, roughly 15 feet wide and 800 feet long, has been installed.
The promenade, which was designed by noted sculptor Barbara Grygutis, has a background of deep red clay brick pavers, into which has been set a design made of brown and buff-colored pavers. The design depicts a long, twisting vine that travels the length of the park before entering a large circular plaza, where it bursts into bloom.
Grygutis said she specifically chose brick because it is a material made from the local earth and has a rich history in the area.
“My intent was to use brick in a way that had not yet been used, in order to give meaning, definition and uniqueness to the work of art,” wrote Grygutis.
Starkey, the landscape architect, notes that the brick and the patterns made possible by the three colors lend a level of playfulness and imagination to the overall aesthetic of the park, bringing a level of detail that evokes movement and nature.
The brick patterns enhance the pedestrian experience and provide interest for children who follow them as they walk – and the smooth surface provides access both for families who use strollers and individuals who use wheelchairs.
Reclaiming a riverfrontThe Justison Landing project won a Silver Award for landscape architect Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, and Oasis Design Group of Baltimore, MD; builder Delaware Department of Transportation of Dover, DE; brick manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Company of Winston-Salem, NC; brick distributor Delaware Brick Company of Wilmington, DE; ; and mason contractor GrassBusters Landscaping and Irrigation of Newark, DE.
At Justison Landing, the streetscape was part of a much larger project that involved reclaiming and revitalizing 33 acres of riverfront property into a combination of retail and residential space. The completed project has 260 condominiums, 50 townhouses, 184 loft units, 196 apartments, 98,000 square feet of retail space and 300,000 square feet of commercial space.
The land, which in years past had been home to tannery and ship building facilities, had become polluted and was neglected for years.
Oasis Design Group worked with project engineers Rummel, Klepper & Kahl; Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware; Delaware Department of Transportation; and construction manager Pettinaro Company to plan, design and implement an urban redevelopment plan. Justison Landing was transformed into an environmentally friendly area and is vibrant and economically viable, contributing to the region’s economy and tax base.
Justison Landing has public plazas and open spaces; people-friendly linkages to the river and existing riverwalk; and almost two and a half miles of urban streetscapes, including new streets, sidewalks and landscaping. The use of brick pavers helped blend the new development with the surrounding and existing neighborhood, which were mostly brick buildings.
A brick and granite plaza serves as the heart of the development, providing a direct connection to the existing riverfront, a place for people to meet and rest and a central location for community events. Clay brick was critical in helping keep people safe, both to indicate direction of movement and to provide sufficient space to help move people through the site.
About the Author
Renee Lawson is the Marketing Manager and Paver Business Manager at Pine Hall Brick Company.