Pine Hall Brick helps win Silver, Bronze awards in 2011 Brick in Architecture Awards
Products used in award-winning projects
By Renee Lawson
Pine Hall Brick, the largest supplier of clay brick pavers in the United States, had its products selected for three Brick in Architecture Award winners from the Brick Industry Association.
The winners were: a Silver Award for the Plaza at Kenan Hall/Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida; and Bronze Awards for Pack Square Park in Asheville, North Carolina; and BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.
The Kenan Hall/Flagler College and Pack Square Park awards came in the Paving and Landscape Architecture category; while the BB&T Ballpark Award came in the Commercial category.
Brick Industry Association officials said that this year’s competition truly reflects the breadth of the brick industry across the United States. It attracted more than 160 entrants – and the winners represented 25 states, according to Stephen Sears, vice president of marketing and member services for the Association. . “Brick has quite a bit of appeal from the landscaping perspective,” said Sears. “The beautiful thing about brick vs. newer materials is that you know how it will perform and how it will look 20 years or 50 years from now. And when you get some creative designers, it is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.”
Ted Corvey, vice president of paver business for Pine Hall Brick, said the company joins the designers and installers in expressing pride over the projects in which they participated. “The renewed interest in clay brick as a building material is simple: Americans want materials in their surroundings that are environmentally sound, beautiful and sustainable,” said Corvey. “Clay brick delivers on all three counts.” . A new place for students
The Plaza at Kenan Hall/Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, won the Silver Award for paving and landscape architecture for landscape architect Sharon Fowler of Hauber Fowler & Associates; builder A.D. Davis Construction; distributor Oldcastle Coastal of Jacksonville; mason contractor Paverscape Inc.; and manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Company.
The project is a plaza in front of a main classroom building, equipped with seating and access to outdoor electrical outlets, to power laptops, lighting and sound systems.
Fowler said that the two main considerations were to resolve a drainage problem: water would pool up into ankle-deep mud directly in front of the building each time it would rain.
A further complication is that the City of St. Augustine does not allow any new tie-ins to its storm sewer system and requires all new construction to keep its storm drainage on site.
Secondly, the design had to tie in with the historic nature of its surroundings. Kenan Hall was originally part of a luxury hotel and was the first large building in the U.S. to be built entirely of coquina-shell concrete.
The solution was to build the plaza out of Pine Hall Brick StormPave ® permeable pavers in Autumn and Accent Gray. The pavers effectively picked up the colors of the nearby building, in line with local historic-district guidelines, while at the same time, provided an effective way to drain away stormwater.
The 5,300-square-foot space has become a popular gathering spot. Classes sometimes meet there and after class, it’s used for student-sponsored events, meals and parties, or fairs where potential employers and representatives of graduate schools set up tables and meet with students.
Bringing back downtownThe Pack Square Park in Asheville, North Carolina won the Bronze Award for paving and landscape architecture for landscape architect LaQuatra Bonci Associates; builder and mason contractor ValleyCrest Landscape Development; and manufacturer Pine Hall Brick.
Pack Square Park is a six and a half acre public park in the center of downtown Asheville, which features Pine Hall Brick pavers as an integral part of the main plazas and sidewalks.
In addition to the Roger McGuire Green in the front of City Hall and the County Building, the park has a large open green space on a slope overlooking the main stage, three water features and original, large-scale art by regional artists.
Rodney Porter, a landscape architect with LaQuatra Bonci Associates, said that Pack Square Park had its beginnings with a leak from an outdoor fountain into an underground parking garage.
Initial discussions on how to repair the leak snowballed into the Pack Square Park Conservancy, a non-profit group that took a concentrated look at what all of downtown Asheville could become.
The Conservancy and area governments came together with plans to re-align streets and take downtown Asheville back to the way it looked during the 1800s, with clay brick pavers and more green, open space.
The outcome? Sim & Steele Consulting estimated the park’s development and ongoing tourism impact, from 2000 to 2012, at $23.2 million in total direct, indirect and induced sales; $9.2 million in total income impact and more than 300 jobs created or sustained.
Observers also point to more business – once empty storefronts now house successful retail businesses and there have been double-digit increases in restaurant sales in the neighborhood.
A place for our teamThe BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem , North Carolina won the Bronze Award in the commercial category for CJMW Architecture; builder Samet Corporation; mason contractor Proffit Brick & Stone Work Inc.; and brick manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Company.
The Dash, Winston-Salem’s hometown class A Advanced Carolina League baseball team, which is affiliated with the Chicago White Sox, had long needed a new home, while downtown Winston-Salem , like downtowns everywhere, needed a boost, a reason to bring people back into the center city.
The previous stadium, built in an isolated part of town in the 1920’s, was outdated and not up to current league standards. The new BB&T Ballpark, sited on an 8-acre parcel at the edge of downtown, has not only given The Dash a beautiful, state-of-the-art new home, but has also spurred economic development for the city - and over the past two seasons, has served as an effective destination for wholesome family entertainment.
Others have noticed: the BB&T Ballpark was named Ballpark of the Year last season by BaseballParks.com. The honor is presented annually to the new baseball stadium with the best combination of superior design, attractive site selection and fan amenities.
The facility outscored one major league ballpark, the new home of the Minnesota Twins; and joins some select company. Past winners include AT&T Park in San Francisco , Pittsburgh 's PNC Park and Petco Park in San Diego. The brick-clad stadium is an iconic presence in Winston-Salem , visible from several major throughways and downtown locations.
The 5,500 seat stadium includes two concourses. The lower concourse has the majority of the fixed seats, a glass-enclosed press box, picnic area and grass berm seating, and multiple amenities such as retail food stations, team store, and a playground with a carousel.
On the upper level are the remaining 1,000 fixed seats as well as premium suites, a private club and restaurant and other group seating areas.
The ballpark also houses the team clubhouse, training facilities, administrative offices, box office and, of course, Home and Visitor locker rooms. Altogether, 26,000 bricks were used to build the BB&T Ballpark, along with clay brick pavers in some sidewalks in the park.
About the Author
Renee Lawson is the Marketing Manager and Paver Business Manager at Pine Hall Brick Company.