BIA honors the best in brick design
2012 National Brick in Architecture Award winners span eight categories in 28 States
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has honored outstanding design incorporating genuine clay brick for both aesthetics and sustainability. Offering architects an increasingly wide palette of colors, textures and shapes for exterior and interior expression, the 2012 Brick in Architecture Award winning projects span 28 states and include commercial, educational, health care, houses of worship, municipal/government, paving and landscape architecture, multifamily and single family residential.
“As a versatile building material made in America made from abundant natural resources, there is no substitute for genuine clay brick,” said BIA President and CEO Gregg Borchelt, P.E. "Unlike manufactured masonry products, brick fired from genuine clay offers permanent, through-body color, proven performance and natural beauty that imitation products just can’t match," he said.
In addition to competitive benefits over other exteriors, brick offers great freedom to match the architect’s imagination and desires as well as an essential element of sustainable design. Atlantic Wharf, Boston, Mass., the Best in Class commercial category winner, used a combination of existing and new brick types for both the residences and offices. The 1,200,000 s.f. mixed-use complex is also Boston's first LEED Certified Platinum high-rise.
"Integrating old and new brick was important to maintain the historic character of the area," said Associate Principal Philip Casey, AIA, LEED AP, CBT Architects, Boston. "A lot of effort went into matching mortar to maintain the historic context," he said. "Brick was also an integral part of our objective to achieve LEED Platinum in the Building Reuse category."
The North Carolina State University chancellor's residence, named The Point, won Best in Class in the residential single family category. The 5,400-s.f. residence (comprising 3,100 s.f. of living quarters) was designed by North Carolina Statue University led by Marvin Malecha, FAIA, dean of the NC State University College of Design and president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Genuine clay brick was part of the sustainable materials selected, including solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling.
Malecha said that the residence was designed to represent NC State and North Carolina as a "mini stimulus" to help boost the state's jobs and materials. "We wanted it to not only be beautiful and adaptable to the ways it will be used, but also be built using sustainable practices," said Malecha in an NC State article.
The 2012 Best in Class winners include:
Atlantic WharfBoston, Massachusetts
AssociateArchitectBuilding Conservation Associates
BuilderJohn Moriarty & Associates
Mason ContractorA. Jandris & Sons, Inc.
OwnerBoston Properties, Inc.
New Brick Wall ContractorPhoenix Bay State Construction
Restoration ContractorGrande Masonry
The Ogden International School of ChicagoChicago, Illinois
ArchitectNagle Hartray Architecture
Landscape ArchitectTerry Guen Design Associates
Associate ArchitectSchroeder Murchie Niemiec Gazda-Auskalnis Architects, Ltd.
BuilderTurner Construction Company
Mason ContractorIllinois Masonry Corporation
Structural EngineerMatrix Engineering Corporation
ClientPublic Building Commission of Chicago on behalf of Chicago Public Schools
VIP Community Services, Men’s ResidencesNew York, New York
Landscape ArchitectWASA/Studio A
Mason ContractorProcida Construction
Houses of Worship
Chapel and Administrative Wing, DuPage A.M.E.Lisle, Illinois
Mason ContractorJ and E Duff
Wylie Civic ComplexWylie, Texas
ArchitectHolzman Moss Bottino Architecture, with Architexas
Mason ContractorDMG Masonry Limited
Paving & Landscape Architecture
Carmel City CenterCarmel, Indiana
ArchitectPedcor Design Group, LLC
BuilderSmock Fansler Corporation
ManufacturerThe Belden Brick Company
DistributorIndiana Brick Corporation
Mason ContractorSmock Fansler Corporation
DeveloperPedcor City Development Company
Construction ManagerSignature Construction
Structural EngineerMcComas Engineering, Inc.
Civil EngineerKimbley & Proctor, Inc.
Residential - Multi-Family
Bud Clark CommonsPortland, Oregon
Mason ContractorJ&S Masonry
General ContractorWalsh Construction
Residential – Single Family
The Point | NC State University Chancellor’s ResidenceRaleigh, North Carolina
ArchitectNorth Carolina State University
Landscape ArchitectOffice of the University Architect
Associate ArchitectWeinstein Friedlein Architects
ManufacturerTriangle Brick Company
Mason ContractorCapitol City Masonry
BIA's annual awards program started in 1989 and includes entries throughout North America. This year’s judges include Steven Ansel, the S/L/A/M Collaborative, Gastronbury, Ct.; Jack LaQuatra, CLARB, ALSA, LaQuatra Bonci Associates, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nicholas Papaefthimiou, ZGF Architects, LLP, Washington, D.C. and Sean Stadler, AIA, LEED AP, WDG Architecture, Washington, D.C. Offering a 100-year lifespan as compared to vinyl siding with a 25- to 50-year life span, genuine clay brick exteriors also offer low- to no maintenance, superior performance in extreme weather conditions, moisture resistance, durability, a minimum one-hour fire rating, seismic strength, termite resistance, thermal mass and natural beauty. Brick homes also use one to two percent less energy than vinyl-clad homes.
The complete list of winners including the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners is available at www.gobrick.com.
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Lorelei Harloe is the Principal at Ascend Communication, LLC.