Winners named for best use of brick in architecture


RESTON, Va., July 6, 2012 — The 2012 Brick in Architecture Awards winners are named by the Brick Industry Association (BIA), to honor outstanding design incorporating genuine clay brick for both aesthetics and sustainability. 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, and cover a wide palette of colors, textures and shapes for exterior and interior expression.

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          “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 build using sustainable practices,” said Malecha in an NC State article.
          The 2012 Best in Class winners include:


The Point | NC State University Chancellor’s Residence – Raleigh, N.C.
Architect: North Carolina State University
Landscape Architect: Office of the University Architect
Associate Architect: Weinstein Friedlein Architects
Builder: Rufty Homes
Manufacturer: Triangle Brick Company
Mason Contractor: Capitol City Masonry


Bud Clark Commons – Portland, Ore.
Architect: Holst Architecture
Mason Contractor: J&S Masonry


Atlantic Wharf – Boston, Mass.
Architect: CBT Architects
Builder: John Ordinary& Associates, Inc.
Mason Contractor: A. Jandris & Sons, Inc.


The Ogden International School of Chicago – Chicago, Ill.
Architect: Nagle Hartray Architecture
Landscape Architect: Terry Guen Design Associates
Associate Architect: Schroeder Murchie Niemiec Gazda-Auskalnis Architects, Ltd.
Builder: Turner Construction Company
Mason Contractor: Illinois Masonry Corporation


VIP Community Services, Men’s Residences – New York, NY
Architect: WASA/Studio A
Landscape Architect: WASA/Studio A
Mason Contractor: Procida Construction


DuPage A.M.E. Church – Lisle, Ill.
Architect: Harding Partners
Builder: Moreton Construction
Manufacturer: Hanson Brick
Mason Contractor: J and E Duff


Wylie Civic Complex – Wylie, Tx.
Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, with Architexas
Mason Contractor: DMG Masonry Limited


Carmel City Center – Carmel, In.
Architect: Pedcor Design Group, LLC
Builder: Smock Fansler Corporation
Manufacturer: The Belden Brick Company
Distributor: Indiana Brick Corporation
Mason Contractor: Smock Fansler Corporation
Developer: Pedcor City Development Company
Construction Manager: Signature Construction
Structural Engineer: McComas Engineering, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Kimbley & Proctor, Inc.

          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
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