Brick and Structural Clay

BIA Honors the Best in Brick Design

November 1, 2012

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently announced winners of the 2012 Brick in Architecture Award. The projects span 28 states and include commercial,

The 2012 Best in Class winners include:

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
Architect: Nagle Hartray Architecture
Landscape Architect: Terry Guen Design Associates
Associate Architect: Schroeder Murchie Niemiec Gazda-Auskalnis Architects Ltd.
Builder: Turner Construction Co.
Mason Contractor: Illinois Masonry Corp.

Health Care
VIP Community Services, Men’s Residences, New York, N.Y.
Architect: WASA/Studio A
Landscape Architect: WASA/Studio A
Mason Contractor: Procida Construction
Houses of Worship
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, Texas
Architect: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, with Architexas
Mason Contractor: DMG Masonry Ltd.

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

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

Residential—Single Family
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

Builder: Rufty Homes
Manufacturer: Triangle Brick Co.
Mason Contractor: Capitol City Masonry

educational, health care, houses of worship, municipal/government, paving and landscape architecture, and multifamily and single-family residential.

“As a versatile building material made in America from abundant natural resources, there is no substitute for genuine clay brick,” said Gregg Borchelt, P.E., president and CEO of the BIA. “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.”

In addition to competitive benefits over other exteriors, brick reportedly offers great freedom to match the architect’s imagination and desires, as well as an essential element of sustainable design. Atlantic Wharf of 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 1.2 million-sq-ft 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 Philip Casey, associate principal, AIA, LEED AP, CBT Architects, Boston. “A lot of effort went into matching mortar to maintain the historic context. 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-sq-ft residence (comprising 3,100 sq ft of living quarters) was designed by North Carolina State University and led by Marvin Malecha, FAIA, dean of the NC State University College of Design and president of the American Institute of Architects. 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,” Malecha said in an NC State article.

The BIA annual awards program began in 1989 and includes entries throughout North America. This year’s judges include Steven Ansel, the S/L/A/M Collaborative, Glastonbury, 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-plus-year lifespan, genuine clay brick exteriors 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.

For additional information or for a complete list of winners, visit

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