BIA Honors the Best in Brick Design
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:
Paving and Landscape Architecture
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 www.gobrick.com.