30 Jul Brick Industry Association recognizes Pine Hall Brick projects
Products from Pine Hall Brick Company were well-represented in the Brick in Architecture Awards from the Brick Industry Association (BIA), a national trade group.
The competition honors the best in brick design across North America. This year, the competition saw the entry of more than 100 separate projects, which were reviewed by an independent panel of judges. Established in 1989, this year’s competition recognized 49 winners from 21 states.
The project winners that used Pine Hall Brick products included Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, which won Best in Class for Paving/Landscape Architecture for its Johnson Plaza; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville, NC, which won a Silver Award for Houses of Worship for its new sanctuary and redesigned church campus; and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, which won a Silver Award in Paving/Landscaping, for its west entry and macaque exhibit renovation.
Clay brick has long been used to build exterior walls and pathways, for its aesthetic appeal and durability. These project winners, however, reflect the different ways in which clay brick products are used today.
The Converse College project used conventional clay pavers, which are today manufactured under strict quality control standards to be durable enough for vehicular traffic.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church used a variety of clay bricks in both vertical walls and horizontal pavers that lent a consistency in appearance and ease in maintenance to a modern church campus.
The pavers used at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which appear similar to a popular line of pavers installed for decades across the U.S., are permeable, which means that rainwater goes around them and is naturally filtered in the groundwater below.
Conventional drainage, by comparison, picks up pollutants from the ground and transports them to storm drains and then to streams, rivers and the ocean.
“Each of the products used in these projects adds not only aesthetic beauty and durability in a number of different kinds of uses, but each is an example of green construction,” said Walt Steele, paver business manager of Pine Hall Brick Company. “Each is made of clay and water, both readily available materials, and each lasts virtually forever, which is the definition of sustainability.”
Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO, said that today’s best designers use brick as a way to translate their ideas into useful projects.
“Fired clay brick is an abundant natural resource that offers architects the aesthetic flexibility to inspire stellar and sustainable design,” said Leonhard.
Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2015 issue of Architect magazine. Other winners will be listed in the insert, as well as in Brick News Online. All entrants will be featured on BIA’s online Brick Photo Gallery.