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    Brick Awards 2006

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    Reflecting Community

    The Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection (2005) in Brookville, New York, was designed by Bentel & Bentel Ltd. to reflect a very different ethnic community. In its simple cubic forms and Greek cross plan, the new building echoes old-world churches.

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    Although the brick is a cladding for a steel frame building, the brick lintels and piers, corbelled window openings, and water and belt courses recall ancient traditions. The textural and color accents of clay brick extend into the interior. As a testament to the importance of masonry to the community, even the street signs are executed in brick and marble.

    The Concord Hospital Addition (2003) by TRO/The Ritchie Organization adds 84,000 square feet (7800 square meters), a new cancer program, and an identifiable front door to this New Hampshire community. The architects sought to balance programmatic contradictions between technology and repose, open and private. They were able to do this with brick because they could cast modern forms in traditional materials, making large openings, curved walls, and accented coursing.

    The brick evokes the vernacular architecture of Concord's industrial past. While the brick is ubiquitous on this existing medical campus, the curves and pattern of the addition suggest a more modern aesthetic.

    Picturing Agriculture

    Of all the best-in-class award recipients, none reflected community and function as explicitly as the Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Headquarters (2002) in Omaha, Nebraska, designed by The Clark Enersen Partners. The brick detailing on the long west facade symbolically articulates the cycles of the agricultural calendar.

    Each bay represents a month of farming activities through brick patterns, colors, and textures. Beginning at the north end, frozen winter ground is represented by a simple running bond brick pattern. As the ground is readied for planting, the brick show a bit of shadow as when the plows cut the earth. When planting occurs, farther south along the facade, the textures become smaller, representing seeds. Single bricks scatter like fertilizer.

    Entering the growth season, brick protrusions represent the first sprouts breaking through the soil. As growth matures, the brick rows get denser and more defined. Reaching the harvest, the brick patterns become less dense, representing the plant stubble. Finally, the brick pattern becomes flat again, representing the dormant frozen ground. Despite the visual storytelling, the facade is durable and requires relatively low maintenance.

    Fitting In, Standing Out

    The Copernicus Center (2001) in Chicago, designed by Harding Partners, received recognition in the governmental category. The fitness center for senior citizens is of a beige-colored, smooth-faced brick selected to complement the dark ironspot brick of the existing building.

    The architects wanted the addition to be efficient and environmentally yet low-cost in construction and operation. Besides selecting durable and low-maintenance brick, they optimized daylighting to reduce electrical and cooling loads and selected high-efficiency mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment.

    One of the seven best-in-class award recipients was not a building but a paving landscape project. Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC reconfigured McKinley Avenue on the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana, by use of carefully chosen brick pavers. Formerly, a wide expanse of asphalt had allowed traffic to speed by, making it difficult for tens of thousands of students to cross safely.

    The new design slows traffic and designates pedestrian crossings with material changes and raised planters. Color contrasts and beveled edges give the brick pavers a highly detectable pedestrian surface of assistance to the visually impaired. The brick pavers provide a unifying design element, relate to the brick and limestone campus buildings, and help create a sense of place.

    One of the award recipients, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2006) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Inc., has already been covered extensively in ArchitectureWeek, both in its design and its acoustics.

    To "warm" the exterior walls, the Four Seasons architects chose a glazed brick high in iron and manganese that give it an iridescent quality and reflectivity. The mass of the brick also serves to buttress the building against external noise.

    The Brick Industry Association represents suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers of clay brick and of related products. The association engages in a broad range of technical, research, marketing, government relations, and communications activities.

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    Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, designed by The Clark Enersen Partners.
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    Symbolic west facade of the Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Headquarters building.
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    Each bay of the facade represents a month in the agricultural cycle.
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    The Copernicus Center in Chicago, designed by Harding Partners.
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    The Copernicus Center.
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    Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Brookville, New York, by Bentel & Bentel Ltd.
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    A streetscape reconfigured by Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC for the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana.
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    Brick pavers provide a unifying design element on the Ball State campus.
    Photo: Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC

     

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