Contest Showcases Beauty, Quality of Masonry
A competition for architects and mason contractors in Phoenix last month provided a showcase for the beauty and quality of masonry construction.
The fifth annual design/build competition, “Masonry: It Makes a Village,” pitted eight teams of Arizona architects and contractors against each other to produce the most creative “village” structures with the use of brick, block, natural and manufactured stone, glass block and architectural precast.
The winning projects were judged by industry experts and were chosen for creativity of design and use of materials, teamwork, craftsmanship and overall quality.
Among the judges was Dawn Faull, director of NAHB’s Concrete Home Building Council.
The concept for the competition was developed seven years ago by the Masonry Institute of Washington.
The local event is sponsored by the Arizona Masonry Guild, which plays a significant role in economic development, new product and construction standards, enhanced safety policies and increased energy efficiency of masonry products.
The guild also has been on the forefront of developing and implementing statewide educational campaigns for the professional community and programs with Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Following are photographs of winning projects in this year’s contest:
Building with Concrete: The Basics and Beyond
The 2006 Concrete Technologies Tour will be held June 11-13 in Phoenix. Learn about and profit from one of the fastest-growing segments of the construction industr — concrete building systems and cement-based products.
The registration deadline is May 26. To register and for more information, visit www.nahb.org/concretetour.