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Masonry - It Makes a Village

The fifth annual design-build competition, "Masonry: It Makes a Village," was held in Phoenix at Turf Paradise on April 7-8. This timed event pitted teams of Arizona architects and mason contractors against each other to produce the most creative and original village structures with the use of brick, block, natural and manufactured stone, glass block and architectural precast.

The competition was designed to showcase the beauty and quality of masonry construction by providing an opportunity for Arizona architects and mason contractors to work side by side with each other on both the design and construction phases of the project. A total of eight teams competed in this year's event.

The winning projects were judged by industry experts and were chosen for creativity of design and use of materials, teamwork, craftsmanship and overall quality. The jury panel consisted of: J. Gregg Borchelt, PE, vice president of Engineering & Research, Brick Industry Association; Brent Davis, executive director of the American Institute of Architects-Tucson; Dawn Faull, director of the Concrete Council, National Association of Home Builders; Roy Hickman, masonry consultant and master mason, Roy Hickman Consulting; Richard Michal, graduate research assistant, University of Arizona Architectural School.

The concept for "Masonry: It Makes A Village" was developed seven years ago in Washington State by the Masonry Institute of Washington.

The Arizona Masonry Guild sponsors this local event. Since 1958, the Guild has played a significant role in economic development, new product and construction standards, enhanced safety policies and increased energy efficiency of masonry products. It has also 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. The Arizona Masonry Guild Inc. can be reached at (602) 265-5999 in Phoenix, toll-free at (888) 511-5999, or online at www.MasonryforLife.com.


The Portal

Kentuckiana Masonry Institute's 26th Annual Architectural Awards

Architect: Todd & Associates, Phoenix
Mason: CJS Enterprises LLC, Phoenix


Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Kentuckiana Masonry Institute's 26th Annual Architectural Awards

Architect: Perlman Architects of Arizona Inc., Scottsdale
Mason: Diversified Builder Supply Inc., Chandler


The Village Bath

Kentuckiana Masonry Institute's 26th Annual Architectural Awards

Architect: NAU Construction Management School, Flagstaff
Mason: Arizona Masonry Contractors Association, Phoenix


It Breaks a Village

Kentuckiana Masonry Institute's 26th Annual Architectural Awards

Architect: FM Group Inc., Scottsdale
Mason: SJC Masonry, Mesa






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