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The Brick in Architecture Awards

The Pearl Brewery San Antonio, Texas project won the Best in Class award for paving and landscape architecture, for architect Lake/Flato Architects; landscape architect Rialto Studio Inc.; manufacturer Pine Hall Brick; distributor Acme Brick Company; and mason contractors Boothe Brothers Paving Co. and Texas Hardscapes.
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The Brick in Architecture Awards have been announced and Pine Hall Brick pavers won in 3 out of 4 categories!

Pearl Brewery is a 23-acre site in San Antonio, Texas, upon which brewing operations took place between 1883 and 2001.

The site has since been revitalized into a mix of commercial and residential property including condominium units, artists' studios, and locally owned restaurants, shops and boutiques. The goal is to ultimately be a part of the historic San Antonio River Walk extension tied into downtown.

A custom blend of brick pavers was developed to harmonize with the colors of the existing buildings and to recall pavers that graced the streets of San Antonio during the early years of the brewery's establishment - and to add visual unity throughout the site. Extensive use of clay brick pavers with rich rustic texturing complements the original brick building facades.

Silver Winner: Paving & Landscape Architecture Cliffs Cottage at Furman University Greenville, SC. The Cliffs Cottage project in Greenville, South Carolina, won the Silver Award for paving and landscape architecture, for architect Johnston Design Group; landscape architect Innocenti & Webel; builder and mason contractor Triangle Construction and manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Co.

Cliffs Cottage is a 3,400-square-foot single-family residence that was built as an idea house on the campus of Furman University by Southern Living magazine, with the intent that it be green in all respects, by using green technology in all of its mechanical systems and building materials.

That commitment to environmentally sound design included a permeable clay brick paver paving system in pedestrian walks and terraces close to the house. The permeable pavers, a recent addition to Pine Hall Brick's product line, provides architects with a way to reduce 'first flush' pollutants, such as fertilizers, motor oil and antifreeze, from being washed across a paved surface and ultimately ending up in storm drains, rivers and lakes. Instead, rainwater soaks into the groundwater, where it is naturally filtered.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the pavers visually connect the pedestrian walkways of the house, which will be converted to an academic building after being on display for a year, with the existing brick pedestrian walks used throughout the balance of the university's Georgian campus.

Bronze Winner: Paving & Landscape Architecture Kings Court.
Kings Court is an 11,000 square-foot plaza that anchors one end of the pedestrian-friendly main street of Haddonfield, New Jersey, which attracts visitors from throughout the region to its Colonial-era buildings. Today, residents and visitors to Kings Court are enjoying a number of recent upgrades and repairs, thanks to a public/private cooperative renovation of the plaza.

The Kings Court in Haddonfield, New Jersey won the Bronze Award for paving and landscape architecture for architect Alberto & Associates; landscape architect Knolltop Nursery; associate architect Remington & Verdick Engineers; manufacturer Pine Hall Brick Company; distributor Church Brick Company and mason contractor Think Pavers Hardscaping.

Designers of Kings Court chose clay brick pavers (traditional and permeable) for both aesthetic and functional reasons. The natural appearance of Rumbled(R) clay brick pavers are in keeping with the Colonial-era surroundings, while the Rumbled(R) permeable pavers help reduce stormwater run-off. The design itself even adds to the visitors' experience, with directional herringbone patterns that encourage movement toward the plaza, while paver and stone patterns and borders define areas of rest and activity.

In addition, the pavers' durability means that they will retain their original appearance under heavy use, while flexing with the subtle movements of the earth below. The skid-resistant, water-permeable surface of the finished plaza handles foot traffic in any weather and drains precipitation efficiently, thus helping keep pedestrians safe, reducing storm-drain pollutants and reducing the likelihood of water damage to nearby buildings.

BIA was notably impressed with the quality and diversity of entries. This diverse field made for intense competition and difficult decisions. A jury panel of architects from around the country independently reviewed and scored each of the entries. In the end, eight projects were chosen as the best in their field. Winners hail from all across the North America, truly reinforcing the national status of the award. The Best In Class winners will receive a plaque commemorating the 2009 Brick In Architecture Awards. They will also be featured in the November 2009 issue of Brick in Architecture, which will be included as an insert in the November issue of Architectural Record. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will be listed there as well for their accomplishments. In addition, all winners will be featured in the Brick Gallery on BIA's website. The Brick In Architecture Awards will be held again next year with a call for entries scheduled for January 2010.

Sources: BIA and Pine Hall Brick

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