School construction has dominated the commercial building industry for several years. Economic conditions have sometimes challenged school building committees with producing a high-quality educational facility using limited funds.
Hybrid masonry is a structural system that utilizes reinforced masonry infill walls with a framed structure.
The Lawrence Associates, Architects/ Planners, P.C., were given the challenge of designing a 58,000 sq.ft. elementary school that would be energy efficient, durable, inexpensive to maintain, aesthetically pleasing, fire safe, acoustically efficient, and most importantly, mold resistant. These requirements all had to be met within a very tight budget. Richard Lawrence, President and Project Architect for the Preston Veterans Memorial School, selected masonry construction for the project. He noted, “Masonry is the only material and type of construction that can provide all the building requirements requested by the owner.”
Built from over 94,545 square feet of granite, marble and quartzite, the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chancery in Washington, DC, stands out as one of our capital’s most extraordinary pieces of architecture. Built to house the offices of the UAE ambassador and diplomatic staff, the chancery exemplifies the use of contemporary design and technique while paying homage to Arab-Islamic heritage and culture.
Michigan’s new Hall of Justice is making a monumental architectural statement within Lansing’s State Capitol Complex, debuting after more than three decades of planning.
Hybrid masonry is a structural system that utilizes reinforced masonry walls with a framed structure. While the frame can be constructed of reinforced concrete or structural steel, the discussion here will include steel frames in combination with reinforced concrete masonry walls.
Lewis Towers is an 18-story high-rise built in 1926 and located on the prestigious north end of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. The facade of the Neo-Gothic style building is primarily composed of dark reddish-brown coarsely textured face brick.
The architectural team from Sear-Brown faced several challenges during the design and construction of a new CVS Pharmacy Store in Chicago.
The new conferencing center at Detroit Metro Airport posed an interesting challenge for designer and former masonry camper, Mike Thompson. The owner, Detroit Regional Chamber, sought to create an “oasis” in the center of a main terminal lobby.
Later this year, Indiana will open the doors to one of the nation’s most innovative showplaces of history, art and science … its new State Museum. Nestled in the center of White River State Park in Indianapolis, the new cultural institution will depict the many “stories of Indiana.”