Measure of success – US masonry projects

Summary

Three US masonry projects that epitomise "success" are briefly described.  It is shown that a successful masonry project is one that moves the contractor to a higher level, opens up new markets, demonstrates the benefits of masonry, or requires solutions that can be applied to other jobs.  The projects included: a 7-storey office building in Chicago, which was originally designed as a cast-in-place concrete frame structure with masonry cladding but was redesigned using hollow-core precast planks on loadbearing masonry, and used coloured Harvard brick instead of burnished block on three exterior walls; interior and exterior masonry restoration, cleaning and repair of the Kansas City train depot (now known as Science City at Union Station) built with limestone, terra cotta and brick; and Flatiron Crossing Village and Development, a retail and commercial centre in Colorado, which uses a progression of distinct spaces and a wide range of masonry materials including coloured bricks to blend into the surroundings.   

Primary author(s): Fawcett M

                           

Source: Masonry Constr.

            16,No.9,2003,p.38-40,42


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