Two residential buildings earn honors from brick industry (Slideshow)

| by Teena Hammond
Two residential buildings earn honors from brick industry (Slideshow)

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has honored outstanding design incorporating genuine clay brick for both aesthetics and sustainability, with two awards in the residential categories. The 2012 Brick in Architecture Award winning projects span 28 states and include commercial, educational, health care, houses of worship, municipal/government, paving and landscape architecture, multifamily and single family residential.

"As a versatile building material made in America made from abundant natural resources, there is no substitute for genuine clay brick," said BIA President and CEO Gregg Borchelt. "Unlike manufactured masonry products, brick fired from genuine clay offers permanent, through-body color, proven performance and natural beauty that imitation products just can't match," he said. 

The North Carolina State University chancellor's residence, named The Point, won Best in Class in the residential single family category. The 5,400-square-foot residence, with 3,100 -square-feet of living space, was designed by N.C. State University led by Marvin Malecha, FAIA, dean of the N.C. State University College of Design and president of the American Institute of Architects. Genuine clay brick was part of the sustainable materials selected, including solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling.

A slideshow of images of the residential winners show a range of exterior and patio views.

Malecha said that the residence was designed to represent NC State and North Carolina as a mini stimulus to help boost the state's jobs and materials. "We wanted it to not only be beautiful and adaptable to the ways it will be used, but also be build using sustainable practices," Malecha said.

The Bud Clark Commons in Portland, Ore. Won in the Residential, Multi-Family category. The residence offers 130 studio homes that serve residents who have been homeless. Nine of the apartments have physical accommodations for accessibility.

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Topics: Exteriors

Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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