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2004 Design with Brick

Three South Carolina architectural design firms and their partners were recognized for exceptional skill and creativity in designing with brick at the 2004 Design with Brick awards presentation held March 27, 2004, at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, S.C. The winners of this biennial competition, hosted by the Brick Association of the Carolinas, were honored during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Carolina Design Awards Banquet.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the Brick Association of the Carolinas (BAC) is dedicated to promoting brick as the preferred building material for home and commercial construction. Representing 13 brick manufacturers in North and South Carolina, BAC offers a wide array of educational and technical services for homebuyers, builders, masons and architects. For more information, contact Charles Upchurch, Susannah Smoot or Kim Nash at (919) 832-6300, or visit www.gobricksoutheast.com.

The Brick Association of the Carolinas 2004 Design with Brick award winners are:

Architect:
McKellar & Associates, Mount Pleasant, S.C., in association with Helfand Myerberg Guggenheimer Architects, New York City

Mason Contractor:
Gulf Stream Construction

The firm earned the President's Award for its innovative use of brick in conjunction with other materials at the Automated Trading Desk Technology Campus in Mount Pleasant. The highly contemporary design utilizes materials from a palette typical of the region's native architecture, including brick, granite, glass, copper and wood. The varied color and handmade appearance of the brick is characteristic of many plantation buildings in the area and is in keeping with the natural beauty of the campus setting. The use of brick successfully blends the distinctly contemporary design of the building into the rich architectural heritage of the region.

Architect:
Liollio Architecture, Charleston, S.C.

Mason Contractor:
Salem Contracting

Liollio Architecture received an Honor Award for its restoration of the historic Josiah Smith Tennant home, circa 1859, now in use as the Eastside Center for Human Concerns, a neighborhood counseling and resource facility. The building was the last great antebellum home built before the Civil War, serving numerous functions over 150 years. Remarkably, much of the original brick was reused. Masonry chimneys were rebuilt, and threaded horizontal rods were utilized as part of the seismic retrofit. The restoration included reinstatement of the slate and metal roof, copper gutters, interior and exterior wood trim, and concrete masonry.

Architect:
Craig Gaulden Davis, Greenville, S.C., in association with MGA Partners, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mason Contractor:
Argo Division of MB Kahn Construction Co.

Craig Gaulden Davis, together with MGA Partners, won an Honor Award for its design of the 120,000-square-foot Hughes Library (of the Greenville County Library System). Existing structures on the campus used materials including concrete, salmon-colored brick and red brick. The new library reflected the different color palettes and the architecture surrounding it. A large serpentine wall containing the three brick colors of the campus serves to unify the different architectural elements. The library's exterior uses vibrantly colored brick in a large-scale pattern creating continuity with the wall.

Architect:
Craig Gaulden Davis, Greenville, S.C.

Mason Contractor:
Morris Construction

Craig Gaulden Davis received an Honor Award for its design of the new Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors. Brick was used wherever warmth, scale and color were called for, including the exterior veneers, interior partitions and other details adjacent to the altar and sanctuary. Other interior finishes included pre-cast concrete, salt-finished concrete, slate, painted steel and mahogany. The 1,200-seat church, 60-seat chapel and support structures are organized around an elevated, elliptical lawn and landscaped interior walk.






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