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May 2009

Masonry Institute

It Makes a Village 2009

Masonry Institute Inc. held its second Masonry Expo, “It Makes a Village,” at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., April 1 and 2. Participating industries and associations offered a total of 16 seminars that provided technical and best practices information needed to design and build with masonry. The National Concrete Masonry Association, the Brick Industry Association, the MCAA, the Cast Stone Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Concrete Masonry Promotions Council all offered to give seminars in support of this event.

The It Makes a Village contest is a design-build competition. There were 11 teams consisting of architects and masons who collaborated on design, and then built their projects during the two-day event.

“The board of directors, the national associations and our membership showed confidence and courage in these difficult economic times by supporting this effort,” says Masonry Institute Director Joyce Greer. “Many folks put a great deal of their talents and efforts together to make it the best show possible. We all feel it was well worth the efforts.”

The It Makes a Village winners were:


First Place – $2,500


Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Masonry Design, Inc.

Second Place – $1,500


Falls Church Construction, BeeryRio Architects + Interiors

Third Place – $1,000


Deeben Enterprises, R. Hunter Hurt, AIA


United Masonry, EYP Architecture and Engineering


Baltimore Masonry & Rounds VanDuzer Architects


Genco Masonry, Esocoff Architects


Carroll County Career & Technology Center, School Drafting Dept.


C. S. Monroe Technology Center, Hayes Large Architects


L.F. Jennings Inc., Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects


Center of Applied Technology-North, School Drafting Dept.


J.D. Long Masonry, Main Street Architecture


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