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2014 Brick in Architecture Awards - Best In Class Commercial Winner - Sundance Square

Sundance Square Brick In Architecture Awards Best In Class Commercial.

With a new world-class plaza and two sustainable mixed-use office buildings as its bookends, the completion of Sundance Square marked the capstone moment to a successful downtown Fort Worth redevelopment. The project features extensive use of clay brick, a material selected for its ability to bring visual cohesion to the surrounding areas and to create a space that invites people to gather and visit.

When assessing the project, the architects considered the site’s location, size, and the style of the surrounding buildings. Their goal was to enhance the vibrant street-level retail spaces, to provide appropriate physical enclosure for a top-tier civic plaza, and to continue Fort Worth’s tradition of constructing refined and distinct buildings that reinforce the area’s timeless and beautiful character.

The architects chose clay brick for its beauty, durability, and ability to stand the test of time. The two opposing buildings, The Westbrook and Commerce Building, were given solid, yet refined, brick façades that further reinforce the handcrafted feel of the neighborhood and its pedestrian-friendly character.  The Westbrook uses a custom blend of clay brick while the largest façade on the Commerce Building was intended to resemble an old mill building which uses crimson brick. The warm and welcoming plaza is also made with brick pavers. With the owner seeking LEED certification for the project, proximity of sourcing for the local materials was an important consideration.

From the beginning, Sundance Square strove to become the primary public outdoor gathering space in downtown Fort Worth. That vision has been dramatically realized, as it instantly became one of the most significant public outdoor gathering spaces in the entire region.

The project is expected to achieve LEED Certification at the Silver level or above.


To see more of Sundance Square, see its feature article in Brick In Architecture.  It will also appear in the December issue of Architect magazine.




BIA to Host Educational Event at National Building Museum for Architects and Planners


On December 16, the Brick Industry Association and the Baltimore/Washington Brick Distributor Council will be hosting “The Economic Impact of Development on Communities at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  The seminar will be worth 3 AIA Learning Unit Hours HSW or 3 AICP CM Learning Units as a series of three speakers address the following topics:

Smart Growth and the Economic and Fiscal Health of Communities
Chris Zimmerman
Vice President for Economic Development
Smart Growth America

Communities around the nation are always concerned about their fiscal and economic health. Economic health means the general economic well-being of the community: How does new growth and development add to or detract from the creation of jobs, wealth, retail sales, economic competitiveness, and fiscal sustainability? Fiscal health refers to a local government’s bottom line: Does the life-cycle cost of new development—upfront infrastructure, ongoing service provision, and eventual repair and maintenance—cost more to the town than it brings in tax revenue? The choices that a community makes about its pattern of development through its land use and transportation policies profoundly impact the potential for its growth and prosperity. It also impacts the cost of providing government services and the associated level of taxation. Bear in mind that the nation’s demographics are changing in a way that is profoundly affecting the housing market. The formula for economic growth is also changing to be driven by the emergence of the “knowledge economy” and the importance of professional talent, all while the long-term costs of suburban development patterns for infrastructure and service provision remain high. In the twenty-first century, all three of these factors must be taken into account in community decision making.

The City of the Future
Brooks Rainwater
Director, City Solutions and Applied Research Center
National League of Cities

The city of the future is a nexus where political will, policy choices, and community engagement combine to create an atmosphere that is ripe for innovation and experimentation. Given the transforming nature of the global economy, innovation is increasingly being seen as a phenomenon with its own geographic and physical manifestation within communities. From innovation districts helping to reshape swaths of the built environment of cities to the sharing economy creating new typologies for urban economics, the city is the key connector. This presentation will cover the centrality of cities and the land use implications from increased urbanization and changing transit patterns, with the goals of achieving increased levels of connectivity, collaboration, and innovation in this urban century.

Sticking to the Plan
Julie Pastor
Director
Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning

Over the last 25 years, Loudoun County has faced the challenges of a small, rural farm community of 86,000 people evolving into the fastest-growing, wealthiest county in the country. Today it is home to more than 350,000 people and hosts a significant share of Northern Virginia’s job growth and the Washington Dulles International Airport. The County’s policy documents have helped to shape the design of its communities by encouraging well-defined neighborhoods and have helped ensure the realization of a vibrant rural economy. This lecture will highlight how the planning concepts and policies embraced by Loudoun for rural preservation, neo-traditional design, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed-use development, and the integration of the natural and cultural resources into a unified green infrastructure strategy have provided lasting economic and social  benefits in the community.

Also included will be a tour of the National Building Museum along with a lunch and networking opportunity to wrap up the day.

Register now at www.gobrick.com/NBMevent about the seminar, or contact Kelly Ewell at kewell@bia.org or 703-674-1544 for more information.




BIA to Host Educational Event at Camden Yards for Architects and Planners


On November 4, the Brick Industry Association and the Baltimore/Washington Brick Distributor Council will be hosting “The True Cost of Development and Its Impact on Communities on November 4, 2014 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  The seminar will be worth 3 AIA Learning Unit Hours HSW or 3 AICP CM Learning Units as a series of three speakers address the following topics:

Community Character in Baltimore
Thomas J. Stosur
Director
Baltimore City Department of Planning

For well over 200 years, Baltimore has been an ever-evolving urban center. Its strategic location on the Chesapeake Bay has always made it attractive for shipping and industry, and port-related uses are still flourishing in the outer harbor. The Downtown Central Business District has long served as the region’s hub for finance, real estate, and professional services, and boasts a host of impressive office towers. Over the past few decades, economic restructuring, demographic shifts, and advances in technology have brought drastic changes to Baltimore. These forces play out in different ways across the city’s landscape, and they manifest themselves in the city’s urban form and architectural character. How does the City of Baltimore convey its urban design goals and encourage high-quality urban design? How does the City preserve what is best about its urban fabric and architectural character but promote new investment that creates jobs and attracts new residents? What are the urban design challenges and opportunities to be addressed in neighborhoods experiencing disinvestment? This session will speak to the Planning Department’s role in fostering an urban design vision for the City and the tools it uses to preserve and enhance community character throughout Baltimore.

The Federal Government as a Good Neighbor: In It for the Long Haul
Karen Handsfield, AICP, LEED AP
Program Analyst
U.S. General Services Administration

The GSA is very interested in the power of public architecture to inspire citizens with pride in their government and their country as well as in the ability of federal facilities to contribute positively to the communities in which they are located. The influx of investment for a new federal facility or renovation to an existing one can catalyze neighborhood improvements—in terms of street life and foot traffic, in supporting local business growth, in fostering development where the private market might not otherwise go—when the facilities are located and designed with the urban context in mind. The many types of buildings GSA designs, constructs, and manages all have different roles to play but with one thing in common: all of them are intended to be long-term community fixtures. This program will highlight the ways in which GSA works on its existing inventory of buildings and analyzes the design of future buildings to leverage community goals while meeting the needs of federal government agencies.

Looking Beyond Buildings to Create Sustainably Responsible Communities
Dan Winters, CRE
Senior Fellow - Business Strategy and Finance
U.S. Green Building Council

The USGBC’s LEED rating system is designed to transform our built environment by engaging market forces. By transparently differentiating assets based on key attributes, LEED is shaping our built environment for generations to come. LEED works in concert with additional tools including STAR Communities and EcoDistricts to inspire and help create better, more sustainable inter-connected neighborhoods that look beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. Learn how market participants are implementing best practices to achieve the ultimate goal of creating beautiful, economically prosperous, and environmentally responsible places to live, learn, and work.

Also included will be a tour of Camden Yards along with a lunch and networking opportunity to wrap up the day.

Register now at www.gobrick.com/BaltimoreEvent about the seminar, or contact Kelly Ewell at kewell@bia.org or 703-674-1544 for more information.




Brick Trivia: September 2014

 



Ready for the answer?
It's Philadelphia City Hall.

At 548 feet high, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world when it was constructed. Even today it still holds the title of tallest load-bearing structure. This amazing structure has walls at its base up to 22 feet thick to hold the weight, and there supposedly 88 million brick in the building!





BIA's Most In-Demand Information

 


The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has published many resources for architects, builders, and designers over the years, but by far, our most popular and relied-upon information has to be our Technical Notes.

The Technical Notes on Brick Construction series contains design, detailing, and construction information based on the latest technical developments in brick masonry. Drawings, photographs, tables, and charts illustrate appropriate topics.

  • There are currently a total of 92 different Technical Notes available
  • Technical Notes receive more than 80,000 views on our website each month
  • Technical Notes have been relied upon for sound technical advice since they began in the early 1960s
All the current editions of the Technical Notes can be downloaded for free as individual PDFs, or they can be ordered as a hard copy set in a three-ring binder through our bookstore.




Brick News Online: September 2014

 


If you are a BIA member, check your inbox because the newest issue of Brick News Online comes out today.  This month's articles will include content such as:


BIA News

Fall Board and Council Meetings to be Held in New Orleans
Brick PAC for a Stronger America
BIA Members Can Use "Members Only" Logos
Registration Open for 2014 Brick University
Environmental Health and Safety Updates

Regional Updates
Midwest/Northeast Region

Industry News
Housing Statistics
Architectural Insights
Builder Insights

In Every Issue
Upcoming Events
Classified Ads

If you're a brick manufacturer, distributor, or affiliated industry supplier and would like to receive Brick News Online, contact BIA for more information about membership.




Building a Brick Vault


Ever wonder how those amazing brick domed ceilings are created?  This YouTube video shows the construction of a brick vault in Mexico.  The 8 hours of work is condensed into a 12-minute video.







BIA Offers Architects New Online Course to Boost Energy Performance


The Brick Industry Association has created a new online course for architects in conjunction with AEC Daily. This free, self-paced course, “Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls,” is BIA’s first partner course with AEC Daily and is part of their Daily Course Collections.

BIA’s new course provides an overview of designing for energy efficiency in brick masonry construction, including best practices for insulating the building envelope, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation, and using passive heating and cooling strategies.



“Partnering with AEC Daily offers architects the latest information and guidelines on maximizing brick wall energy performance, while making the course available to more industry professionals,” said course presenter Brian E. Trimble, CDT, PE, LEED AP, BIA’s regional vice president, engineering services and architectural outreach.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
  • List the methods of heat transfer, the factors that affect heat transfer, as well as the effective strategies used to reduce heat transmission
  • Define the basic properties of heat loss and heat gain, including the principles of R-value, U-value, thermal mass, air barriers, and condensation
  • Discuss where thermal bridges occur and the best practices for improving the energy efficiency of a brick wall assembly
  • List the energy codes that pertain to building construction as well as the available compliance options
  • Describe the various types of passive heating/cooling strategies that can be implemented to reduce a building’s energy requirement

Additional BIA resources for architects and designers may be found at http://www.gobrick.com/Architects-Designers.




BIA Creates First Online Course for Community Planners

The Brick Industry Association has created its first online education course for community planners, “Making or Faking Great Places, Design Guidelines for Smarter Growth.” American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members who complete the free course can earn one free Certification Maintenance (CM) credit.



With changing demographics, a new interest in public health, environmental concerns, and a desire for energy efficiency, more and more communities are looking to adopt principles that promote smart growth and can guide infill and redevelopment. This presentation was created for planners who are interested in developing design guidelines or updating existing guidelines that will ensure smart growth reflects the distinctive and unique character of their community.

“The cookie-cutter approach to smart growth falls short in building upon the visual character that makes a community unique,” said planner Ann Stanley, AICP, a BIA consultant. “This new course offers planners information about creating guidelines that can help retain the character of their communities,” she said.

The course provides an overview of:

  • the legal framework that gives communities the authority to regulate aesthetics, character and materials;
  • the policy and regulatory tools available at the community level for implementing character; and
  • the process for engaging the public to define the character that will make their community a great place.

BIA’s community planners also provide a variety of free services to local government agencies. These complimentary services include assisting with drafting design guidelines for new development, on-site presentations, consultations and information on best practices for including clay brick in zoning and design standards.




Brick News Online: August 2014



If you are a BIA member, check your inbox because the newest issue of Brick News Online comes out today.  This month's articles will include content such as:


BIA News

2013 Annual Brick Industry Report Now Available
Registration Open for Brick University
Engineering Updates
Environmental Health and Safety Updates

Committee Updates
Non-Residential Committee
Paving Committee
Public Sector Committee
Residential Committee

Regional Updates
Midwest/Northeast Region

Industry News
Housing Statistics
Architectural Insights

In Every Issue
Member News
Upcoming Events
Classified Ads

If you're a brick manufacturer, distributor, or affiliated industry supplier and would like to receive Brick News Online, contact BIA for more information about membership.




 
 
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