Brick News Online - Volume 16, Issue 7
July 19, 2018 (Print All Articles)


BIA SER Launches Digital Advertising Campaign

Approach Incorporated Extensive Research and Points to BIA National’s Site as Part of Integrated Communications Effort

 

As many of you may have read in the previous issue of BNO, BIA “soft launched” the new www.gobrick.com web site last month.  One of the reasons we deliberately took this approach was so that BIA staff and its website vendor, Vanguard Technology, Inc., could work through any outstanding items on the website.


Another reason we took this approach was to work hand-in-hand with BIA SER and their new, consumer-oriented, digital advertising program.  To help defend its market position and promote brick’s performance and aesthetic attributes to prospective millennial homebuyers, the BIA SER Board took it upon themselves to authorize funding for creation and launch of a robust digital campaign.  The Board hired Agency Pure out of New Orleans, and the agency spent considerable time researching, testing and creating a campaign that just launched in several cities throughout the region.  One of the examples of the ads is shown below.

 

 

To show brand linkage between the ads and BIA’s new website, the new ads will point to content on this landing page.  Additionally, the region is also supporting these efforts with a community planning effort.  For more information about the campaign and the possibility of extending it in a market of interest, please contact Stephen Sears at ssears@bia.org or 703-674-1536.

 


2018 Brick in Architecture Awards Honor Remarkable Design

Winners Announced for 2018 Brick In Architecture Awards

 

 

A Special Thank You to This Year’s Judges:

Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP - Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

John W. Bryant, AIA, LEED AP - Sweet Sparkman Architects

Ralph Cunningham, FAIA - Cunningham | Quill Architect PLLC

P. Justin Detwiler - John Milner Architects, Inc.

Charles Rose, FAIA - Charles Rose Architects Inc

Gee-ghid Tse, AIA, LEED AP - Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

 

All competition entries will be featured in the Brick Gallery on BIA's website.  The Official Press Release and other media items will be posted at www.gobrick.com/architectureawards.  We will send the winners announcement out tomorrow to all entrants.

 

THE BEST IN CLASS WINNERS


COMMERCIAL                                                                                                                         

Fort Mill Welcome Center

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Architect:  Liollio Architecture        

Landscape Architect:  Warren Pruitt

Builder:  JM Cope

Manufacturer:  Meridian Brick

Mason Contractor:  CB Masonry

 

EDUCATIONAL (HIGHER EDUCATION)                 

Dr. Nettie Stevens Science Center,

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

Architect:  CambridgeSeven

Landscape Architect:  Shadley Associates

Builder:  Walsh Brothers

Manufacturer:  Glen-Gery Coporation

Distributor:  Spaulding Brick Company, Inc.

Mason Contractor:  Cantarella & Son, Inc.

 

EDUCATIONAL (K-12)                                    

Robert J. Richardson Middle School

Chicago, Illinois

Architect:  STR Partners LLC

Landscape Architect:  Jacobs/Ryan Associates

Builder:  K.R. Miller Contractors

Manufacturer:  Glen-Gery Corporation

Mason Contractor:  ALL Masonry Construction Company, Inc.

 

Paving & Landscaping                                           

University of the District of Columbia Student Center

Washington, District of Columbia

Architect:  Cannon Design in Collaboration with

Marshall Moya Design

Landscape Architect:  Lee and Associates, Inc.

Manufacturer: Whitacre Greer Co.

Distributor:  Capital Brick & Tile, Inc.

Mason Contractor:  Imperial Stone Paving

 

RESIDENTIAL – MULTI-FAMILY                             

The Hine Project

Washington, District of Columbia

Architect:  Weinstein Studio/Esocoff & Associates, and Gensler

Manufacturer:  Endicott Clay Products Company

Manufacturer:  The Belden Brick Company

Manufacturer:  Carolina Ceramics Brick Co.

Distributor:  Potomac Valley Brick & Supply Company

Mason Contractor:  Diverse Masonry

 

Several other projects were selected for Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards based on their scores totaling in the top percentages of their respective categories. Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are as follows:


GOLD WINNERS


Commercial                                                       

The Study at University City

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Architect:  DIGSUA

Landscape Architect:  Bryan Hanes

Builder:  P. Agnes

Manufacturer:  Endicott Clay Products Company

Manufacturer:  Glen-Gery Corporation

Mason Contractor:  Universal Concrete Products

 

 

 

Educational (Higher Education)                                                    

Williams College Bookstore

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Architect:  CambridgeSeven

Builder:  Engelberth Construction, Inc.

Manufacturer:  Endicott Clay Products Company

Distributor:  Spaulding Brick Company, Inc.

Mason Contractor:  Cantarella & Sons, Inc.

 

 

Educational K-12                                                           

Millbrook School Dining Hall

Millbrook, New York

Architect:  Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP

Manufacturer: Watsontown Brick Company

Mason Contractor:  James McGowan & Son Masonry, Inc.

 

 

 

Paving & Landscaping                                                       

Founders Way Renovation

Greenville, North Carolina

Landscape Architect:  ColeJenest & Stone

Builder:  Hudson Brothers Construction Company

Manufacturer: Pine Hall Brick Company, Inc.

 

 

 

Residential – Multi-Family                                                                  

5 Franklin Place

New York, New York

Architect:  ODA New York

Mason Contractor:  Robinson Restoration LLC

 

 

 

 

SILVER WINNERS

 

Commercial                                                                                      

Bouhan Falligant

Savannah, Georgia

Architect:  Felder & Associates

Builder:  West Construction Company

Mason Contractor:  Cornerstone Masonry

Manufacturer:  Palmetto Brick Company

Distributor:  Acme Brick Company

 

 

Educational (Higher Education)

University of Richmond, Queally Admissions Center                      

Richmond, Virginia

Architect:  SMBW, PLLC

Landscape Architect:  HG Design Studio

Builder:  Hourigan Construction Company

Manufacturer:  Glen-Gery Corporation

Distributor:  Shade & Wise Brick Co, Inc.

 Mason Contractor:  Masonomics Inc

 

Education K-12                                                             

Mansueto High School

Chicago, Illinois

Architect:  Wheeler Kearns Architects

Landscape Architect:  Site Design Group

Builder:  Bulley & Andrews

Mason Contractor:  Larmco

 

Paving & Landscaping                                                    

Freedom Walkway

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Architect:  FMK Architects

Landscape Architect:  groundworks studio

Builder:  Concorde Corporation

Manufacturer:  Pine Hall Brick Company, Inc.

Mason Contractor:  Unit Paving Co. Inc.

 

Residential – Multi-Family                                              

613 Baltic Street

Brooklyn, New York

Architect:  Stantec (Formerly VOA)

Builder:  JDS Development

Manufacturer:  The Belden Brick Company

Distributor:  Belden Tri-State Building Materials

Mason Contractor:  RSC Group

 

 

BRONZE WINNERS


Commercial                                                                       

The Retail Center on Bryant Drive

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Architect:  Herrington Architects

Builder:  J. T. Harrison Construction Company, Inc.

Manufacturer:  Redland Brick Inc.   

Distributor:  Southern Clay Brick Company

Mason Contractor:  Burrows Masonry

 

Educational (Higher Education)                                     

Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Architect:  Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP

Associate Architect:  Perspectus Architecture

Landscape Architect:  MKSK

Builder:  Elford

Manufacturer:  Glen-Gery Brick Corporation

Distributor:  Columbus Coal & Lime Co

Mason Contractor:  Castle Masonry and Construction

 

Education K-12                                                                 

Glenbard West High School Expansion

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Architect:  Legat Architects

Landscape Architect:  David R. McCallum Associates

Builder:  Walsh Group

Manufacturer:  Bowerston Shale Company

Distributor:  Illinois Brick Company

Mason Contractor:  Iwanski Masonry & Builders

                

Residential – Multi-Family                                             

Four51 Marlborough

Boston, Massachusetts

Architect:  Hacin + Associates

Builder:  The Holland Companies

Manufacturer:  Endicott Clay Products Company

Distributor:  Spaulding Brick Company, Inc.

Mason Contractor: MP Masonry, Inc.



Engineering Updates

ASTM Committee Meetings and Symposium; ASHRAE 90.1 Summer Conference – Thermal Bridging Provisions Approved

 

BIA Staff attended the recent ASTM C12 and C15 Committee Meetings on June 25, 27 and 28 of 2018 in San Diego with the associated 2018 Masonry Symposium occurring on June 26, 2018.  Chip Clark, Cortney Fried and Glen Clapper represented BIA and Mike Walker and Nate Huygen represented NBRC.  


Notable topics discussed in the subcommittees and task groups included the following:

  • C12.03.01 – Revisions to C270 Specification for Mortar
  • Additional test data on increasing the allowable air content for mortar cement mortar was presented and discussed. The data showed the effect on strength and water penetration was minimal. Language to increase the allowable air content for mortar cement mortar will be prepared for a future ballot.
  • C15.02.03 – Appearance
  • For C216, clarified finishes that qualify as FBS Rough and reviewed negative on angle for viewing. Also discussed and agreed to ballot adding a new row to tolerance table for units longer than 16 inches.
  • C15.02.06 – Scope and Definitions
  • A chart depicting the sections in each ASTM standard was presented and discussed. It was clear that many of the standards shared a majority of the sections and reorganization seems feasible. Where a unique section exists, it will be moved to the end of the standard.  This work will be coordinated with C15.02.38.
  • C15.02.12 – Thin Brick
    • Reviewed negatives from previous ballots and agreed in concept to modifications. All will be reballoted.
  • Much discussion regarding back surface texture and finished surfaces.
  •  C15.05.07 – Revisions to ASTM C1780
  • Overview of TMS 402/602 activities related to adhered masonry veneer was presented. Currently modifying the prescriptive and engineered approach within TMS 402/602 for fall 2018 ballot. Considered the requirements in ASTM C1780, IBC and TMS 402/602 and will consider separating structural and environmental aspects of installation. Address structural aspects within TMS 402/602 and reference the building code for environmental aspects. ASTM C1780 separates responsibility of installer and design professional. Current ASTM C1780 requirements need to be reviewed relative to its use with ASTM C1088 thin clay veneer units.
  • Review of current ballot items to ASTM C1780. Discussed ballot item proposing to require only one layer of WRB instead of two.
  • C15.05.11 – Adhered Manufactured Stone Masonry Veneer Installation
  • Much discussion on bond failures observed in the field and how to address them. Discussion included adding back texture requirements, the existing bond test requirements, and poor field practices that contribute. Chair will research this issue further for the next meeting.

 

The 2018 Masonry Symposium co-chaired by Norbert Krogstad and Mark McGinley included presentations on nine of the eleven papers submitted. The papers will be published under ASTM STP1612: Masonry 2018 Symposium: Innovations in Collaborative Research, Development and Applications. Of note were two papers presented by BIA and two made by NBRC staff. Cortney Fried and Chip Clark of BIA each presented on cold-formed steel framing as a backing for brick veneer - Fried on the history of recommendations, testing and wind loads since the 1960’s and Clark on maximum design deflection recommendations. Nate Huygen of NBRC presented two papers on the hot box research conducted at NBRC on the thermal properties of non-homogenous masonry materials and the thermal performance of common residential wall systems. For a complete listing of all the papers that will be included ASTM STP1612, click PROGRAM.

 

The next ASTM C12 and C15 Meetings will be held December 4 - 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

 


 

ASHRAE 90.1 Summer Conference – Thermal Bridging Provisions Approved

 

Cortney Fried of the Engineering & Research Department (E&R) represented BIA at the ASHRAE 90.1 Summer Conference held in Houston, Texas on June 22-25, 2018.  


As noted in previous Brick News Online articles in February 2018, and October 2017,  BIA participated in the task group responsible for the development of an addendum of thermal bridging provisions to incorporate into the standard and has continued to participate as the provisions move through the ASHRAE committee system.   

 

During this conference, despite heated discussion at the Envelope Subcommittee and Main Committee level, the thermal bridging addendum was approved and will proceed towards publication in the 2019 version of ASHRAE 90.1.  The provisions will apply to new commercial and multi-family residential buildings in Climate Zones 4 and higher, per the map below.

 

 


Prior to publication, the addendum will be released for public review.  The public review period is tentatively scheduled for August 3, 2018 to September 17, 2018.  Although the use of stand-off shelf angles for brick veneer was not one of the contested provisions, other elements in the thermal bridging provisions will impact the masonry industry in general.  BIA is encouraging its members to review the addendum and provide formal comments as well as notify architects and engineers to encourage their participation as well.  


Arrangements are underway to set up webinars that will help familiarize people with the proposed changes and provide background and context.  When the webinar schedule is finalized, links with access to the webinar and the addendum text will be released.  


For additional information regarding this topic, please contact Cortney Fried at cfried@bia.org or 703-674-1546.

 

 


Consumer Insights

New Residential Sales Numbers Coming out Next Week; Realtor.com Describes Millennial Home Ownership Rates

 

New Residential Sales Numbers Coming out Next Week

 

These statistics will be released on July 25, and you can connect to them here.

 


 

Realtor.com Describes Millennial Home Ownership Rates 

 

Millennial home ownership is 8-9% lower than baby boomers and generation xers at the same age.  Read about it – and what it could mean – right here.



Architectural Insights

Architect Billings Index; Architect Magazine Features Project that was a Hit on BIA’s Social Media

 

Architectural Billings Index

 

The Architectural Billings Index was not published in time for publication in BNO.  To see the most recent one, go here or sign up for the ABI newsletter at partnership@aia.org

 


 

Architect Magazine Features Project that was a Hit on BIA's Social Media

 

Last week, the magazine published a project feature on Fjordenhus, an office building in Denmark.  It is one of the coolest brick buildings we have encountered, and BIA’s social media lit up (with well over 1,500 views) when we posted it.  To see the project, go here.

 


Builder Insights

New Residential Construction Housing Statistics; Professional Builder Publishes “One Home, Multiple Elevations”; Professional Builder Publishes “Close Relations: Working Well with the Trades”; Builder Publishes “How to Build Affordability” Case Study

 

New Residential Construction Housing Statistics

 

Were published on July 18.  To see them, go here.

 


 

Professional Builder Publishes “One Home, Multiple Elevations”

 

Given brick’s incredibly wide product portfolio, it makes sense that brick could be part of any solution described in this article.

 


 

Professional Builder Publishes “Close Relations: Working Well with the Trades”

 

Read what this magazine has to say to builders about maintaining good relationships with subcontractors right here.

 


 

Builder Publishes “How to Build Affordability” Case Study

 

While affordable housing is not a market typically associated with brick, it is useful to see how the leading builder trade publication discusses the subject with our industry’s biggest customer.  Read it here.



Hardscape North America Awards

ICPI Announces New Hardscape North America Awards Categories and Judging Criteria

 

 

Members of the Landscaping & Paving Council would like the industry to know that ICPI is announcing its Hardscape North America Awards.  The HNA Awards recognize residential and commercial hardscape projects in the United States and Canada, including walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plazas, parking lots, streets and more.

Winning and honorable mention awards are given to hardscape installation contractors. Designers and product manufacturers of winning and honorable mention projects will also be recognized at October’s 2018 Hardscape North America trade show during the HNA Awards Recognition Presentation and will be featured in Interlock Design magazine, the HNA website, social media, a press release and other industry publications.

The 2018 HNA Awards online submissions system is currently open. Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, September 5. Projects entered by Monday, August 13 receive a discount of $40.  Read more about it here https://www.icpi.org/newsroom/awards.

 


Monthly Brick Shipments

Brick Shipments by State for June 2018


Click This Link and Login.  Then, click "Membership" in the upper right corner of your screen.  Scroll down to Market Research and click on "Monthly Production/Shipments."

 

If you have any questions, contact Tricia Mauer at tmauer@bia.org.


Upcoming Events and Opportunities

See a Calendar of Upcoming BIA-Related Events, Updated in Each Issue

 

BIA Events

 

October 16-17, 2018


BIA Fall Board and Combined Council Meetings

Audit & Finance and Executive Committee Meetings

The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, CO

February 11- 13, 2019

2019 Brick Forum

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

Birmingham, AL

May 7-9, 2019

BIA Spring Meetings

The Alexandrian

Alexandria, VA

October 22-23, 2019

BIA Fall Meetings

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, WV

 

 

 

 


Member News

BIA Welcomes Southern Clay Brick, LLC as New Members;  Acme Brick Company Earns Nationally Acclaimed “Partners of Choice Award” From David Weekley Homes For Seventh Consecutive Year;  General Shale featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine; Batchelder & Collins, 150 years | 2018 Milestone Anniversary;  Four New Products from Pine Hall Brick Company Bring Back Early American Look for Today’s New Homes

 

BIA Welcomes Southern Clay Brick Company to BIA Membership!

 

Dale Davis and Scott Lambert started Southern Clay Brick Co. on April 22, 2009.  We began covering the greater Birmingham, AL market by reaching out to existing contacts and selling brick out of the back of my Honda Accord and Dale’s Chevy Silverado.  By Sept 2009, we moved into our first location in Alabaster, AL and that really started the growth of the company.  We have expanded from originally 3 brick lines to now representing 14 brick lines.  In April of 2018, almost exactly 9 years from when we started, we moved into our brand new state of the art facility, located in downtown Birmingham, AL.

 


Acme Brick Company Earns Nationally Acclaimed “Partners of Choice Award” From David Weekley Homes For Seventh Consecutive Year

 

Acme Brick Company is one of only seven companies nationwide that have received David Weekley Homes’ highly coveted 2017 “Partners of Choice Award” with an “A” ranking in Quality.  This is the seventh consecutive year that Acme has been chosen a “Partner of Choice” one of only three in this group of national companies to have done so.


       David Weekley Homes, the largest, privately-held home builder in America, implemented its comprehensive supplier evaluation system and its measurement for world-class excellence, the “Partners of Choice Award” in 2004. The unique evaluation platform is based on input from nearly one-thousand David Weekley team members evaluating 200 suppliers.  It allows David Weekley Homes to analyze supplier performance in diverse industries, provide feedback to these suppliers, and recognize those truly outstanding achievers.

 

Shown with Acme Brick’s Partner of Choice award are: (l. to r.) Bill Justus, Vice President of supply chain services for Weekley Homes, Tom Jeter, North Texas Region Sales Manager for Acme, Jeremy Emler, Houston Sales Representative for Acme and David Weekley.     


   Through this process, David Weekley Homes takes “partnering with its suppliers” to a world-class level.  Bill Justus, vice president of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, implemented the industry-leading evaluation method in order to reduce channel costs, improve service, and provide the highest degree of homeowner satisfaction.


 Weekley’s commitment to quality has also enabled them to be recognized twelve times as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.  No other homebuilder in America has made this list more than twice.  To read the complete article, click here.

 


General Shale featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine

 

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is particularly true with commercial design. A well-designed façade goes a long way toward projecting a particular image that reflects a building’s purpose. At the same time, a building’s materials must also function well in its surrounding environment, be durable and contribute to the structure’s energy efficiency.  

 

Today’s building professionals are faced with an overwhelming array of design choices for commercial façades, but only a few meet all of these important requirements. Masonry is one of them. Brick and manufactured stone are two of the most robust, resilient and sustainable building resources available to architects and designers, offering unparalleled protection from the elements, long-lasting value, greater energy efficiency and less maintenance than other materials. They also afford superior design choices, exquisite natural beauty, and a stunning selection of colors and styles that provide unique aesthetic advantages. Brick colors are no longer relegated to the red hues so commonly seen on banks, shopping centers, health care and educational facilities, and many other commercial buildings. While red brick remains a popular choice among our customers for numerous commercial applications, we have seen a shift over the past few years toward non-traditional brick colors that continues to rapidly grow.

 

These colors include clean, crisp white bricks – with white mortar for a monochromatic design or dark gray mortar for a high-definition look. Additional popular brick tones include ivory, cream, pink, light taupe and sand – either for a full project or in conjunction with a darker brick or stone. Subtle, elegant light and silver grays, along with sleek pewter and steel grays, are also in high demand for modern designs. Architects are also incorporating deep, rich chestnut browns, raw, earthy charcoal grays and muted blacks into commercial projects for an impressive visual statement. Combining brick and stone in the same neutral color palette achieves an even more contemporary design. Some of General Shale’s most popular brick colors utilized by commercial designers and specifiers are our Smoke Gray Velour and Graystone Velour – both for main field brick and accent brick. Highly requested light colors include Oatmeal Velour, Diamond White and Cascade White, and we’re seeing strong interest in dark colors, such as Java, Shadow Canyon and Dutch Chocolate. Color, however, is not the only element impacting today’s masonry trends. Elongated brick and stone shapes are changing the face of today’s commercial projects as architects continue to seek cleaner lines and sophisticated profiles for their designs. Longer masonry sizes enable architects to bring a fresh dimension to their projects by emphasizing the linearity of a building’s façade, resulting in a dramatic presentation. Click here to read more about General Shale's new products.

 


Batchelder & Collins, 150 years | 2018 milestone anniversary

 

 

 In the days of business giants like Walmart and Amazon, it’s rare to see a local, family-owned company survive and thrive for a century and a half, but that’s exactly what Norfolk building materials supplier Batchelder & Collins accomplished with its 150th anniversary this year.


The company was founded in 1868 by William Henry Collins, a captain in the Union army who passed through Virginia during the Civil War. He started the company with co-founder and Norfolk businessman B. M. Batchelder. The first location was on Water Street downtown, where the company sold brick, lumber and other materials.

Batchelder got out of the business after a short period of time, and the business passed through five generations of family.

Frank Wozniak Jr. is that fifth generation and current president, and has been involved with the business since 2001. When his older brother decided not to pursue the business, Wozniak made the choice to continue it when his parents Helen and Frank retired. He remembers driving forklifts and helping his parents with the business during the summers in his youth.

“It’s always been a part of my life,” Wozniak said.

 

At some point, the business also offered coal, as seen in a picture of a coal cart on display in the business’s spacious showroom on Granby Street. The company had a brick plant at one point, but now brings in the bricks by rail.

“It sounds rather simplistic, but it’s a logical and chronological situation,” said company treasurer Collins Gooch.

Gooch also remembers getting his hands dirty moving bricks and other materials during his early days at the business. As a small business, he credits the company’s personable, customer-service oriented philosophy as one of the keys to its longevity.

“We had to be doing some things right besides just having the product,” Gooch said.

As tastes in interior and exterior building work have changed, Wozniak said the company has tried its best to adjust and offer more than just brickwork. Concrete pavers, along with natural and manufactured stone are relatively recent offerings for the company.

“You have to look at the market which you’re serving,” Gooch added.

Batchelder had an anniversary celebration earlier this year where many people from the community showed up, Wozniak said. Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan also presented a declaration from Mayor Kenneth Alexander during the festivities. Witnessing that turnout made Wozniak realize what kind of impact his business had on the community.

 

To read the entire article, click here.

 


Four New Products from Pine Hall Brick Company Bring Back Early American Look for Today’s New Homes


Pine Hall Brick Company looks back for inspiration to houses that were built centuries ago in early American settlements in Virginia and New England. Back then, rich deep colors and textures told a story of houses that would stand the test of time. It’s a story that continues today.


 If you’re planning on building a brick house, now you can plan on making history as well.


Pine Hall Brick Company has just introduced Old Brick House, a new line of brick selections, inspired by Colonial-era homes in Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are still standing today.


The colors and textures, taken by combining existing Augustine and Tidewater bricks from the Pine Hall Brick line, look as though they are centuries old. Like the originals that were used in houses in the 1700s, these bricks will be around centuries from now.

Bricks are different than they used to be, but in some ways, they’re exactly the same, said Ted Corvey, vice president of sales and marketing at Pine Hall Brick Company.


“In those days, most of the brick made was the color of the clay when it was dug out of the ground and fired in the kiln,” said Corvey. “Our modern manufacturing processes mean that we can manipulate the clay and the firing process to produce a wide palette of colors. But it’s important to note that what today’s brick has in common with brick made 300 years ago is that both have a rich texture and a durability that lasts for hundreds of years. These new introductions celebrate the authenticity of clay bricks.”  The new introductions and the houses that inspired them are:

 

Kennon House


The Kennon House brick reflects a dark blend of deep reds, blues and burgundies which lends itself well to traditional home designs. The actual house is in Conjurer’s Neck in Colonial Heights, Virginia at the site of a prehistoric Native American village. English merchant Richard Kennon married Elizabeth Worsham in 1675 and bought the property two years later. The Kennons built and expanded the house, which became a celebrated venue for entertaining. Guests enjoyed its spacious hall, an upstairs ballroom and beautifully landscaped grounds. Damaged by fire in 1879, the house was rebuilt with modifications and is now available to rent for meetings and special occasions

 
Barker House

 

The Barker House brick mingles greys and browns with dashes of white, which show similarities to colors from ancient European kilns. The actual house is the John Barker House in Wallingford, Connecticut. Built in 1756, it’s the earliest surviving brick house in the state. The builders of the house were master masons Francis Letort of Philadelphia and Thomas Bills of New York, who just prior to building the Barker House built Connecticut Hall on the Yale University campus from 1750 to 1753, a building that is still in use. Many of the details in Connecticut Hall are repeated on the John Barker House.

 

Tufts House


The Tufts House brick is made with a white clay dust over a grey base, blended randomly with the brown brick body. The actual house is the Peter Tufts House in Medford, Massachusetts, is believed to have been built in 1678. Historians believe that it was built by Peter Tufts, who sold it to his son, Peter Tufts Jr. in 1680. Brick mason William Bucknam was brought over from Chelsea, England to build the house. It was later saved from demolition when Samuel Lawrence purchased it as a wedding gift for his daughter in 1887. Much of the exterior remains original, except for the front porch, which was added in 1900. The house became famous locally when the City of Medford used an image of the house in its city seal when it incorporated in 1892

Weeks House

The Weeks House brick carries a grey base, mixed with random white, brown and darker colors. The Weeks House itself is a historic house museum in Greenland, New Hampshire which is believed to have been built in the early 1700s by an early colonial member of the area’s politically prominent Weeks family. The house is a two-story brick structure with a gabled roof and end chimneys, with a slightly asymmetrical five-bay façade and an entrance topped by a segmented arch. The house’s exact construction date is unknown, but it appears to have been built after a house in nearby Portsmouth, the MacPheadris-Warner House, which was one of the first brick houses to be built anywhere in northern New England. The two houses share some elements, leading to the theory that masons used similar construction methods in both.

 


Classified Ads

General Shale Brick Seeking Structural Engineer

 

 

 

                                                                   

 

Structural Engineer - General Shale Brick                                                                     

General Shale Brick is seeking a Structural Engineer for our corporate headquarters in Johnson City, TN.  Responsibilities will include: providing technical expertise to architects, engineers, and contractor customers as well as General Shale sales and production personnel; delivery of educational and training programs; conducting job site inspections and problem analysis; representing General Shale and the brick industry at various code and industry meetings; and preparing various technical documents.  

The successful candidate will report to General Shale’s Manager of Engineering Services and have the potential to eventually assume that role.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Structural, Building Science, or Architectural Engineering from an accredited school of engineering
  • Passed FE (Fundamental of Engineering) exam, registered EIT (Engineer in Training) and ability and willingness to obtain PE license within 1-2 years of hire
  • Design experience with wood framing, cold-formed steel framing, structural steel, concrete, and masonry
  • At least 2+ years engineering experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written presentation skills
  • Computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office suite
  • Familiarity with construction building codes, standards and practices with both residential and commercial buildings (i.e. ASTM, TMS, MACS, MSJC, state and local)
  • Willingness to travel

This position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   To express interest, submit resume including education, experience and compensation history to Emmanuel.rojas@generalshale.com.

 

General Shale Brick is seeking a Structural Engineer for our corporate headquarters in Johnson City, TN.  Responsibilities will include: providing technical expertise to architects, engineers, and contractor customers as well as General Shale sales and production personnel; delivery of educational and training programs; conducting job site inspections and problem analysis; representing General Shale and the brick industry at various code and industry meetings; and preparing various technical documents.  

The successful candidate will report to General Shale’s Manager of Engineering Services and have the potential to eventually assume that role.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Structural, Building Science, or Architectural Engineering from an accredited school of engineering
  • Passed FE (Fundamental of Engineering) exam, registered EIT (Engineer in Training) and ability and willingness to obtain PE license within 1-2 years of hire
  • Design experience with wood framing, cold-formed steel framing, structural steel, concrete, and masonry
  • At least 2+ years engineering experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written presentation skills
  • Computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office suite
  • Familiarity with construction building codes, standards and practices with both residential and commercial buildings (i.e. ASTM, TMS, MACS, MSJC, state and local)
  • Willingness to travel

This position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.  To express interest, submit resume including education, experience and compensation history to Emmanuel.rojas@generalshale.com.