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The Whitney Hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill

The Whitney Hotel is a new, 65-room boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Named after prominent industrialist and former owner Henry Melville Whitney, the project comprises the historic John Jeffries House, originally constructed in 1908 as nurses’ housing for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The building was reconfigured, renovated, and expanded with a four-story addition on an adjacent parking lot that includes an additional 21 hotel rooms, the main entrance, and lobby. It also houses Peregrine, a Mediterranean restaurant/bar by an award-winning owner duo.

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BIA reports emerging 2021 brick trends

Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers report 2021 trends for residential and commercial exteriors and interiors. Commercial design trends include thoughtfully placed negative space as a key role of functionality; heavy textured/cut and roll back brick with character; timeless traditional design; herringbone accents and interior open spaces with sharp lines, raw materials and a monochromatic color palette.

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2020 Brick in Architecture Awards honor inspired design

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has awarded the 2020 Brick in Architecture Awards, the nation’s premier design competition featuring clay brick. “These exceptional projects show there’s virtually no limit to brick as a leading element of sustainable design,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s President and CEO.

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Glen-Gery launches Terraçade ceramic cladding system

Glen-Gery Corporation, a part of Brickworks Limited of Australia, announced yesterday the launch of Terraçade, its first-ever ceramic façade cladding system designed and created to appeal to both creative and practical applications. “Today’s architects and designers are not only looking for advanced building solutions, but also stylish products that will make a statement,” said Mark Ellenor, President, Brickworks North America. “Driven by innovation, the new Terraçade system provides fire resistance, low-maintenance upkeep, and design versatility to meet diverse architectural and design styles.”

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Award-winning Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School expansion in Chicago by Wheeler Kearns Architects

The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School expansion by Wheeler Kearns Architects was presented with three Design Excellence Awards from AIA Chicago at its virtual ceremony on Friday November 13. The project received a Distinguished Building Award and two Divine Detail Awards, for the Tallit (exterior brick) and the Makom Rina (sacred space). The firm’s design expresses the building’s unique identity, celebrating its religious and cultural heritage, while providing an innovative and sustainable learning environment.

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LMN Architects celebrates the completion of the Plant Sciences Building at Washington State University

LMN Architects is pleased to celebrate the opening of the Plant Sciences Building at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. The latest addition to the V. Lane Rawlins Research and Education Complex, the $66 million building was funded by the Washington State Legislature. The project is a state-of-the-art building for collaborative research and is intended to support regional and global agriculture. The 82,437-square-foot building supports Washington’s $51 billion food and agriculture industry by providing a modern research venue for faculty and students in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, WSU’s Molecular Plant Science Program, and portions of the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Crop and Soil Sciences.

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BIA launches new US-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick EPD

A new United States-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick Environmental Product Declaration (Brick Industrywide EPD) has been completed, third-party certified and published, reflecting data associated with the manufacture of units that comply with nearly every currently active ASTM clay brick specification.                                                                     

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FMA, FGIA, WDMA release new guidelines for replacement of windows without removal of exterior brick veneer

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a new document focused on replacement windows. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20, Guidelines for the Full Frame Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer, covers the replacement of windows in residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, utilizing a membrane/drainage system, a surface barrier drainage or a wall system without a reliable membrane drainage system.

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Brickworks opens first North American Design Studio in Philadelphia

Brickworks North America Corporation, the parent company of Glen-Gery Corporation, announced Tuesday the Grand Opening of its first North American Design Studio located in Philadelphia. “We’re incredibly thrilled to debut our first North American Brickworks Design Studio in Philadelphia to meet the contemporary style needs of today’s architects and designers,” said Mark Ellenor, President, Brickworks North America. “An increasing number of design-focused professionals are choosing brick because of its limitless creative potential. Available in a variety of colors, textures, sizes, and shapes, brick is a multi-dimensional building material that can add history and personality to any project.”

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