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November 10, 2016

Honor award: Commercial
Great Floors

Photo by Eisenbarth Photography
This Kennewick Great Floors store was built with load-bearing, single-wythe masonry.

Location: Kennewick

Mason contractor: Aden Masonry

Architect: Wolfe Architectural Group

Owner: Great Floors

General contractor: Baker Construction & Development

Masonry supply: Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co.

Great Floors wanted a newer, fresher look for their retail stores. They chose a 1.83-acre site in Kennewick for their new 26,500-square-foot store. The design needed to be fresh and able to compete for visibility in an already-crowded retail corridor.

Great Floor’s exterior design was inspired by the floor and wall tile they have sold in the Pacific Northwest for four decades. Load-bearing, single-wythe masonry was chosen as the prime building material due to its cost, durability, inherent fireproofing, and variety of color, block sizes and texture choices.

The result is a masonry pattern similar to a tile layout. Large, multicolored wall tiles create an inviting entry, and the masonry on the remainder of the building replicates the horizontal patterning of tile.

Alternating between ground-faced and split-faced CMU, ribbons of masonry are created, resulting in a dynamic and visually engaging facade. The complementary vertical blue mesh accent structures add drama and contrast to the masonry walls, especially when lit at night.

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