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November 8, 2019

First Place: Tile, Stone and Marble
Kirkland Urban

Photo provided by Masonry Institute of Washington
Iron spot brick is both a primary material and an accent at Kirkland Urban.

Location: Kirkland

Mason contractor: Fairweather Masonry

Architect: CollinsWoerman

General contractor: Ryan Cos.

Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials

Kirkland Urban is a redevelopment of the site historically known as Kirkland Park Place, located in the central business district, adjacent to Peter Kirk Park.

The project was designed to address Kirkland’s shortage of office space suitable for innovative users who require larger floor plates and enough space within one or more buildings to accommodate their needs. The retail and residential components were designed to complement the office use and provide an attractive place to work, live, shop and play.

The scale and design of the exterior retail spaces provide a boutique experience that complements the downtown Kirkland core.

Brick, stone and concrete masonry units were chosen to add texture, color and human scale to the retail levels. Iron spot brick is used as both a primary material and as an accent on the residential and office buildings as well as cladding on planters at grade, providing a unifying element throughout the project.

Two varieties of limestone cladding are used at the retail base of each office tower. Concrete masonry units, including ground face and ribbed texture, were used at several locations as wall cladding and as screen walls for exposed areas needing a durable, low maintenance material.

Concrete and stone pavers are used extensively throughout the plazas for appearance, durability and maintenance. Granite pavers at the fountains provide an attractive nonslip surface, demonstrating the value that masonry provides to the development.

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