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November 8, 2019

First Place: Commercial

Photo provided by Masonry Institute of Washington
The WSECU building features clinker bricks and contrasting window surrounds.

Location: Seattle

Mason contractor: J&S Masonry

Architect: SkB Architects

Owner: WSECU

General contractor: Howard S. Wright

Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials

WSECU emphasized to the design team the desire for an iconic building to create a statement within the University District and as a pledge to the community of their long-term commitment to the area. Further, it was key to create a project that would resonate with the neighborhood.

Brick was the perfect material choice on many levels. Clinker bricks, used for their unique shapes and colors, were used in a 30/70 general field blend with a Coal Creek-colored 12-inch Norman-style brick placed in a 1/3 running bond pattern to provide increased visual interest and tactility.

Window surrounds are done in a slightly contrasting Forest Blend.

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