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November 8, 2019

First Place: Modernization/Renovation
UTC Building

Photo provided by Masonry Institute of Washington
Masonry was used in a modern way to create a new visual identity for the state Utilities and Transportation Commission headquarters.

Location: Lacey

Mason contractor: J&S Masonry

Architect: Weber Thompson

General contractor: MJR Development

Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials

In the center of rapidly growing Lacey, an empty office building presented a huge opportunity for renovation. The 1980s tile-covered structure was stylistically left behind and unwanted by modern office workers.

In order to attract a new tenant, adaptive reuse was a compelling sustainability draw.

A key design element for the new building became the use of masonry in a modern way to create a new visual identity. The concrete masonry refers to the surrounding buildings brick masonry but rendered in a color and scale that differentiates it.

Design, connection to the neighborhood, and cost all played a role in the decision to use CMU on the project.

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