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The WSECU office building in Seattle's University District won first place for commercial projects at the 2019 Masonry Institute of Washington Excellence in Masonry Awards. It was designed by SkB Architects.

2019 Excellence in Masonry Awards

The Masonry Institute of Washington celebrated 19 projects on Thursday at its Excellence in Masonry Design Awards banquet at Block 41 in Seattle.

Nov. 8, 2019
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The MIW awards honors the best in masonry design and construction in Washington state. Masonry materials include brick, CMU, stone, tile, marble and terrazzo. These projects represent the finest standards in masonry design, innovation, structural performance, and overall masonry integration for the client and the surrounding community.

The California-based judges were Anthony Herrera of Williams + Paddon, Brie Gargano of BCA Architects, Michele Gargano of BCA Architects, Craig Horton of the International Masonry Institute, Cameron Glass of CGL Cos., and Gary Peife of BAC Local 3.

The MIW was established in 1972 to promote masonry construction throughout Western Washington. Along with its national partner the International Masonry Institute, the MIW the leader in technical and educational resources in the Northwest.

2019 Excellence in Masonry Design Awards
First place:
Peter Kirk Elementary School

Second place:
North Pines Middle School

Tile, stone and marble
First place:
Kirkland Urban

First place:

Second place:
450 Alaskan

First place:
Lakewood High School

Second place:
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

Third place:
South Seattle College Integrated Education Center

Fourth place:
Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)

Government and public
First place:
Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility

First place:
Broadstone Lexington

Second place:
101 Broadway

Third place:
Zella Apartments

First place:
Seattle Children's Hospital North Clinic

Second place:
WhidbeyHealth Medical Center

First place:
UTC Building

Second place:
Henry's Tavern

Unique use
First place:
Bothell City Hall

Allied craft recognition
First place:
255 S. King St. Sodo Towers

2019 Masonry Design Awards team

Section editor: Sam Bennett
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