"We do a lot of K-12 work, and masonry is our go-to material. It's not only durable and weather-proof, but it can do a lot aesthetically with color and texture - it's a fun material to work with, and there are limitless ways you can utilize CMU."
- Doug Mitchell
"We preferred to use a material that could provide structural capacity, and exterior and interior finishes that were aesthetically pleasing that could be insulated."
- Rustin Hall
"A lot of marketplaces do not have the craftsmen in sufficient quantity to handle this scale of project. We're very satisfied with what the contractors were able to achieve with both craftsmanship ans schedule."
- Mark Nienhueser
"Masonry is a timeless material used for its durability and versatility. There are a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes available."
- Charles Zandbergen
Wolfe Architectural Group
"Brick was a cost-effective choice for the towers that also blended well with the existing downtown environment."
- Monte Miller
Miller Stauffer Architects
"Masonry by its nature does not want to curve... In all ways, this building turned out so much better than imagined."
- Mike Wallace
Bernardo Wills Architects
"We used brick and masonry mainly because it truly is a beautiful material, that is economical, durable, and sustainable - and when brick becomes part of the interior, masonry can be a calming presence excellent for learning environments."
- Indy Dehal
"The natural colors and patterns of the block create a warm and solid feel that make the center seem as if it has been part of the site for a long time and that it will be a stable place for tribal youth for years to come."
- Keith Comes
"Using brick and structural CMU to 'hug' and protect each side of the glass feature provided a powerful contrast... CMU is not only sustainable and durable, it is very versatile and contrasts nicely with other materials."
- Craig Conrad
"I love masonry because of the blends available - it's my favorite material to work with, and the masonry contractors that we get to work with in our region are really the best."
- Ned Warnick
Design West Architects
"CMU allowed us to stay within budget and stay consistent with our campus motif."
- Steve Thompson
“One of the real advantages of using CMU over the years in our K-12 design, including our recent Peperzak and Shaw Middle school gymnasiums has been getting both structure and durable finish in the same material."
- Mark Dailey
Integrus + YGH Architecture