Posted by on January 1, 2019


Masonry & Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon

Project Showcase

Construction was robust in 2018 and our member contractors and suppliers were very busy. We thought it would be great to share some pictures of the projects that they were busy with. These undertakings are in various stages of construction or were recently completed. The diverse uses of masonry and tile are exhibited by these projects.

Project: Broadway Tower
Tile Contractors: Roedel Tile / Don Frank Floors
Architect: GBD Architects
GC: Howard S Wright
Tile Supplier: Daltile

This photo is one of the ADA bathrooms in the recently completed Raddison Hotel which is part of the Broadway Tower project. The design depicts the Benson Bubbler fountains that are found through-out the city. Published for the Better Understanding

Another part of the Broadway Tower project is the entry that features two foot by four foot pieces of Terrazzo. And the entire project used 60,000 sq. ft. of Tile and Terrazzo

Below are photos of a new Dorm building at Reed College that is under construction. This project features an unusual size of brick veneer, nominally 4”x2”x16”.

Project: Reed College Dormitory
Mason Contractor: Bratton Masonry
Architect: ZGF Architects
General Contactor: Hoffman Construction
Brick Manufacturer: Pacific Clay
Brick Supplier: Willamette Graystone

The bond pattern used at the Reed College project is also unusual. The architect required that the bond could only repeat every 10 courses. Most bricklayers are familiar with a half or third bond pattern, making this unusual pattern more time consuming to install.

This retail shop project that was recently completed used 8”x4”x12” structural brick for both the structure and finish.

Project: Alberta Commons
Mason Contractor: Milne Masonry
Architect: Tiland Schmidt Architects
General Contractor: Colas Construction
Brick Manufacturer: Mutual Materials

Alberta Commons

Notice the detail at the top of the wall. The special shapes not only provide a unique feature but offer function as well. The design assists in shedding rain from the rest of the wall

Photos above are from a nine story project that will house the Multnomah County Health Department when completed. There are 185,000 pieces of a Norman size brick that were used for the façade.

Project: Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters
Mason Contractor: J & S Masonry
Architect: ZGF Architects
General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction
Brick Manufacturer: Mutual Materials

Photos above and left are from the Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters. The 9 story building is being constructed in Old Town Portland.

The photo below is from the Gresham High School remodel project. At the time of this writing this project was just getting started.

When the remodel of the Gresh-am High School is complete, there will be more than 100,000 CMU used. Also, over 250,000 Norman size brick will required for the veneer

Project: Gresham High School
Mason Contractor: Davidsons Masonry
Architect: BLRB Architects
G/C: Fortis Construction
CMU Manufacturer: Mutual Ma-terials
Brick Manufacturer: Mutual Ma-terials

Artist rendition of what Gresham High will look like after the remodel is complete Courtesy of BLRB Architects

Photo on the left is of a Mixed Use development on the Vancouver, Washington Waterfront. When finished, 350,000 Norman sized brick will have been used for the veneer.

Photos above are from the Waterfront project in Vancouver

Project: Vancouver Waterfront Block 6 & 8
Mason Contractor: B&B Tile and Masonry
Architect: LSW Architects
General Contractor: Robertson & Olson Construction
Brick Manufacturer: Mutual Materials

The projects showcased are just a sampling of the work that the member contractors and suppliers were involved with in 2018. However these projects are great examples of the diverse uses of masonry and ceramic tile. Not only do these products meet the various needs of each project, they are also durable. A definition of durable by Webster is: “able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value.” We can revisit these projects years later and find them still provid-ing the quality and value that convinced the designers to specify masonry in the beginning. Durability is synonymous with re-siliency and we need buildings that are more resilient. Buildings that can withstand the ravages of natural disasters that in-clude fire, wind and seismic damages. Buildings constructed with masonry and ceramic tile are resilient structures.

Upcoming Events

Masonry & Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon Golf Tournament
July 26, 2019
Langdon Farms

The World of Concrete/ World of Masonry
January 22-25, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada

ICON Xchange National Concrete Masonry Association
February 12-16, 2019
Orlando, Florida

The Global Tile & Stone Experience
April 9-12, 2019
Orlando, Florida

Unreinforced Masonry Seismic Resilience Symposium
July 18-20, 2019
Portland State University Lincoln Hall
Portland, Oregon

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