Municipal Masonry Projects

Masonry is one of the most common materials used for the envelope of municipal buildings.

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ACCESS Chester Community Center | Chester, PA

This unique project features five courses of Mist split face masonry units at the base of the building envelope, providing a strong “foundation” on which to scatter Gemstone®units in Mist, Slate, and Charcoal above it—giving the building a light, airy, “floating”  feeling. Some split face units were carried from the base up through the building corners, tying those finishes together.

A major challenge in this project was to scatter the three different Gemstone colors without looking too structured and repetitive, while also not making them look too haphazard and sloppy. This is much harder than it sounds, and required a significant amount of planning and design layout to get the proper balance of colors/units. You’ll notice their efforts paid off, as the color scattering is nearly perfect around the complete structure.

ACCESS Chester Community Center is a non-profit community center offering educational, social and recreational opportunities for all Chester, PA, residents, regardless of ethnicity, economic status or gender. Their focus is on connecting and empowering the community. This new facility allowed them to expand their community offerings, reaching more residents in need.

Wyandotte County Juvenile Justice Center | Kansas City, KS

As the first phase in a long-range master plan of the County’s justice facilities, a three-story, 47,000 SF facility in Kansas City, KS, was built using a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors of masonry units from York Building Products.

The secure juvenile detention areas are organized around a central courtyard to allow access to the outdoors and to stream daylight into the living and classroom areas.

This project features the masonry laid in an ashlar pattern, where different widths, heights, and colors are interspersed in a complicated matrix design. Laying block in this fashion requires extensive planning, with which York Building Products assisted, as well as patience and attention to detail from the masons.

St. Clair Hospital | Pittsburgh, PA

This project is comprised of over 43,000 SF of our Gemstone® masonry units including four different colors - Parchment, Arctic White, Putty, and custom - and three different sizes - 12x24, 8x16 and 4x16. What makes this project especially noteworthy is the difficult layering of shapes and colors to provide a contemporary look.

Fire House #1 | Horsham, PA

This award-winning building features Gemstone® in Hershey Red, and split face sills and banding in Charcoal split face. Windows are trimmed in Charcoal Gemstone.

Fire House #2 | Horsham, PA

A smaller structure than House #1 in Horsham, this structure features the same finish & color palette of Gemstone® in Hershey Red, and split face sills and banding in Charcoal split face. Windows are trimmed in Charcoal Gemstone.

Inova Loudoun Hospital | Leesburg, VA

Featuring our Vintage Series™ split face brick in Cream and a custom brown, this massive structure looks great with small, modular-sized brick units.

US Army Reserve Center | Aberdeen, MD

This complex masonry project features full height, half high, and oversized masonry units in a variety of finishes such as Gemstone® and Rustic Face.

Kansas City Police North Patrol | Kansas City, MO

This monolithic building features Gemstone® in Graphite, intermingled with Silver units to add drama.

MD Army National Guard Readiness Center | Havre de Grace, MD

Here is a creative use of color! Split face units randomly placed in Sandstone, Adobe, and Cream.

Lower Swatara Fire Department | Middletown, PA

The upper half of the building features our split face units in Bermuda. The knee wall was built with split face units in Sandstone.

Redskins Training Facility | Richmond, VA

An attractive mix of Rustic Face units in Cream and split face units in Sandstone.

Ripken Stadium | Aberdeen, MD

Massive Titan Series® units in Putty form the base of this buiding.

Kanawha Plaza | Richmond, VA

This inner-city park features seating walls in Temple Stone®. The Parchment color blends nicely with the environment.

Craft Place | Oakland, PA

This parking structure features MASTER-BRIK® in Port.

South Side Marina | Pittsburgh, PA

This marina in downtown Pittsburgh utilized MASTER-BRIK® units in Chestnut Blend.

Rothsville Fire Company | Rothsvlle, PA

Split face units in Nantucket Red give this fire station added brightness.

South Amboy Community Center | South Amboy, NJ

A three-story high structure, this massive interior masonry project features Gemstone in Adobe and Cocoa, and split face banding in Cocoa.

Schoeneck Fire Company | Denver, PA

This fast-track project took advantage of our stocked split face colors of Slate, Arctic White, and Hershey Red. Having these products in stock meant the project stayed on track.

Bareville Fire Company | Bareville, PA

Split Face CMU in Slate was used for the main walls, and Charcoal fluted units for banding.