This unique project is located
in downtown Richmond, Virginia and is surrounded by
three streets, one of which is an exit ramp for Interstate
64 into the city. The facility is used by the state
of Virginia for forensic science research and study.
The design of the building required three different
colors of architecturally ground faced concrete masonry
units and two different colors of standard modular face
brick, all of which had matching colored mortar materials.
| The east and west
elevations were constructed using the three different
ground faced cmu. The two elevations
are constructed primarily of black and white ground face.
If you look closely
you will see that only every other level
of the window bands are actually
The alternating ones are false
recessed panels constructed of black ground face cmu.
This gives the impression of a six-floor building when
in fact there are only three. Each of these recessed
false window panels consists of at least 30 custom made
specialty units, some of which had to be manufactured
from a standard unit thaen hand shaped and ground to
the Architect specifications.
The north and south elevations
were designed to resemble old row houses, which are
in the area surrounding the facility. These elevations
incorporated red brick panels resembling downtown row
houses. Each of these panels incorporated a window frame
design with a more residential look to it. Each is crossed
over with bonded brick jack arch and soldier arches.
Topping off each of the red brick panels are pre-cast
cornice stones resembling that of a roofline for the
Masonry is proud to have
been apart of providing this showcase project to the
state of Virginia.
creative design features and difficult site conditions
made this project a challenging success for our organization.
Careful attention to the Architect's design needs while
addressing the projects schedule demands and site constraints
were all in a days work for our team.