A chaotic concoction of clashing colors, wacky walls, and myriad materials ushers in a new age of discovery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Part of a $1 billion campus makeover, the 713,000-square-foot Ray and Maria Stata Center was designed by world-renowned Priztker Architecture Prize Laureate Frank O. Gehry of Gehry Partners, LLP, Santa Monica, Calif.

Including the exterior walls and some interior decorative brickwork, the project used nearly 1 million brick, 10% of which were specials. In addition, Grande Masonry crews installed 250,000 CMU in interior support areas and three levels of parking garage, 140,000 square feet of spray-on air vapor barrier/rigid insulation, and 10,000 linear feet of flashing.