When Charles Bryant needed a new headquarters for his architectural and contracting firms in Pasadena, Calif., he saw an opportunity to incorporate some innovative techniques, create a showcase for his companies’ capabilities, maximize cost savings, and promote the use of masonry in Southern California. Bryant chose concrete masonry for its design possibilities using varied textures and tones, for its energy efficiency, and for the cost effectiveness of using a single-wythe wall that required no paint or other finish on the interior or exterior surfaces.