Best Institutional Project & Readers' Choice Award Winner

Project: The Mainland High School Replacement Project
Owner: Volusia County School Board
Construction Manager: Skanska USA
Architect: Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc.
Masonry Contractor: Beeler, Barney & Associates Masonry

The Mainland High School Replacement Project in Daytona Beach Florida is truly a breathtaking project to view. With 631,000 Interstate jumbo utility brick and 452,000 concrete masonry units, this project is a study of various masonry products being placed together in a manner that is as aesthetically grand as any project in the nation. Holding true to a Florida Coastal theme with the color selection, Interstate's Baja Brown, Arctic White, and Desert Sand brick were selected for the project. The project utilizes color schemes and brickwork patterns that are central in making the project a success. The arch detail and the soldier coursing of the arctic white brick provide enough of a relief in the desert sand field color to give the building a sense of scale. The Baja brown base, laid in soldier coursing, anchors the buildings while matching the roof tile. The masonry further compliments the building by seamlessly blending various components and materials to produce a structure that is both pleasing to the eye while holding true to the historical Spanish architectural influences found in the local buildings.

The scope of the project was a complete replacement of the existing Mainland High School in Daytona Beach Florida. The campus consists of five buildings shown throughout the photographs. Building One is the Classroom and Media Center Building facing International Speedway Blvd. Building Two is the Cafeteria, Administration, and Classroom Building. Its main entrance opens into a courtyard area that seamlessly ties five separate buildings into one community. Building Three is The Vince Carter Athletic Center. Anchored by a substantial gift from Mr. Carter, this athletic center and its facilities would rival any high school and most small colleges. This fact is due to the substantial generosity of Mr. Carter, an alumnus of the original Mainland High School. Building Four is the Performing Arts Building. Its stage, box office and theater works are considered state of the art. Both facades face International Speedway Blvd. These buildings, as illustrated by the photographs, are the focal points of appreciation for the general public that will view the campus from the Speedway, or as they bring their child to school.

The focal point for the student consists in the grand courtyard area that is created by the five buildings of the campus. As shown in the photographs, the courtyard has various locales that can provide the student with views that are both aesthetically pleasing while providing a respite from the work that takes place in the buildings. From the lunch overlook on Building Two's balcony, to the view both of and from the Media Center in Building One, along with the congregation areas at the west and east ends of the courtyard, these areas are the social hub of the school. All of these areas are created and then beautified by the masonry scope of the project.

Project Detailing

The Mainland High School Replacement Project is an example of Load Bearing CMU masonry construction with a Jumbo Utility Brick and Architectural Precast veneer. Volusia County School Board in conjunction with the Architect, RSH or Orlando, have designed a building that will truly last through not only the rigors of time but any possible hurricane event that may occur.

The project utilizes an Interstate brick unit that is 4x4x16 inches nominal in size. This larger size not only gives the veneer a unique appearance but also presents a cost savings for the owner in that fewer units are laid to the square foot than if a traditional modular brick unit was utilized. With this larger brick unit comes difficulties in construction. Workmanship must pay careful attention in order to avoid any adverse appearances to the bond and layout of this brick as the larger size only accentuates any poor craftsmanship. With the significant amount of soldier coursing, arch work, and relief patterning to the brick, care and attention to craftsmanship are of paramount concern.

At the time of construction a partnering meeting was held to discuss the solid masonry arches that are clad with face brick on the veneer. The Structural Engineer had located an arch system that allowed the brick to be laid in stack bond inside the arch in a manner that eliminated the concern of the arch failing. This Halfen Anchor System™ allowed the arch to be constructed on the ground in one monolithic piece and then laid into the wall. While the item was a premium to the project, several of the arches are in the public space and this system allows a greater sense of safety for the individuals on the campus.

BBA MCi utilized several hundred linear feet of Hydr-O-Mobile scaffolding in the installation of the masonry on the project. The nonstop action of the scaffolding allowed the masonry to be installed in more cost effective manner which in turn aided the project schedule and afforded a savings to the owner in that the school board had a hard deadline in order to occupy the space for the coming school year.

Aesthetically, we believe the project to be our finest work in our 15 years of masonry work. The project has been recognized by the Masonry Association of Florida as a first place award recipient in Institutional Structures for 2007 and was named Best in Show for the 2007 statewide awards program and convention.