Sculpture Fountain, Waterfalls, and Roman Arch Bridge, Highland Park, Ill
Entered by The Dirsmith Group in the Landscaping category, this project shows how natural stone blends so well into the environment, especially in conjunction with various water features. "The pools and deck look great," observed judge Dan Shapiro.

Project Team:
Architect and Landscape Architect: The Dirsmith Group, Highland Park, Ill.
General and masonry contractor: Masonry by Fernando, Lake Bluff, Ill.

Amherst Barn House, Amherst, Mass.
Masonry contractor Michael Cahalane entered this project in the Single-Family Residence category because of the abundance of masonry, both outside and inside: stone retaining walls, stairs, and flatwork, a stone foundation veneer, a brick floor, a stone fireplace, a brick fireplace, and all-masonry chimneys. "The stone landscaping is particularly nice," emphasized Dan Shapiro.

Project team
Owners: Vicki and Ralph Tate
General contractor: Wright Builders, Northampton, Mass.
Masonry contractor: Michael C. Cahalane, Cahalane Construction Co., Norfolk, Mass.
Outside masonry contractor: Marty Pearson, North Attleboro, Mass.
Landscape contractor: Taylor Davis Landscape, Amherst, Mass.
Landscape architect: Pam Fleming, Wellesley, Mass.

Rockford Environmental Science Academy, Rockford, Ill.
Submitted by Sjostrom & Sons in the Institutional Building category, this 160,000-square-foot middle school features masonry composite walls, curved surfaces, and exposed concrete masonry and acoustical block on the interior-with a total of 140,000 face brick and 125,000 CMU, plus a considerable number of glass block. "I think the diverse materials blend well," said coordinating judge Colin Munro.

Project team
Owner: Rockford Public School District No. 205
Architect of Record:

Winters Barr Truitt Architects, Rockford, Ill.
Architect: Ruck/Pate Architecture, Barrington, Ill.
Structural engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill.
General and masonry contractor: Sjostrom & Sons, Rockford, Ill.
Landscape architect: Lindberg & Associates, Rockford, Ill.