Judges found the use of reinforced brick panels, about 1,600 of them, to create the fatade for the Emerystation Office Building in Emeryville, Calif., exciting. But innovative construction and design was not the only reason the judges chose this building as the best low-rise masonry building. Its use of red brick, green glass, and EIFS-skinned flying buttresses emulates industrial buildings of the past, harmonizing with the locale and drawing visitors into the entrance with its atrium and winter garden. So appealing was this building that the entire 380,000 square feet was leased before construction was complete.

Project team
Architect: Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco
Brick panels structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle
Building structural engineer: Hratch Kouyoumdjian & Associates, San Francisco
General contractor: Webcore Builders, Emeryville, Calif.
Masonry contractor/panel supplier: Barkshire Panel Systems, Federal Way, Wash.