The projects described here were selected because they attracted widespread attention inside and outside the masonry industry or because they exemplified an important issue the industry has faced. CAMDEN YARDS BALLPARK, BALTIMORE Contributing greatly to the atmosphere of Camden Yards are the traditional details and sand-molded brick chosen for its human scale, "aged" look, and warm, rich color. Camden Yards represents an important facet of the masonry industry since 1988: the increased importance of restoration and rehabilitation of existing structures. EXCALIBUR HOTEL, LAS VEGAS As an example of masonry construction, the Excalibur is strictly state-of-the-art. Four towers, each 28 stories tall, were constructed of reinforced concrete masonry, the tallest reinforced masonry buildings ever in a Zone 2 seismic area. By carefully coordinating the work, the contractors demonstrated that loadbearing masonry can go up faster than conventional steel or reinforced concrete systems. AMOCO BUILDING RECLADDING, CHICAGO When the 82-story Amoco Building was completed in 1973, its gleaming white Carrara marble cladding was considered a break through in stone fabrication technology. But by 1988, many of these panels had begun bowing, and some corrective action clearly was needed. For the industry, the project and its problems focused attention on the need to evaluate materials carefully and to design with them conservatively. GREYFIELD HOMES, MONROE, N.C. In 1989, a North Carolina masonry contractor and two of his major brick suppliers joined forces to show not only that all brick homes have appeal for first-time buyers, but also that they can be built and sold profitably at prices those buyers can afford. PRISONS Many masonry contractors have found prison construction to be the bread-and-butter work that has seen them through the recession.