The West Village complex was conceived as a city within a city and brings a town-center ambience to the outskirts of Dallas. The multi-use development offers nearly 200 luxury residential units, a parking facility, and more than 120,000 square feet of retail, office, and entertainment space.

The lifestyle is reminiscent of a European village, observes Rob Barnes, vice president of estimating and marketing for masonry contractor Dee Brown Inc. (DBI), which handled the $1.9 million masonry portion of the project. Residents live above the shops and restaurants, and can walk to the theater or to public transportation.

West Village owes its continental elegance to masonry details such as intricate brick patterns, radial walls, rowlocks, headers, and soldiers. Columns, arches, pilasters, and balconies shape the walls, which are ornamented with cast stone bases, sills, jambs, heads, arches, banding, medallions, and caps. Executing the various brick patterns was slow, painstaking work, says Barnes. Craftsmen labored piece-by-piece from blowups of drawings.

The buildings use standard cavity-wall construction with thin brick veneer around balconies and other areas where structural loads were limited. Multiple jack lines were used at corners and around columns to achieve the walls' many offsets.

DBI crews installed nearly 250,000 brick units in 6 colors and 2 textures, and 3600 cast stone pieces.

Project Participants
Masonry Contractor: Dee Brown Inc., Dallas
Architect: David M. Schwarz, Architectural Services, Inc., Washington D.C.
General Contractor: DalMac Construction Co., Dallas
Structural Engineer: L.A. Fuess Partners, Dallas
Owner: West Village Limited Partnership, Dallas