Named "Project of the Year" by BUILDER magazine, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION's sister publication, the Johnson Street Townhomes are situated on a foremer railroad yard in the now-trendy Pearl District of Portland, Ore. Acclaimed for excellence in design and planning, the brick veneer/wood frame rowhouses blend in with the existing buildings in this historic warehosue quarter, while exhibiting many contemporary design elements.

Architect Jim Bodoia of Seattle-based Mithun Architects chose brick veneer for this 13-unit development. The veneer includes two shades of red brick produced by Mutual Materials, as well as some portland cement stucco and precast concrete. The masonry is supported with steel angles or substructure where needed. Mithun specified copper-based flashing for the elegant, 2,840-square-foot townhomes, which are priced at $700,000 and up.

Clem Fleck Masonry of Portland did $145,000 worth of masonry work on the project, laying about 100,000 brick. To adapt to the extremely tight site, the contractor used Hydro Mobile mast-climbing work platforms and the Spec Mix silo system that dispenses preblended dry mortar ingredients into a conventional mortar mixer.