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Masonry Institute of Iowa

6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-252-0637


Project Name: Brick Street Market
Location: Bondurant, Iowa
Owner: DNG Properties
Architectural Firm: SVPA Architects Inc.
Architect in Charge: Thad N. Long, AIA
General Contractor: Hansen Company Inc.
Masonry Contractor: Seedorff Masonry

Brick Street Market is a 17,000 s.f. grocery resembling the concept of a small town “Country Market”.  Adjacent retail bays of 3,000 and 4,000 square feet create a retail center for the growing Bondurant community.  The Owner challenged the design team to create an older hometown grocery store appearance, and a specific brick selection was a critical aspect in meeting this goal.   The brick is a solid dry-pressed “Whitacre Greer” straight edge modular brick which has softened edges when handled and laid to give them a paver brick look. Each elevation combines three brick colors and multiple coursing patterns creating a varied articulation.  The herringbone infill panels and other details add visual interest to the façade and complete the historical look.  As a whole, the combination of brick, canopies, signage and lighting create an inviting, nostalgic look as envisioned by the Owner.


Project Name: Cedar Valley Sportsplex

Location: Waterloo, Iowa
Owner: Waterloo Leisure Services                                                         
Architectural Firm: INVISION Architecture
Architect in Charge: Mike Broshar, AIA                                      
General Contractor: Cardinal Construction                                            
Masonry Contractor:  Carl Schuler Masonry

The project serves as a cornerstone of the city’s Riverfront Renaissance plan, and required the coordination of a large, diverse team to deliver a successful end result. Brick was selected as a primary material to satisfy the owner’s request for a durable exterior material that could be used in a responsible manner. The design team utilized standard masonry utility brick for a third of the building’s perimeter. Two colors of brick were used in a 60-40 percentage split, and recess details were incorporated to allow for downspouts. The colors of brick were chosen to complement established historical buildings in the area, and to drive the color scheme of the other material choices. The brick used was manufactured locally, minimizing shipping and trucking to limit the project’s impact on the environment. The design team was drawn to brick because it is a naturally abundant material that is known for its durability. As a product known to demonstrate long-term lifecycle cost benefits, combined with its physical durability, brick was a natural choice to provide the Cedar Valley Sportsplex a strong, sustainable material.


Project Name: FIRE/EMS Station 17

Location:  West Des Moines

Owner: City of West Des Moines

Architectural Firm: Benjamin Design Collaborative, P.C.

Architect in Charge: John Lott, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

General Contractor: Brocon Services, LLC.

Masonry Contractor:   Forrest and Associate, Inc.

The existing fire station had exhibited mold, mildew and moisture problems throughout its 22 year life.  Many attempts were made to seal up the building, but none addressed the real problems – the lack of an actual substrate / air barrier, and poor flashing detailing and installation.  Lintels were rusting, windows were rotting, drywall was wet on the interior, and mechanical systems were overtaxed.  The solution was to remove the exterior skin entirely and replace it with new masonry, properly detailed and installed.


Masonry Institute of Iowa
6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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