Hybrid masonry is a structural system that utilizes reinforced masonry infill walls with a framed structure.
The Lawrence Associates, Architects/ Planners, P.C., were given the challenge of designing a 58,000 sq.ft. elementary school that would be energy efficient, durable, inexpensive to maintain, aesthetically pleasing, fire safe, acoustically efficient, and most importantly, mold resistant. These requirements all had to be met within a very tight budget. Richard Lawrence, President and Project Architect for the Preston Veterans Memorial School, selected masonry construction for the project. He noted, “Masonry is the only material and type of construction that can provide all the building requirements requested by the owner.”
Built from over 94,545 square feet of granite, marble and quartzite, the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chancery in Washington, DC, stands out as one of our capital’s most extraordinary pieces of architecture. Built to house the offices of the UAE ambassador and diplomatic staff, the chancery exemplifies the use of contemporary design and technique while paying homage to Arab-Islamic heritage and culture.