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exteriors
ment Center buildings, while creating a one-stop shop of municipal
services for citizens. Other considerations involved saving money by
using the existing site's infrastructure and providing the space needed for additional growth.
The architectural firm worked seamlessly with the township to
combine savings with quality throughout the process. Once completed, the final price point for the facility hovered around $100/sq. ft.
Most of the structure's cubicles and furnishings were purchased from
surplus stores, while the interior labor, such as painting and framing,
was supplied by inmates.
Another essential element was the choice of masonry. Hussey Gay
Bell chose to include Oldcastle Architectural's (Atlanta) Echelon
brand of polished-face architectural block, multi-colored split-face
block, and brick veneer.
"It really helped coming to the table with some very quality, but
economical block options," said Straughan. "We worked closely to
present a wide variety of samples and options. This flexibility and
creativity allowed us to produce a high-profile, terrazzo-type look at
a block-type price. They [Oldcastle] assisted in the selection of grout
colors that matched with the brick and the split face, and worked
closely with the contractor." He noted that the products were easily

Above. The block combination used for the three-story, 50,000-sq. ft. headquarters is carried around the backside of the structure.
Below. Masonry was also used in the interior in the form of accent walls.

integrated with a local brick manufacturer's products.
Hussey Gay Bell started the process by showing the client masonry samples and a rendering of the finished project. This highlighted
how the gray smooth and split-face masonry, with matching grout
and mortar, "blended nicely" with the traditional Cherokee brick.
Full-sized samples of the Echelon blocks were shown to the client
before installation to ensure approval and "so they could see for
themselves how the cool, gray masonry played against the warm, red
veneers."
The Echelon masonry blocks were inserted into a wall system
consisting of 6-in. metal studs, gypsum wall-board interior, and exterior gypsum sheathing.
The building features a curved-wall design in the front, along with
accent walls on the corners, highlighted by two-story glass windows.
Seven-thousand pieces of black-and-gray Echelon architectural polished face block were combined with 8,500 pieces of architectural
colored split-face and traditional brick to provide a multi-textural,
"modern meets rough-hewn" style to the building's design.
Infused with recycled glass, Echelon polished face block is different from conventional ground face. It is produced with a 10-head
wet-grind process that starts with an 80-grit diamond and works its
way to a 3,500-grit polishing wheel, giving the final finish a high
luster. The split-face block is an integrally colored pre-finished block
with a rough-hewn texture on one or more faces of the unit. Available
in a variety of shapes and colors, the product offers as high as a 4-hr.
fire rating and is suitable for interior and exterior use.
After partnering with the architect to select materials, Echelon
representative Anne Olausson worked alongside the contractors

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through the end of the project. "I helped to educate the masons on
how to care and clean the product," she said. "This was a very
high-profile and important job for Hall County and I wanted to do
everything possible to ensure Echelon was there to help see it
through. The result is beautiful and we were proud to be a part of the
project. As Straughan put it, "This kind of building is not something
you see very often in North Georgia. It's quite an achievement." CA

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture April 2017

The Architects
Building Focus: Hospitality
Providing Healthcare Underfoot
Prescription For Healthcare Surfaces
Interiors Products
Upgraded Hot-Water System Satisfies Tenants
Making The Grade With HVAC Upgrades
Bathrooms Highlight Hotel Renovation
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Performing Arts Centers Bolster Communities
Hotel Roofs Frame Canadian Rockies View
Masonry Delivers Sheriff's Office Presence
Exteriors Products
Light Fixtures Transform Resort Courtyard
Lighting & Electrical Products
Taking Control At San Francisco International
The Ins and Outs Of Multi-Tenant Parking
Windows & Doors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Cover2
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Building Focus: Hospitality
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Providing Healthcare Underfoot
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Prescription For Healthcare Surfaces
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Interiors Products
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Upgraded Hot-Water System Satisfies Tenants
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Making The Grade With HVAC Upgrades
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 43
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Bathrooms Highlight Hotel Renovation
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Performing Arts Centers Bolster Communities
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 55
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Hotel Roofs Frame Canadian Rockies View
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 57
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Masonry Delivers Sheriff's Office Presence
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 60
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 62
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 64
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Light Fixtures Transform Resort Courtyard
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 66
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 68
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 69
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Taking Control At San Francisco International
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 71
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 72
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 73
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - The Ins and Outs Of Multi-Tenant Parking
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 75
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 77
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 78
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Portfolio
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