To recognize design excellence in the use of masonry as a significant and outstanding feature of a building, the Masonry Industry Promotion Group holds the Excellence in Masonry Awards Program for projects located in Eastern Washington, Central Washington, and North Idaho. As part of the 2017 Excellence in Masonry Awards program, Whitworth University and Integrus Architecture received an Honor Award for the Cowles Music Center. Ben Brody, on behalf of the Whitworth University, and project manager Colin Anderson, on behalf of Integrus Architecture, accepted the award at the Excellence in Masonry program in Spokane, Washington.
Whitworth University’s Cowles Music Center is a duet between musical art and architectural form. The University desired to elevate the campus’ visual musical experience while creating a modernized facility for exemplary instruction, anticipated program growth, and increased community outreach. Originally built in 1978, the University’s high-profile 25,100 sf two-story, mid-century music building underwent 15,625 sf of upgrades and a 21,415 sf new addition to achieve these objectives. The design team thoughtfully paid homage to the existing building’s interior and exterior architectural fabric which includes brick and CMU, and the overall campus context, to create a more modern, engaging, and timeless structure. The addition includes two 2,500 sf Choral and Instrumental Rehearsal rooms, twelve smaller teaching/practice rooms, a traditional classroom, a glass-enclosed multi-use flexible space, administrative offices, and abundant spaces for study and relaxation.
The Masonry Industry Promotions Group was established in 1972 and is supported by Union signatory mason contractors. These groups recognized the vital need to invest in the future of the industry by taking an active role in promoting masonry. The excellence in masonry awards program is just one of the ways in which the MIPG keeps masonry in the public eye.