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 March/April 2010 Issue


Bachelor Enlisted Quarters–NCMA/ICPI Design Award of Excellence Winner
The new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, was designed and built as the first phase of a multi-billion-dollar initiative to replace outdated BEQs.


Christie Residence –NCMA/ICPI Design Award of Honor Winner
The spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the vast Coachella Valley below surround the Christie Residence in Palm Springs, California.


Windsor Family Credit Union Centre
The City of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada, wanted to build a warm, family environment for all to enjoy that could withstand the rigors of everyday use. Concrete masonry units provided the aesthetics, sound abatement and budget solution that the city was looking for.  


Articulated Concrete Block
Articulated concrete blocks (ACBs) are a flexible revetment system that provide effective erosion control and can also include plantings to maintain a natural appearance. 


Parametric Design of Load Bearing Masonry Buildings
Research, sponsored by the NCMA Research and Education Foundation, is developing software tools to help designers explore and understand the complexity of concrete masonry, and at same time to provide guidance to find more innovative geometric solutions. The basis for this research is the availability of new parametric modeling technologies that allow more intelligent representations of buildings models and provide greater power to generate and control complex geometries.

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