New Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Opens 12/13/14!

Summit Brick Company is extremely proud to have been part of the new construction of Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Mortenson Construction, Davis Partnership, H+L and ZGF have done a spectacular job on a beautiful hospital.

We were thrilled to be invited to the “Contractor’s Open House” and once again, we were proud to have worked with such amazing professionals on an amazing vision. After breakfast, face painting and balloon making, we were able to see 4 of the 7 floors opening at the hospital in under one month!

The wonderful design did not stop with the exterior (ehem… Summit Brick Company’s customized St Joe’s blend) and there was no overlooked detail. From floor-to-ceiling windows, fire pits, to patient room sofas that can convert four different ways, St Joe’s exemplifies architectural excellence and elegance.

 

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Balcony off of the Center for Women and Infants floor

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Thank you Saint Joseph Hospital for the fantastic “sneak peek” tour and event! And thank you to everyone who has worked together to build an exceptional hospital to care after our Denver area.

NEW, warm residential color

SBC has an innovative and talented customer here in Denver, Chalet Homes. We have done a lot of beautiful home projects in the Washington Park area with them and there is one in particular going up right now we think looks stunning. There is great masonry detailing and contrasting windows, but we LOVE the brick color.  Working together with Chalet, our new color the Cotto Stone (Summit Plant) was born and it was too beautiful not to add to our product line.  SBC’s ability to design custom works with our clients is something that sets us apart and will put a personal and unique finishing and touch on your project.

“Cotto” translates to “done” and we believe this is a well-done brick. See for yourself!

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About Chalet:

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Chalet was founded on the principle that design excellence and best construction practices are inseparable. The practice of construction and design professionals working together under one roof is one of the oldest forms of construction and stems from the “Master Builder” approach.  Working directly with the Chalet Architectural Design team, our construction partners are able to see that each detail is executed exactly as drawn and in compliance with the overall design intent.  Our collaborative approach results in proven cost controls, streamlined scheduling, effective project management and an overall project synergy that seldom exists between contractors and architect. (via www.chaletcolorado.com)

New, up and coming look? We have it! SBC now carrying Creative Mines.

In this fast-paced world we are always looking for the “up and coming” restaurant, neighborhood, technology and fashion. We want to continue to help you stay ahead of the trend. Summit Brick Company is now a proud distributor of Creative Mines! We are very excited to add this to our product selection giving you a fresh look on design and manufactured stone veneer. Please visit creativemines.us to find out more about Creative Mines masonry veneer.

WELCOME, CREATIVE MINES.

CRAFTED MASONRY VENEER

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Whitegold Craft Orchard Limestone

Creative Mines creates a variety of beautiful crafted masonry. We love this fresh Whitegold Orchard Limestone for residential.

CRAFTED CONTEMPORARY

The contemporary styles from Creative Mines is where we get ECSTATIC. We think the Board Form and Flamed Rectangle products will bring our customers something new and unique to get them ahead of the trend.

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Monsoon Craft Board Form

We have never carried anything like this product and we are hoping you love it as much as we do. The Craft Board Form has a potential to be extremely versatile and monumental in our market.

http://creativemines.us/

About Creative Mines

PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE

Our people represent the core values of Creative Mines. We’re a family with a passion for fresh ideas and superior masonry veneer products. We combine the perfect blend of experience, knowledge, youth and energy in everything we do.

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Unconstrained by the burden of past building cycles, old inventory and antiquated technology, we collaborate with the building and architectural communities and explore new concepts. Our goal is to always uncover relevant, end-user appropriate masonry veneer products.

RESPECT FOR THE USE OF APPROPRIATE MATERIALS

Masonry Veneer products should be suitable for deserving architectural styles. We get that. And, in doing so, dreams more easily turn into reality. With a constantly evolving variety of products, Creative Mines provides a motherlode of solutions for today’s interior and exterior cladding needs.

CRAFTED TO BE TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR

For our crafted masonry veneer line, we have developed a superior mix design composed of 70% post-industrial content. This mix also eliminates the need for smokestack-produced fly ash used by other manufacturers. Instead, we use high-purity, natural pumice pozzolan that enhances compressive strength, minimizes efflorescence, resists sulfate attack, reduces permeability and improves durability.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO A NATURAL SOLUTION

We’ve spent years unearthing the best natural stone from North America. Our rigorous evaluation process ensures each and every stone meets our standards of consistency and availability. Consequently, Creative Mines Natural Masonry Veneer delivers a more streamlined and efficient selection process for natural masonry veneer projects. We’ve also taken a commonsense approach adapted from our Crafted Masonry Veneer that results in a simplified installation process.

 

Please call your Summit Brick Representative with any questions or inquiries today! www.summitbrick.com

 

Other Creative Mines Products we crave:

To see all of Creative Mines crafted veneer, go here!

Capture to Inspire 2014 Winners!

Congratulations to our three distributors that placed in our first annual Capture to Inspire Photo Contest! Over six months ago we opened up the contest to our distributors across the country to send in images of Summit Brick projects through out the nation that they thought inspired architectural elegance. We received an abundance of photos from many of our valued distributors. From interiors to large commercial jobs, every entry was impressive.

FIRST PLACE: Texas Women’s University Science Building entered by Blackson Brick

“Excellent photos showing the details, depth and setting of the brick.”

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Project: Texas Women’s University Science Building
Location: Denton, Texas
Architect: Perkins+Will
Color: University Blend (50% 450A Bonfire, 20% 653 Inca, 15% 450D Dark Toltec & 15% 453L Light Mocha)
Size: Modular
Texture: Grain
Completed: September 2010
Photography: Ray Don Tilley

http://www.blacksonbrick.com/

“Since 1978, Blackson Brick Co. has served architects and the construction industry on the strengths of responsive, experienced customer service and innovative, quality products. Our consistent commitment to excellence is reflected in exclusive regional distributions for many of the fine brick and stone options presented here.”

 

SECOND PLACE: Scottish Rite entered by Bricks Incorporated

“The photos showed how the brick blended well with the other architectural components of the building.  Also liked the range and depth of the brick photos of the project.”

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Project: Scottish Rite
Location: Bloomingdale, IL
Architect: TVS Design
Color: Dove
Size: Modular and Norman, with 2 shapes
Texture: Grain
Completed: May 2011
Photography: Midwest Masonry (Mundelein, Illinois)

http://www.bricksinc.net/

“Throughout our history we continue to serve the industry via our outlets in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Aurora. Our client base consists of architects, owners, general contractors, mason contractors and individuals. Our commitment to our customers is to provide a go to knowledgeable group of people who can assist you in selecting, designing, and implementing your every building need.”

 

THIRD PLACE: Arizona Brick Source

“Great photo showing a unique design of thin brick in a residential setting.”

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Distributor: AZ Brick Source
Project: Lane Street
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Color: Cherry Bloom
Size: Modular Thin Brick
Texture: Antique
Completed: 12/31
Photography: ABS

http://www.azbricksource.com

“We represent over 20 years experience in clay masonry, and specialize in veneer products for commercial and residential applications. Some of our product partners have been producing beautiful, durable products for over 100 years! If you are tired of the “cookie-cutter” look – and don’t want to settle for material that fades and won’t stand up to years of use…”

 

We are proud of our product and the distributors we work with to create masonry masterpieces across the country. Check out our below gallery for more entries in our 2014 Capture to Inspire Contest! A big thank you to everyone who participated!

Union Station: Grand Opening Celebration

Thousands of people gathered in Denver Friday for a monumental opening in the Mile High City. Union Station has been renovated and restored to be a remarkable and ambitious transportation hub in the heart of Downtown Denver. Speeches from Colorado senators, the U.S Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, RTD, DUSPA, Kiewit, and Governor Hickenlooper were followed by a ribbon cutting and street party.

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Summit Brick Company was happy to send a couple of our own for front row seats at the Grand Opening. Check out some of the festivities captured.

We are proud to be a part of a celebration of a beautiful completed project and especially one that symbolizes enormous growth for the city of Denver.

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North Building: Summit Plant: Pebble Gray grain with Winter Sky grain accents

South Building: Summit Plant: Pebble Gray smooth with Winter Sky smooth accents

Bringing the outdoors, in!

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There is a trend we love for interior spaces right now, and that is bringing the outdoors in! Large windows, indoor plants, natural décor, and how about what is on the exterior of your home? Thin brick looks great inside, too! It gives a vintage yet trendy ambiance to a kitchen, living room, bedroom, or even bathroom. Rustic chic, anyone? It has the versatile function for character in any vintage or contemporary style home.  Building a wine cellar or bar in your basement?  When entertaining guests in your own home, give them the warmth and welcoming richness of brick to accompany that glass of wine.

Best part for stylish, thrifty homeowners? It is DIY! The do-it-yourself-er needs to look no further for their next home project. Thin brick does not require a structural footing as it is well below the 15 lbs per square foot maximum for adhered veneer. There are also great systems such as TABS II that make installation a breeze.  All you need is a few simple tools and you can paint your wall will real clay masonry.  Summit Brick Company carries a variety of colors to fit your next project and corners are available to give the appearance of full bed depth masonry.  We also have the ability to make custom thicknesses so you can show relief and shadow effects if you choose to do a soldier course or any other architectural detail.  Let your imagination run wild!

Look at our Pinterest “Interiors” board to get inspired here!

Check out Summit Brick Company’s thin brick here.

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New year, new look!

It is Summit Brick Company’s mission to provide quality clay and building products accompanied by great and personalized customer service. With the utmost respect for safety, the environment and the community, Summit looks to maintain growth and be a leader in the industry through the future.

It’s February of 2014 and we want to highlight some of the new colors we have added to our repertoire here at Summit Brick Company this year! Both of our plants strive to make quality clay brick in colors that fit every aspiration of a design. Our resolution this year is the same as always, to be as true to our company mission as possible, but we want to focus this year on adapting with our ever changing design community offering a selection of clay colors that cannot be beat.

Check out a few or our colors offered now at Summit Brick Company!

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Palisade’s inspiration was the landscape of the “Peach Capital on Colorado”. It’s not the lovely peach orchards and wineries where this great brick got its name, but the Grand Mesa National Forest that was the true inspiration. Palisade makes a great residential brick.

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Crimson Shadow is a very modern twist to a traditional feel and look.  Subtle variation and a slight sheen make this a great brick for commercial projects as it offers aesthetic range and depth.  It is also great for residential projects giving the look of a dark beehive-fired unit such those used on the historic homes in the Cherry Creek District of Denver, CO.

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Sleek and modern would be the best way to describe this very popular brick from SBC’s Lakewood Plant! It is chosen often because of its sheen and sleek monochromatic feel.  An excellent dark color for modern projects like town homes and condos going up in Denver’s newest hot spot, LoHi.

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Black Diamond is another great contemporary color lending itself to complimenting the mix-medium designs of today’s architectural world.  It is an excellent choice when a luster finish is desired, allowing the other finishes to create a dynamic look!

We are proud of our ability to offer a vast array of colors, new and old! Please visit our site to see a full list of what we offer.

Jessica Huebner
Marketing Manager
Summit Brick Company
Inspiring Architectural Elegance…

Brick and Mortar

Mortar is the bonding agent that integrates brick into a masonry assembly. Mortar must be strong, durable and capable of keeping the masonry intact, and it must help to create a water-resistant barrier   (The Brick Industry Association).

Although we like to focus on our quality brick, mortar makes up 17% of any brick work so it carries a large amount of importance as well. Aesthetics, weather, exposure, function, and other factors need to be considered when deciding what mortar type will be used for a project.

There are four different types of mortar. See table below:

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(Table from The Brick Industry Association)

The way we like to remember the more common mortar types in the office is:

Type N for Normal (this is the most common mortar type)

Type S for Strong

Type M for Mega Strong projects

Beyond functional and structural purposes, another consideration for mortar is color. Color can completely change the way a brick color, building, wall, home, etc. look. In the picture above, that is our Summit Plant’s Coronado brick on BOTH houses. The color of the mortar drastically changes the appearance of the two homes. In the second picture, the mortar is also smeared over the brick to create a different aesthetic. The option of color mortar, different mortar joints and techniques contributes an added aesthetic layer to the appearance of a brick project.

There are many different components of mortar. Check out the following links to learn more about what holds us together!

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8B.pdf

http://www.gobrick.com/Portals/25/docs/Technical%20Notes/TN8.pdf

Jessica Huebner
Marketing Manager
Jessica Huebner has been working in Marketing at Summit Brick Company since July of 2013.

The Brick Driveway, a smart way to upgrade your home.

There are countless articles on kitchen, bathroom and extreme remodels and likewise numerous ads for window replacement,
but one of the smartest and simplest upgrades for your home is often overlooked.  Consider building a brick driveway!

The brick driveway is an instant way to increase your home’s value.  Furthermore, one day you may want to sell your home.
When the market is fiercely competitive and most of the homes in a neighborhood have similar features, the home with the brick driveway will take the lead in getting noticed.   Brick driveways are elegant and they create remarkable first and lasting impressions among prospective buyers.

Brick driveways are maintenance free and may last well over 100 years.  Bricks can be individually replaced when needed and are super easy to clean.   Brick pavers come in a variety of colors that complement the colors in your neighborhood and your house.

If you want to build curb appeal this spring, then build a brick driveway.

 

2013 MasterWorks in Masonry Awards

Summit Brick Company is proud to announce that this past weekend we were awarded the Grand Award and Honor Award for the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute’s 2013 Masterworks in Masonry Awards! As the only brick manufacturer to win a Grand Award, we feel pretty special! We are proud of our product and were honored to work with the teams of owners, architects, general contractors and masons to create these true masterpieces of masonry craft.

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Jennie Smoley Caruthers Biotechnology Building :: Honor Award – Education Category

Groundbreaking: September 2009
Completed: February 2012
Owner: University of Colorado
Architect: HDR and Robert Am Stern
General Contractor: JE Dunn
Mason: Glover Masonry

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Brown Hall :: Grand Award – Education Building

Groundbreaking: January 2010
Completed: January 2013
Owner: Colorado School of Mines
Architect: AndersonMasonDale Architects
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
Mason: C Morgen Masonry

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