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City of Waukesha City Hall

Excellence in Masonry

The Wisconsin Masonry Alliance (WMA) is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of masonry construction through the dissemination of technology, practice, products, and design. A highlight of our promotional efforts is the Excellence in Masonry Awards presented in recognition of masonry projects exemplifying great design, inspiring material usage, and quality construction.

Calling All Architects, Contractors & Masonry Professionals!


Showcase Your Design and Craftsmanship by Entering Your Project(s) for the 2024 Excellence in Masonry Awards

Entering is Easy & FREE!

Multiple Entries are Encouraged!

Both Architectural Firms & Contractors are Awarded!

Deadline to Enter is February 3, 2024


2023 Excellence in Masonry Project Winners


Best of Show & Excellence in Natural Stone Masonry

City of Waukesha City Hall

Designer: BWBR Architects, Inc

General Contractor: Greenfire Management Services, LLC

Masonry Contractor: Marriott Construction Corp.     

WMA Producer/Supplier: Halquist Stone & SPEC MIX

The Dennis Wilichowski Craftsmanship Award

Ascension Medical Group – Mequon Clinic

Designer: Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. (EUA)

General Contractor: Catalyst Construction, LLC      

Masonry Contractor: TVJ Masonry

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials Corp. & SPEC MIX


Excellence in Clay Masonry
Wright & Wagner Lofts (Beloit)

Designer: JLA Architects

General Contractor: Corporate Contractors, Inc       

Masonry Contractor: Brahma Masonry Construction

WMA Producer/Suppliers: BrickCraft & Janesville Brick

Excellence in Concrete Masonry
Chiswick at Dunwood (Fox Point)

Designer: HGA

General Contractor: Mandel Group

Masonry Contractor: Rural Masonry

WMA Producer/Supplier: Oldcastle/Northfield Block & LYCON

Salute to Masonry Projects

These projects were selected by the judging committee to receive special recognition for their outstanding design and craftsmanship across all masonry categories.


Bank of Sun Prairie at Ashley Field

Designer: Bray Architects

General Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

Masonry Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials & SPEC MIX


Epic - Mystery (Verona)

Designer: Cuningham Architects

General Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

Masonry Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

WMA Producer/Supplier: ​ County Materials Corp. & SPEC MIX


ThedaCare (Appleton)

Designer: HGA

General Contractor: Miron Construction

Masonry Contractor: Miron Masonry

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materails Corp., Fond du Lac Natural Stone & SPEC MIX


The Valor on East Washington (Madison)

Designer: Gorman & Co.

General Contractor: Gorman & Co.

Masonry Contractor: Total Masonry

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials Corp.

Sun Prairie West High School

Designer: Bray Architects

General Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

Masonry Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

WMA Producer/Suppler: County Materials & SPEC MIX



A special THANKS to this year's judging panel:
  • Jason Hale, AIA - Somerville Inc

  • Jim Olson, AIA - Iconica

  • Jim Shields, AIA - HGA

  • Wes Reynolds AIA, - OPN

Background & Entry Process


Winning projects will be exhibited and awards will be presented at the Annual Excellence in Masonry Breakfast at the AIA-Wisconsin Convention for the following commercial, residential, public, and industrial categories:

  • Best of Show in Excellence in Masonry Award Program – Project exemplifying masonry at its finest.

  • Excellence in Concrete Masonry – Deemed best project utilizing concrete masonry.

  • Excellence in Clay Masonry - Deemed best  project utilizing clay masonry.

  • Excellence in Natural Stone – Deemed best project utilizing natural stone masonry.

Special Award Categories:

  • Dennis Wilichowski Craftsmanship Award - Excellence in overall aesthetic and craftsmanship of masonry.

  • E2 Award – Masonry project purposed for energy & environmental preservation.

  • Restoration - Exemplary masonry utilization in a restoration showing before and after.

  • Residential - Deemed best masonry project for residential projects.


Any individual involved in the design, supply or construction of a masonry building may participate and enter a project. Entries must adhere to the following:

  1. Recommended: A minimum of 50% of the project’s exterior must consist of masonry. The exterior masonry requirement may be reduced to 25%, if interior applications feature 50% exposed masonry.

  2. The project must be constructed in Wisconsin utilizing masonry products produced or supplied by a Wisconsin Masonry Alliance member.

  3. The project’s occupancy date must be no longer than three (3) years from the date of submission.

  4. Any project that has previously won a Wisconsin Masonry Alliance award may not be re[1]entered.



All entries will be judged on: 1. Design creativity – uniqueness of project. 2. Visual impact and acceptance – impression, relationship to site, pedestrian connection. 3. Inspiring material usage – details, features, or solutional elements. 4. Masonry utilization – the material’s relationship in establishing the character and fulfilling the function of the structure.

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