UW - Eau Claire Aspenson Mogenson 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.

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:

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

  2. Best of Clay Masonry – Deemed best project utilizing clay masonry.

  3. Merit in Clay Award – Exemplary project utilizing clay masonry.

  4. Best of Concrete Masonry – Deemed best project utilizing concrete masonry.

  5. Merit in Concrete – Exemplary project utilizing concrete masonry.

  6. Best of Natural Stone – Deemed best project utilizing natural stone masonry.

  7. Merit in Natural Stone – Exemplary project utilizing natural stone masonry.

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

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

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

Enter a Project for the 2021 Excellence in Masonry Awards

Click here to download for the Excellence in Masonry Application. No fee to enter and multiple entries are encouraged! This is your chance to showcase your design and masonry project.

2020 Excellence in Masonry Project Winners


Best of Clay
Milwaukee Ballet - Baumgartner Center for Dance

Designer: HGA Design, Inc.

General Contractor: Catalyst Construction

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials Corporation

Merit in Clay
The Palladium Building

Designer/s: DGP Architects and Eppstein Uhen Architects

General Contractor: Miron Construction

WMA Producer/Suppliers: County Materials and Spec-Mix

Best of Concrete
Wolf River Community Bank

Designer: Blue Design Group, LLC

General Contractor: Keller, Inc.

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials Corporation

Merit in Concrete
Kaukauna Fire Station

Designer: Short Elliot Hendrickson

General Contractor: Ziese Construction and Hein Construction

WMA Producer/Supplier: County Materials Corporation

Best of Natural Stone
Waunakee Community Bank

Designer: OPN Architects

General Contractor: Ideal Builders

WMA Producer/Supplier: Halquist Stone

Merit in Natural Stone
Care Animal Hospital

Designer: Keller, Inc.

General Contractor: Keller, Inc.

WMA Producer/Supplier: Halquist Stone

Best of Show
UW - Eau Claire Aspenson Mogenson Hall

Designer: Market & Johnson

General Contractor: Market & Johnson, Inc.

WMA Producer/Suppliers: County Materials Corp and Brickcraft, Inc.

The Dennis Wilichowski Craftsmanship Award
St. Paul University Catholic Center

Designer: RDG Planning & Design

General Contractor: C.G. Schmidt, Inc.

Masonry Subcontractor: JP Cullen

WMA Producer/Suppliers: Halquist Stone, Janesville Brick and


E2 - Energy and Environmental Preservation Award
Oregon Middle School

Designer: Bray Architects

General Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son

WMA Producer/Supplier: Northfield Block and

Mortar Technologies/Lycon

Restoration Award
Garver Feed Mill

Designer: SmithGroupJJR

General Contractor: Bachmann Construction and

High Point Masonry

Residential Award
Larsen Residence

Designer: Craig James Builders

General Contractors: Craig James Builders

Masonry Constructor: Harold E. Arndt

WMA Producer/Supplier: Halquist Stone











A special THANKS to this year's judging panel:
  • Tammy Black, AIA - DELTA3

  • Daryl Dean, AIA - USDA Forest Service

  • Robert Hoffmann, AIA - Department of Administration

  • Aaron Johnson, AIA - Madison College

  • Chris Rute, AIA - CR Design

Wisconsin Masonry Alliance

4814 E. Broadway

Madison, WI 53716

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