Deacon Tower Receives National Recognition
Deacon Tower was built in 2008.
Deacon Tower was built in 2008.

July 19, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University's Deacon Tower has been selected as a Bronze Award winner in the 2012 National Brick in Architecture Awards program by the Brick Industry Association.

Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA (Walter Robbs), one of the largest architectural and interior design firms in the Piedmont Triad, received the honor from the Brick Industry Association for the best in brick design.

As the largest and most prestigious juried awards program of its kind, the Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country.

Deacon Tower at BB&T Field was designed by Walter Robbs and built by Frank L. Blum Construction Company. Pine Hall Brick Company, Inc. was the brick manufacturer, and Gates Construction Company, Inc. was the masonry contractor.

As Deacon Tower is located a half mile from the University's main campus, one aesthetic goal was for the Tower to mirror the neo-Georgian style found there. Pine Hall Brick developed a custom brick color for Deacon Tower, as well as the field wall at BB&T Field, to match the color of brick found on Wake Forest University's main campus. The brick, called "Deacon Blend" has proven to be an ideal match as well as a more economical alternative to the handmade bricks found on the main campus' original buildings.

Designers at Walter Robbs chose brick as the Tower's primary material due to its qualities of permanence and solid construction. Some of the most impressive features of the building are the large brick arches, which span over 24 feet, and the center arch framing the main entrance. These compound radius arches are similar to those found on other Wake Forest University campus buildings. Extensive use of brick pavers is evident throughout the primary walking surfaces and courtyards surrounding the tower. These new walking surfaces and gathering spaces now support the thousands of fans who attend football games at the Tower. The brick pavers, combined with concrete banding, have significantly enhanced the aesthetic appeal and durability of these areas.

About Walter Robbs
Since 1965, Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA has been a forerunner in educational architecture, a leader in urban design and an innovator in interior architecture across North Carolina. Always actively involved in the Winston-Salem community, the architectural firm has specifically taken a leadership role in downtown revitalization efforts over the past four decades.

 

 

 

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