John J Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center

Bowie, Maryland

The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) National Training Center for the educational wing of the Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) is comprised of two new buildings both of which are designed and constructed entirely without the use of drywall. The buildings use masonry materials, block, brick, stone, tile, terrazzo, stamped concrete and plaster in exposed and unembellished ways to illustrate the beauty, durability, and craft of these raw materials and to make readily visible the labor of the union craftworkers who built them. The Training Center hosts training for masonry apprentices, re-training for masons broadening their skills, a nationwide annual masonry contest, and an educational hands-on masonry camp. Apprentices build mock-ups and attend classes in the 65,000 s.f. Training Center and are housed in the adjacent 40,000 s.f. 102-bed Dormitory and Dining Hall. This project is expected to achieve LEED certification.

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All images courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects.