Masonry Products - Project Profiles:
Menomonee Falls Fire Station No. 4
This building received the Excellence in Masonry Award from the Wisconsin
Concrete Masonry Association. Fire Station No. 4 is a superb example of
block on block construction, utilizing 16-inch split face units with the
traditional cavity wall back-up. This choice provided the beauty of a
rugged surface, the practicality of cavity wall construction and the cost-effective
advantages of concrete masonry. The combination of gray split face units
together with glazed red and black units reflects the fire fighter's function,
as defender against the ravages of flame and smoke.
Menomonee Falls, WI
DRY-BLOCK® Block Admixture
DRY-BLOCK® Mortar Admixture
Best Block, Milwaukee, WI
Fischer-Fischer-Theis, Inc., Waukesha,
The 4" veneer of scored 16" x 16" split-face concrete
masonry units gives the appearance of a stone facade to this public project.
The beauty and durability of this creative solution would be quickly spoiled
by the effects of weather, due to the moisture absorption typical of split
face concrete masonry units.
The firm of Fischer-Fischer-Theis, Inc. was responsive
to the need for rugged durability by specifying DRY-BLOCK® integral
water-repellent block admixture and DRY-BLOCK mortar admixture. The DRY-BLOCK
concrete masonry unit wall repels moisture and dries out rapidly after
a rain. A fire station serves an important civic purpose of preparedness
to face disaster. Visual cues incorporated by the architects draw attention
to this function and will be reinforced as the long-term good looks of
this structure continue to promote civic well being.