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Unity Health's 255,000-square-foot, five-level corporate headquarters presented special challenges because of the sheer enormity of the project, high quality expectations, and a tight 18-month schedule. Leonard Masonry also confronted a difficult construction site due to uneven terrains, two watersheds and limited access.
The architect's original design called for massive amounts of brick in many different shapes and sizes, including a pitch-face brick accent band around the building. When the architects viewed the band under dramatic evening lighting, they came back to the bricklayers and requested pitch-face limestone to match the already installed pitch-face brick. The bricklayers pitch-faced all the building's limestone to match the brick, using up to 30 craftsmen on site at any one time. Leonard Masonry also built the adjacent three-level parking structure with two striking curved-face masonry towers with limestone trim, carrying through the architectural theme. The exceptional masonry craftsmanship is probably no more evident than in the main lobby, where brick and limestone are combined in a dramatic protruding second-floor balcony.