Chantha Moth Joins the Team

Chantha Moth

Operations Manager

Kissimmee, FL – Chantha Moth joins the Building Blocks team as Operations Manager. He will supervise the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) production team, includes the weld shop, mold shop, sprayers, yard, and truck loading crew.

 

Chantha brings ten years of experience in operations, training, and logistics to the team. Before joining Building Blocks, Chantha worked in operations and project management with STABIL Precast, the Army National Guard, and the US Army. At STABIL, Chantha was the project manager for Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum tower.

GFRC Contract Won for Studio Gang’s 11 Hoyt

Brooklyn, NY – Triton Construction awards Building Blocks the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) contract for 11 Hoyt. The project is a new residential tower from Studio Gang. The large development covers a full-block site. It boasts 490 units and incorporates a green podium to sprawl over most of the block-wide footprint. 11 Hoyt will bring much needed green space and contemporary housing to an increasingly dense downtown Brooklyn. The tower’s scalloped facade juts in and out along the height of the building to create an unusual silhouette. This facade shape is accomplished beautifully and cost-effectively with GFRC. Construction is scheduled to complete in 2020.

 

11 Hoyt

 

Bill Pottle Joins the Team

Bill Pottle

Chief Sales Officer

New York, NY – Bill Pottle joins Building Blocks as Chief Sales Officer. He will oversee new construction and restoration sales of our glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), terra cotta, and glass facade systems. Bill will also lead Building Blocks’ Performance Design Center in New York City.

 

Bill has dedicated the majority of his career to the architectural building products industry. He was most recently the Director of Business Development at Boston Valley Terra Cotta for six years. While there, he managed worldwide sales, marketing, project management, and estimating. He previously spent ten years with Rimex Metals USA delivering significant projects throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Throughout his career, Bill has developed long-term relationships with building owners, contractors, and architects to deliver materials for numerous award-winning, landmark projects in new construction and restoration. Notable projects include One VanderbiltThe Fitzroy512 W 22nd Street7 W 21st StreetThe Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Art Museum, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Buffalo, Rathbone Square48 Carey Street, and Quadrant 4.

Kevin Miske Lectures at Washington University

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks CEO Kevin Miske is today’s guest lecturer for architecture students at Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin was invited to speak by Professor Hongxi Yin as part of his “Rethinking Sustainability: Towers at Chicago’s Lakeshore East” course this fall. Hongxi connected with Building Blocks through a friend at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who referred him to us as GFRC experts. Kevin’s lecture focuses on the high-performance capabilities of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). He will discuss the use of GFRC in masonry curtainwall and cladding wall systems. His presentation reviews the manufacturing, system capabilities, and design of high-performance GFRC wall systems with a special focus on their contributions towards a more sustainable built environment.

Dallas skyline

James Herrman Joins the Team

James Herrman

James Herrman

Project Manager

Dallas, TX – James Herrman joins the Building Blocks team as Project Manager for our Texas market. He will manage new construction and restoration projects utilizing glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), terra cotta, and glass throughout the region.

 

James is formerly the Vice President of GFRC Cladding and owner of LCON Detailing and Design Services. He is over 30 years in the facade construction industry. James has been active in architectural cladding design, manufacturing, and installation since 1987. Previously, he served in the United States Army. 

 

According to James his, “greatest sense of accomplishment comes from helping others take their projects from ideation to completion.” James is an excellent addition to our team and we welcome him onboard.

Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Buffalo, NY – Building Blocks looks forward to this year’s Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop. Architects, engineers, and artists collaboratively experiment with architectural ceramics at the workshop.

 

Chiefly, the teams research, model, prototype, and construct innovative terra cotta units. They explore cutting-edge ideas and new designs. Lastly, the teams present their discoveries to the AEC industry.

 

Boston Valley Terra Cotta hosts the workshop in combination with the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

New Micro-Hotel

GFRC for New Hotel in South Beach

Miami Beach, FL – GT McDonald has contracted Building Blocks for 601 Washington Ave. We will furnish and install GFRC for the new hotel in Miami’s South Beach. This project prioritizes efficient construction. Because of that, the glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a unitized system. The masonry and window wall goes up in one piece. This accelerates the enclosure rate.

 

Washington Square is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe is the architect of record. The contemporary scalloped facade references the neighborhood’s Art Deco history. Therefore, it both fits in and stands out. Building Blocks recently completed a mockup of the glass fiber reinforced concrete facade for the project. The mockup highlights the facade design and demonstrates the unitized system. We are excited to bring this beautiful facade to South Beach.

 

Washington Square