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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bishop White Seminary honored for use of masonry in design

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 13, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From left: Kevin Jester of Architects West, Father Darrin Connall, Lynn Burton of DCI Engineers and Rick Dempsey of Dempsey Masonry. (IR photo courtesy of Shawn Toner, Explosive Illusions)

On Nov. 18, Bishop White Seminary received a design award in recognition for excellence in the use of masonry. The award was given at a banquet hosted in the Isabella Room of the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane.

Father Darrin Connall, Rector of Bishop White, joined architects, engineers and masons in accepting the award on behalf of the seminary.

In presenting the award, the panel of judges noted that “this project epitomizes what we were looking for in recognizing excellence in masonry. This straight-forward design is elegantly detailed and relies totally on the masonry to express its purpose and timelessness.”

In accepting the award, Father Connall said that the envelope of the building was one of three priorities in the construction of the new seminary. “We wanted the building to have a solid feel and to reflect the fact that we are forming seminarians to imitate Jesus Christ,” he said. “The use of brick and stone reflects scriptural and theological references to Jesus as a rock and a firm foundation.”

The architect for the project was Kevin Jester of Architects West. “The details were executed beautifully by the masonry contractor, Dempsey Masonry,” said Jester. “Their skills were pivotal to the success of the details.”

“The beauty of our new facility is the result of a variety of qualified professionals working together with a common vision,” said Father Connall. “I am grateful to Architects West, Bouten Construction, DCI Engineers and Dempsey Masonry for giving us a building that will be a source of pride and inspiration for many years to come.”

The seminary is also featured in the most recent issue of the publication Masonry, distributed by the Masonry Industry Promotion Group. The title of the cover story is “Keeping the Faith with Masonry” and describes the design features and use of brick, concrete and stone throughout the seminary project.

The article highlights the following: “The chapel, conference, and administration wings anchor the building with full height masonry veneer while the three story dormitory is provided with a masonry base to blend the different areas into one scheme. Brick colors were selected for their warmth and timeless quality.”

Since the dedication of the building in May of 2009 the seminary community has hosted a variety of receptions and open houses for the public. The building is open during regular office hours and all are welcome to visit. An online tour of the facility can also be viewed by logging on to the seminary website: Click on “Tour Our Facility.”

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