The Durable PCL Modular Yard

Project Address: 2307 4 Street, Nisku, Alberta

Architect: ONPA Architects

General Contactor: PCL Construction Management Inc

Masonry Contactor: Deutsch Masonry Inc

Product: Endicott Brick, Manganese Ironsport, Velour, Utility


The PCL Modular Yard & Lunchroom is a new two-story office building which replaces more than 30 work trailers at PCL’s Nisku Module yard. This new facility will provide 35,000 square feet of permanent space to accommodate PCL teams in Nisku. Key elements of the facility include, providing lunchroom facilities, as well as training and meeting spaces. Modest offices are located on the second floor and special acoustical solutions were developed to mitigate the noise transfer between the lunchroom area and the offices.

ONPA Architects chose Endicott Clay Products, Manganese Ironspot, Velour Utility size brick as the feature exterior finish and contrasted it with metal panel. ONPA designed the veneer in two bond patterns to differentiate elements of the building.  Stack bond was utilized above the entrance and foyer window with the balance of the building completed in 1/3rd bond. The unusual sheen of the Manganese Ironspot colour changes throughout the day depending on the amount of sunlight exposed to the brick. Endicott Manganese Ironspot Velour is available in 12 sizes and 7 texture finishes.

This building was completed over the winter of 2012 by Deutsch Masonry Inc. on a strictly regulated industrial jobsite to a challenging time line. Deutsch also utilized EaCo Chem NMD80 new masonry detergent to wash the newly installed brick. EaCo Chem’s no scrubbing, power wash cleaning system realized a significant time and labour savings to the mason over traditional bucket and brush cleaning methods.