Moose Jaw masonry firm Walchuk Masonry Limited has been acknowledged by the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute’s (SMI) Masonry Design Awards.
“The award we won was the residential design award,” said Rob Walchuk, the owner of the company, noting that the business had been nominated in a handful of other fields.
The awards, doled out every four years by SMI to masons across the province, do “good things for the promotion of masonry,” Walchuk said.
Walchuk Masonry won two awards and was nominated for a third in 2009, the last time the competition was held.
This time, the business was nominated in the restoration and addition design, residential — single unit dwelling design, and commercial large footprint design categories.
The latter nomination was granted for Walchuk Masonry’s work on Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place.
“(Our work on) Mosaic Place received a nomination, but unfortunately it didn’t win anything,” Walchuk said.
“For us, it just means we’re doing work at a very high level,” Walchuk said. “That’s shown by our peers picking our work to receive the award.”
Walchuk said the company is already compiling a portfolio of submissions for the next iteration of the awards, to be presented in 2017.