When time came to design the President George W Bush Presidential Center at SMU in Dallas,the architectial firm Robert AM Stern out of New York started looking at their options. Metro Brick and Stone Company had supplied two different building on the SMU campus previously and was in contact with them from early on, along with Dee Brown Masonry. Metro Brick and Stone sampled Burlington brick from Columbus Brick in Columbus, MS, along with several custom blends with Burlington as the base. Over the next 21 months, a number of these samples were submitted for approval. In the end, the decision was made to go with the standard run of Burlington Modular.
After the selection was made, Metro Brick and Stone had to make sure the special shapes the job was requiring were something that could be produced. They managed to make all but one shape, and plan to use natural stone in its place. The mason doing the perimeter wall as well as the mason doing the actual building both got their orders to Metro Brick and Stone so that the entire order could be run at the same time to avoid any problem with different runs. As of mid-February approximately half of the job has been shipped, with the balance due to ship within the next three months. The amount of brick used will be close to 1 million pieces.