In this annual NCMA Foundation-sponsored competition, architectural students are challenged with designing a “new” concrete masonry or hardscape unit that can be produced on a block machine or big-board machine.
“Through this process, students learn about the manufacturing process and how to create new block shapes,“ says NCMA Foundation Unit Design Program Chair Frank Werner of Oldcastle Architectural, Inc. “The Foundation has educated more than 3,000 students with this program regarding the design versatility of concrete masonry. As these young designers continue their education and begin their careers, we want them to keep concrete masonry in the forefront of their works.”
Seven schools participated in the program this year with the top three presenting their block shapes at the Midyear Meeting. In addition to Cal Poly State University, Iowa State University students were awarded second prize and North Carolina State University received third prize.
- 83The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) elected officers to the NCMA Board of Directors during the NCMA Annual Convention, Feb. 6-10, 2014 in Palm Springs, Calif.
- 74The Masonry Society (TMS) will present an intensive seminar on Special Inspection of Structural Masonry Construction on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in Herndon, Va., at the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) headquarters.
- 70The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) has published new guidelines for “green” concrete masonry units (CMUs).
- 66A new provision in the 2009 funding bill for the Department of Defense addresses one of the National Concrete Masonry Association’s top legislative priorities. The provision requires the Secretary of Defense to incorporate principles of sustainable design and lifecycle cost-effective practices as an element in all major military construction projects.