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Brick Provides Contrast, Consistency in School Construction

1 November 2017 — The school campus that comprises Mae Jemison High School and Ronald McNair Junior High School in Huntsville, Ala., is a study in contrasts: the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the past and the future. But mostly this place is about the future and about the possibilities that…

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Webinar: Exterior Masonry Walls and Energy Code Compliance

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1–2 p.m. Eastern, The Masonry Society (TMS) will host the webinar entitled “Exterior Masonry Walls and Energy Code Compliance.” This is the second in the 2017–2018 series of TMS-sponsored webinars, held on the second Thursday of each month from October through May. About the Webinar Achieving energy code compliance is…

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Free Webinar: Seismic Requirements of the Building Code

The Mason Contractors Association of America will host a free webinar entitled “Seismic Requirements of the Building Code” on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. CST. The presentation will be given by John Chrysler, executive director of the Masonry Institute of America. Earthquakes in 34 States In most places, earthquakes don’t happen very often, but…

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PROSOCO and CONPROCO Form New Training Alliance

10 October 2017 — PROSOCO and CONPROCO have reaffirmed their commitment to product training and support for restoration professionals by co-founding the Restoration Training Collaborative (RTC). The RTC will develop and host a continuous series of joint training programs for the restoration industry at nationwide locations. The founding members of the RTC each bring a…

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Jay Cox Celebrates 40 Years With Acme Brick

September 26, 2017 — Jay Cox has reached a milestone that few individuals ever do with one company. He has now served Acme Brick for 40 years. Cox was hired by Bob Marks and Harrold Melton in June 1977 as a management trainee. In 1977, he assumed the sales representative position for the Southwest territory at…

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Western Speciality Restores Masonry Facade of Glen Oak Towers

September 26, 2017 — Glen Oak Towers is a housing building in Peoria, Illinois, that was originally constructed in 1954. The 15-story masonry structure and its attached 40-space parking garage were showing signs of deterioration and corrosion of the concrete surfaces, as well as weathering from salts and deicers brought into the garage from outside…

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Conklin Hall Re-Opens After $12 Million Renovation

Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Stalco Construction and BRB Architects Celebrate the Re-opening of Conklin Hall September 26, 2017 — The leadership of the Farmingdale State College (SUNY), political leaders, general contractor Stalco Construction, and BRB Architects celebrated the re-opening of the Conklin Hall student center following a complete redevelopment and renovation of the building. Farmingdale…

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From the Editor: After the Storms

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.…

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The Greenest Buildings: What Architects Should Know About Masonry Restoration and Preservation

Nothing says sustainability more than preserving, restoring and repurposing existing buildings. The greenest buildings today are those already built. Masonry is a sustainable, resilient material that can survive floods and fires. It is the oldest and most permanent building material, exuding a sense of permanence, longevity, quality, reliability and familiarity, yet it is forgiving and flexible. Many brick buildings that were built more than 100 years ago are continuing to fulfill their original purposes, while others have been adapted for new purposes.…

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Comfort Block: 90-Year-Old Maine Company Creates High-Performing Green Masonry Product

Masonry, one of the oldest and most beautiful trades, has been on a steady decline since the 1960s. Due to dramatic changes in the way today’s homes, chimneys, foundations and steps are being constructed, the industry is at its lowest point in 80 years. The average age of masonry professionals is increasing and the number entering apprenticeships is declining. In the northeast corner of the U.S., a Maine-based masonry company is quietly working to revive the declining industry through new product development and innovation.…

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