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22 July 2015

The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nations’ COP21 climate negotiations this December.

22 July 2015

Broadway Bank‘'s owners turned to Western Specialty Contractors’ San Antonio branch (formerly named Western Waterproofing Company) to return the façade to its original luster.

22 July 2015

Cind-R-Lite Block Company is taking a leadership role in bringing innovative technologies to the Las Vegas building market by partnering with CarbonCure.

16 June 2015

The University of Minnesota 2015 Bachelor of Design in Architecture Masonry Workshop is a unique opportunity for architecture students to learn and practice masonry design and construction by working directly with the Apprenticeship Training Center and in conjunction with the International Masonry Institute (IMI).

10 June 2015

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

Brick: An Old Way to a Better Tomorrow

Since early mankind moved out of caves and into communities, brick was a desired construction material. With readily available raw materials, a simple manufacturing process, and durable and sustainable results, brick’s continued prominence is easy to understand.

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Masonry Flashing

Flashings remain a critical component of any cavity wall system, diverting moisture outward as it collects in the cavity space to the exterior of the façade through the weep openings. A failure in this arrangement can ultimately lead to degradation of wall components, including mortar, lintels, non-stainless anchors, and fasteners, as well as a reduction of R-Value in certain types of insulation.

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Project Spotlight: Workhorse Rally

Tom Livingston, president of the Village of La Grange, Ill., reflects with fondness on the Stone Avenue Train Station. “My father took the train out of this station for forty years. It’s a real workhorse,” he said.

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Stone 101

Stone. The term doesn’t have the same meaning it did 50 years ago. There was a time when someone would say “I’d like to put stone on my project” and everyone had a pretty good idea what they were considering. That was then. The legitimacy of the word has completely turned upside down.

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Design Trends / Restoration: A Timely Renaissance

For nearly a century, throngs of area residents of Waltham, Mass., made their way to work in the iconic 1854 factory of the Waltham Watch Company along the Charles River. The first enterprise to produce watches on an assembly line, the company operated in its expansive, 405,000-square-foot facility until 1949, after which a few light industrial and office tenants occupied the buildings.

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Spring 2015

On the cover: The Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, Mass., has been redesigned by Bruner/Cott & Associates into a marvelous mixed-use development.

Table of Contents
Brick: An Old Way to a Better Tomorrow  
Workhorse Rally
Masonry Flashing
A Timely Renaissance
Stone 101

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