Restoration and rehab, software, and reinforcement technologies are but a few of the areas where breakthroughs occur regularly and can impact your jobs significantly. Look to Masonry Design for information on the latest advances.
Although peak tornado season typically occurs April through June, violent outbursts struck early this year and featured one of the largest tornado events to ever occur in winter. The January 21–23 spate of storms produced 79 confirmed tornadoes across the Deep South from Texas to South Carolina, resulting in the second-deadliest January outbreak on record. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. averages more than 1,000 tornadoes per year — more than any other country. Annual insurance losses from U.S. tornadoes and thunderstorms range in the billions, with the costliest event occurring in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and nearby areas in April 2011, resulting in $7.8 billion in insured damages.
There is lots of talk about moisture management. Techniques vary between traditional stone masonry and that of modern construction, which uses various methods and materials to prevent moisture from migrating across the building envelope. But moisture management is only one piece of the puzzle in preserving masonry structures. Coatings and sealants are utilized on brick and natural stone in order to protect them from the elements or even graffiti artists. After careful assessment of the condition of the structure, coatings and sealants can be used for waterproofing, weather resistance or a glazed surface.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been around for a while, but has recently been getting a lot of attention in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The question is, why should AEC firms adopt BIM into their workflow? By integrating BIM into their workflow, professionals prevent significant confusion down the road by focusing on performance-driven design and embracing collaboration.
Cintec International, a leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation, reports that its patented anchors were used in the restoration of Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England. Following its renovations, Astley Castle was awarded the prestigious Riba Stirling Prize for Architecture.
The Italian Hall Building that serves as the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles was constructed between 1907-1908. The ground floor of the two-story unreinforced brick masonry building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was home to several shops. The second floor hosted numerous banquets, weddings, meetings, and concerts. Located on historic Olvera Street, the building is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, a historic district that is the oldest section of Los Angeles.
Located in Austin, Texas, this complex offers luxury one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Each of the 13 unique floor plans feature hardwood or stained concrete flooring, granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, spacious walk-in closets, and private balconies. Residents can enjoy the vast amount of amenities, including the high-quality athletic center, the resort-style swimming pool, or the outdoor grilling area.
As wall systems evolve, masonry contractors are increasingly being asked to install rainscreen wall systems. Masonry cavity walls and rainscreen walls share many of the same time-proven design principals that control water and prevent water damage, including a weather-resistant façade and a cavity between the façade and substrate, but there are a few key differences between them.
Fall and winter are right around the corner. With the changing season comes freeze and thaw cycles, falling pine needles and leaves, organic growth, and harsh weather conditions that can wreak havoc on a structure’s exterior if it is not maintained properly. Conducting an annual fall building inspection will help to identify potential maintenance issues before they become problematic and lead to costly repairs.
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