Echelon Masonry has expanded its InsulTech Insulated Concrete Masonry Unit (ICMU) System to include Half-High unit options. Featuring more than a dozen profiles — in finished nominal dimensions of 12 1/4 x 4 x 16 inches — InsulTech offers more flexibility and options for architects designing hospitals, schools and other institutions, while meeting building codes. The InsulTech system offers high thermal efficiency in an innovative design combining a pre-assembled structural masonry unit with a molded, High-Performance Neopor EPS insulation insert, and thin veneer face to provide a 16.2 R-Value at 75°F. Internal stainless steel metal anchors ensure wind-load resistance and integrity for fire safety. Molded drainage channels within the EPS inserts, combined with compliant closed-cell gasket material with drainage perforations, provide continuous insulation, air tightness and superior moisture management.
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.
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 vehicles. Western Specialty Contractors’ Springfield, Illinois, branch recently completed restoration of both structures, as two separate projects.