Typically used for new construction and repairs, Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is a contractor-grade mortar mix. It’s a smooth blend of sand and masonry cement or sand, lime and portland cement depending on your geography. Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is for the laying of brick, block and stone in load-bearing walls and construction below grade. This versatile product can be used for laying brick, block or stone, repointing, as a stucco mix or parge coat. Look for Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix and its new packaging in your local independent hardware or home improvement store.
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.
In June 2017, ASTM International’s committee on Manufactured Masonry Units (C15) presented its top annual award — the Award of Merit — to A. Rhett Whitlock, president of WDP & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Murrells Inlet, S.C. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards.
While I was visiting Savannah, Ga., earlier this year, I was waiting to cross at an intersection when I spotted a girl wearing a t-shirt that said “architecture.” Being the inquisitive type, I asked her if she was studying architecture. She said that indeed she was, at Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Ind. Her mother, who was with her, explained that the young woman was studying landscape architecture and was in her first year. Because all of us were obviously on our way somewhere, I asked the student for her contact information so that I could ask some questions about her studies, and I gave her my business card.