2 January 2018 — The Masonry Society will host a webinar entitled “An Overview of the Role of Masonry in Sustainable Design and LEED v4” on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The webinar is part of the society’s 2017-2018 series presented on the second Thursday of each month from October through May.
By Ron Baer
The relationship between an architect and a contractor is not always smooth, but in the end they need to work as partners. After a few successful projects, perhaps the intermediate relationship problems can be nearly eliminated and the teamwork can be established early in a project. In this way, the masonry contractor has familiarity with the architect’s design concepts and the architect has the benefit of the masonry contractor’s hands-on experience in creating specifications for the job.
CINTEC North America, designer and manufacturer of the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, recently helped restore the Simpson Tower, a famous Canadian landmark, and one of the tallest buildings in Toronto.
Rochelle C. Jaffe recently completed the second edition of the popular Masonry Basics, which is now available through The Masonry Society (TMS). This excellent primer, which serves as an introduction to masonry design and construction, is economically priced at just $35 ($26.25 for TMS Members). Masonry component materials, the ways in which they are assembled to form the masonry construction, and the weather-resistance and structural implications of the various types of masonry assemblies are described.
General Shale, a North American brick, stone and concrete block manufacturer, has launched its new Impressionist Brick Series, which provides architects with longer, thinner brick units for unique and sophisticated design options in both commercial and residential projects.
For over 40 years, the Masonry Advisory Council has hosted the Excellence in Masonry Awards, recognizing architectural design excellence and the talent behind making those design concepts a reality. Some of the greatest architects in Chicago, from both large and small firms, have competed for and have been honored with these awards. After a hiatus, the event is being reinstated to recognize and celebrate today’s modern designers.
If you are an outdoor designer, architect, or stone mason who has worked for some time in our business, you have learned that no two jobs are ever the same. When it comes to masonry designs, our customers are always interested in what is new or hip. Our business has grown at such a fast pace that it is very important to be aware of any new product or techniques of installation, since they make us better at what we do.