2018 MII Masonry Seminar | Thursday, February 22 | Iowa City

2018 Masonry Seminar
Thursday, February 22

Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Center
579 McCollister Blvd, Iowa City, IA   

9:00am - 3:15pm
Earn up to 5 hours of Learning Units!

For more info on the lodge, visit https://www.icgov.org/eventfacilities#The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
Mapquest directions to the Lodge: https://www.mapquest.com/us/iowa/the-park-lodge-at-terry-trueblood-recreation-area-377654017

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Tentative Schedule

9:00am: Welcome

9:15 – 10:15am
Norbert Krogstad |  
Avoiding Cold and Warm Weather Condensation Problems in Masonry Systems


Condensation problems can occur in masonry wall system both during cold weather and warm weather. Moisture from condensation can result in deterioration due to freeze-thaw action, efflorescence, decay, corrosion, and biological growth. This presentation will focus on moisture problems related to condensation within masonry wall systems. These problems are generally less related to vapor retarder placement and more related to building pressurization, ventilation of cavity spaces, and the type, quality, and continuity of air barriers. The presentation will review the fundamental causes of these condensation-related moisture problems and how to avoid them by good design and construction practices. Several cases studies will be presented to assist in understanding how these principals apply to real world examples

BREAK: 10:15 - 10:30am

10:30am – 12:30pm
Walter Schneider | Initial Cost of Construction Survey

Dr. Schneider will explain the construction cost model which accurately evaluates the relative construction cost of a multi-family building constructed using different construction materials including wood, steel, masonry, precast, ICF. The concept of multi-family included traditional apartment type buildings, condominium style buildings, student housing, elderly housing, and others. It has long been and in many cases is still the opinion of design professionals, code officials and legislators that non-combustible, more robust construction solutions are significantly more costly than other alternatives such as wood with gypsum fire walls with sprinklers. Based on this lack of information, and perceived changes in the code and construction environment, the design of an updated comparative study was undertaken to accurately document the initial cost of construction of a common multi-family residential building.

LUNCH: 12:30 - 1:00pm
Lasagna buffet will be provided


Afternoon Architect/Engineer Break-Out (Room will be split into two at this time)

1:00 – 3:15pm
Cathleen Jacinto | Storm Shelter Design with Masonry


In this presentation, designers will learn about updated storm shelter provisions per IBC 2015 and ICC 500, including examples of storm shelter concept designs. Focus is on best practice for the design of masonry structures to accommodate high wind loading and storm shelter provisions of the code.



1:00 – 2:00pm
Patrick Rand | Comparison of Masonry and Other Cladding Materials in terms of Current Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide 'Costs'

How much energy is required to make and maintain various exterior wall materials? How much carbon dioxide impact is associated with these materials? These questions will be answered, using several buildings on a university campus as the case studies. Various exterior wall materials used on a campus are compared, including an inventory of their energy and carbon dioxide impact in terms of initial construction and maintenance processes. The presentation demonstrates a simple methodology that architects can use to compare materials in terms of their life cycle performance. Includes recent and historic buildings, and current manufacturer’s data regarding embodied energy and carbon dioxide impacts.


2:15 – 3:15pm
John Bachenski | Movement Control Considerations for Masonry


Buildings, and their structural, as well as non-structural components are far from static entities, rather they are dynamic – ever in movement. The source of this movement either from external sources or inherent to the material or system itself must be addressed to avoid unexpected wall cracking. Movement due to shrinkage or creep of materials, due to expansion of singular materials, the different rates of expansion of materials in system or externally applied loads are all cause for wall movement concerns will be discussed. Detailing, product specification, spacing or frequency and construction of movement joints for successful building performance will be covered.



Hotel Room Block

A hotel room block has been secured at the Hampton Inn in Iowa (closest hotel to the Lodge at Terry Trueblood)

To reserve your room, click on the link below. Click on 'add special rate codes' and enter: MII.


Room rate for a king single is $109/night plus tax for the evening of Wednesday, February 21. Room rate is good through January 31. 




Hampton Inn Iowa City/University Area
4 Sturgis Corner Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240