2019 MII Masonry Seminar | Wednesday, March 13 | Des Moines



Date: Wednesday, March 13
Location: Elwell Family Food Center & Varied Industries Conference Rooms, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E University, Des Moines
Time: 7:45am - 3:15pm
Earn up to 6.5 hours of AIA/HSW Learning Credits

Masonry Seminar Webpage - https://masonryinstituteofiowa.wildapricot.org/Spring-Seminar
Masonry Seminar Brochure - https://masonryinstituteofiowa.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2019%20Masonry%20Seminar%20Brochure%20ONLY%20final.pdf
Masonry Seminar Registration Form - https://masonryinstituteofiowa.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2019%20Masonry%20Seminar%20Registration%20Form%20only%20FINAL.pdf

To register online, click here.

Early Bird Pricing - on/before Friday, March 5
MII Member - $50 first registration; $40 for additional registrations 
Non-member - $60 per registration
General Contractor/Project Manager  (morning only) - $20

Pricing after Saturday, March 5
MII Member - $60 first registration; $50 for additional registrations
Non-member - $75 per registration
General Contractor/Project Manager (morning only) - $25

Continuing Education Programming

7:15 - 7:45am: Registration and Continental Breakfast at the Elwell Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds (ISF)

7:45 - 8:45am
Bricklaying 101
Speaker: Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 3
1 hour LU/HSW


Pick up the trowel and try your hand at laying brick. Learn firsthand how basic masonry materials come together to form durable and safe building components. Instructors will be on hand to assist attendees with a basic introduction on bricklaying and  how one brick at a time come together to build real-world masonry systems.

8:45 - 9:45am
Assembly of a Masonry Wall
Speaker: Forrest & Associate, Mason Contractor
Location: Elwell Family Food Center
1 hour LU/HSW


This presentation provides a refresher on masonry wall assemblies. Wall mock-ups will be used to show attendees a properly designed, and  built, masonry wall. Common design elements will be discussed along with what to look for when inspecting a masonry wall on the jobsite. This is a great show and tell session for designers as well as contractors.

10:00 - 11:00am
Masonry Case Studies: Challenges & Solutions
Speaker: Donald Harvey Jr, PE
Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc.
1 hour LU/HSW


While we all strive for perfect design and execution, the reality of modern construction can bring with it challenges and errors, usually with several contributing factors. This presentation will examine three specific projects where masonry concerns arose. We will examine how the conditions were evaluated, the remedial approach, and what might have been possible to avoid the issues in the first place. We will examine a multifamily residential project with several waterproofing concerns, a church building with aesthetic and other issues, and a stone-clad high-rise structure experiencing cracking and spalling of the veneer after many years of excellent performance.

11:00am - 12:30 pm
Introduction to Thin Veneer Systems
Speaker: Iowa Stone Supply & TCC Materials
1.5 hour LU/HSW  


There are several  published thin veneer installation guidelines and this session will feature a Q&A on the Masonry Veneer Manufactured Association (MVMA) guidelines including a mock-up showing recommended system details. This program will discuss common installation failures and recommendations for proper installation as well as a hands-on demonstration on mortar designed for thin veneer systems.

11:15am - 12:15pm
The Hygrothermal, Energy and Long Term Performance Benefits of Masonry Exterior Wall Assemblies
Speaker: Carly Wagner, PE
WDP & Associates Consulting
1 hour LU/HSW


Many designers and owners are aware of the thermal mass behavior exhibited by multiwythe masonry walls, referring to their ability to store heat and subsequently release the heat slowly over time acting as a thermal buffer.  This performance is due to the masonry’s heat capacity.  Most designers and owners are not as widely aware of masonry’s moisture storage capacity, which offers similar moisture buffering affects.  This makes masonry walls more forgiving with respect to minor breeches in the weather resistive barrier.  When considered in combination, masonry’s heat capacity and moisture storage capacity yield a very tolerant assembly with respect to its potential for condensation and moisture accumulation related issues.  This is unlike metal framed wall assemblies, which have virtually no moisture storage capacity and often become riddled with mold growth, corrosion and other moisture accumulation related issues when not properly designed and perfectly constructed.  This program will examine the energy and energy code related benefits of modern day masonry wall assemblies (typically CMU with brick veneer) as compared to non-masonry assemblies (typically steel stud with alternative cladding systems). The hygrothermal behavior (simultaneous management of heat and moisture in the vapor form) of the masonry assembly will be compared to non-masonry assemblies. Additional benefits of the masonry assembly versus the non-masonry assembly with respect to life cycle costs and the long term performance directly related to energy management and hygrothermal performance will also be covered.

1:00 - 2:00pm - ARCHITECTURE TRACT
Flashing & Moisture Control
Speaker: Bob Campbell, AIA
International Masonry Institute
1 hour LU/HSW


This course defines best practice for design and construction of moisture management systems for masonry cavity and veneer wall systems.  The seminar focuses on flashing systems.  Code requirements, system components, theory and workmanship are discussed.

1:00 - 2:00pm- ENGINEERING TRACT

Nondestructive Testing of Masonry
Speaker: Donald Harvey Jr., PE
Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc.
1 hour LU/HSW

While all engineers secretly love breaking things, we often find ourselves in situations where breaking things to learn about their properties is not wise or even possible. Fortunately, there are numerous nondestructive evaluation techniques available to evaluate masonry, usually without leaving a trace. These techniques can help with understanding material mechanical properties for structural design, identifying the severity and extent of distress, or looking for hidden subsurface conditions. There are new techniques and equipment emerging all the time, so come see what new "toys" are available to you in the masonry evaluation tool bag!

2:15 - 3:15pm - ARCHITECTURE TRACT
Tornado Shelter Design for Architects
Speaker: Bob Campbell, AIA
International Masonry Institute
1 hour LU/HSW


Tornado shelter design can be a complicated life-safety design issue.  With the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), came new requirements for storm shelters; and additional requirements in the 2018 IBC.  Most schools and critical facilities located in the 250-mph wind zone map, must contain a storm shelter meeting the ICC 500 (Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters) requirements.  The FEMA P-361 (Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters) will also be addressed in this presentation.  This presentation will address some “lessons learned”, the new code requirements, and how masonry can be used to provide safe, resilient, cost effective storm shelter design solutions.

2:15 - 3:15pm - ENGINEERING TRACT
Mass Masonry Walls and IECC
Speaker: Carly Wagner, PE
WDP & Associates Consulting
1 hour LU/HSW


This program will address energy code compliance options for masonry walls.  With respect to new construction, the various compliance paths will be explained, including a review for the mandatory versus prescriptive requirements. The U-factor alternative and continuous insulation requirements will be clarified.  Additionally, the seminar will address retrofits of existing mass masonry walls, which require additional considerations with respect to the durability of the existing materials, especially when insulation and air barrier are installed on the interior of the walls.  The need to evaluate masonry assemblies of existing buildings prior to modification is more essential than ever to ensure the benefits of changing the thermal and vapor resistance properties are not outweighed by the risks.  A new standard, ASTM E 3069, “Standard Guide for Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Mass Masonry Walls for Changes to the Thermal and Moisture Properties of the Wall,” addresses these considerations for retrofits.  This program will discuss the application of the standard and the need for such guidelines based on the changes to the energy codes and offer resources that will improve the overall energy performance of existing mass masonry walls.








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