Concrete Masonry Used for Architectural Effects in Multi-family Project



Concrete masonry used for architectural effects in multi-family project
Architect Magazine

Korea House

The Masonry, a multi-family house in South Korea, is balanced with a playful “scale” , the building itself and the exterior large concrete blocks that comprise of its façade. The house is composed of two units, bisected east and west. Interior stairs run as a spine throughout two units. These stairs run up from the first floor to attic and connect to the  living room, kitchen, libraries, rooms, bath rooms and two outdoor patios. Read more.

Healing environments advance addiction treatment

New Hospital

In New York, a recently completed project showcases designing rehabilitation and treatment facilities using concrete masonry units. This project was designed by Environments for Health (E4H) Architecture firm and was completed in 2014. CMU was specifically chosen along the front facade at street level to aid in preventing graffiti. Read more.

NWTC student Jye Jude proves masonry is not just a job for men
Green Bay Press Gazette

Jye Jude

Jye Jude, 19, doesn't feel out of place as the only woman in her masonry classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She will become the school's first female student to earn a one-year technical diploma in masonry. Upon completing her diploma, Jude will enter the tech school's masonry apprenticeship and certificate program, which would make her only the sixth woman to graduate from the program since its inception in 1984.  Read more.

Deadline for reauthorization of SRW trainers is almost here


SRW trainers with expiring authorizations are reminded to submit the reauthorization application here to continue delivering the CSRWI program after 12/31/17. To reauthorize through December 2020, please return the reauthorization application, form of payment, and documentation that you have completed your reauthorization requirements before 12/31/2017 to NCMA.




GRS-IBS: Solutions to bridge construction challenges
Concrete Masonry Designs

CMD Bridges

Despite many new bridges and replacement projects, American bridge infrastructure is aging and seriously deficient. Virtually every state in the nation is faced with the task of replacing unsafe bridges that have outlived their design life. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, there are nearly 204 million daily crossings on 58,495 structurally deteriorating U.S. bridges in need of repair. By 2023, one in ten bridges will be 65 years or older, despite an average design life of 50 years. Read more.


Trump says infrastructure guide will come soon after tax package passes
The Hill

Trump Ryan Pence Photo

President Donald Trump and his administration will unveil guidelines of infrastructure principles following the passage of the Tax and Jobs Act by Christmas. The guidelines will serve as a "building block" for any legislation. Read more.




Architecture billings rebound in October
Construction Drive 

House Blueprint

In October, the demand for design services from architects increased to a ABI reading of 51.7 of the American Institute of Architects' latest Architecture Billings Index. ABI is used as an indicator for construction spending and the figure for September was 49.1 and 53.7 in August of 2017. Relatively stable employment and spending figures also bode well for future activity. Read more.

Construction employment rises in 41 states 
AGC of America 

Concrete Block Construction

In the past year, 41 states added construction jobs between October 2016 and October 2017. California and Nevada have seen the most significant growth in the number of available construction jobs. From September 2017 to October 2017, 26 states added construction jobs, while 23 states and D.C shed construction jobs in the same period. 
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Jason Thompson awarded TMS President’s Award

Jason Thompson Award

Jason Thompson, NCMA’s Vice President of Engineering, was honored with the President’s Award from The Masonry Society. Jason was awarded for his excellent leadership and continued exemplary service to the Society. Jerry Painter, TMS President, expressed his thanks to Jason for his tireless service, including leading several committees, serving as secretary for others, and 6 years on the TMS Board of Directors. Read more. 

Jerry Cook of Columbia Machine passes away 
Columbia Machine

Jerry Cook

Jerry was a legend at Columbia Machine. For 50 years, he traveled the world taking care of Columbia’s customers. He made service calls for Columbia up to about four years ago. Even when he stopped traveling, he took customer service calls throughout the day. NCMA sends condolences to the Cook family at this difficult time. 


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What is concrete masonry veneer?

spirit cruise

Masonry veneer is a nonstructural masonry element that provides a finish for different backup systems. There are two types of veneer, anchored veneer and adhered veneer. Anchored veneer is used for exterior applications while adhered veneer is used both in exterior and interior applications. Veneer (anchored or adhered) are available in a variety of surface textures, colors, and patterns that creates an aesthetically pleasing finish. For more information on concrete masonry veneer see TEK 3-6CConcrete Masonry Veneers.



Firth Industries scheduled for featured plant tour

Firth Industries

The always-popular Featured Plant & Virtual Tour scheduled forSaturday, February 10, 2018, 7:30 - 9:30 AM during ICON EXPO will include a visit to Firth Industries in Auckland, New Zealand, presented by Columbia Machine. Firth Industries houses a Duel CPM+50 production plant. The tour will display the production of high quality CMU, paver and SRW products. Refreshments will be served before and during the tour and there will also be prize drawings for producers in attendance. Columbia is providing a DJ 1 Spark Drone as a prize. Must be present to win. This is only one of five stops during the tour at ICON EXPO 2018, click here to see more.

SRW Installer certification at World of Concrete


For the first time, NCMA will be offering Segmental Retaining Wall Basic Installer certification at World of Concrete! This one day course will be offered on Thursday, January 25 in Las Vegas. Take this opportunity to get certified now. The credential earned by participants demonstrates the the knowledge and experience for successful SRW installations. Consumers and industry partners look for this certification when choosing a SRW installer. You can find more information on this course at World of Concrete here.

ICON EXPO 2018: Are you on the exhibitor list? 

NCMA Registration Imgage

Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your company’s products and services, participate in live demonstrations and network at ICON EXPO 2018, February 9-10, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center. Meet with buyers looking for manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape products, services and equipment. For more information, click here.

ICON EXPO 2018 sponsorship & advertising opportunities available


There is an exciting line up of events and activities taking place around ICON EXPO 2018 and the NCMA Annual Convention, February 6-10, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. Exhibiting companies have the opportunity to spotlight their company with a prominent sponsorship or advertising in the ICON EXPO 2018 Show Guide. Review the sponsorships and advertising opportunities here and contact Janis Mason at jmason@ncma.org312-560-3081 or Denise Sheehan 571-224-0939 for more information.

Last chance to register to the ICPI-NCMA Commercial Sales Course

SRW Class

The NCMA and ICPI course to help prepare sales representatives who sell hardscape products to the commercial market will take place in Chicago IL, Dec 11-13, 2017. Interested people are encouraged to register immediately as the cutoff date is approaching. Read more about the content and registration here.