MAC January 2020 Newsletter



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What's Happening in Masonry

Winter Costs

There are many items that contribute to additional costs for installing masonry below the 40 degree temperature guideline. At 40 degrees the hydration of cement begins to slow down and there is a concern of how good the bond is being made between the masonry unit and the mortar.

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Masonry Insights

How to Specify Concrete Masonry f ’m = 2500 psi in the State of Illinois

The key component for the strength of masonry walls is the blocks, commonly referred to as concrete masonry unit (CMU). CMU can be specified as normal weight, medium weight, or light weight. In Illinois, particularly in the Chicago metro area, the most common CMU is Medium weight.

- Article provided by Forse Consulting

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Excellence in Masonry Awards Celebration

View the 2019 EIM winners. Visit our website to download photos, the EIM brochure of entries, view drone videos of the projects and a video of the fun and exciting evening celebration!

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Masonry on the Web

The Heights Building by BIG

Brick—featured in the old school building that was on the site, as well as in much of Arlington’s historic architecture—is the prominent material here, albeit in white, not red. White brick, says Ingels, “better expresses the volumes through the play of light and shadow.”

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Get Your Masonry Cost Guide

This cost guide contains material examples, detailed architectural drawings, and other resources to help you better determine pricing for building masonry structures.

Architects & Structural Engineers in the Chicagoland area and NW Indiana can receive this Complimentary Cost Guide. Other industry professionals can purchase the masonry cost guide online.

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Enter to Win Promotion

Win a $100 Gift Card to About Last Knife in the Hotel Julian

The Hotel Julian won an Excellence in Masonry Award for its beautiful restoration work on the building. Come see it, and stay for dinner!

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Sponsored by: Bricks Inc.



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TMS 402/602-16

Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

MAC will be giving one away each month! Value $150

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Schedule a Lunch & Learn

Featured L&L for January... one of our most popular topics: Structural Masonry: Frequently Asked Questions

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