Masonry Advisory Council August Newsletter 2018



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What's Happening in Masonry

Last week at the Indiana mason contractor golf outing, my golf partners were telling me about the lack of qualified masons in Indiana… well as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and laborers. One mason contractor in Indiana has purchased 2 SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) bricklaying robots to combat the lack of qualified masons.

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$100 Gift Card to Zanies Comedy Club!

Everyone needs a laugh, why not hear it from a professional? Zanies comedians help you to lighten up and share some laughs with friends.

Promo code: zaniescomedyclub

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Sponsored by Coldspring USA



Masonry Young Professionals Group

A BIG Thanks to all who attended our first MYP event on July 12th at the Catalyst Ranch. The crowd enjoyed lively conversation, food, libations, and stepped inside a 3D program of a construction project done in Revit. Join us in October for our next event! Sign up for MYP notifications so you don't miss a thing!

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Architect Interview

2018 Excellence in Masonry Award Winner

David Larson, Superintendent of School District 87 talks with Architect Steve Blye of Legat Architects about the design of the Glenbard West High School addition.

Watch the short video >

Linda Olberg, Assistant Principal of Operations and Robert Wroble, Senior Architect at Legat Architects contribute to the planning process...

Watch the full interview >



Masonry from the Web

Residential Complex in Meygoon, Tehran / New Wave Architecture

The projects facades were designed and covered with semi-similar rock shape crusts with inspiration from stone and sharp edge rocks around the lot. This trend in design generates some terraces that control unpleasant west, cold wind so it can be used on more occasions by the residents.

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From our Technical Library

National Concrete Masonry Association

You'll be seeing a lot of concrete masonry representatives from around the country in Chicago July 30th - August 5th as NCMA hosts a 100 year Anniversary Celebration at the InterContinental Hotel on Michigan Ave.

NCMA is a vital contributor to masonry education and promotion to the architecture and construction industry. Visit the NCMA website to see all they have to offer.


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Enter to Win

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

Learn more aboout Masonry! A Hot Topic: Masonry Lintels. MAC will come to your office to present a Lunch & Learn and provide free box lunches to attendees. The current programs listed on our website will earn you AIA credits!

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ASK MAC - Free Masonry Advice


If you need help finding the right information to start a project, complete a project, or evaluate a finished project, our staff of experienced engineers, educators, and construction professionals are here to support you.





Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

The Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition (ISMC) is an alliance of masonry organizations working together to encourage the use of structural masonry by providing resources and design support to the architectural and engineering community in Illinois. Call us for free professional engineering advice!

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Please welcome our newest MAC Sponsor:





Please support our Industry Sponsors!

These companies are industry leaders and work to bring you the very best in Masonry products.


Building Stone Products

Chicago Brick & Stone Ltd.

Contractors Material, Inc.

General Shale Corporation

Illinois Brick Company

Rauch Clay Sales Corporation

BASF Corporation

MortarNet Solutions

Prosoco Corporation

Quikrete - Spec Mix Chicago

ACM Chemistries

Bracing Systems Inc.

Bricks Incorporated

Coldspring USA

Firerock Building Materials

Harvey Cement Products, Inc.

Hydraulic Press Brick Company

Illinois Products Association

Northfield Block Company

Elston Materials


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@2018 Masonry Advisory Council is a non-profit organization that supports the masonry industry with free masonry advice, helpful masonry tips, industry news, and examples of masonry projects built in and around Chicago, Suburbs and NW Indiana.