Masonry Advisory Council February eNewsletter




What's Happening in Masonry

Spray Cork anyone?

In my masonry career, I had not heard of spray cork. I know that cork as a material is green, it is renewable, it does not grow mold, it is a good insulator, has a positive aesthetic feel, sustainable. On my favorite DIY show, Holmes & Homes mixes the cork with a liquid in a 5 gallon pale then sprays it onto the masonry with what looked like a paint sprayer and created a finish that still left the mortar joints and texture in the brick slightly visible, but added a new stucco-like look.

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Masonry on the Web

Brick arcade revitalises earthquake-hit public square in Mexico

Brick archways fold around this public square in Jojutla, Mexico. Check out all the photos of this dynamic courtyard, it's a great way to bring a memorable experience to places where people work, live, and play.

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Learn More About Masonry

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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 Tied House

The Tied House restaurant is an Excellence in Masonry Award winner, Architects Choice for Overall Design Excellence. The brick design allows for extra light and creates a unique and interesting use of brick!

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Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

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@2020 Masonry Advisory Council is a non-profit organization that supports the masonry industry with free masonry advice, masonry education, industry news, workforce recruitment, and examples of masonry projects built in and around Chicago, Suburbs and NW Indiana.