Masonry Advisory Council July Newsletter




What's Happening in Masonry

Hot Weather Masonry

While commuting home last week, I was passed by a pickup that advertised “Cement Contractor” on the side of the truck. What is a cement contractor? I think it was supposed to say concrete contractor as cement is just one of the components of concrete.

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Masonry from the Web

Design Vanguard 2019: Michan Architecture

“That whole area of the city is built with brick walls,” he explains, “but in an extremely standardized way, because everything needs to be cheap.” Michan upends expectations by carefully arranging the bricks so that they actively respond to light and shadow.

It would be great to see Chicago build interesting masonry design like this!

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Pre-Order Your Masonry Cost Guide

The new 2019 Masonry Cost Guide is nearly complete! This long awaited cost guide contains material examples, detailed architectural drawings, and other resources for building masonry structures. This book is COMPLIMENTARY to Architects & Structural Engineers in the Chicagoland area and NW Indiana. Other industry professionals can purchase the masonry cost guide online.

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Excellence in Masonry Awards

The Excellence in Masonry Award website is now OPEN to submit your entries.

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It's time to take your Photos

Now is a good time to schedule a photographer to take professional / high resolution photos of the projects you intend to enter in the Excellence In Masonry competition. It's best to take photos during the Spring and Summer months to capture your project while weather permits. Submission deadline is September 1st, 2019.

If you need a photographer, the Masonry Advisory Council can provide a contact for you. Call us at 847-297-6704.



Enter to Win Promotion

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to Brookfield Zoo and Brick Safari!

Brick Safari builds a connection between Brookfield Zoo and STEAM education. Come see over 40 zoo animals built with Lego bricks. It's a fun way to see how brick shapes can be used to build great design. It's inspiring and educational for all ages!

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Sponsored by: Bracing Systems 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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Chicagoland Resource Directory

MAC's new website is designed to provide you with quality resources for the construction of masonry buildings. Find Masonry Suppliers, Contractor Suppliers, Union Mason Contractors, Masonry Apprenticeship School, and NEW MASONRY PRODUCTS in the Chicagoland area.

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Schedule a Lunch & Learn

Free education programs listed on our website will earn you AIA credits. And, a free lunch...

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ASK MAC - Free Masonry Advice


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Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

Call us for free professional engineering advice at 847-297-6704.

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


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@2019 Masonry Advisory Council is a non-profit organization that supports the masonry industry with free masonry advice, helpful masonry tips, industry news, and masonry projects built in and around Chicago, Suburbs and NW Indiana.