Masonry Advisory Council July Newsletter 2018





What's Happening in Masonry

Masonry Lintels

Historically, different materials have been used to provide support for windows, doors and openings so a masonry wall can continue. The following pictures show brick, stone, concrete block, steel, wood and reinforced concrete providing that support.

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Masonry Young Professionals Group

Join our MYP group! Events are for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Suppliers, and Interns who are south of 40. We focus on fun and networking within your industry, and you'll learn a bit about Masonry with a Virtual Reality experience! It's FREE to attend, food and cocktails will be served. Our first event is July 12th at the Catalyst Ranch 6pm - 8pm!

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Masonry from the Web

Olafur Eliasson's first building is a castle-like office in a Danish fjord

Built around a concrete structure, the building's inner and outer walls are built from 970,000 bricks. The artist chose 15 different hues of unglazed brick, along with blue, green and silver glazed bricks. It's impressive!

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From our Technical Library

Understanding Mortar

Mortar plays a crucial role in the resistance of masonry to water penetration. In a typical clay masonry wall (or in a water-repellenttreated concrete masonry wall), water does not significantly permeate the masonry units or the mortar itself

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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

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 support our Industry Sponsors!

These companies work to bring you the very best in Masonry.


Building Stone Products

Chicago Brick & Stone Ltd.

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General Shale Corporation

Rauch Clay Sales Corporation

BASF Corporation

MortarNet Solutions

Prosoco Corporation

Quikrete - Spec Mix Chicago

ACM Chemistries

Bracing Systems Inc.

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Firerock Building Materials

Harvey Cement Products, Inc.

Hydraulic Press Brick Company

Illinois Products Association

Northfield Block Company

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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 masonry projects built in and around Chicago, Suburbs and NW Indiana.