Masonry Advisory Council June Newsletter

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What's Happening in Masonry

Re-Pointing Masonry

The reason for re-pointing is that mortar lasts roughly between 25-50 years while brick lasts approximately 100+ years. Over a buildings life, foundations settle, caulking becomes dry and brittle, mortar joints crack or deteriorate and water finds it’s way into the masonry and beyond.

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Masonry Insights

Reinforcing Existing Masonry For New Lateral Loads

Part 1 by Michael Manor, PE, MLSE

Masonry walls are quite versatile in building applications and are common industry wide. What happens, though, when a building retrofit or expansion requires an existing masonry wall to now become a shear wall or for an existing shear wall to now resist more load than its current capacity?

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Pre-Order Your Masonry Cost Guide

The new 2019 Masonry Cost Guide is almost complete! This long awaited cost guide contains material examples, detailed architectural drawings, and other resources to help you better determine pricing 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 EIM competition. It is 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.









Enter to Win Promotion

Enter to Win 2 wristbands for entry to theWindy City Smokeout on Saturday, July 13th. This event has a new location this year, the Chicago United Center Parking Lot! It's a great way to spend a summer day (and night) outdoors with plenty of awesome bands, music fans, smokeout food, and a variety of fantastic drink options.

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Sponsored by: General Shale Corporation






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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


Our staff of experienced engineers, educators, and construction professionals are here to support you.







Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

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

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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

Northfield Block Company

Rauch Clay Sales Corporation

MortarNet Solutions

Prosoco Corporation

Spec Mix Chicago

Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.

St. Mary's Cement


ACM Chemistries

BMI Products

BASF Corporation

Bracing Systems Inc.

Bricks Incorporated

Coldspring USA

Firerock Building Materials

Harvey Cement Products, Inc.

Hydraulic Press Brick Company

Illinois Products Association

Elston Materials

Lehigh Hanson Cement

Continental Cement Company



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