Masonry Advisory Council Newsletter March 5, 2019

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FREE Masonry Spring Seminar

Join us on May 2 at the East Bank Club for two AIA accredited seminars. Learn more about HOT TOPICS in Architecture & Masonry.

The Use of Masonry in the Age of Smart Cities

Speaker: Paul Doherty, CEO, the digit groupFeatured in the January Issue of Architect Magazine "What is a Smart City? We're working on it."

Achieving Efficient Masonry Design

Speaker: Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE, Forse Consulting

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Chicagoland Resource Directory

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

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Excellence in Masonry Awards

Call For Entries

The Excellence in Masonry Award website is now OPEN to submit your entries. So gather your best photos and enter your masonry projects built in and around the Chicagoland area. Then, join us December 7th for the Excellence in Masonry Awards celebration at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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What's Happening in Masonry

Movement Joints in Masonry

There once were three little pigs. The first pig built his house out of straw, the second pig built his house out of wood and the third built his house out of bricks! When the big bad wolf came by, he huffed and puffed and blew the straw and wood homes away but the pig who built his home from bricks survived the pounding wind of the big bad wolf. We have also found out recently, that the third pig who built his house with bricks also installed movement joints!

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Enter to Win Promotion

$100 Gift Card to The Signature Room / Signature Lounge at 875 N. Michigan Ave.

Share gourmet food, stunning city views and an unforgettable, elegant dining or lounge experience from this high vantage point!

Promo code: 875michigan

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Sponsored by: Chicago Brick & Stone / Building Stone Products






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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

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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@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.