Masonry Advisory Council November Newsletter


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What's Happening in Masonry

Excellence in Masonry 2018

The Masonry Advisory Council is proud to announce the Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards is returning after a hiatus of 10 years. We are very exciting to bring this special recognition award back to the Chicagoland and NW Indiana architectural community. You can submit your projects now at

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Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE - Forse Consulting


Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

Masonry Storm Shelters

Providing safe structures for people during storm events requires many specific design provisions not typically needed for a standard building that must be coordinated with the entire design team. Masonry is a great option due to the inherent strength, durability, and fire resistance of the material as well as being largely available throughout the U.S.

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Enter to Win Promotion

Win a $100 Gift Card to Wildfire Restaurant!

Wilfire is a popular restaurant specializing in Steaks, Chops and Seafood. And with 5 locations in and around the Chicagoland area there is sure to be one close by. It's voted one of Chicago's most popular restaurants!

Promo code: wildfiregiftcard

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Masonry from the Web

Architectural firm FJMT revealed this art deco inspired 22 story multi-residential development in Sydney Australia.

The artistic impressions of the project reveal a façade that appears to be split in half down the center, with two curved sections at the top sloping towards the center like the bottom of a wine glass. That's a creative use of masonry!



From our Technical Library

Using Air Barriers in Masonry Walls

In winter, warm moist air moves outward through the wall, becomes colder, and its relative humidity rises. When interior air at 70° F and 50% relative humidity is cooled to 50° F, its relative humidity increases to 100% and condensation occurs.

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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

Do You Need Continuing Education Credits? MAC will come to your office to present a Lunch & Learn...(and provide free box lunches) to your staff. Choose from the current programs listed on our website and earn AIA credits! We have NEW L&L Presentations Available.

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ASK MAC - Free Masonry Advice

Do you need help before, during or after the construction phase of commercial or residential projects? Our team of engineers and experienced tradesman will visit your site, make an assessment, and offer solutions. It's a free service to Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers and Distributors in the Chicagoland and NW Indiana region.



Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

The Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition is a combined effort sponsored by many groups that have interests in masonry. It's a FREE service available to Architects and Engineers in Chicago and the suburbs. Call us at 847-297-6704.

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@2017 Masonry Advisory Council is a non-profit organization that supports the masonry industry with free masonry advice, helpful masonry tips, and industry news, and masonry projects built in Chicago and the suburbs.


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