Masonry Advisory Council October Newsletter


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What 's Happening in Masonry

The Acceptability of Masonry

The Masonry Advisory Council gets several calls each year regarding the acceptability of masonry. An owner or architect thinks that something, about the masonry, does not look right! Was it installed correctly? Is it within the specification? Where are the guidelines for what is acceptable masonry? The answer for this is found in a combination of several different references.

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Argo Community School District 217

Richard & Sharon Portillo Performing Arts Center in Summit Illinois


Featured Project

DLA Architects and Threshold Acousticsdesign new Performing Arts Center

Masonry was utilized for the interior acoustic design as a single building material that could provide robust, full-frequency acoustic response. The interior of the Theater is primarily exposed, grout-filled masonry resulting in a rich, warm sound for band and choral performances.

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Enter to Win Promotion

Win a $100 Gift Card to GIRL & THE GOAT Restaurant!

Girl & The Goat was nominated best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and is located in the hot and trendy Fulton Street Market area. Sounds like fun!

Promo code: girl&goat

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Masonry from the Web

British Artist Alex Chinneck creates a giant rip in the brick facade of a London building with this unique masonry sculpture. This permanent public installation – a 10-tonne ripped page is made from 4,000 bricks.



From our Technical Library

Fall Protection in Construction... OSHA guidelines for Architects. Learn about design options for proper fall protection systems in buildings.

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Enter to Win

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.

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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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