Masonry Advisory Council October Newsletter




What's Happening in Masonry

Fire Resistance of Masonry Units

In todays’ buildings there are many items that are highly combustible, so having a little or a lot of masonry creates safety within a structure especially in a stairwell, elevator, corridor or other walls designated for separation. These locations are the primary means of exiting a building in a fire. These areas need to provide maximum safety!

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Masonry Insights

Why Are Masonry Control Joint Locations Significant?

When designing concrete masonry walls, one aspect that needs to be considered is the location of control joints. Control joints are continuous vertical mortar joints where a bond breaker is placed between the mortar and the units on one side.

- Article provided by Forse Consulting

- Architectural drawing provided by IMI

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Masonry on the Web

National Museum of Qatar by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

An immense collision of sandy-hued concrete disks, the building is planned as a loop that winds for almost a mile and makes you feel as if you’ve landed on planet Tatooine in theStar Wars universe.

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This cost guide contains material examples, detailed architectural drawings, and other resources to help you better determine pricing for building masonry structures.

Architects & Structural Engineers in the Chicagoland area and NW Indiana can receive this Complimentary Cost Guide.Other industry professionals can purchase the masonry cost guide online.

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Excellence in Masonry Awards Celebration

December 7, 2019

Museum of Science and Industry

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Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

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