Masonry Advisory Council September Newsletter 2018


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What's Happening in Masonry

A popular question to The Masonry Advisory Council is “What is the fire rating of my masonry wall?” or “Where can I find the fire rating of my masonry wall?” The local building codes dictate the fire rating, which is the time that the elements, components or assembly of the wall hold up to maintain the ability to confine the fire, which equates to safety for occupants of a room. 

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Structural Engineering Support

Cathleen Jacinto SE PE, Forse Consulting

Masonry Checklist: Reviewing Structural Plans

This checklist is intended to serve as a starting point for your design and review efforts as you develop masonry designs and details.

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Storm Shelter Symposium

Considerations for Current and Future Successful Storm Shelter Design - What Architects, Structural Engineers and Contractors Need to Know

Hosted by the International Masonry Institute (IMI)

Choose a day - September 18th or 19th

Open to those that design and construct (or plan to) buildings subject to storm shelter requirements, including: Architects, Structural Engineers, General Contractors / Construction Managers and BAC Signatory Contractors. 

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Sponsored by > Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition


Enter to Win Promotion

$100 Gift Card to Hofbauhaus!

45-day Oktoberfest celebration includes authentic entertainment from a variety of acts including a lively 40-piece German Bugle band, daily live music from authentic "oompah" bands direct from Germany and Austria, live performances by several authentic dance and singing troupes and celebrity keg tapping ceremonies every Friday night.

Promo code: Octoberfest

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Sponsored by Illinois Brick Company


Masonry Young Professionals Group

Our next MYP event is October 18th!

Sign up for email notification for our next event. It's scheduled for Thursday, October 18th. Time and place to be determined. It's a great opportunity to build your professionals network with Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors, and Suppliers who are south of 40. It's a fun time, and you'll learn a bit about building with masonry!

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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

Free programs listed on our website will earn you AIA credits!

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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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@2018 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.