Masonry Construction Week in New York State


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April 5, 2018





Masonry Construction Week in New York State
Upstate Masonry Institute

Masonry Const Week

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is encouraging all New Yorkers to learn more about masonry construction by proclaiming April 1 – 7, 2018 as New York State Masonry Construction Week. The Upstate Masonry Institute will be hosting its first Masonry Education Day during New York State Masonry Construction Week. Read more.

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LEED's new move

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For the past 18 years, various version of the LEED program have resulted more than 93,000 registered and certified products. The latest version, LEED v4, is underperforming, with only 400 projects certified since 2013. In response, the U.S. Green Building Council has introduced LEED v4.1 as a series of upgrades to improve the system. The first rating system to be released in for Operations and Maintenance. Updates to Building Design and Construction will be released in the near future. Read more.

Kalisperis recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award
Penn State News 

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Loukas Kalisperis, professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State University, is the recipient of the 2018 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership benefiting a Penn State undergraduate degree program. One example of Kalisperis' achievements is the architectural design studio, which focuses on the relationship of design to materials and building methods, specifically masonry construction. He has incorporated a national annual student design competition into the studio, which includes financial support from the NCMA Foundation. He also invites world-renowned architects who specialize in innovative uses for masonry to speak to his students. Read more.

Symposium on Masonry in June
ASTM International   

Come hear about the latest on all aspects of innovations in masonry materials, specifications, construction, and more at the Masonry 2018 Symposium at the upcoming June ASTM meetings. The Symposium is co-sponsored by ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. This event will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA. Read more.

Versa LOK


SRW Market History Series: Durability 
Concrete Masonry Designs


Success and growth in the landscape, commercial and transportation markets brought big production demands to the industry, but also introduced a relatively new consideration for SRWs, freeze-thaw durability, to an otherwise proven product. The aggressive actions of expanding water during freeze-cycles and chemical attack has provided a challenge to all concrete products. Research introduced new mix designs, additives, and quality control programs that work collectively to increase the durability of our products. The R&D in wet-cast concrete and dry-cast has improved their performance in freeze-thaw conditions though the issue has not been fully solved for all conditions and considerations. This has helped to meet the strict requirements set forth by transportation departments. Today’s products perform better than even just a decade ago. Read more.


February construction spending inches up 0.1%
Construction Dive

February construction spending edged up 0.1% from January. Year-over-year spending increased by 3%. Nonresidential spending rose 0.1%, while nonresidential public construction spending dropped -2.2%. Despite a healthy economy, construction spending is being constrained by a shortage of skilled craft works and other essential industry personnel. Read more.

Plastic Components

Ultra Drain Mat™ drainage/ventilation system

Designed for exterior stone, stucco and brick applications Ultra Drain Mat is an easy-to-install rainscreen system providing drainage and ventilation for a wall system. Ultra Drain Mat keeps moisture from entering through mortar joints or cracks in cladding, creates a channel for moisture drainage and accelerates drying time of exterior cladding.


In Memoriam: Doris Hunt


NCMA is saddened to announce the passing of Doris Hunt on April 2. Doris was the wife of Max Hunt, longtime owner of Northfield Block Company. Doris will be remembered for her charitable and philanthropic work, along with heartfelt personal notes she wrote to countless people. Doris is survived by five grandchildren, including current NCMA Board member Steve Hunt, eight grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews. NCMA offers our condolences to the entire Hunt family at this difficult time. Read more.


Deadline for Foundation grant proposals approaching
NCMA Education and Research Foundation

Have a great idea for a research program, education initiative, or other project? The deadline for submitting grant applications to the NCMA Education and Research Foundation for consideration at the Midyear Meetings is May 1, 2018. Act now to get your grant request submitted. Details on submitting applications can be found here.


Taking a look back on 100 years


April 1971: NCMA announces a breakthrough in designing load bearing concrete masonry structures with the release of a comprehensive 402-page book of design tables. Learn how the NCMA partnered with the designer of the Sears Tower, a 110-story Chicago landmark, to promote the ground breaking reference book at




Jason Thompson, VP of Engineering, and Brian Roye, Engineering Projects Manager - Structural, are in New Orleans, LA for The Masonry Society Meetings April 4 to April 7.

Solutions Center


Can I use concrete masonry to provide fire resistance for steel columns?

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Yes! The size of concrete masonry unit needed to provide various levels of fire protection depends on the type and size of the column. The calculation for determining fire protection for steel columns can be found in NCMA TEK 7-6A.



Join the 100-Year Celebration

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Save August 1, 2018, for NCMA's 100-Year Celebration Gala at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL. The festive evening will include dinner, awards, reflections from our past 100 years and more! American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt will perform, sponsored by Besser Company. The black-tie optional gala will be held during the 2018 Midyear Meeting, July 31-August 3. If you are interested in sponsoring this spectacular event, each sponsoring company will receive permanent recognition at the NCMA headquarters, recognition on the NCMA website and eNews, and during the event. In addition, sponsorship will include priority seating at the celebration banquet. Please make your commitment now by completing this form.

NCMA Midyear Meeting highlights 100 years 

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Join the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry at the NCMA Midyear Meeting, July 31 – August 3, 2018 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL. Along with association committee meetings, events and social opportunities, NCMA will host its 100-Year Anniversary gala celebration on August 1. Mark your calendar to join us and stay tuned for more information.  Click here to view the preliminary schedule. 

NCMA encourages 100-Year Anniversary local celebrations


This year marks NCMA’s 100-Year Anniversary and we will celebrate this milestone event at the summer Midyear Meeting in Chicago, July 31 - August 3, 2018. A banquet will be held at the historic InterContinental Hotel on Wednesday, August 1. However, NCMA does not want to limit the festivities to just this event so we are asking YOU, our members and other industry supporters, to help celebrate the 100-Year Anniversary within your companies in your own way! Have a barbecue, make T-shirts, have a field day, hold a charity event within your community; do whatever you want to commemorate this momentous occasion! Please send NCMA any high resolution pictures and videos you capture by June 19 to or send to NCMA, 13750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20171. NCMA will recognize your company during the 100 Year Gala Celebration and will share how YOU celebrated NCMA’s 100-Year Anniversary.

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