Masonry Updates for the New Year

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What's Happening in Masonry

Concrete Masonry Check Off Program

In October of 2018, the United States Senate passed the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing Congressional authorization for the concrete masonry products industry to develop its own commodity checkoff program to support needed industry initiatives like more research, marketing and sharing the benefits of concrete masonry.

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Masonry on the Web

Basaren Block by Wingårdhs, Stockholm

The white brick-clad structure has rounded corners, not only to allow light to travel continuously around the facade without creating hard shadows, but to create a direct dialogue with a curving building across the street. It's a great example of masonry design. A white brick building like this is unique and would be a real standout in Chicago or suburbs!

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Enter to Win Promotion

$100 Gift Card to Beacon Tavern

Beacon Tavern offers dining in a rustic, casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago riverfront and the Magnificent Mile. A masonry interior sets the tone for a warm and comfy experience!

Promo code: beacontavern

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Sponsored by: Bricks Incorporated



Looking Ahead In 2019

MAC has many great education and networking opportunities coming to you in 2019. A few notables include:

  • Spring Masonry Seminar
  • Masonry Young Professionals in July
  • Masonry Cost Guide
  • Excellence in Masonry Awards Dec 7th

We'll provide updates in upcoming newsletters and you can sign up for additional notifications on our website at



Technical Library

Hot and Cold Masonry Construction

When masonry construction is conducted under either of these conditions, it is important to have an understanding of the effects of temperature (both ambient and mean daily) and wind, as well as an understanding of the influence these environmental factors have on masonry and mortar properties, construction practices, and economics. The last two pages include charts that you can follow when planning to build in cold weather.

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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

Free education programs listed on our website will earn you AIA credits. And, a free lunch...

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Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

Call us for free professional engineering advice at 847-297-6704.

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These companies are industry leaders and work to bring you the very best in Masonry products.


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