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NCMA Midyear Meeting: Celebrating 100 Years

NCMA is looking forward to having you join them for NCMA’s Midyear Meeting and 100-Year Anniversary Celebration, July 31 – August 3, 2018, in Chicago, IL.

Highlights of the Midyear Meeting include:

  • Gala 100-Year Anniversary Celebration
  • NCMA Town Hall Meeting
  • NCMA Member Reception
  • NCMA Committee Meetings
  • 100-year Anniversary Special Sessions
  • Family Business/Small Business Forum
  • Unit Design Competition Presentations and Awards
  • NCMA Business Lunch
  • NCMA PAC Reception
  • Optional Tours and more…..

Get all the Midyear Meeting details and schedule here. Click here for hotel information.  Registration will open April 26.

Frank Lloyd Wright – Concrete Masonry Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably one of the most influential American architects in our history. Come here about how he influenced architectural design and the use of concrete masonry during a special 100-Year Anniversary special session, “Frank Lloyd Wright – Concrete Masonry Visionary,” on Wednesday, August 1 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

While Wright was not the concrete block’s most ardent supporter, he had a vision of what was possible with concrete masonry.  Karen Sweeney, preservation architect and facilities administrator from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, will share the life and accomplishments of perhaps one of this well-known architect. Read more about the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust here.

This is just one of the many special sessions taking place during NCMA’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration and Midyear Meeting taking place July 31 – August 3 in Chicago, IL.

Click here to see all the special sessions and events taking place.

Summer Social at the Fowling Warehouse

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The Fowling Warehouse

As a thank you for your continuing support, the Building Enclosure Council invites you to join them for an evening of fun in Hamtramck.  This is an event to meet up, eat some fantastic Polish food, and enjoy each other’s company while fowling.
Have no idea what fowling is?  Well…

The game is simple. Grab a football and a partner. Take turns throwing the football and try to knock down all ten of your opponents’ pins before they knock down yours.

6:00pm – The party starts!  Guest check in at entrance, receive wristbands.
7:00pm – Our 10 Fowling lanes become available – give it your best shot!
9:00pm – The party ends, but we will see you again next year!

Cash bar with the first round of drinks on us!

You MUST RSVP for this event.  No walk-ins (sorry!)


CAM Silica Awareness Training

Get straight to the facts of the new standard and reduce the potential for long-term catastrophic compensation claims. Click here for more info and to register.

Masonry 101 - Southfield

Enhance your knowledge of masonry materials, fire resistance ratings, sound transmission class, energy requirements and masonry details!  If you are a design professional, engineer and/or architect, mason contractor, bricklayer, building official, building inspector, plan reviewer, masonry supplier representative, etc., this ONE day seminar is for you!

Register today

For more information contact Michelle.

Webinar: Masonry Meets Modern Design

Register for this Webinar

1 AIA LU; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU*; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

This webinar is part of the Masonry Academy

This webinar will explore the innovative masonry design strategies used in two recent U.S. design projects: Museum at Prairiefire and the Glen Ellyn Police Department. These projects epitomize the aesthetic and structural performance benefits of a variety of masonry materials and techniques being used in contemporary structures.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the implementation of building design strategies using natural and man-made masonry materials, including limestone, brick, and manufactured stone, employed in the two featured projects.
  2. Define the aesthetic, environmental, structural, and safety benefits of a variety of masonry materials and techniques in contemporary building design.
  3. Explain the basic focus of the overall design and construction process behind the highlighted projects.
  4. Discuss specific goals, challenges, and solutions employed in the design of two featured U.S. projects.

Learning Objectives:

Jonathan Kharfen, AIA, LEED, principal with Boston-based Verner Johnson – Museum Architects & Planners, will present on the Museum at Prairiefire located in Overland Park, Kansas. The state-of-the-art 41,000-square-foot museum, which opened in 2014, has earned several awards and has achieved LEED Silver certification. A work of art in its own right, the fiery design of this dazzling, colorful museum features regionally sourced natural limestone and man-made masonry.

Johnathan Tallman, AIA, GGP, GPCP, senior project manager, and Brian Meade, AIA, LEED AP, principal, both of Dewberry, will present on the Glen Ellyn Police Station project. Jonathan is Dewberry’s regional public safety director in the Midwest, specializing in public safety and health-care architecture; Brian is the firm’s national public safety facility segment leader and design director for the Elgin, Illinois, office as well as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The project more than doubled the size of the previous facility and was carefully designed with input from the department to meet its needs and above all improve safety. As part of a design-build team, Dewberry designed the new, 29,000-square-foot facility, which features a number of masonry choices.

Structural Masonry Special Inspector Workshop - Southfield

Special Inspection is the monitoring of the materials and workmanship that are critical to the integrity of the building structure.  It is a review of the work of the contractors to assure that the approved plans and specifications are being followed and that relevant codes and ordinances are being observed.

This workshop will prepare you for the Structural Masonry Special Inspector examination by the International Code Council.

Register Today

For more information contact Michelle.

MCAA Silica Train-the Trainer-Course

OSHA’s silica rule requires all jobsites to have:

  1. A written exposure control plan.
  2. A competent person who has been trained on the exposure control plan and silica on a jobsite.

The MCAA’s Silica Train-the-Trainer Course is a six-hour program that will train a key employee to train other employees to be a competent person with regard to the written exposure control plan. Certificates will be provided to those who complete the program.

For more information or to register, please visit the MCAA website or contact Mason Contractors Association of America at 800-536-2225.

MCAA Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar

The Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar has been developed to provide contractors with the know-how to confidently design and construct bracing for a variety of common masonry structures. This is an opportunity to save your company money by designing your own wall bracing rather than paying a structural engineer.

This course is intended to teach project managers, safety managers, foremen and any other responsible person to understand and implement the OSHA regulation on wall bracing, and the Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction. Completion of this course will allow your people to safely and efficiently design adequate masonry wall bracing.

For more information or to register, please visit MCAA website or contact Mason Contractors Association of America at 800-536-2225.

MIM Board of Trustees Meeting

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