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The Best NCMA eNews stories of 2019

From NCMA eNews
December 26, 2019

Our special end-of-year eNews wrapup

From trailblazing, state-of-the-art design software to award-winning architects telling their stories to the NCMA's all new look, without further ado here are the top six eNews stories of 2019, below ...

Direct Design 3.0 is now available

For years now, structural software packages have fallen into two categories. Simple, or complex. Either you can design a few elements, a small system, or you can analyze exotic full building geometry and loading scenarios. There was no in between -- no software package existed that could analyze an entire 3D masonry structure on a laptop or everyday desktop, and with nothing but a little intuition and effort. Until now, that is. Direct Design Software for Masonry is now available for structural engineers and designers that safely and economically designs entire masonry structures, from soup to nuts. To learn more or to take advantage of its free trial, click here.

How one block home defied a massive wildfire

Half a decade ago, a California man by the name of Jeremy Wolf (pictured above) built a new home in the fire zone in Ojai Valley, in California. When the massively devastating Thomas Fire blazed through, it reached his property. But it didn't burn it down. He says it's due to his fire-resistant design and materials: concrete block. Now officials in California are recommending residents rebuild their homes much in the style of Wolf's, if they want them to withstand future fires. To read more, click here.

“Anybody can be a contractor. A dog in a pickup truck.”

Frank Gandora said that. He’s a funny guy. Only he wasn’t joking. He was making a shrewd point. Frank has been running his own hardscaping business successfully in Colorado for more than 30 years now. It’s called Creative Hardscape, based out of Englewood. Frank is an NCMA Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer. He’s also a Certified ICPI Paver Installer (and ICPI PICP Certified and RMMI Certified and the list goes on and on). But why? Why is he NCMA Certified? And what did he mean by the canine behind the wheel? To read the full story, click here.

NCMA unveils new website, branding

In March, NCMA announced the launch of a new brand identity, including logos, colors and core messaging, highlighted by the brand new site.

An award-winning architect on why she loves CMU

"It’s so flexible, CMU. It’s a very easy material to make work. As an architect that builds many different types of buildings, it’s a nice material to use for creating new ideas because it is so flexible." To read the full story, click here.

NCMA Chair Darryl Winegar on a new position, Checkoff and more ...

In the June 2019 issue of Concrete Products -- in the "Chairman's Report" -- 2019 NCMA Chair Darryl Winegar of Midwest Block & Brick in Jefferson City, Missouri is featured where he opens up about a number of vital issues like Checkoff, taking the reins of the association into its next 100 years, a new branding and identity, and more. "We have seen a lot of opportunities for a number of years and are confident construction activity will continue moving forward," he said. "There are a lot of projects, but lots of competition, and owners have the ability to construct with durable materials -- or ones that may not be as resilient." To read the full story, click here.

Did you Know...

You can find out what the industry is up to with just one link

If you'd like to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry when it comes to events, you only need one link, this one.

Solutions Center Spotlight

Can I construct concrete masonry assemblies in any layout dimension?

Yes. However, it is best practice to keep a modular coordination when constructing concrete masonry assemblies as this helps to maximize construction efficiency and economy. Maintaining modular dimensions makes it easier to install steel reinforcements, windows, doors and also helps to maintain an aesthetically pleasing assembly. For more information on modular coordination see TEK 5-12Modular Layout of Concrete Masonry.

Association Events and Resources

ICON-Xchange 2020: Hotel, registration and meeting schedule information

Now is the time to make your room reservation for ICON-Xchange 2020, and the NCMA Annual Convention (Feb. 23-25) at The Grand America Hotel, in Salt Lake City, UT. NCMA and ICPI members can use this link to make their room reservations. General registration is also now open for the NCMA Annual Convention, which gives NCMA members an opportunity to network, and for committees to discuss the industry's plans and strategies for the coming year. Visit ICON-Xchange 2020 to see everything that is happening. Give us a call if you have any questions at (703) 713-1900 or email us at

Have you heard about Beer Park? Attend or SPONSOR

NCMA is hosting an event during World of Concrete on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8:30-10:30pm at Beer Park in Las Vegas, Nevada, a dynamic rooftop bar and grill that offers a tailgate party atmosphere with an All-American menu of next-level stadium cuisine. Come join us and play some bar games, network and watch sports. We hope you can make it! To help sponsor the event, or to RSVP email Carrington Blencowe.

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