When & Where

Thursday, March 28, 2019

BAC Local 1 PA/DE Union Hall
2706 Black Lake Place 
Philadelphia, PA 19154


While the seminar is free, registration (on the right) is required. 
Light breakfast fare and full lunch is provided by the International Masonry Institute.
Space is limited, please register by Tuesday, March 26, 2019. 


  7:00 am -   8:00 am Check-in & Light Breakfast
  8:00 am -   8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
  8:30 am -   9:30 am IMI: Reinforcing Historic Masonry Walls 
  9:30 am - 10:30 am Sika: Innovations in FRP Structural Strengthening  
10:30 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Sika: New Material Technologies for 2019 
12:00 pm -   1:00 pm Lunch
  1:00 pm -   3:00 pm Sika: Products Demonstration at IMI Training Center
  3:00 pm -   3:30 pm Closing Remarks


Reinforcing Historic Masonry Walls  

In many instances historic masonry walls require reinforcing to either stabilize or strengthen the masonry system.  These situations may arise from any number of reasons including poor original design or construction, damage due to seismic activity, or just general weathering and/or deterioration. This program will outline some of the most common scenarios and present a variety of current methods available to address the causes as well as the symptoms.  Particular attention will be paid to pinning and grouting systems which have been designed for structural and non-structural applications.

Innovations in FRP Structural Strengthening

This program offers an overview of the history, design considerations, practical uses and installation of both carbon and glass fiber structural strengthening.  Conventional wet / dry FRP application methods will be discussed along with new product innovations such as factory pre-saturated materials.  Unique strengthening systems such as rods, plates, biscuits, long filament cables will also be discussed. 

Sika Corporation New Material Technologies for 2019

This program will offer a comprehensive overview of several new materials offered by Sika Corporation.  Low dust and pre-textured, non-silica based aggregate coatings help to make the workplace safer and more environmentally friendly.  Cold weather materials allow the construction season to start earlier and progress further into the fall and winter months.  Sika’s new waterproofing technologies for potable water, foundation walls and blind side slab waterproofing will also be discussed.

This program is worth 4 PDH and 1 LU/HSW


Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, CSI, PA AIC
International Masonry Institute
Philadelphia, PA Director 

Scott DiStefano

Sika Corporation

Product Manager


Thomas J. Donnelly Jr.

Sika Corporation

Project Sales Representative 



Sika Corporation, BAC Signatory Contractors and BAC Members


For more information contact Roy Ingraffia at (202) 215-8390 or

Continuing Education

Continuing_EducationThis program meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 LU/HSW learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA. 

This program is worth 4 Professional Development Hours for engineers that will be self reported.