Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 8:30 -  9:00 Registration and doughnuts

 9:00 - 10:00 Welcome, and Lessons Learned in Masonry
Dave Sovinski
National Director of Technical Service, International Masonry Institute

10:00 - 11:00 Flashing and Moisture Control
John Bachenski
Director of Industry Development, International Masonry Institute

11:00 - 12:00 Maximizing Masonry’s Features and Properties in Educational Facilities
Maria Viteri, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Sustainability and Program Development, International Masonry Institute

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

 1:00 -  2:00 Best Practices in Masonry with Hands-on Demonstration
Bob Arnold, National Director of Apprenticeship and Training
International Masonry Training and Education Foundation

 2:00 -  3:00 Designing & Detailing High-Performing Masonry RainScreen Walls and View of Mockups
Dave Sovinski
National Director of Technical Service, International Masonry Institute


International Masonry Institute
17101 Science Drive
Bowie, MD 20715


While the seminar and lunch are free, registration is required.
Space is limited, please register by Thursday, December 7, 2017.  


Lessons Learned in Masonry
This session will use case studies to highlight ten often made masonry and design mistakes. These mistakes will tend to lead to on-going building performance issues throughout the course of the building's life. Topics include new material understanding, moisture and movement issues, field testing, supervisory methods and constructability. Cavity wall construction will be used as the wall system for all discussions. Masonry materials will include brick, block, AAC, mortar, grout and plaster coatings.

Flashing and Moisture Control
This course defines best practice for design and construction of moisture management systems for masonry cavity and veneer wall systems. Code requirements, system components, theory and workmanship are discussed.

Maximizing Masonry’s Features and Properties in Educational Facilities
The focus of the seminar is to give participants a clearer understanding of the interrelationship in masonry buildings between materials, architecture, engineering and construction. Seemingly simple decisions can dramatically affect the building and understanding options available in materials, design and construction methods can result in more efficient and cost effective structures. This presentation will focus on 4 key performance features that masonry design offers for educational facilities and will provide a discussion on 1 - Acoustics, 2- Aesthetics, 3 - Structural Cost Savings, and 4 - Storm Shelter Design. Particular attention will be paid to ways to take advantage of masonry in terms of multi-use benefits, cost, production, and tools for design.

Best Practices in Masonry
This program analyzes a masonry wall from the vantage point of quality control in both design and construction. It covers ASTM standards, brick and block selection, mortar types, and a detailed discussion of movement control for masonry. The program also looks at acceptable tolerances in materials and workmanship

Designing & Detailing High-Performing Masonry RainScreen Walls
Thin clad open-jointed rainscreen walls are becoming popular building enclosures to fulfill contemporary architectural design parameters. This program investigates the building science and evolution of high-performing masonry wall concepts from mass walls to pressured and non-pressurized cavity walls. Attendees will learn how challenging problems of water, air, vapor, and energy control concepts are integrated for successful and innovative exterior wall solutions. Attendees will learn how masonry rainscreens can be achieved with traditional anchored veneers or light-gauged sub-frame systems to support thin lightweight masonry units such as natural stone, terra cotta, brick, porcelain stone, calcium silicate, glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and high-pressure laminates. Learn how cohesive design of rainscreen wall assemblies and insights into construction guidelines and installation techniques can enhance project durability and energy control.


Architects, Engineers, Construction Managers, Owners, Facility Managers, Developers, BAC Signatory Contractors and BAC Members

Thank You

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This program meets AIA/CES criteria for 5 LU/HSW learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA.