Gain a deeper understanding of materials and construction! Each workshop qualifies for 4 LU's/HSW's.


The workshops are free and include lunch, but registration is required. Complete the form on the right to reserve your spot. Capacity is limited to 25 attendees per workshop. 


BAC Local #2
3321 Remy Dr.
Lansing MI 48906

Topics & Dates

Workshops will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees should dress comfortably and wear closed toed shoes.   

Movement Joints, Control Joints, and Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) Demo and MULE Demo 
April 11, 2019
Presented by: Dan Zechmeister and Liedal and Hart

Movement Joints:
Learn about the requirements for movement joints in both clay and concrete masonry walls.
Learn about the diverse types of movement joints used in masonry. Learn how to control movement when using dissimilar materials in a banding pattern. Examples will be reviewed to show where movement joints are needed and how to locate them on masonry projects. Experience installing movement and control joints.

SAM (Semi-Automated Mason)
The MULE – Construction Robotics
Learn how robotics like SAM and the MULE are impacting the industry, including advantages and disadvantages.

Grouting and Hot & Cold Weather Masonry 
May 9, 2019
Presented by: Skip-Mariano DiGiovanni and Maria Alvaro

This presentation will cover the basic grouting and reinforcement requirements for structural masonry. Topics include: Grout material requirements including aggregates, preparation of grout specimens, reinforcement materials and splicing requirements. Considerations for correct grout and reinforcement placement, tolerances, grout cover, consolidation and reconsolidation of grout and placement of anchor bolts are discussed. Hands-On opportunity to install reinforcement, place grout in CMU cells and consolidate.

Hot & Cold Weather Masonry:
This presentation will discuss Cold Weather Masonry goals and industry guidelines. Innovative ideas and technologies will be discussed. Grouted masonry and the effects of hot and cold weather and precautions which need to be taken. The additional costs of building Masonry wall systems in cold weather and how it affects the bottom line. During the hands-on portion participants will lay both wet and dry block and use various methods to protect work from cold weather.

Flashings and Air Barriers 
June 13, 2019
Presented by: Mariano DiGiovanni and Doug Barron/Amanda Gray

This presentation will cover what flashings are, their primary function, and how they used. The various types of flashings and the materials flashing can be made from. How flashing can be used for various purposes. How to install flashing correctly during the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Air Barriers:
This presentation will cover the basics of Air Barriers as a system. Topics included will be learning the attributes of an air barrier, terminology, materials, moisture control, energy conservation and installation. Understand the key air barrier interfaces. Participants will also install air barriers during the hands-on portion of the workshop.

July 11, 2019
Presented by: Maria Alvaro

This presentation will cover a culmination of previous workshops by putting a wall assembly together.   Brick with a block back-up from foundation to the top of a parapet wall.  Review of structural masonry, movement joints, grouting, hot & cold weather masonry, flashings and air barriers.  Participants will try their hand at laying a brick wall, block piers, pointing, caulking and, stone restoration.

August 8, 2019
Presented by: Aaron Pistor, Shaun Gajewski and Stephanie Samulski

Learn about large format tile and how it must be laid.  Including tolerances and flatness of substrates.  Learn about shower enclosures and several types of floor drains.  Attendees will gain an understanding what a floor slope plan is and how to prepare a plan.  Learn how to prepare a floor to accept a drain assembly from the waterproofing to the actual setting of the drain.  Learn about pre-fabricated shower pans and the pros and cons.



For more information contact Maria Alvaro at (248) 449-2689 or

Continuing Education

Continuing_EducationEach workshop in the series meets AIA/CES criteria for 4 LU/HSW learning units, which will be reported directly to AIA.