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International Masonry Institute

IMI is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and their contractors, promoting quality masonry construction.

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Save Our Apprenticeships: Join the Fight Against Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs)

The future of the union masonry industry and our gold standard registered construction apprenticeship programs is at risk. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed Industry Recognized...


2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Winners

Twenty-four apprentices have emerged victorious in the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, representing not only the best in their trade, but a bright future for the union.  The winners...


Top Apprentices to Face Off In International Skills Contest

Skilled apprentices from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ (BACs’) will vie for the title of International Champion in their craft at the 2018 BAC/IMI International...


APT Terra Cotta Restoration Workshop Positions IMI & BAC as Leaders in the Field

IMI and BAC Local 3 New York partnered with the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) to host the Terra Cotta Restoration Workshop at APT’s 2018 Annual Conference and 50th...


NADAAA Founding Principal Katherine Faulkner, AIA to Deliver Keynote at Masonry Camp 2018

Katherine Faulkner, AIA, founding principal of NADAAA, will deliver the opening keynote at Masonry Camp 2018, a nationally-recognized design-build training program that brings together talented...


11 BAC Members Earn Instructor Certification, Strengthen Union’s Quality Training

Eleven members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) graduated from IMI/IMTEF’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) this September.


Registration Open: JBC Innovation in Masonry Competition Rethinks Future of Masonry Design and Construction

IMI's Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition challenges architects, engineers, students, and firms to imagine the future of masonry design and construction. This year, participants...


MasterSpec Updates Installer Qualifications to Include Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers

In exciting news for the tile industry, MasterSpec – the industry’s most comprehensive building and construction specification resource – has updated its tile installer qualifications to include ...


Winners of Inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition Offer New Design, Construction Possibilities

From colonizing space with new masonry units, to creating 3D-printed evaporative façades, and inventing movable brick, the winners of the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry...


Contractors’ Guide to Cold Weather Masonry Construction

In cold weather, mason contractors have to take precautions to ensure the optimal performance of masonry materials and to create a comfortable, safe, and productive environment for craftworkers....


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