About This Series

These hour-long webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, BAC signatory contractors and BAC members.

All webinars will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST. 

Upcoming Programs   

The Basics of Structural Masonry Design 
Sam Rubenzer
Forse Consulting

Tuesday, August 2 | 1 LU/HSW

In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of structural masonry design, including the fundamental principles behind the design equations for masonry. We will also discuss the essential code provisions for design. Other subjects include block, block strength, and types of blocks; the definition of mortar and types of mortar; masonry grout; reinforcement in masonry and designing construction-friendly masonry.  There will be a brief discussion of software, as well as new topics in structural masonry.

Methods and Methodology of Cleaning Historic Masonry Structures
Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, CSI, PA AIC
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, August 23 | 1 LU/HSW

This session presents the rationale and methodology for cleaning both interior and exterior historic masonry surfaces.  Cleaning can be the first type of repair measure performed on a new masonry structure to remove any construction residue.  Cleaning can also be performed as part of a maintenance program or restoration project.  In each of these instances, the masonry can be susceptible to damage caused by an improper selection of materials or methods. Understanding how to approach and develop a proper testing program is the first step in determining which technique will clean the building while promoting long-term performance.  The program will introduce current cleaning systems and describe their general performance and applications.  Specific attention will be paid to chemical, micro-abrasive, laser and latex systems.

Update on the TCNA Handbook 
Scott Conwell, FAIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
International Masonry Institute

Tuesday, September 20 | 1 LU/HSW

Attendees will gain insight into the history, purpose and application of the current TCNA handbook related to designing wall and floor tile assemblies. The 1 hour course will provide attendees with a thorough understanding of tile selection, field and installation requirements for natural stone, glass and ceramic tiles. Installation methods for ceramic and glass tile, as well as natural stone tile, will be covered in detail. Using the TCNA Handbook as a reference when preparing a project specification and recent changes to industry installation certifications will also be discussed.


While the webinars are free, registration (on right) is required.

Thank you

For more information, contact Dawn Lafey at (301) 291-2110 or email 

Continuing Education

Each webinar meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA. Contractor members will receive 1 Contractor College learning unit for each webinar.