Historic Masonry Repair & Restoration - 1 LU/HSW

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Get an overview of historic masonry wall assemblies and their evolution from mass, to transitional, to cladding systems. This session explores the differences between these systems and how they function. Learn the rationale and methodology for condition assessment and gain insight into common types of deterioration and material characteristics. Understanding the material properties, the type of construction, and its vulnerabilities helps in developing appropriate repair and restoration solutions. Prioritizing repairs, such as protecting horizontal surfaces, integrating new flashings, and repairing steel elements can help to solve the root cause of damage or water infiltration. General appropriate masonry repair and replacement options are discussed for several types of masonry such as brick, terra cotta, stone, cast stone, and their associated mortar. Finally, see how craftworkers that are trained and educated in masonry restoration are assets to project teams and play a significant role in successful historic masonry projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to comprehend historic masonry construction.

  • Understand properties and performance of historic masonry materials.

  • Identify and recognize design and construction problems that may occur in historic masonry construction.

  • Select appropriate repair or replacement treatments to deteriorated masonry or solve original design, detail, and construction problems.

About the Speakers

Amy Lamb Woods, P.E.

Director of Technical Education


Amy Lamb Woods is Director of Technical Education with the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Her background combines architecture, historic preservation, and civil engineering materials. Ms. Woods has over 20 years of experience in the field of forensic engineering of building materials, both historic and contemporary structures. Her experience includes facade and failure investigations with materials such as brick masonry, terra cotta, stone, concrete, terrazzo, and stucco. Her primary interest is with projects involving the investigation and repair of historic masonry and concrete materials. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ms. Woods obtained a BS in Architecture, MA in Architecture Historic Preservation, and an MS in Civil Engineering Building Materials with a focus on cement chemistry. She is a Board member for the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and founder of Women in Restoration & Engineering (WiRE).


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