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
21031 Ryan Road
Warren, MI 48091

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.  

Structural Masonry and Bracing
January 31, 2019
Presented by: Scott Walkowicz and Phil Lendent

Structural Masonry:
This presentation will cover new and updated case studies where masonry was used as part or all of the structure and illustrates benefits obtained such as structural, cost and schedule efficiency. This presentation will also include Structural Lintel Design. Hands on opportunity to build a structural Masonry Wall and install a masonry lintel

This presentation will discuss available factors that resist wind loads during construction. Discussion of initial period requirements from Standard Practice: The effects of CMU density, wall thickness, grout spacing. A discussion of intermediate period requirements from Standard Practice. Discussion of wall stability and internal wall bracing and the effects of masonry strength, grout spacing, and reinforcement. Wall stability and external wall bracing, safe brace loads, and foundation requirements. Discussion of global wall stability, effects of trench vs. wall footing, footing depth, and footing width. Hands-On calculations with given loads and installation of internal bracing and grouting.

February 28, 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.

April 4, 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.