Accommodating Movement in
Masonry & Tile

Tuesday, August 27, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

Combining masonry materials can give designers unique and exciting options. Combining steel, wood, or concrete structural systems with different materials can create challenges with accommodating movement. Learn industry best practices and code requirements for detailing movement in masonry assemblies to achieve a high performing building.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Review the code requirements for movement location and design.
  • Understand how steel, wood, and concrete backup systems influence movement joints in masonry veneers.
  • Discover movement joint spacing requirements, and how to properly locate multiple materials to mitigate cracks and ensure a high performing building.
  • Discuss the requirements for movement joints in ceramic tile as outlined in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook method EJ-171, including typical spacing for interior and exterior expansion joints, special conditions, and perimeter joints.

About the Speakers

Tom Elliott
Director Of Industry Development And Technical Services, IMI

Tom Elliott-1Tom is a journey-level craftworker who joined the masonry industry in 1985 as an apprentice bricklayer for BAC Local 5 in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout his time in the industry, he has worked as a journey-level bricklayer, project foreman, and field superintendent on larger masonry projects in Ohio and surrounding states. He also served as a project manager for a restoration contractor and oversaw the restoration of several historic structures.

Previously, he managed his own mason contracting business and helped to negotiate local labor contracts as a board member of the Northeast Ohio Contractors Association.

Tom is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and is a CSI-Certified Construction Document Technologist. He is a voting member on several TMS subcommittees and is actively involved in the ACE Mentoring program. He is also a lecturer at both the Ohio State University and Kent State University and the Chairman of his local Architectural Board of Review and Planning Commission Board. 

Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP
Director Of Industry Development And Technical Services, IMI

Scott Conwell-2For the past 3 decades, Scott has dedicated his career to educating design professionals on best design and construction practices in masonry, stone, tile, and terrazzo. He has presented over 1000 AIA-registered seminars in the U.S. and abroad. Scott has written dozens of technical articles for trade journals like Construction Specifier, Licensed Architect, BAC Journal, and 093000 Contractor, where he has a quarterly column. In recognition of his educational contributions to the national design community, Scott was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2015, and a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (FCSI) in 2018.

Scott leads IMI’s tile, marble, and terrazzo industry development program. He sits on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook committee, the ANSI committee for tile standards, and is a founding member and advisor to the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) committee. He has organized IMI’s national series of multi-city tile, marble, and terrazzo educational conferences and workshops with the participation of top material suppliers and other tile industry organizations, helping designers navigate the changing world of tile standards and installation practices. In recognition of his work, in 2021, Scott was bestowed the Carl V. Cesery Award for Service to the Ceramic Tile Industry by the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA).

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