Debunking The Myths of Single Wythe Construction

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

There are many myths about designing and constructing single wythe masonry walls. Join us while we debunk these myths while learning best practices for single wythe masonry wall systems. Get ideas on how you can design efficiently to reduce your project’s cost and carbon footprint. Explore how to specify block strength, mortar, and grout to create an efficient wall system. We’ll give you tips for handling construction issues and discuss water mitigation and energy compliance.

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Image by FORSE Consulting

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore why single wythe concrete masonry walls are an efficient way to design.
  • Discover how tall you can go with a single wythe wall.
  • Identify single wythe energy code strategies.
  • Investigate CMU wall reinforcement strategies that are essential for proper performance.

About the Speaker

Beth Suminski, pe, se
structural engineer, forse consulting


Beth has worked for 25 years as a structural engineer in consulting engineering, software, and continuing education. During her first few years, her experiences in construction defect litigation cemented her understanding of how and how NOT to design a structure. She spent the following years as a practicing consulting engineer in San Diego and later as a director of structural software sales and development. In her current position with FORSE Consulting, she continues to pursue both the design and educational aspects of structural engineering. One topic Beth highlights is structural masonry design, in partnership with IMI (the International Masonry Institute). Beth is a licensed PE and SE in California and a licensed PE in Arkansas.

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