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MCAA - 2005 Masonry Convention



Specifiers, architects and other construction professionals stopped, stared, pointed and pondered the amazing masonry creations before their eyes.

   



Project Name: Chicago Benches
Team #1: Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Local #1 and the National Association for Women in Masonry
Won: Best Use of Glass Block award; Third place (tie)



Project Name: Porch Swing
Team #2: Snyder Masonry and Architectural Nexus
Won: Second place (tie)



Project Name: Tugboat
Team #3: R&D Masonry and RMC Architects
Won: First place



Project Name: Archway to the Village
Team #4: Restore Masonry and Guajardo REC Architects, LLC
Won: People's Choice award; Second place (tie)



Project Name: La-Z-Arch (Brick Hammock)
Team #5: Koch Masonry, Davenport Masonry and Yamasaki Associates
Won: Third place (tie)
During the three days of the MCAA Masonry Showcase tradeshow, attendees from MCAA and the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) were able to behold the wonderful spectacle that is known as the "Masonry: It Makes a Village" design-build competition.

For those of you who are new to this concept, Village is a competition challenging teams of two masons and two architects to build a structure with 756 bricks, 30 concrete masonry units, glass blocks and stone. This competition stretches the imagination — for both participants and onlookers — and lends itself to some ingenious, thought-provoking and revolutionary masonry creations. While you'll never know what to expect, one thing's for sure: after viewing a Village competition, you'll never look at masonry the same way again!

This is the first year that Village was an event at the Masonry Showcase and, with the co-location of the CONSTRUCT AMERICATM show and CSI members in attendance, the timing couldn't have been better. MCAA was hoping to catch the eyes of CSI members wandering the exhibit hall, but the end result was beyond their expectations. Specifiers, architects and other construction professionals stopped, stared, pointed and pondered the amazing masonry creations before their eyes, at times literally bringing traffic to a halt in the aisles. These CSI attendees will surely go home with a new perspective when it comes to masonry and the remarkable feats that the masons, architects and materials can accomplish together.

While the organizers, masons and architects made this year's national Village competition spectacular, a special thanks to the sponsors who made the event possible: the Brick Industry Association, Building Stone Institute, California Conference of Mason Contractor Association, EZ Grout Corporation, Glen-Gery Brick, Halquist Stone, Illinois Brick, Mason Contractors Association of Greater Chicago, Northfield Block Company, Pittsburgh Corning, Portland Cement Association, Quikrete, Tamlyn & Sons Building Materials and Trenwyth.

So now's your cue to start gearing up for next year's national competition. Don't miss the action, the artistry and the challenge that await you at the Masonry Showcase 2006 Village competition in Las Vegas!

Specifiers, architects and other construction professionals stopped, stared, pointed and pondered the amazing masonry creations before their eyes.






 
 

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