Category: Features

Marvelous Masonry-Czech Republic- Celebrating Masonry’s Heritage

From Egypt last month, we now move up to the Czech Republic in Central Europe.  As with most European countries, it has an amazing history including being part of various empires. During World War II, it was part of Czechoslovakia. However, Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved in 1993 and the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia were formed.  In the past year, the country has adopted the short name of Czechia in addition to the formal name of Czech Republic. Czechia is one of Europe’s 16 land-locked countries (Figure 1).    In size, it is slightly smaller than...

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Field Purchasing of Specified Products

Words: Steven Fechino, Engineering and Construction Manager at Mortar Net Solutions Photos: PROSOCO, Mortar Net Solutions, Spec Mix, Masonry Magazine Purchasing the materials for a project is not intended to be complicated, but with all of the products to choose from, it can become a bit of an education many superintendents do not think they have time. Specifications and submittals should answer many of the questions, but once in a while the mason can feel like he is guessing. One thing about the products we use is that they have improved in their chemistry and performance over the past...

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Restoring History: The Mill at Middletown

Words: Dan Kamys Photos: Barkow Photo Masonry is a fascinating industry as you’ve seen in David Biggs’ Marvelous Masonry series in this magazine. But, a tremendous amount of restoration work is done at home. That’s why The Mill at Middletown, which took an abandoned hat factory in Orange County, New York and turned it into a stunning affordable housing complex, definitely seemed worth some coverage. This historic $15 million project, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, who also designed Creston Avenue Residence, featured in our January issue, was not easy to complete. However, the end product is truly worth...

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The Role Of Masonry In The F-5 Residence

Words: Masonry Magazine Photos: Michal Utterback and Symeon Finch Located in Indian Wells, California, the F-5 Residence has quickly risen to prominence as one of the most effective works of modern masonry and architecture. The building has been heavily celebrated in the masonry community, having won awards from a number of prominent industry and interest organizations. These include the National Concrete Masonry Association, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, and the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada. All see the F-5 as an example of innovative, creative masonry techniques, producing a sturdy, comfortable building perfectly suited to its environment....

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Material Cleaning

Laundering Buildings: Part I, Cleaning New Construction Words: Joanne M. Anderson Photos: PROSOCO and Masonry Magazine You may not be able to fold a building and toss it into a washing machine, but the motivation for cleaning has striking similarities to the two top reasons for removing dirt, grime and grease from your clothes: Look clean and new Check for damage Despite our best efforts, we do judge a book by its cover, people by their attire and a building by its outward appearance. On the residential front, this is what keeps painters, shutter and garage door manufacturers and...

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