More than 110 New York metro area architects and construction engineers including some of the top restoration experts in the city attended two seminars on masonry restoration conducted by Cathedral Stone Products at Superstructures Engineers + Architects in New York in July.

“Maintaining masonry structures is critical to their structural integrity as well as their value and safety,” said presenter Steven Cortazzo, director of sales for Cathedral Stone Products.

Steven Cortazzo, director of sales, Cathedral Stone Products, makes a point during the masonry restoration seminar at Superstructures Engineers + Architects in New York. Properly applied, restoration systems can help bring aging exterior structures back to life.
Cathedral Stone Products Steven Cortazzo, director of sales, Cathedral Stone Products, makes a point during the masonry restoration seminar at Superstructures Engineers + Architects in New York. Properly applied, restoration systems can help bring aging exterior structures back to life.

The AIA-credited seminar provided an overview of options for masonry restoration systems and stabilization systems, including injection mortars and pinning systems, casting systems, as well as surface preparation and cleaning products, and coating systems that allow masonry to breathe so it will not peel or crack. Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who completed the seminar are eligible for one education credit.

Paul Millman, P.E., R.A., founding partner of the award-winning architectural engineering firm, commented: “In the restoration of stone, precast, stucco, and terra cotta, there are competing consideration. Public safety is paramount…The spectrum of possible solutions runs from total replacement to cautious observations, but there is a large middle ground between these two extremes that involves a variety of repair materials and techniques.”

Cathedral Stone Products conducts AIA-credited seminars and hands-on workshops for architects, engineers and construction specifiers throughout the year as well as certification programs for masonry contractors.

Restoration systems from Cathedral Stone Products include: surface preparation products, masonry restoration systems and mineral coatings, masonry training systems, as well as technical support, laboratory testing and custom color matching services.

Founded by Dennis Rude in 1982, Cathedral Stone Products is well known for its line of Jahn restoration mortars that can be custom blended for a specific project, as well as for potassium-silicate mineral coatings that mechanically bond to masonry and create a breathable surface that resists airborne contaminants and will never crack or peel.

For more information about scientific masonry restoration systems or upcoming workshops, contact Cathedral Stone Products at www.cathedralstone.com, or telephone 800-684-0901.