With many prospective customers choosing pre-engineered metal buildings to reduce costs and simplify design, Wisconsin block producers have acted to increase their share of commercial, light industrial, and warehouse construction. Working through the Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association (WCMA), they've developed a program to promote these same benefits along with the superior performance and appearance of masonry. TYPICAL PLANS The Pre-engineered Masonry Building is a typical warehouse or industrial building with office space. Its architectural plans, available through WCMA members, provide structural calculations for loadbearing concrete masonry walls combined with five common roofing systems: wood trusses with plywood decking and asphalt shingles; open-web steel joists with standing-seam metal or ballasted synthetic membrane (EPDM) roofing; and precast concrete hollow-core planks or double-tees with ballasted EPDM or traditional built-up roofs. The plans also show details of lintels, construction joints, and flashing, and spell out reinforcement requirements determined by the needs of particular projects. Designers can pick up details that are appropriate. WCMA executive director Richard Walter says, "By using our plans, architects and their clients can reduce the cost and effort of designing with masonry."