St. Louis Contractor Receives Two National Awards

Spencer Brickwork Inc., the St. Louis area's leading residential mason contracting firm, received two prizes in the 2006 International Excellence in Masonry Awards sponsored by the Mason Contractors Association of America.

The firm won Honorable Mention awards for its masonry work on the St. Albans Residence, an 8883-square-foot Italianate structure, and for the Eilermann Residence, a 6374-square-foot English Country-styled house. Architect Dick Busch designed the two homes. McBride & Son was the general contractor on the Eilermann Residence, and St. Albans Construction was the general contractor on the St. Albans Residence.

John Spencer (right), president of Spencer Brickworks, and architect Dick Busch were on hand to receive the awards.

BASF Acquires Degussa's Construction Chemicals Business

BASF recently completed its acquisition of the Degussa AG global Construction Chemicals business. This strategic initiative positions the company to tap into the growth potential of the construction chemicals market on a sustainable basis. With headquarters in Germany, the global BASF Construction Chemicals division consists of Admixture Systems and Construction Systems businesses, and is the largest manufacturer of construction chemicals worldwide.

In North America, the BASF Admixtures business unit will continue to market the Master Builders brand of products and solutions to the ready-mix, precast, manufactured concrete products, paving, and underground construction markets.

ASTM Planning Wall Systems Symposium

An ASTM International Symposium on “Repair, Retrofit, and Inspection of Building Exterior Wall Systems” will be held Oct. 21 - 22, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. The event is sponsored by ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and its Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Wall Systems.

The objective of the symposium is to gather and disseminate the latest information on the many aspects of innovation in repair, retrofit, and inspection of building exterior wall systems. The need to provide a forum for the discussion of views and varying experiences of building facade specialists throughout North America have given impetus to this symposium and its goals to:

  • Provide state-of-the-art information on condition assessment technologies, analysis tools, and inspection methodologies.
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of innovative approaches to the repair and retrofit building facade systems.
  • Identify cost benefits of various approaches to retrofit and repair versus replacement of existing systems.
  • Encourage the sharing of information on innovative solutions to building facade problems.
  • Address the need for standardization and the applicability of existing standards
  • The fee for ASTM members is $185 if paid online and $260 for non-members. If paid on-site, the fee is $210 for ASTM members and $285 for non-members.

    For information about the symposium, which includes a program agenda, registration, and hotel details, access the ASTM website at