The National Concrete Masonry Association will be throwing open its doors and welcoming its members, industry partners, and trade press to an open house on May 15 in Herndon, Va.. This event will celebrate the Association's 90 years of service to promoting, protecting, and advancing the concrete masonry and hardscape industry.

A highlight of the open house will be the unveiling of the newly expanded and upgraded NCMA Research and Development Laboratory. The Association also will showcase improvements to the NCMA headquarters building and grounds.

The NCMA Research and Development Laboratory is a world-class facility dedicated to the scientific testing and research of concrete masonry and hardscape products and systems. The laboratory is staffed by professional engineers and technicians and performs research for the Association, compliance testing, product certification for individual companies, and contract-based product development research.

A major part of the upgraded NCMA Research and Development Laboratory facilities include the installation of a state-of-the-art concrete unit manufacturing line capable of producing concrete masonry units, concrete pavers, segmental retaining wall units, concrete brick, and other related concrete products. The line has the ability to simulate several different batching, concrete dry casting, and curing methodologies in use at modern production facilities.