March 2008 Table of Contents

ConExpo's Hidden Gems

Last week Ron Holzhauer, Masonry Construction's executive editor and I were two of more than 150,000 attendees at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the US's tri-annual equipment showcase. Read more

Fireplace Masterpiece Fireplace Masterpiece

This combination fireplace, barbeque smoker, and rotisserie was constructed using a variety of CMUs, brick, random cut stone, natural stone, marble slabs, and glass block. Read more

The Mason's Toolbag Telehandlers

The latest offerings from Traverse, New Holland, JLG and other manufacturers offer a vast array of telehandlers for every job site's needs. Read more

New Products New Products

Give yourself an edge by staying on top of the latest masonry materials, tools, equipment, and services. Read more


Contractors, producers, and public officials from around the world will gather in Las Vegas on March 11–15 for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008. The show and conference, which is held every three years, is expected to attract 125,000 visitors. Read more

Strong Silent Type Sound Proofing Strong Silent Type

AmericInn, one of the country's fastest growing hotel chains, credits part of its success to a strong foundation of masonry construction. Read more

Sustainability Masonry is Answer to Sustainability Question

When the school board in Spokane, Wash., entered the early planning stages to replace three aging urban buildings after the passage of a $165.3 million facility improvement bond, its primary design goals included durability and sustainability. Greg Brown, AIA, Director of Capitol Projects for Spokane Public Schools, said that keeping these goals in mind, concrete masonry was the “obvious choice” for the primary material the chosen schools. Read more

Replacing Flashing Replacing Flashing

My company is currently replacing the flashing on a building because of leakage problems. We are taking out alternate sections about 4-ft long and replacing the veneer in these areas before removing the masonry adjacent to it. This approach is being used to support the masonry during the flashing repair. Unfortunately, this plan results in splice joints in the flashings every 4 ft or so. What is the maximum length that can be taken out? Read more

Restoring Tradition Show Case Restoring Tradition

Students at South Georgia College (SGA), Douglas, Ga., got a new perspective last fall with a campus expansion that added a new 252-bed residence hall and student life center. Previously, the college's symmetrical layout began at its historic entrance at one end and ended at an old gymnasium–Clower Hall – at the other. The ambitious $11 million improvement project extended these boundaries and created a vibrant new focal point for student activity. Read more


For years I had been advocating the union of the MCAA annual convention with World of Masonry. And thanks to the hard work of MCAA's new executive director, as directed by the association's member leadership, it finally happened. Read more

City Center, Las Vegas

More than 50 Cemex employees are delivering 2000 cu. yd. of concrete each day, working an average of 20 hrs. a day, 6 days a week, to complete the CityCenter project, the largest privately funded project in the U.S. Read more

Trump Tower, Chicago

The new Trump International Hotel and Tower sits on the Chicago River, on the site of the old Chicago Sun-Times building. Read more

Wachovia Corporate Center, Charlotte, N.C.

The 52-story Wachovia Corporate Center in uptown Charlotte is the focal point of the new mixed-use Wachovia Cultural Campus, which will include a 42-story condominium tower, art museums, and a 1200-seat performing arts theater. Read more

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