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Biggs Recognized with American Society of Civil Engineers Award

David T Biggs PE, SE, was named as the 2018 recipient of the Dennis L Tewksbury Award of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award recognizes a member who has promoted the growth and visibility of SEI, established working relationships between SEI and other structural engineering organizations and has rendered valuable service to the engineering profession. Biggs was recognized for his leadership and excellence in many aspects of structural engineering including academia, practice, research and publications.

Zechmeister Earns Life Member Status

Masonry Institute of Michigan’s Executive Director Daniel Zechmeister, PE, was presented with Life Member Status of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Life Member status is awarded to an individual who has made a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for the full length of their professional career.

Winners pose with Joan B. Calambokidis, IMI President, and their awards. From left, Anh Nguyen, LEED AP; Shawn Chinudomsub, AIA, NCARB, CCS, LEED AP; Calambokidis; Erin Hunt; and Leslie Forehand.

Winners of Inaugural Joan B Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition Offer New Design, Construction Possibilities

From colonizing space with new masonry units, to creating 3D-printed evaporative façades, and inventing movable brick, winners of the inaugural Joan B Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition represent exciting possibilities for the future of masonry design and construction.

Sponsored by the International Masonry Institute (IMI), the award recognizes retired IMI President Joan B Calambokidis. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by IMI and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC).

“The competition honors Joan’s overwhelming commitment to the union masonry industry, particularly, her work to inspire and influence architects and engineers to design and innovate with masonry,” said Caryn Halifax, IMI President.

Three transformative proposals were selected as winners, among entries submitted by architects, engineers, students, academics and firms across the US and Canada.

Hexagonal unit suitable for building in space

Hexagonal unit suitable for building in space: Anh Nguyen, LEED AP and Shawn Chinudomsub, AIA, NCARB, CCS, LEED AP of IDAS, Inc, Riverside CA, won in the architectural/ engineering firm category for their hexagonal masonry unit suitable for building in space.

3D-printed façade with cooling properties: Faculty team from Iowa State University won in the young architect/engineer category for their project, Mashrabiya 2.0, a 3D-printed façade with cooling properties. Leslie Forehand, Lecturer of Architecture; Shelby Doyle, Assistant Professor of Architecture; Nick Senske, Assistant Professor of Architecture; and Erin Hunt, Computation and Construction Lab Associate.

Alterable brick wall.

Alterable brick wall: Chao Wei, a graduate student in Syracuse University’s Architecture program at the time of entering, won in the student category for his alterable brick wall.

Jury “The word innovation is so powerful, and we see that with our winners,” said Carlos Jiménez, principal and lead designer, Carlos Jiménez Studio and juror for the competition. “We have architects dreaming about colonizing Mars, academics innovating to improve a historical architectural form and a student using his imagination in a lab to make movable brick.”

Competition jury was comprised of Jiménez, renowned architects and industry leaders: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T Ayers, FAIA, CCM, LEED AP; President of IUBAC & IMI Co- Chair James Boland; President/Chief Executive of DeSimone Consulting Engineers Stephen V DeSimone, PE, LEED AP; Senior Director of Business Development at Michael Graves Architecture & Design Alan Feltoon, AIA, AICP; and President of Back Brook Masonry & IMI Co- Chair Michael Schmerbeck.

3D-printed façade with cooling properties.

Brick Industry Association Recognizes Members’ Outstanding Contributions

Al Puckett (left), owner of Columbus Brick Company and Britt Stokes (right), Acme Brick Company

Al Puckett earned the Brick Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Puckett was the fourth-generation owner of Columbus Brick Company in Columbus MS before it was acquired by General Shale in 2017.

Britt Stokes, director of marketing for Acme Brick Company, earned the Brick Industry Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

AIA Elevates 152 Members and Two International Architects to the College of Fellows

The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated 152 memberarchitects to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. Fellows were honored at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following:

  • Promoted aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession,
  • Advanced science and art of planning and building by advancing standards of architectural education, training or practice,
  • Coordinated the building industry and profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organization,
  • Advanced living standards of people through an improved environment. for a complete list of elevated members.

Green to Retire from National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

After nearly a decade of leading the organization, NIBS President and CEO Henry L Green, Hon AIA, has announced his plan to retire at the end of 2018. The Board of Directors has formed a search committee and retained Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm, to coordinate the search.

Before becoming president in 2008, Green held volunteer positions at the Institute, including chair of Building Seismic Safety Council and serving on the Board of Directors.

Green reinvigorated the Consultative Council, worked to expand collaboration across the building industry and restarted the Institute’s own conference.

“My time spent here at the National Institute of Building Sciences has been very rewarding,” said Green. “It fulfills one of my long-held beliefs that we can all make a difference in the building industry. The Institute gave me that opportunity. I wish my successor all the best in continuing the important work of this unique organization.”

Heidi Jandris Joins SMART|dynamics of masonry’s Editorial Advisory Board of GREAT MINDS

Heidi Jandris, CSI, LEED Green Associate, coowner, technical resource and sustainability manager of New England CMU manufacturer A Jandris & Sons, has been named a member of SMART|dynamics of masonry Editorial Advisory Board of GREAT MINDS. Third generation, Jandris continues to drive the company forward as an industry leader and innovator. A Jandris is the first CMU manufacturer on the east coast to have Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Health Product Declarations (HPD) for ALL their products. They have also committed to lowering their environmental impacts by performing continuous improvements to their manufacturing process. Jandris is a member of the NCMA Board of Directors and writes about concrete masonry for her company’s blog and industry publications. She earned her BArch from Pratt Institute. 978.632.0089

Utah Masonry Council Names New Director

Upon the retirement of Brent Overson in April, Board of Directors member Garrett Walker was named executive director of the Utah Masonry Council.

Walker is founder of Walker Law in Salt Lake City, where he has represented owners, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and suppliers in construction litigation matters. He has also written and presented about various construction-related topics. 801.264.6651 |

Call for Papers 13th North American Masonry Conference

Papers are invited for the 13th North American Masonry conference to be held June 16 – 19, 2019, at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City UT. Sponsored by The Masonry Society, conference seeks to provide a forum to professionals from around the world for networking and sharing the latest advances in masonry knowledge and practice. It will feature tracks of interest to masonry researchers, designers, practitioners, educators and building managers.

Papers sought on array of masonry topics:

  • Acoustic performance and noise control
  • Arches and bridges
  • Architectural practices
  • BIM-M
  • Codes and standards
  • Construction practices & technology
  • Design practices
  • Disaster Investigation
  • Dry-stack masonry
  • Earthen masonry
  • Education
  • Energy, moisture & thermal performance
  • Existing masonry
  • Fire resistance and protection
  • History and preservation
  • Inspection, testing & quality assurance
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Natural and cast stone
  • Numerical modeling and analysis
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Partitions and infill
  • Pavement
  • Pre-stressed masonry
  • Resiliency
  • Seismic and limit design
  • Structural practices
  • Sustainability & green construction
  • Veneer

Submit abstracts describing proposed papers no later than July 31, 2018. Abstracts should be 100 to 300 words. Instructions and requirements for abstracts are available at Papers accepted and presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings and will be submitted for indexing after publication.

Friberg becomes Oregon Institute Director

Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon (MIOCTIO) hired Harold Friberg to the role of director effective in February.

Friberg has more than 40 years’ experience in the masonry industry, where he has served as general manager of a brick distributor, plant manager of a concrete masonry manufacturing facility and regional sales manager for a masonry products manufacturer. He held the MIOCTIO director role previously from 2007-2008. 503.224.1940 |

Oldcastle Companies Consolidate

Oldcastle Inc parent CRH will consolidate its Americas Products franchises – Oldcastle Architectural, Building Envelope, Precast – plus Europe Lightside and Distribution businesses in a new Global Building Products division, effective January 2019. Americas Products President Keith Haas will lead the business, operating alongside Americas and Europe Materials divisions. Europe Lightside and Distribution President David Dillon will shift to Global Strategy & Business Development, maintaining his title and reporting to CRH CEO Albert Manifold.

Haas joined Oldcastle in 1995 as assistant vice president of Business Development. Immediately prior to being named president of CRH Americas Products, Hass was chief executive officer of Americas Building Products Group and chief executive officer of Oldcastle Building Products before that.

CRH Americas Products has more than 17,000 employees and 350 locations throughout the US and Canada.

Hinson joins Masonry Association of Florida

The Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) has hired Donna Hinson to fill the critical role of the MAF State Executive Director. MAF State Chairman Jerry Painter said the board voted unanimously to offer Hinson the position.

“Donna has a long history within the masonry industry. Through her leadership, we will continue to further on the MAF mission to educate the masonry industry decision makers on the benefits of masonry construction,” said Painter.

Most recently, Hinson worked for the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation as the Apprentice Coordinator of programs in the West Coast Region expanding the program by more than 400%. Before that, Hinson gained extensive experience in management, sales and finance while working for several Fortune 500 companies. 239.201.6089 |

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