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50th Anniversary Celebrates New Efficiencies for WASCO 3D Estimating Software & Bricklaying Robot Were Demonstrated to Hundreds

Representing the 4th and 5th generations of Snead family bricklayers are Trey Sneed, Adam Sneed, Andy Sneed, Brad Procter and Brian Procter.

The skyline of Nashville TN, among many other cities across the United States, is peppered with commercial and institutional buildings and entertainment venues built by the WASCO family, recognized masonry craftsmen since 1901. From historic Ryman Auditorium to the notorious Opryland Hotel, the family constructed notable edifices and historic landmarks, dedicating itself to bringing beautiful creations to life.

Trey’s daughter Lilly and Adam’s son Griffin are eager to become the 6th generation of WASCO

Bill Sneed founded WASCO in 1966. Soon after, nephew Brad Procter joined him. Formed through dedication to the industry and a vision for innovation, WASCO celebrates 50 years of upholding the ideals on which it was founded. A commitment to gaining efficiencies using most advanced technology continues half a century later. Two generations of Sneed bricklayers preceeded the founding of WASCO.

SAM takes great pride in laying brick

“It’s hereditary to some degree,” said president/CEO Andy Sneed. “My dad liked to take risks. He was dedicated to being a pioneer and fostered development of his employees, finding a place for everyone.”

Tuck Hinton Architects incorporates the THA logo into its wall. TMP created a wavy articulation to challenge SAM – perhaps the wave of the future.

Sneed introduced Tradesmen state-of-the-art 3D estimating software and revolutionary robot, SAM100, a Semi-Automated Mason, to project owners, general contractors, construction managers, architects, friends, material producers and suppliers and company alumni. More than 300 attended from near and far, celebrating the company, its perseverance, new technology additions and one dedicated family.

WASCO superintendent Donnie Dickerson strikes the joints of Centric Architecture’s wall. Yes – SAM laid each brick with precision.

WASCO partners with Construction Robotics to bring the latest in high-tech masonry increasing efficiency. Working with local architects’ designs, the robot constructed three unique creations during the event. “We’re thrilled to be working with WASCO’s forward-thinking team,” said Scott Peters, president and co-founder of Construction Robotics. “SAM provides the ability to use digital design with robotic placement, revolutionizing the construction process. WASCO’s commitment to innovation makes SAM a significant addition to their toolbox.”

SAM’s efficiencies extend to place various sizes and shapes of brick as quickly as it lays a single straight wall, bringing architects’ creative designs to life by taking advantage of special shapes, varying colors, sizes, textures and glazes. SAM is being integrated into the tools available to WASCO masons. It will be laying brick for four new building enclosures on the Welch College campus.

William Morgan, president of 100+ yr-old John Bouchard and Sons reminisces with Andy Sneed about how business has changed over the years.

WASCO’s success extends its commitment to workforce development and training. Bricklayers are now being trained to program and operate SAM. This team continues to uphold the senior founder’s high standards as the younger generations prepare to run the business crafting unparalleled high performance building enclosures to last more than their lifetime. Projects are constructed correctly the first time.

“Our culture is that of family,” said Director of Business Development Brian Procter and fourth generation leader in the company. “Many family members work here. Plus, we’ve had multiple generations of other families work with us at WASCO, too.”

State-of-the-art Tradesmen’s OS3DE v5 estimating software dramatically increases its level of detail.

WASCO is dedicated to retaining its familyfocused business model where family includes each and every employee, regardless of blood relation, a mindset passed down to the younger Sneed generations preparing to continue the legacy.

Introducing GREAT MIND of the Editorial Advisory Board of SMART|dynamics of masonry where industry leaders gather and speak.

Fernando S Fonseca

Fernando S Fonseca, PhD, SE, is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, Provo UT. He has been teaching and conducting research in the general area of structural engineering for the last 20 years. He developed and started teaching a course in masonry design eight years ago and has since directed many masonry research projects. He is a member of several professional organizations including The Masonry Society (TMS) and currently serves as the chair of the Reinforcement and Connectors Subcommittee of TMS 402/602 Code Committee and as a member of the Main Code Committee. He was a reviewer for 7th Edition of the Masonry Designers Guide and the 2012 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures. He received both his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. | 801.422.6329

Joel Hammond, Trinity Lightweight, and ESCSI Chairman of the Board presents Holm Award to Charles Newsome, Caroline Stalite.

Joel Hammond, Trinity Lightweight, and ESCSI Chairman of the Board presents Holm Award to Charles Newsome, Caroline Stalite.

ESCSI Honors Its 2016 Holm Award Recipient

The Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute honored its 2016 Holm Award recipient, Charles Newsome, at the Midyear Meeting in May. ESCSI honors individuals who make significant contributions to the lightweight aggregate industry through leadership and dedication.

The Thomas A Holm Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to research, development and use of expanded shale, clay and slate aggregate. Newsome has spent his career making such contributions.

Charles Newsome, general manager, Carolina Stalite Company and the executive vice president, Johnson Concrete, presently serves and has served in leadership positions including the Executive Committee of the Education Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill, Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association Board (CCMA), National Concrete Masonry Association Board (NCMA), NCMA Research and Education Foundation Board and Insteel Industries Board. Dedicated to mission work over the last three decades, Newsome also has worked with a village in Zambia in creating a modernized hospital and care center for orphaned children as well as developing educational and agricultural programs for the community.

“Charles has been a tireless promoter of the value and benefits of rotary kiln lightweight aggregate,” said John Ries, PE, ESCSI Technical Director. “His vision and focus upon innovation along with encouraging future generations within the field has helped the industry grow in a very positive manner.”

Trimble moves to IMI



Brian E Trimble, PE, LEED AP has recently taken a position with the International Masonry Institute. In his new role as Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, he will be covering the Western Pennsylvania area for IMI.

Trimble was recently Regional VP, Engineering Services & Architectural Outreach for the Brick Industry Association in its Midwest/Northeast region where he conducted seminars at architectural firms and provided technical assistance on various brick-related subjects. Trimble has over 25 years experience in the masonry industry. He has worked for a brick manufacturer in addition to BIA and IMI. He continues to participate in industry activities such as ASTM and TMS. | 703.300.0109.

Roehling Receives Hastings Award from AIA MI



Carl Roehling, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, principal at SmithGroupJJR, received the 2016 Robert F Hastings Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan Chapter. This award celebrates his exceptional, longstanding service to the profession; the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels; and the Michigan Architectural Foundation. Roehling served as president for AIA Detroit & Michigan Chapters and the Michigan Architectural Foundation. He also served as Michigan’s Regional Director for the AIA national board of directors. Additionally, he helped guide publication of the book, Great Architecture of Michigan.

Industry Veteran Joins CarbonCure



William (Bill) Holden, an industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in the concrete and cement industry, has joined CarbonCure’s team as Vice President of Sales.

CarbonCure technology uses recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to improve the compressive strength of concrete. CO2 is collected from the smokestacks of nearby polluters and is injected into the concrete mix, where it becomes chemically converted into a solid mineral. Mineralization makes concrete stronger, which enables producers to optimize their mixes. With this technology, the concrete required for a typical small high-rise development could prevent as much as 400,000 lbs of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere. The equivalent to taking 39 passenger vehicles off the road for a year!

“There is an immense demand for solutions that reduce concrete’s carbon footprint”, says the former Vice President and Director of Business Development at Roebuck Consulting Group. “Technology makes greener concrete and increases concrete’s strength. A win-win for both business and the environment.”

Hunter to Serve as Preservation Specialist



Sarah Hunter has joined PROSOCO as its new preservation specialist to serve the materials conservation and historic preservation industries.

Hunter will interface directly with customers and provide technical support for issues related to building materials, material degradation and product performance. She will also initiate training programs for preservation community. With a master of science in historic preservation and work experience in materials conservation, Hunter is a perfect fit, said Brian Koenings, director of sales and marketing for PROSOCO. “We’re excited that Sarah is now an additional resource.”

Previously, Hunter worked as review and compliance coordinator for the Kansas State Historical Society in the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. Hunter is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International and serves on the Board of Directors for the group’s Central Plains chapter. | 785.830.7356

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