Chicago Masonry Expo Is April 7

Words: Dan KamysSave the Date!! April 7, 2015 is the Chicago Masonry Expo at IMI's Facility in Addison

The Chicago Masonry Expo is just around the corner, coming April 7th to IMI in Addison. Here are the details:

What is it?

The Chicago Masonry Expo is an educational conference made up of seminars, masonry demonstrations, and exhibits.

When is it?

Tuesday April 7, 2015, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Where is it?

Park your vehicle at the Hilton Garden Inn, 551 N. Swift Rd., Addison, IL 60101.  From the hotel parking lot, board a shuttle for the short ride less than one mile to the BAC/IMI training center, 2140 Corporate Drive, Addison, IL 60101.

Who should go?

Architects, Engineers, GCs/CMs, Owners/Developers, BAC contractors, Code officials.

How much does it cost?

Electronic registration is $10 which covers breakfast, lunch, and a day's worth of education from the masonry industry's top presenters and exhibitors.  Tickets are transferable but nonrefundable.  We expect the event to sell out at 300 attendees, so get your tickets early.

Does the education count toward my profession's requirements?

Yes, each seminar is registered with AIA, and most qualify for HSW learning units.  We will provide certificates on-site for self reporting of non-AIA members, and for PDH hours for engineers.

What companies will be exhibiting?

We expect to have about 30 material suppliers and other industry representatives exhibiting their products and services, representing all facets of the trowel trades: masonry, tile, terrazzo, plaster, rainscreens, stone, and more.

What are the seminar topics?

We will have two keynote presentations and four breakout sessions, which your choice of four topics each... that's a total of 18 sessions to choose from!  Each session is approximately 60 minutes.  Please note that the programs listed below may change slightly due to presenter availability.

Morning Keynote

- Structural Masonry, Pat Conway, IMI, Presenter

Afternoon Keynote

- Energy Efficient Masony, Brian Trimble, BIA Presenter

Breakout Sessions High Performing Masonry Track:

- Insulation and Energy Codes

- Masonry Cavity Walls

- Movement Joints in Masonry Walls

- Designing and Detailing Durable Masonry Walls

Tile/Marble/Terrazzo Track

- Large Format Tile & Stone Intallation

- Terrazzo:  The Original Recycled Floor

- Designing With Stone

- Substrate Preparation for Ceramic Tile

Emerging Technologies Track

- BIM for Masonry

- EIFS Design and Construction

- Terra Cotta Rainscreen Walls

- Adhered Veneers

Demonstration Track

- Grouted & Reinforced Masonry Demonstration

- Adhered Veneer Demonstration

- Constructing a Complete Cavity Wall Demonstration

- Ceramic Tile Floors & Walls Demonstration

Bonus Presentation

- Masonry Partitions/Partitions Design Software Demonstration

How do I register?

Watch your email for registration details.  We anticipate emailing the registration link the week of February 23. We will also post the link on this site. If you're unsure whether you're on our email list, send us a quick email ( and we'll make sure to add you.

How can I be sure to get the classes I want?

Due to limited classroom size, we expect the classes to fill up quickly, therefore we encourage you to register early.  If the breakout session you want is full, you would need to select another session for that time slot.

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