November 2012: 2012 MCAA Midyear Meeting

Words: Dan Kamys Government Affairs

The Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City, Utah, was the site of this year’s MCAA Midyear Meeting in September. The meeting was kicked off with a day-long Committee Chair meeting, followed by an opening dinner and the presentation of the TEAM Awards.

MCAA Safety Advantage Awards were presented, with the goal being to help draw attention to the need and benefits of performing safely. The first-place winner in the “Less Than 100,000 Hours” category was Restore Masonry LLC, Chicago, and the first-place winner in the “Greater Than 100,000 Hours” category was Lang Masonry Contractors Inc., Waterford, Ohio.

MCAA Committee Meeting updates took place the next morning, followed by a golf outing at Wasatch Mountain State Park. The tournament was a fundraiser for the MCAA Political Education fund. All proceeds are used to help support the PAC and MCAA political activities. Some attendees opted for a guided fly fishing trip in the clear Utah streams.

A Networking Round Table occurred on the last day of the meeting, allowing participants to openly discuss topics with industry peers in a non-competitive atmosphere.

The roundtables were followed by the MCAA Closing Banquet, which took place at the Utah Olympic Facility – host to the 2002 Olympic Games. The Day Lodge at the facility is home to the summer freestyle training pool. After dinner, members watched a show by the Flying Aces All Stars, skilled jumpers who performed a 25-minute skills show. Each jump ended in the training pool. MCAA Chairman John J. Smith Jr. performed a special jump that he had trained for earlier in the week!

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a live equipment auction as well, with proceeds going to the MCAA Foundation, a 501(c)(3), and distributed to programs that help support masonry education and training.

Award Night

IMS Masonry and LDS Church; Commercial winner – City Creek Center IMS Masonry and LDS Church; Commercial winner – City Creek Center

2012 MCAA TEAM Award Winners The purpose of the Tribute to Exemplary Achievements in Masonry (TEAM) Awards is to give recognition to quality masonry projects and members of the construction team for outstanding accomplishments in masonry design and construction. Winners are as follows, and you can get more information at

Provo Peaks Elementary School, Provo, Utah – Before the demolition of Farrer Elementary, 80-year-old terra cotta panels and medallions were cut from the building by Doyle Hatfield Masonry. These panels and medallions were incorporated into the new design of the building. Doyle Hatfield Masonry, in conjunction with Brailsford Cast Stone, took molds of the terra cotta panel systems and made exact replicas of the terra cotta. MC was Doyle Hatfield Masonry Inc., Salem, Utah; architect was Sandstrom & Associates Architecture, Orem, Utah; and GC was Hogan & Associates Construction, Centerville, Utah.

Franklin Monroe K-12 School, Arcanum, Ohio – The purpose of the project was to build a new K-12 school for Franklin Monroe Schools. The primary design goal was to produce one of the most energy-efficient schools in the State of Ohio with sustainable building materials. The advantages of using masonry were threefold: longevity, durability, and sustainability. MC was Tectonic Systems Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; architect was SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati, Ohio; and GC was Humble Construction, Bellefonte, Ohio.

Texas A&M University San Antonio - Multi Purpose Building, San Antonio – The multipurpose building located on the Texas A&M University San Antonio campus is a three-story administration and classroom facility. It is the first facility to be built on the 600-plus-acre campus located on the Southside of San Antonio, Texas. This Texas A&M multipurpose building definitely sets the bench mark for all future buildings to be built on this vast campus. MC was Shadrock & Williams Masonry Ltd., Helotes, Texas; architect was Kell Munoz Architects, San Antonio; and GC was Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, San Antonio.

United States Federal Building, Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The Federal Building in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a two-story structure with basement housing Federal Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshall Service, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative. The building’s architectural vocabulary and integration of artistic programming works to accommodate the desires of local citizens and Federal Officials. MC was Jollay Masonry, Avondale Estates, Ga.; architect was Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Inc., Chicago; and GC was KBR Building Group, Atlanta, and Harrison Construction Co. Inc., Northport, Ala.

City Creek Center, Salt Lake City – City Creek project does something that has never been done before from a masonry perspective: build a state of the art structure that meets the high seismic requirements of Category D, while reducing thermal bridging and wall tie penetrations in the envelope to optimize energy performance, yet harmonize with the surrounding historic architecture. MC was IMS Masonry, Lindon, Utah; architect was Hobbs & Black Architects, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and GC was Jacobsen Construction, Salt Lake City.

Private Residence Screen Wall, Texas – For this project, the masonry subcontractor acted as prime subcontractor to remove 700 feet of aged masonry screen wall, and replace it with a more elegant all-masonry wall. The inherent qualities of masonry yielded a finished project which will last for decades to come. MC was Dee Brown Inc., Garland, Texas; architect was B2 Architecture LLC, Dallas; and GC was Dee Brown Inc., Garland, Texas.

Oregon State Hospital Kirkbride Building, Salem, Ore. – Seeking to honor the building’s original character, the design team utilized chromo chronologies to identify the original pennywise paint color. The new custom-blended paint hue represents a compromise between this historic tone and the contemporary unpainted brick chosen for the adjacent new addition. MC was Pioneer Waterproofing Co. Inc., Portland, Ore.; architect was SRG Partnership, Portland, Ore.; and GC was Hoffman Construction Co., Portland, Ore.

St. Albans Residence, St. Albans, Mo. – The all-brick and carved stone trimmed house has 12,840 square feet of living space with numerous walkways, arches, terraces and verandas all paved in Turkish marble. There are six masonry chimneys loaded with detail and character including 48-inch herringbone fireboxes. The tallest chimney is 58 feet high. MC was Spencer Brickwork Inc., St. Louis; architect was Dick Busch Architects, St. Louis; and GC was St. Albans Construction Co., St. Albans, Mo.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis – Designed to blend into the landscape, the building’s exterior is comprised of 25,799 pieces of gray textured granite stone. Each piece, individually handset, demonstrates the impeccable craftsmanship and is testament to Lakewood Cemetery’s goal of building a facility that will withstand the test of time. MC was Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis; architect was AHGA Architects & Engineers, Minneapolis; and GC was Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis.

The Meadows at Lake St. Louis – Nike Factory Store, Lake St. Louis, Mo. – M+H worked with the Davis Street Land Company to develop a new kind of shopping experience for the Lake Saint Louis area. The Nike store as well as all stores constructed at the site utilized lightweight block as the structural backup for the masonry veneer. Lightweight block allowed the walls to go up fast and at the most economical cost. MC was John J. Smith Masonry Inc.; St. Louis; architect was M & H Architects Inc., St. Louis; and GC was HBD Construction Inc., St. Louis.

University of Texas - Norman Hackerman Building, Austin, Texas – The Norman Hackerman Building is the site of the foundation for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st Century, such as safer pharmaceuticals and tools for disease diagnosis. It is a LEED silver building, showcasing the university’s commitment to sustainability. MC was P and S Masonry Inc. in Hamilton, Texas; architect was CO Architects, Los Angeles; and GC was HCBeck, Ltd., Austin, Texas.

MCAA Vision Award Winners The MCAA awarded the second-annual Vision Awards, which celebrate school districts, universities, communities and architects who have demonstrated outstanding use of masonry in their projects and incorporate masonry in their campuses, communities and buildings. Winners of the 2012 MCAA Vision Awards are as follows.

Moseley Architects As a private firm with a public sector soul, Moseley Architects’ public school projects are mindful in their requirements for simplicity, durability, and longevity, yet realize opportunities for aesthetic uniqueness. Their projects continually recognize the timeless permanence embodied in masonry, while exemplifying unique characteristic moments achievable within the material type. Moseley Architects reaffirms that as a material, no other material blends seamlessly with all of them as well as masonry.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the largest private entities with a constant development of new facilities to meet the needs of their congregations and communities. Church construction in North America is between 50 and 70 new chapel projects per year averaging 12,000 square feet per project, along with two to four seminary or institute buildings each year, where bricks are the preferred exterior building material. Worldwide, the volume of work is about 200 new chapels annually. Average chapel construction consists of about 55,000 modular brick equivalents, a sum of more than 11 million bricks used annually. Concrete masonry is used as the exterior veneer for many of the buildings.

The Church has an Architectural, Engineering and Construction oversight division that manages design and supports construction across North America and internationally. Their goal is to design facilities that fit well in the various communities, while maintaining aesthetics, long-term sustainability, high energy efficiency and exterior fa??ades that require very low maintenance. Masonry fits that charge. Following that goal, they use masonry as much as possible on every building they can. Besides the communities scattered across the nation, mason contractors, multiple manufacturers and suppliers that are affiliated with the industry, have benefited from this church organization, as they strongly support our industry.

Huntley Consolidated School District 158 Huntley Consolidated School District 158 is a small school district in northern Illinois. The district has three school campuses with five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. When selecting their materials the district chose to use masonry for the exterior and interior walls. No doubt, this is due to the lifecycle factors for these buildings.

The University of Alabama The University of Alabama is a truly beautiful campus. A visitor to the University of Alabama would have a difficult time finding a building on campus not built of masonry. The University of Alabama campus should be applauded for its extensive and impressive use of masonry.
Olympic Park
2012 MCAA Midyear Meeting Closing Event at Utah Olympic Park 2012 MCAA Midyear Meeting Closing Event at Utah Olympic ParkMCAA Chairman John Smith at the top of the ski jump MCAA Chairman John Smith at the top of the ski jump MCAA Chairman John Smith Jr. performs his jump. MCAA Chairman John Smith Jr. performs his jump. After a successful jump, John Smith addresses the crowd. After a successful jump, John Smith addresses the crowd.

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