Each year, the International Masonry Institute and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers offer plaster upgrade training to the membership. According to Owen Jones, Field Representative for the Wisconsin District Council, “Plaster membership has grown at a rapid pace, and there is a high demand for both new andrestoration plaster work.” Thanks to the training provided at the International Masonry Institute’s NationalTraining Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland, and local training throughout Wisconsin, the design and construction industry is assured of a ready supply of trained craftworkers to perform all types of plaster construction.
There were several challenges involved with the design and construction of a replacement for Wausau School District’s existing 60 year old G.D. Jones Elementary School.
As Bellevue Hospital in New York City neared completion of its most recent addition, officials realized they needed to install an exceptional flooring system in the new building. In addition to housing Bellevue’s Forensic Biology Laboratory, the facility would also be home to the Kips Bay Emergency Medical Service Station for Battalion 8 of the New York City Fire Department. The expectation for heavy foot traffic meant the flooring had to be durable. At the same time, the hospital wanted to utilize a material that was both cost effective and attractive.
Project highlights: A key to the State’s decision to use loadbearing masonry on this project was the fact that the architect/engineer had developed a prototype masonry prison design that had been very successful.
Four 5-story buildings, each with 250,000 sq. ft. of floor area. The owner, AT&T, put a high priority on early occupancy. In the design phase, non-masonry materials were considered for the exterior “skin,” but the client has always relied on brick to communicate and express the AT&T corporate identity and character. Walls consisted of brick and block veneer tied to steel studs. Standard brick was used, along with a beige/ white groundface concrete masonry unit in stair towers, on bridge supports for walkways, and on the base of the buildings. There was a continuous precast concrete band at the top of each row of windows and a continuous brick soldier course under the windows. There was an accent brick band between floors, and 8x8x16 groundface block with a center score were used inside the building near the elevators and on a few walls.