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2019 Masonry Day Information and Registration




It is that time of year again - Masonry Day 2019 will be here before you know it! Don't miss this one of a kind event in the Capital Region! Upstate Masonry Institute has created a full day event to educate and network within the Masonry and A/E/C community.  Take this opportunity to attend our event and we promise you - Questions will be answered, continuing education will be achieved, credits will be earned and connections will be made! Not only will you have an opportunity to get your hands dirty, you will also learn about all the great things happening in the masonry industry that can help you and your firm thrive in our forever changing market! Members of the Masonry and A/E/C community will gather April 2, 2019 at The Century House in Latham New York.




The Century House

997 New Loudon Road

Latham, NY 12110


Full day event

7:30am - 5:00pm


$150 per attendee. Registration includes the entire program outline, breakfast and lunch.



This year we will have exhibitors at our event! Allowing conversations to get started and a chance to show attendees why they should consider their business as a resource to the Masonry and A/E/C community. Building an event that appeals to all construction professionals that want to know who their masonry resources are is why we chose to offer exhibitor space at this event. 


We want to accommodate the entire A/E/C Community - Each topic will earn you an AIA credit as well as a PDH credit for the Engineers and Registered Architects, totaling 6 credits if all topics are attended. 

Tom Cuneio, President
Masonry iQ (new Revit plug in): 1 AIA/PDH


Increasingly complex systems can now be modeled which has opened the door for masonry to be supported in both design and construction models. Case studies in coordination using unit based masonry models with rebar will be featured as well as the latest in point cloud models and clash detection. Tom will also demonstrate a new plugin for Revit that supports custom bond patterns with accurate modular layout and automatic section generation. 

Tom Cunieo has been developing computer modeling solutions for masonry since 2004. His companies CAD BLOX LLC and 3DiQ Inc. provide leading edge solutions for BIM in both construction and design. He is a honors graduate of Mechanical and Aerospace program from University of Missouri. 


Mark Swanson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Minnesota Director
International Masonry Institute 
Value Engineering Masonry: 1 AIA/PDH


A presentation looking at key concepts that optimize masonrys value to projects and can lead to cost savings. The focus will be on archetypes that best respond to masonry's strengths. Specific illustrative projects and concept designs will be shared

Mark Swanson, Director at International Masonry Institute. Mark is a Licensed Architect, NCARB Certified and LEED Accredited Professional who brings years of experience working in a design-build environment delivering BIM solutions. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Dorothy M. Harris, Vice President, Government Relations
International Codes Council 
Keynote Speaker


Dorothy will be giving an inside look of the codes process in New York State,  how you can get involved and what it takes for a codes to be changed. 

As Vice President of Government Relations she works directly with the Senior Vice President of Government Relations in achieving the department's goals related to coalition building and national code adoption, implementation and support of the International Codes. Ms. Harris works directly with the twelve State and Local Government Relations Managers as well as member and organizations worldwide. 

Prior to her current position, Ms. Harris served as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government and Community Services at the New York State Department of State.  Ms. Harris was responsible for the oversight of five Divisions within the Department of State: Coastal Resources; Code Enforcement and Administration; Community Services; Fire Prevention and Control and Local Governments.  Ms. Harris also served as the Chairperson of the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council and the New York State 911 Board and represented the Secretary of State on the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Harris served as Assistant Secretary of State in the Department of State, Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor George E. Pataki, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department, Committee Analyst and Director of the Task Force on Catastrophe Insurance of the New York State Senate Insurance Committee, and Legislative Assistant in the New York State Assembly.


Nick Lang, Vice President of Business Development
National Concrete Masonry Association
Meeting the Energy Code: 1 AIA/PDH


This presentation will focus on the different concrete masonry units that can be used to design single wythe walls for energy compliance. In addition to prescriptive requirements in the current energy code for masonry walls in climate zone 5 will be discussed. 

Nick Lang is Vice President of Business Development for the National Concrete Masonry Association. In this capacity, he manages various projects for the Association, especially in the areas of market communications and technical education. He also provides oversight to the NCMA Research and Development Laboratory, works on a variety of NCMA technical projects, and participates as staff liaison to NCMA task groups and subcommittees.  Mr. Lang previously was the Director of Research and Development for NCMA.

Mr. Lang is a member of ASTM International Technical Committees C09 on concrete and concrete aggregates, C12 on mortars and grouts for unit masonry, and C15 on manufactured masonry units.  He is the subcommittee chairman for C15.03 on Concrete Masonry Units. He is also a member of The Masonry Society and the American Concrete Institute, and is the chair of the joint ACI/TMS Committee 216 on Fire Resistance of Concrete and Masonry Assemblies.

Mr. Lang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a registered professional engineer in Maryland.


Russ Peterson, President
Direct Design (accelerated masonry building design): 1 AIA/PDH


This session will overview the Direct Design concept, focusing largely on the Direct Design Software Package. Demonstrations of modeling and design will be conducted for sample structures, along with an overview of the Revit-to DDS module that will allow information interchange with Autodesk Revit. 

Russ Peterson, MCSE, is an engineer, software developer and active member of The Masonry Society (TMS). He has been developing structural software for over 20years, including Direct Design Software and other masonry design software. His company, Ensoltech, has been working with BIM-M initiative on the advancement of masonry modeling technology. He holds M.S and B.S degrees in Civil Engineering from Montana State University


Sherry Hartel, AIA, New York State Director
International Masonry Institute 
Hands On Masonry Basics: 2 AIA/PDH


 The intent of this program is to provide Architects, Engineers, Code Inspectors with an enhanced ability to design/analyze the constructability of a typical masonry wall by observing proper installation techniques adjacent to common mistakes/code violations. There will be 4 different mockups to observe basic details: 1-Base of Wall - Flashing, Drip Edge, Term Bar, Movement Joints; 2-Masonry Sill - Rigid Flashing; 3- Window Head: Brick veneer, CMU backup, reinforced masonry lintel; and 4- Masonry Wall Cap - Open Cavity.  A fifth station will allow for designers to physically apply mortar to bricks and build a wall with the help of masons to further develop their understanding of the skill and craft involved.

Sherry provides design and technical assistance to architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, and other construction professionals in Upstate New York. With over a decade in the industry, Sherry has experience working for a major terra cotta manufacturer in historic and rain screen products, and for a large commercial developer in architectural planning. She has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from The University at Buffalo and specializes in rain screen systems, sustainability, well building, historic preservation, and innovative techniques. Sherry’s background gives her a unique understanding of both the creative and technical side of building design, as well as an appreciation for the bottom line.



Now you know what our day will be about, don't miss this event! - REGISTER HERE 







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