Masonry construction goes as far back as 6,000 years ago. The Egyptian periods, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal. Some of the worlds most significant architectural achievements have been made with masonry. Masonry in years past has been chosen for its beauty, versatility, and durability. Masonry is fire resistant, resilient to Mother Nature's natural disasters and a great sound barrier. Its past is still with us, preserved in great wonders of the world. Its presence is all around us, the buildings we admire as we travel around America and the world. Its future is limited only by the designer or contractors inability to consider a masonry perspective on a challenging assignment.
If you desire a new or renovated structure that will bring lasting beauty, solid economic savings, and an enhancement to your company's reputation and character in your community, then using a masonry system for your next project is imperative. Bringing logic and value back to the planning table is crucial to creating structures that will not only be timeless but will withhold the test of time. Timeless masonry is the perfect material for all categories of construction in the built environment. Be it a hospital, office center, school, government/institutional facility, apartment/residential project, or any other creative construction challenges.
Masonry's adaptability to design forms, richness in texture, its modern adaptation for structural requirements, minimumal maintenance, and cost competitiveness with other materials make it the preferred material for today's buildings. The innovative features of masonry will help meet and exceed your needs of function and aesthetics.
Specifically, here are some of the features that using a masonry system can bring to your current or planned building project:
Fire Resistance: Building codes require institutional buildings to meet stringent fire codes. By itself, loadbearing masonry provides a high level of resistance. Other systems need multiple subassemblies to get to the same levels and meet code. In the process, they drive up the complexity and the cost of the facility as a whole.
Mold Resistance: Mold needs moisture, warm temperatures and a food source. While masonry may get wet, it will never provide a food source for mold.
Impact Resistance: In high traffic areas where walls are subject to impacts, masonry far outperforms impact resistance drywall.
Weathering Resistance: Masonry is unaffected by moisture, whereas steel will corrode unless properly protected by a coating. Consider masonry a “forgiving material” - one that is not destroyed by moisture, regardless of climate conditions.
Sound Transfer: Increasing the density of the enclosure materials is the most cost effective method of controlling sound transfer through building assemblies. Solid masonry easily wins out over steel or wood framed systems.
Optimization: Masonry optimizes the energy performance through thermal mass. Masonry also uses regional materials that reduce environmental impacts associated with transporting building products long distances. Providing an opportunity for additional LEED points.