Many Resources Available for MCAA Members
As a member of the Mason Contractors Association of America, you have access to many resources available that are designed to support personal and professional development within the mason community. Those resources range from educational resources such as webinars and certification courses and safety resources including employee onboarding videos about crystalline silica in both English and Spanish, and COVID-19 resources. Believe it or not, there's even a Fun & Games section with printable masonry-related crossword puzzles and word search puzzles!
Completing a puzzle may not be the first thing that comes to mind if you are searching for information about masonry, but the many resources that are on our site are there because we want to support the development of the wellbeing of the whole person, including some entertainment, not just the person as a member of MCAA.
The Technical Section on our site is likely the one you will navigate to most often. The first thing you'll notice when you go to that page is the three search bar sections at the top. There, you will be able to search by contractor, product, or training program location.
Find a Contractor
To find a contractor by state, open up the dropdown list of states. Click on Illinois, for instance, and an alphabetical list of mason contractors in Illinois comes up. This list gives the company name, the city in which they are located, and a letter code that correlates to the company's annual sales volume.
Find a Product
Second, you can search by Find a Product. Bring up that dropdown list and you'll find 220 products, from 3D modeling to window surrounds, and from estimating software to website design.
Find a Training Program
Find a training program in your state with the third search box. This brings up unions with resources, technical schools, state colleges, local masonry organizations, and more.
You will find numerous articles written by licensed engineers with the expertise you can trust to know what they are talking about. General categories under the technical section include:
Masonry Tech Notes
Masonry Technical Resources
Within each of those categories is a plethora of additional information available to you with just a click.
The Wall Systems sections offer technical information on how to design and build 11 of the most popular masonry wall systems you are likely to encounter:
Brick Veneer / Reinforced Concrete Block
Concrete Block Veneer / Reinforced Concrete Block
Stone Slab Veneer / Reinforced Concrete Block
Brick Veneer / Steel Stud
Brick Veneer / Wood Stud
Concrete Block Veneer / Steel Stud
Brick Veneer / Reinforced Cast in Place Concrete
Concrete Block Veneer / Reinforced Cast in Place Concrete
Single Wythe And Barrier Walls
Reinforced Concrete Block
Stone Veneer / Reinforced Concrete Block
If you aren't sure which wall system is best for your project, click on "Help Me Choose," which will guide you through short, simple questions such as what type of project it is (with a dropdown list), the project's life expectancy, and what you prefer the exterior to be. Based on your answers, you will receive an expert recommendation.
Masonry Tech Notes
Masonry Tech Notes provides a plethora of technical notes on brick construction. Here you will find complete guide specs for brick masonry, technical notes on paving systems, salvaged brick, structural design of brick masonry arches, fireplace design, a glossary of terms, causes, and prevention of efflorescence, and much more. Each document opens up to a printable PDF that is free to access and print. The list goes on and on, there are 239 technical notes in this section!
Again, another section full of information, the Technical Talks section contains info about:
Anchors, Connectors, and Fasteners
Building Information Modeling
Cold Weather Construction
Hot Weather Construction
Mortar and Grout
Within each of those sections is more related information. As a member, you can access these articles when you log in to the site. The talks are in the form of digital articles.
Masonry Technical Resources
Within this section are resources in the form of printable PDFs that cover numerous topics, from using steel studs to anchor brick veneer to the resistance of exterior walls to high-velocity projectiles. These resources evaluate the design and construction of common masonry structures, the effects of different types of reinforcement, tension capacities, fire ratings, details of hot and cold weather construction, and more.
As the national trade association representing mason contractors, the MCAA is committed to preserving and promoting the masonry industry. We are continually looking for ways to provide value to our members in the form of continuing education, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment, recruiting future manpower, and marketing the benefits of masonry materials. Making these and other technical resources available to you, our members, is just the beginning of how we want to support you. Keep in touch and let us know what more you would like to see.
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