Who'd have guessed that a tiny, decrepit CMU building near Trenton, NJ where swimmers at an old day camp used to change their clothes, would turn out to be an architectural treasure?Practically nobody, of course. Which may be why this starkly simple structure - designed by the late Louis Kahn, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary film, "My Architect" - was about to be demolished and replaced by high density housing.Learn how BlockFlash was used in restoring an architectural treasure
Many designers are turning to half-high masonry because of its economy. As an alternative to a traditional cavity wall, these walls offer the same finished appearance, exterior durability and low maintenance coupled with a shorter construction time because of the single wythe loadbearing design.Learn why the NCMA features BlockFlash in their TEK Note 5-15. "Details For Half-High Concrete Masonry Units"
Joe Montalvo, who owns Montalvo's Masonry, in Ft. Worth, Texas, was understandably pleased when he won the bid for a new CVS Pharmacy in Midwest City, Okla. By some measures, CVS is the nation's largest chain of retail pharmacies. The architects, Carter & Burgess of Ft. Worth (later acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.), had specified a reddish-colored, split-face, eight-inch CMU for much of the new store's single wythe exterior walls.Learn how a mason saved money by using BlockFlash instead of step-flashing on an architectural block building