NAMC Exhibitors


Over 200 masonry industry attendees are expected from around the world, including masonry researchers, designers, practitioners, educators, building managers, and students, to discuss the latest developments in masonry research, design, construction, and preservation.

Exhibitors have the option of having a table top booth, presenting in an Innovative Technology Session, or both. More information about each option is provided below. Discounts are available for conference sponsors. Visit the sponsors page for more information.

Exhibit Booths

Exhibits spaces will be available during the Monday and Tuesday of the conference (June 17 and 18).
Conference attendees will have time to access exhibits all day, with dedicated time during breakfast, inter-session breaks, lunch, and before the evening receptions.

Primary exhibit spaces are located along two sides of the pre-function area near the Capitol Ballroom. Smaller spaces are available near the Olympus Ballroom and Amethyst Room. Click here for a map of the meeting rooms and exhibitor spaces.

Conference registration will be held in the pre-function area directly in front of the Capitol Ballroom. Most sessions will be held in the Capitol Ballroom and Amethyst Room and most meal functions will take place in the Olympus Ballroom.

Primary exhibit spaces are approximately 9 ft wide and 7 ft deep. The smaller spaces near Olympus and Amethyst are approximately 9 ft wide and 2 ft deep. Click here for additional descriptions and pictures of exhibitor spaces.

The exhibit booth fee includes the space, table (6 ft by 3 ft), two chairs, and access to breaks and lunches during the two exhibit days.

Exhibit spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Contact TMS to reserve your space by May 15, 2019

Innovative Technology Sessions

Openings are available for the conference’s Innovative Technology Session for those wanting to present original and revolutionary topics that may not be suited to the conference proceedings. Presentations given at the Innovative Technology Session are not accompanied by a technical paper and may include topics that are propriety or marketing related. Presenters may distribute literature and other material during their presentation. The following topics will be presented at the conference.

  • Deconstructing the masonry wall: A methodology for wall design, Scott Conwell, International Masonry Institute
  • Direct Design Software (DDS), Russ Peterson, Ensoltech
  • Improving Thermal Efficiency through Offset Shelf Angle Support, Fero Corporation
  • Innovative Research Studies Key Mortar Properties for Best Performance, Bill Kjorlien, Argos, and Wayne Wilson, LafargeHolcim
  • Masonry Veneer Anchors and Structural Relief Systems, Jeremy Douglas, Hohmann & Barnard
  • Spherical Block’s Innovative Masonry Systems, Peter Roberts, Spherical Block, LLC
  • Using Arial Drones to Assist with Assessment, Peter M. Babaian, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Using Fabric-Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) for Strengthening and Retrofit of Existing Structures, Aniket Borwankar, Simpson Strong-Tie

See below for a detailed description of each session.

Deconstructing the masonry wall: A methodology for wall design

The exterior masonry wall is a complex assembly challenging architects in the problems of aesthetics, performance, and structure. This session analyzes and graphically deconstructs a variety of complex masonry wall types commonly used in new construction. The session takes a detailed look at the basic decision-making process for walls in the pre-design and early design stages. Attendees will learn a design approach that quickly and systematically takes them through a series of micro-decisions on a small number (eight or fewer) of subassemblies of the wall, resulting in a well-informed system design. This session will use examples of walls from real projects and walk the audience through the uniquely swift linear decision-making process. It will also discuss development of a wall taxonomy, the curation of a Wall Systems Library, and opportunities for BIM integration.

Presenter Bio: Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP has dedicated his career to educating design professionals and advancing good design with masonry materials. In his 24 years as a Director with International Masonry Institute (IMI), he has delivered over 1,000 presentations and lectures to architects, engineers, contractors, and students; he has authored technical articles published industry-wide; and he leads IMI’s team on the Masonry Detailing Series, an online collection of architectural details for masonry, stone, and tile. He is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Direct Design Software (DDS)

This presentation provides an introduction to Version 3.0 of the Direct Design Software (DDS). DDS is a unique structural design software package that combines the loading requirements of ASCE 7 and the material resistance provisions of TMS 402 to quickly and easily produce code-compliant concrete masonry designs in accordance with the structural requirements of the International Building and Residential Codes (IBC and IRC). DDS not only performs structural design checks for masonry per TMS 402, but concurrently resolves design loads -inclusive of seismic, wind, snow, dead, and live loads – based on simple user defined parameters.

Presenter Bio: Russ Peterson is an engineer, software developer and active member in The Masonry Society (TMS). His company, Ensoltech, has created Direct Design Software and other structural design software packages. He has participated in the development of various TMS design guides and other publications, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.

Improving Thermal Efficiency through Offset Shelf Angle Support

Continuous insulation is an effective way of achieving high R-value walls; however, thermally inefficient materials, such as façade attachments, penetrate the building envelope causing thermal bridging significantly degrading the insulation’s thermal performance. Heavy masonry veneer require a robust structural attachment system to transfer cladding loads back to the primary structure. A primary location to address thermal bridging is the shelf angle to the building structure.

  1. Identify thermal bridging in masonry construction
  2. Comparison of conventional shelf angle installation to Fero FAST bracket examining the following topics;
    • Adjustability for construction tolerances;
    • Thermal performance;
    • Cost; and
    • Installation methods

Presenter Bio: FERO Corporation

Innovative Research Studies Key Mortar Properties for Best Performance

As part of a recently approved change in ASTM C12’s C270 Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry, a group representing a balanced group of the masonry industry investigated water penetration resistance of masonry wall panels. While many past researchers had studied the topic, results were not always conclusive, and modern day materials have evolved, so it was decided that taking another look was warranted. Testing by E514 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration and Leakage through Masonry allowed for direct comparative testing of different mortars to establish which characteristics have the most influence on creating water-resistant masonry construction, while providing the superior bond strength that demanding codes require. This research adds to the body of knowledge about cementitious mortars and their interaction with masonry units. A brief summary of the new research (being presented in a paper by Dr. McGinley) will summarize the important points, then allow a question and answer period for attendees to better understand the significance of the findings and how they are addressed by the C270 standard.

Presenter Bios: Bill Kjorlien has been a mason for many years before joining Argos as their Masonry Technical Service Director. At Argos, he provides technical support to customers and improves cement-based products to serve a wide range of masonry needs throughout the southeast. As second vice-chairman of ASTM Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry and subcommittee chairman of ASTM C12.03 Specifications for Mortars, he brings his technical expertise to the standards that govern use of cement mortars for masonry construction.

Wayne Wilson , P.E., the Senior Technical Service Engineer LafargeHolcim, also provides technical support to customers and improves cement-based products to serve a wide range of masonry needs. As a member of ASTM Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, he also serves on the C12.03 subcommittee.

Masonry Veneer Anchors and Structural Relief Systems

Increasing the energy efficiency of our wall configurations to meet more demanding code requirements is an escalating challenge we are all tasked with meeting. In this session, we will take a look at some new masonry veneer anchors and structural relief systems that are designed to limit the amount of thermal transfer occurring through the building envelope.

Presenter Bio: Jeremy Douglas, CSI, CCPR, is the Director of Architectural Services at Hohmann & Barnard, where he has operated as the primary technical resource to the Building Envelope Design community for the last 20 years. In this role he works with Architects, Structural Engineers, and Building Envelope Consultants as an educational resource and is also a national speaker and writer on the subject of high-performance masonry wall design. Jeremy is a regular technical contributor to various organizations, including The Masonry Society, the Air Barrier Association of America, and the International Masonry Institute.

Spherical Block’s Innovative Masonry Systems

This talk will address the topological interlocking manufactured concrete block systems developed by Spherical Block, LLC. Two different types of block design will be described, including triangular block used to make domes and spheres; and voussoirs used to build arches, flying buttresses, windows and more. The molds used by block makers to produce these blocks will be described, including methods for handling these blocks, including cubing and palleting for shipping. The advantages of these innovative masonry systems will be summarized; including taking advantage of the anisotropy of these blocks; the extensive design flexibility which they provide; the safety provided by these masonry systems for fire, extreme weather, seismic events, and resistance to terrorist threats; the low cost and ease of production, and both manual, semi-automated methods of assembly. The speaker will address all of these considerations in the real-world context of his ongoing experiences in the development of using these specialty manufactured concrete blocks to build masonry roof arches, domes, spheres, flying buttresses, boats & ships, and much more. This talk will summarize the role of this profitable innovation in the masonry industry relative to the block maker, masons and the end-user.

Presenter Bio: Peter Roberts is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of innovative masonry systems at Spherical Block, LLC. Peter is a masonry designer entrepreneur inspired to develop profitable, sustainable and scalable solutions for expanding the use of manufactured concrete block into topological designs, using block to provide roofs, such as arches and domes. He is at the vanguard of this entirely new use of concrete block, creating new applications, uses and markets for concrete block at scale. Peter has earned a reputation for utilizing existing production methods and materials to provide a profitable new realm for manufactured concrete masonry products. His work is suitable for affordable, high-strength building designs viable for withstanding severe weather events, wildfires, tsunamis, seismic applications, infrastructure, kilns and more. Peter has been granted six awards from the National Science Foundation, and two awards from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority toward the development and characterization of this innovative masonry technology. Peter’s work has been identified as a Cutting-Edge Technology by the American Concrete Institute. Peter has authored 18 US patents. He holds a Bsc in Masonry Science from Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics. In his spare time, Peter is an avid outdoors enthusiast and devotes his time to pottery, sculpture, metal working, glass blowing and music. He is currently working to obtain a positive evaluation of his company’s technology from International Code Council – Evaluation Services.

Using Arial Drones to Assist with Assessment

Facade assessment is generally completed from the ground or via temporary access, such as an aerial lift, rope access, or swing stage. Ground based assessment is generally faster and less expensive, but limited due to angle of incidence and distance, especially for buildings more than three or four stories. Temporary access provides an up-close, direct level of assessment with no distance or angle of incidence issues. However, it may not be feasible for all buildings due to access (difficulty reaching a spire), time, or cost. Drone technology offers a potential way to solve the angle of incidence and distance issues without the cost and difficulty of setting up temporary access. As with any new technologies, limitations exist and as a result it should be pursued with some level of caution. This presentation will discuss recent experiences with drone technology on masonry buildings and how it helped with the assessment and limitations encountered.

Presenter Bio: Peter M. Babaian, P.E., S.E., is a Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and leads their Chicago office and their Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice. His experience includes designing, investigating, and rehabilitating a variety of building enclosures and structures. His specialties include exterior enclosure consulting on new construction, rehabilitation of existing structures, historic preservation, and building enclosure commissioning. He received a BSCE from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a MSCE from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Babaian is the Chair of The Masonry Society’s Technical Activities Committee, which oversees all technical activities of the Society.

Using Fabric-Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) for Strengthening and Retrofit of Existing Structures

Fabric-Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) combines high-performance sprayable mortar with a carbon-fiber grid to create thin-walled, reinforced concrete shells without adding significant weight or mass to the structure. With this system, we can repair, protect and strengthen aging, damaged or overloaded concrete and masonry structures in one application and significantly reduce your installed cost.

Significant flexural, axial or shear strength gains can be realized with an easy-to-apply composite. FRCM provides a low-impact, low-weight alternative to traditional concrete strengthening and retrofit methods. Many times, it is the most economical strengthening solution available, given its reduced preparation installation time. This system will be suitable for the following applications.

  1. Projects that also require a surface repair and levelling in addition to strengthening
  2. Seismic retrofit of concrete, brick and masonry buildings
  3. Projects with large, overhead, and vertical surface areas where higher production rates are possible with shotcrete material
  4. Repair applications that cannot afford significant member enlargement
  5. Composite strengthening applications that require an increased level of abrasion and fire resistance

In this seminar, we dive into important considerations including latest industry standards, material properties and key governing limits when designing with FRCM. We will also discuss repair and strengthening of Napa County Courthouse using FRCM. Napa County Courthouse is a historic building that had significant damage during the Napa earthquake. FRCM was chosen to repair and strengthening the existing brick walls on this project.

Presenter Bio: Mr. Aniket Borwankar is a Composite Strengthening Systems (CSS) Field Engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie. CSS includes Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) and FRP systems. Mr. Borwankar worked on FRP reinforced concrete during his graduate study. His research work deepened his understanding of these materials and resulted in journal and conference publications. After working in consulting engineering firms in Tennessee and California, Mr. Borwankar joined Simpson Strong-Tie in March 2017. Since then, he has been involved in designing FRCM/FRP projects and educating engineering firms on the basics and design principles of FRCM/FRP. Mr. Borwankar can be contacted at for information on FRCM projects.