Historical Masonry Workshop

This program is intended for any Owner, Architect, Engineer or Contractor who is assessing/purchasing/stabilizing/renovating an existing (especially an historic) building with masonry wall (including load-bearing/non-load-bearing/veneers) such as brick. stone or concrete masonry units. This program will specifically provide attendees with the fundamental skills necessary to understand how the following impact existing masonry structures:

  • Differing Architectural Approaches to Historical Restorations
  • Structural Functions of Masonry Walls
  • Building Code Evaluations of Existing Buildings
  • Investigation Techniques and Standards
  • Mortar Repointing and Crack Repair Techniques
  • Retrofit Veneer Anchor System
  • Lateral Restraint Anchors and Bracing Systems

This program was presented on April, 12, 2013 at the University of Texas – Brownsville Campus. Speakers include Alan Pettingale, Andreas Stavridis, Benchmark Harris, Michael Schuller, and Gordon Shepperd. Biographies of the each speaker can be found at the bottom of the page.


The recordings listed below can be purchased individually or together at a 25% discount. Parts 1 & 14 are available for free below. Click here to purchase the complete set of recordings or use the links below to purchase individually.

All proceeds from sales of these recordings will go toward the Clayford T. Grimm, P.E. Student Scholarship.
TopicLengthRetail PriceMember PricePresenter
Total (Purchase Complete Set)6:02:58$400 $300$300 $225
Part 1: Introduction to Workshop13:11FreeFree
Part 2: Approaches to Historical Masonry11:18$12$9Ben Harris
Part 3: Structural Engineering 10143:32$60$45Andreas Stavridis
Part 4: Building Code Evaluations of Existing Buildings17:04$24$18Ben Harris
Part 5: Investigation Techniques and Standards21:28$24$18Ben Harris
Part 6: Moisture and Energy Performance59:51$60$45Gordon Shepperd
Part 7: Investigation Considerations18:26$24$18Ben Harris
Part 8: Masonry Crack Repair32:11$32$24Mike Schuller
Part 9: Mortar Repointing and Repair34:27$32$24Alan Pettingale
Part 10: Lateral Restraint Anchors25:23$32$24Mike Schuller
Part 11: Signage on Buildings32:54$32$24Alan Pettingale
Part 12: Strengthening Masonry44:20$60$45Mike Schuller
Part 13: Infestation in Buildings07:04$8$6Alan Pettingale
Part 14: Conclusion01:49FreeFree

Part 1: Introduction to Workshop

Part 14: Conclusion


Speaker Bios

Alan Pettingale

Alan Pettingale, Owner of Specialized Masonry Restoration in Dallas, Texas, has over 25 years experience in the field of masonry and structural repair. He is originally from Yorkshire, England where he founded his first company. While visiting America, he gave a presentation to the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he came to realize the need for his area of expertise acquired working with older buildings in Europe. The following year he moved to Texas and founded his current business. Since then, Mr. Pettingale’s technical expertise has established him as the “go to” person in his field. He currently serves on the Existing Masonry Committee of The Masonry Society (TMS). Alan is also a member of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Andreas Stavridis, Ph.D.

Andreas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington. Dr. Stavridis received his Diploma In Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece; his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. His current research focuses on the seismic performance of existing infilled reinforced concrete frames with masonry infill walls and on the evaluation and improvement of the design guidelines for reinforced masonry structures. He is a member of EERI, ASCE, SEAOC, ACI and TMS, and an associate member of the masonry issues subcommittee of the ASCE 41-Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings. He has received the Best Doctoral Dissertation from The Masonry Society and the Award for the Most Effective Educational, Outreach, and Training Activity from the National Science Foundation.

Benchmark H. Harris, P.E., LEED AP

Ben is the Director of Engineering at Huckabee & Associates, Inc., a Texas Architecture and Engineering firm that has specialized in educational facilities for 46 years, incorporating masonry in the design of new structures and assessing/rehabilitating existing masonry structures and veneers. Ben has 16 years of experience as a Structural Engineer, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UT-Austin and a M.S. in Structures and Applied Mechanics from UT-Arlington. He is currently on the TMS Board of Directors, is the Chair of the TMS Design Practices Committee, is the Chair of the TMS Disaster Investigation Program and Is a Voting Member of TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5 “Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures” (which is referenced by the IBC).

Michael Schuller, P.E.

Michael is the President of Atkinson-Noland & Associates m Boulder, Colorado, a consulting engineering firm specializing in masonry materials and structures. He has over 25 years experience with masonry engineering, including special expertise with nondestructive evaluation and repair procedures. Mr. Schuller serves on the Board of Directors of The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, The Masonry Society, and the Association for Preservation Technology. He taught Masonry Structural Design at the University of Colorado In Boulder from 1999 through 2009. Mr. Schuller is a Fellow of The Masonry Society and the Association for Preservation Technology.

Gordon Shepperd, P.E., LEED AP

Gordon is a co-founder and shareholder of Apollo BBC, a Houston-based building science consulting firm focused on diagnosing and resolving problems with new and existing buildings for clients nationwide. Mr. Shepperd has 12 years of experience with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UT-Austin. He is a technical expert in building enclosures, design, analysis and repair of building components, analysis of foundation and soil interaction and emergency stabilization techniques. He is the Past Chair and current Board Member of the US Green Building Council (USG BC), Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology, ASTM International, International Concrete Repair Institute and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Biographies last updated: April 2013