Masonry Wall Design: Single-Wythe
Moisture penetration through exterior walls is a concern on every project (or – it should be a concern on every project!). Single-wythe concrete block construction does a great job in preventing water from entering the interior of your building but there are several important “belts and suspenders” that should be included in your design to make sure your masonry wall does the best job possible.
So, what do we consider a single-wythe wall? There are three major types of masonry walls built in Florida. The very best masonry wall to prevent water passage (we call it The World’s Best Wall!!) is called a double-wythe cavity wall and contains a drainage/air space between two separate wythes or “layers” of masonry. Water that makes it through the first wythe runs down the back side of the wall and is discharged to the exterior through flashing and weeps.
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Moor & Associates Architecture Wins AIA Florida Honor & Design Award for Masonry
Duck Key, Florida | June 25, 2015 : The Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) held its annual Masonry Excellence Awards Reception at the Hawk's Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida on June 25, 2015. The 2015 MAF sponsored “Honor Award in Masonry” was given to Peter D. Moor of Moor & Associates Architects in Vero Beach, Florida. Moor & Associates was awarded for their superior vision in the creation of an outstanding masonry design for their project of Riverfront Residence, located in Vero Beach, Florida.
Moor & Associates, Architects, P.A. was founded in 1992 by Principal Architect Peter D. Moor and partner Mary J. Juckiewicz. Peter received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from N.Y. Institute of Technology.
Moor & Associates has built their reputation over the years creating architecture that incorporates the clients’ needs with firmness, commodity and delight. The firm has won several state and local awards from the American Institute of Architects, been published in “A Decade of Art and Architecture” by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and been featured in numerous magazines.
Peter D. Moor is licensed in Florida, Vermont, New York and South Carolina, is a member of The American Institute of Architects and registered with NCARB. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America Florida Chapter, the Executive Board of the Indian River Land Trust and is a board member and past president of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation. For more information on Moor & Associates, please visit their website: www.moorach.com.
Projects submitted were reviewed and judged anonymously by a distinguished jury of masonry and design professionals. Consideration was given to the overall design and use of masonry, as well as the technical aspects of each project. The winning projects listed showed superiority in technical design and craftsmanship.
2015 Masonry Excellence Award Winners:
Commercial 1st Place: Plant Street Market – Chris Bettinger Oldcastle
Merit: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center – Bill Parsons, Pyramid Masonry
Residential 1st Place: Private Residence 1 (Gordon) -- David Nelson Masonry
Merit: Private Residence 2 (Sheetz) – David Nelson Masonry
Hardscapes 1st Place: Tequesta Residence – Lisa Pelham A1 Block
Merit: Ocean Avenue – Greg Strickland Titan Block
Merit: Eatonville Gateway – Chris Bettinger Oldcastle
Multi-family 1st Place: Palladio – Joel Blackmon Oldcastle
Merit: Steelhouse – Steve Bischke Oldcastle
Institutional 1st Place: Heavener Hall – Steve Bischke Oldcastle
Merit: Zephyrhills Public Library – Doug McCall Oldcastle
Creative Use of Masonry & Special Features 1st Place: Firemen’s Statue – Jerry Painter, Painter Masonry
Merit: Santa Fe College – Kem Butler – Argos US
Project of the Year (Tie):
Plant Street Market – Chris Bettinger Oldcastle
Private Residence 1 (Gordon)– David Nelson – David Nelson Masonry
Winners were honored at the MAF Awards Reception being held on June 25, 2015 at the Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida. Additionally, winning projects will be featured in the MAF Masonry Excellence Awards publication.
The Masonry Association of Florida, Inc. (MAF) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1987. Our mission is to promote masonry construction and support the mason contractors in Florida. Additional information is available on our website: www.floridamasonryawards.com or by contacting, Deb Bartolucci, 954-295-9926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To receive one AIA/CES HSW credit, read 5 Common Myths About Energy ; Net-Zero Construction; and Lateral Bracing at Top of Wall Provides Critical Connection, then complete the enclosed exam. A minimum score of 80% is required to earn credit. Valid for credit through December 2014.
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The Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation is a registered provided with the American Institute of Architects, the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board and the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. For more information, please contact Deb Bartolucci email@example.com
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