On Tuesday, August 10th, the MAF delivered a masonry education and hands-on demonstration seminar at Haskell in Jacksonville.
Haskell is a unique company that both designs and constructs buildings of all types. However, many of the professionals who set the daily expectations for masonry projects have never held a trowel, or if they have, it has been years since they were exposed!
The MAF's own Don Beers, PE and Haskell Project Design Principal, Michael Schmeider, along with assists from Jerry Painter, Al Herndon and masons from EK Birken Masonry and Capital Concrete set-up 16 stations for the Haskell attendees.
Don Beers and Jerry Painter instructed the attendees on masonry best practices, masonry detailing and discussions on quality control and codes issues. The initial instruction was completed in 45 minutes and then the group was broken into teams of four to go to the hands-on training.
The masons from EK Birken and Capital Concrete patiently instructed the "newbies" on how to spread mud, all while Don and Jerry answered a myriad of questions about the different components on a masonry wall. Jim Painter was on-hand to keep the 16 team's mortar in good workable condition! We the have pictures to prove it!
In the end, all projects were judged and the winning Haskell team was given a TMS 402/602 book and gift certificates totaling $250.
Everyone had a wonderful time and the Haskell attendees came away with a renewed appreciation of the hard-working masonry professionals who create the masonry projects Haskell designs and manages.
Thanks very much to the masons and laborers from EK Birken and Capital Concrete for working in less than ideal temperatures all while keeping a smile on their face! It was HOT!
A special thanks also to Brad Clark and Atlantic Coast Construction Group for the great job they did with the parking lot clean-up!