AIA Block Plant Tours

Participants will learn first-hand through instruction and observing the manufacturing process how concrete masonry and hardscape units are made. Additionally because of the highly specialized process and equipment used in their manufacture, concrete masonry units are structurally sound and sustainable construction products.

Participants will learn:

  • All unit shapes are designed to obtain the most structural benefit.
  • How concrete masonry and hardscape products when combined with mortar, grout, reinforcing steel, or geosynthetics form a cohesive, strong structural assembly that can effectively resist the design loads.
  • The use of extremely high pressure and vibration, very strong, durable and sustainable concrete masonry and hardscape products are made with low cement and low water content.
  • Concrete masonry and hardscape products are noncombustible and that fire resistance rating of a masonry block assembly easily can be determined according to the amount of material and the aggregate type used in the manufacture of the unit.
  • Block plant safety.
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This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. This AIA Continuing Education Program offers 1 LU/HSW Credit Hour (Health, Safety, Welfare).

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