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2014 Masonry Design/Build Competition gets NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design students FIRED UP!

Every year, more than 100 students from New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design come together to compete in MASONRY CONTRACTORS of NEW JERSEY’s annual Masonry Design/Build Competition.

This year, eight teams, 125 students and 50 craftworkers set out to see who the Master Masons of 2014 would be.

Established in 2003, the team-spirited competition tasks the architecture students with researching a project site and then building a masonry mock-up based on a critical element of their design. Boonton Fire Station in Boonton, NJ served as this year’s research project.

“Students are very focused as a team and have been working very well together for the past three weeks to develop the design, both in the mock-up and in the actual building of the site design,” said faculty member, Cleve Harp who is in his second year of assisting with studio.
Once the designs are finalized, the students then collaborate with masonry professionals and craftworkers to order the various materials needed to build the mock-up. “Dealing with actual people that are part of the trade is a completely different experience from studio,” states one member of Team Black.

“It’s a really incredible and unique experience. Most of the guys on our team are very experienced and have been in the field 10 plus years. One of our masons was actually on the winning build last year, so we had a lot of good insight as to what we were doing and ways to be a little more productive. It’s a great experience overall and makes us all look forward to getting into the field later,” says a Team Pink Representative.

The students watch their visions come to life as they’re built in two days on the entrance to the college. The masonry mock-ups – which can stand as tall as 8 feet high – stay up all year and are judged by the Dean of NJIT College of Architecture and Design, Urs Gauchat, the President of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, James Boland and a diversified team of well-known architects and other distinguished industry professionals.

“It’s so exciting to see the students come together as a team, to collaborate and support each other to get these built. I’m really impressed that these are second year undergraduate students. This opportunity is amazing - to work with the masons, to start out conceptually, to be able to work directly through inter-ed models and to go up in scale to actual build - the design has to change every step of the way. I think they’re doing really well,” comments NJIT Adjunct Professor, Brendan Mahoney.
The Masonry Design/Build is a great opportunity for students to get inspired, learn proper installation techniques and gain a better understanding of the trade by working directly with contractors, craftworkers and masonry professionals. It has become so successful that the school has made it a part of the architecture students’ second-year curriculum.

Bricklayer Foreman, Richard Joyce states, “Anytime you can interact with a young person who is looking for knowledge that you might be able to give them…certainly, there’s a contribution level there – just to society in general that makes you feel good. It’s a nice feeling working with the kids. They have good spirits, good hearts, good intentions…so it works out well for everybody involved.”

Masonry Contractors of New Jersey is proud to have sponsored yet another successful Design/Build Competition and would like to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks to all those who played a significant role in the success this year.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

First Place – Team Black
Second Place – Team Pink
Third Place & Best Mockup – Team Blue
Best Presentation – Team Green

A special thank you to the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers ADC of NJ’s Labor Management Committee, the IMI; to our advertising sponsors; to all of the jurors for their time and expertise; to the professionals who assisted the students throughout the process; and to the companies that donated masonry materials, supplies and equipment

Competition “Architect” and Director, Juror and Master of Ceremonies:

Michael Schmerbeck, Back Brook Masonry, President & Masonry Contractors of New Jersey, Past President

Competition Coordinator:

Ron Atzert, American Masonry Corporation and Masonry Contractors of New Jersey, President

Materials Coordinator:

Joe Acchione, Back Brook Masonry

NJ Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Labor Management Committee

International Masonry Institute
Robert Alesandro and Local #4 Apprentices
Demolition and Wash-Down Manager and Crew
John Bachenski, Masonry Professional
Roy Ingraffia, Masonry Professional


James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Alan Chimacoff, AIA, Principal, Ikon 5 Architects
Urs Gauchat, Dean, NJIT College of Architecture and Design
Carlos Jimenez, Principal, Designer, Carlos Jimenez Studio
Michael Schmerbeck, President, Back Brook Masonry
Jay Tsai, 2007 Alumni Winner, Teaching Fellow at Yale School of Architecture
David K. Williams, AIA, Partner, Davis Brody Bond, LLP

Masonry Professionals who assisted the students throughout the Design/Build process:

John Bachenski & Roy Ingraffia, International Masonry Institute – Teams Green, Orange & Pink
Eric Shaffer, Back Brook Masonry – Teams Blue & Yellow
Charlie Shea, Building Barriers, Inc. – Teams Purple, Red & Black

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers ADC of New Jersey Journeymen & Apprentices

Donations made by:

American Art Stone
American Masonry Corp.
Anchor Concrete Products
APS Supply Company
Back Brook Masonry
Belden Tri-State Building Materials
Building Barriers, Inc.
Clayton Block Companies, Inc.
Cris Supplies
Diener Brick Company
Extech Building Materials
Glen-Gery Brick Co.
Krando Metal Products
Norris Sales Company
Tri-State Quikrete

For pictures of this year’s event or others, please visit our Photo Gallery by clicking on the top of the page. To learn more about the Masonry Design/Build Competition, contact Carol Ciesielski at (609) 324-1140.

MASONRY CONTRACTORS OF NEW JERSEY hosts its First Masonry Day... Paving the Way for the Masonry Industry

On February 27, 2014, MASONRY CONTRACTORS OF NEW JERSEY held its first Masonry Day in Bordentown, NJ in cooperation with the International Masonry Institute, New Jersey Structural Masonry Coalition and Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers ADC of New Jersey. The Association assembled the day to build on its mission to expand the knowledge of masonry and increase its usage throughout the state.

The event, designed for architects, engineers, contractors and design students, delivered a fully loaded schedule, packed with exhibitors and table-top displays, hands-on demonstrations and accredited educational programs including three stellar seminars.

The well-crafted seminars provided project case studies, basic masonry concepts, current design methods and industry recommendations. Attendees were able to learn about the advantages of masonry design and construction, sustainable design, proper design and installation, and about new product developments. The event was such a success - drawing in over 55 registered architects, engineers and contractors and over 128 students and professors - that not even an hour of power failure could stop the show. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to network with peers and suppliers, learn from professionals, and gain insight and knowledge from the industry’s best.

For pictures of this year’s event or others, please visit our Photo Gallery by clicking on the top of the page.

May 19, 2014
Sea Oaks Golf Club, Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ


MASONRY CONTRACTORS of NEW JERSEY held its 21st Annual Golf Tournament on May 19 on the magnificent grounds of the Sea Oaks Golf Club in Little Egg Harbor Twp., New Jersey.

The breathtaking 18-hole championship golf course was host to a field of friends, avid golfers and enthusiasts alike.

Guests enjoyed the day’s festivities which included an 11:30 am lunch, a shotgun start at 12:30 pm, open bar and hors D’oeuvres at 5:30 pm, and dinner and awards at 6:30 pm.

Prizes for the longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin were given, in addition to first- through fourth- place team awards.

The spectacular event was a great day and opportunity for networking and some fun!

Congratulations to our Winners!

1st Place Team Jerry Barbara
Joe Dooley
Jeremy Stacy

2nd Place Team Stephen Easter
Jim Patchus
Dan Suchovic

3rd Place Team Nat Acchione
Ron Atzert
Chick Hatton

4th Place Team Bob Klee
Mike Millemann
Rick Tokarski

Longest Drive
– Angela Panna (Hole #17) The only lady teeing up and showing up the boys.

Straightest Drive
– Chris Norton (On the line)

Closest to the Pin
– Frank Granieri (Hole #4 – 34’0) and Brian Klock (Hole #7 – 21’0)

For pictures of this year’s event, please visit our Photo Gallery by clicking on the top of the page.

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