Lunch is included with seminar in Johnson City and Chattanooga.

This presentation clarifies the basic functions of the building envelope / enclosure and how masonry systems satisfy those functions through control of air, moisture, and vapor transmission. Positions masonry as a system rather than a collection of individual components, also discusses how the construction manager and building owner are demanding single source responsibility for the building envelope / enclosure, and how a mason contractor can best operate in this environment.

  1. Understand how the various components of a wall operate as a system to control the environment.
  2. Learn the basic functions of air and moisture barriers.
  3. Define how a pressurized rain screen wall provides benefit to the building.
  4. Learn critical details of a masonry cavity wall system.

About the Speaker


A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the BAC apprenticeship program, David has been a valuable asset to the masonry industry for four decades. David joined the International Masonry Institute as the Director of Market Development and Technical Services in 1999.  His areas of expertise include the building envelope, ceramic & stone tile installation, codes and regulations, grouting and reinforced masonry, preservation & restoration, project management, specification writing, sustainable design, thermal and moisture protection, life cycle cost analysis, and much more. 

An experienced lecturer, Dave is a certified AIA/CES presenter who has given many structural masonry lunchboxes for architectural and engineering firms.  He is also a registered PDH Instructor with the State of Indiana and has lectured at various programs and seminars sponsored by universities and associations across the country. 

David is a 10-year voting member of the ASTM C-08 on Refractories, ASTM C-12 Committee on Mortars and Grout, as well as the ASTM C-15 Committee on Masonry Units. He is also a longstanding member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and has received accreditations from multiple universities with a discipline in Architecture and Planning. David is also a member of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety as well as a 30-year member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

As a member of the Indiana Kentucky Structural Masonry Coalition Task Force, Dave is the Engineering Outreach Coordinator for the IKSMC, through which he interacts directly with engineers on their projects, assesses their needs, and then connects them to members of the Engineering Dream Team.

Dave Collins, CSI

TRI-CITY - Tuesday, MARCH 14, 2017

Time: Registration 11:30 a.m.-12 noon Lunch and Seminar 12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Carnagie Hotel, 1216 W State of Franklin Rd, Johnson City, TN 37064
RSVP: By March 1, Allan Renfo, 423-926-1811
SPONSOR: Masonry Institute of Tennessee

ChattaNOOGA - Wednesday, MARCH 15, 2017

Time: Registration 11:30 a.m.-12 noon Lunch and Seminar 12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: Development and Resource Center 1250 Market Street Chattanooga, TN 37402
RSVP: By March 1,  Ella Chadwell, AIA Chattanooga 423-488-9900 exec@aiachatt.org
SPONSOR: Masonry Association of Chattanooga (MAC)

Designing & Detailing with Concrete Masonry Units

This presentation will cover designing, detailing and specifying concrete masonry unit construction (CMU - block). It will include information on Material Properties, High Performance Design and a design portfolio of examples. Topics covered included: Material Properties, Codes and ASTM Standards, Physical Properties of CMU, Tolerances, Effects of Lighting on CMU, Bond Patterns, Special Shapes, Finish Options, Architectural Units, Oversized CMU, Wall Types and Systems, Fire Safety, Energy Performance, Acoustical Performace, Structural Applications, Security, Blast Resistance and Life-cycle Costs. 

  1. Design and detail concrete masonry construction more efficiently and successfully.
  2. Specify, construct and inspect concrete masonry construction in accordance with codes and industry standards.
  3. Identify design and construction problems that may occur in masonry construction.
  4. Recognize and compare correct design and construction procedures and thus solve design, detail and construction problems.

About The speaker


Steve Bolognese has a diverse background in the construction industry.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute (today UMass Lowell) and is also a union journeyman bricklayer and a 42 year member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 3 MA. 

Steve has also worked in the New England area as a masonry products distributor working with architects and engineers.  He worked as a technical sales representative for the Spaulding Brick Company in Massachusetts and was the General Manager for the Consolidated Brick Company..  In those roles, he represented more than 60 different manufacturers of face brick from all over the United States as well as many other masonry related products. 

He is a member of The Masonry Society.   In 2012, Steve worked with MIT professor John Ochsendorf on the Guastavino Vault exhibit at the Boston Public Library.   Steve has been the regional director for Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire forthe International Masonry Institute (IMI) since 1991.


Steve Bolognese, IMI

Steve Bolognese, IMI

Memphis - friday, april 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Columns In One Commerce Square
RSVP: Jeffery Parnell, jparnell@hbg.design, 901-525-2557
SPONSOR: Masonry Institute of Tennessee

Contemporary Masonry Walls

This fast-paced seminar explores proven and new structural and non-structural masonry wall design concepts that address contemporary facility design and development issues such as: initial cost, speed of construction, occupant comfort and safety, moisture and energy management, durability, and flexibility. Examples will be shown of creative masonry solutions including new products, interior partitions, storm shelters, prefabrication, and BIM for Masonry.

  1. Review contemporary masonry design concepts.
  2. Discover how durable masonry can be built quickly, cost-effectively, and safely.
  3. Acquire knowledge of new masonry design and construction techniques.
  4. Learn about free masonry design support services.

about the speaker


Mr. Conway is a registered architect in Wisconsin and co-Director of IMI’s national masonry technical team, IMI’s Director of Architectural Education, member of ASTM E-06 Committee, and a permanent faculty member of IMI’s Contractor College - a nationally accredited educational program for union mason contractors.

In addition to his daily activities working with clients to use masonry successfully, Mr. Conway is a frequent national presenter, university lecturer and author on numerous masonry subjects, including: Masonry Wall System Selection, Contemporary Masonry Walls, Sustainable Masonry, High Performing Masonry Walls, Masonry Design and Installation Best Practices, What Non-Engineers Need To Know About Structural Masonry, Air Barrier for Masonry Walls, Masonry Rain Screen Walls, Masonry Restoration, Masonry Maintenance, Masonry Movement Joints, Masonry Job Site Troubleshooting.


Pat Conway, IMI

Pat Conway, IMI

Nashville - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: 3643 Trousdale Dr.Nashville tn. 37208
RSVP: Melanie Kenny 615-244-4497
SPONSOR: Masonry Institute of Tennessee