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,, 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