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In the January/February 2010 Issue:

Half-high Units Save the Day
When Wal-Mart chose to open a large-scale Supercenter in Louisville, Ky., they were challenged to find a product that was strong, durable, stylish, and welcoming to customers—and it had to be cost-effective. Their desire to provide customers with an overall pleasant shopping experience included the important component of an  esthetically appealing storefront. Thus, WalMart’s construction leadership team was tasked to find a suitable building material for bringing this company’s vision to life. Based on Wal-Mart’s construction goals, timeline, and budget, the perfect product for the project was a structural concrete masonry unit (CMU) that provides the rich look and beauty of brick with a simple, one-step installation process.






Masonry Gives Fred Meyer the Right Image
Fred Meyer, Inc., a Portland, Oregon based retail chain that has over 800 stores, tested the new design in its Wandermere store in North Spokane. Executives at Fred Meyer Inc. wanted a new, prototypical store design that could be built quickly and economically, yet would project a soft, aesthetically pleasing image. The test was an unqualified success, according to Fred Meyer officials. By using concrete masonry units instead of concrete tilt-up construction, the company shaved eight weeks off of its typical construction schedule.


Concrete Masonry Provides Beauty and Strength—Inside and Out
Nestled in the McDowell Mountain foothills overlooking a broad expanse of golf course with multiple mountain and city light vistas, this custom residential estate was completed in late 2007 and is a celebration of authentic materials, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The estate contains a total of 9,335 livable square feet (867 square meters) divided between a two-story four bedroom main residence and an adjacent two-story guest house.


Masonry Veneers
Veneer is a nonstructural facing of brick, stone, concrete masonry or other masonry material securely attached to a wall or backing. Veneers provide the exterior wall finish and transfer out-of-plane loads directly to the backing, but they are not considered to add to the load resisting capacity of the wall system.

AIA Continuing Education Learning Program
To receive one learning unit, read “Half-high Units Save the Day”, “Masonry Gives Fred  Meyer the Right Image”, “Concrete Masonry Provides Beauty and Strength Inside and Out”, and complete this questions on this page. Return this form to the National Concrete Masonry Association.