Masonry Madness

Four competitions. One day. One arena. Thousands of proud masons!

Masonry will take center stage on Wednesday, February 6th in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Thousands of show attendees will fill the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 event arena to witness a full day of “Masonry Madness!” The Masonry Industry will have its day in the sun while earning the promotion and recognition it deserves.

Masonry Madness is the day when people in the construction industry recognize and celebrate the high level of craftsmanship that defines the masonry trade. We take pride knowing masonry is one of the oldest, most respected trades known to mankind.

There’s a reason why the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 and the Gold Lot masonry events are ranked the #1 thing to do at the World of Concrete. It’s a load of fun with plenty of action—masonry action!

Masonry Madness Day Schedule

9 a.m. MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge—See the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd year mason apprentices compete against their peers from across the country to convert their Regional Champion title into that of National Champion.

10:45 a.m. Spec Mix Toughest Tender—The world’s top mason tenders race for the fastest time setting up the workstations for the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500. This is a real test of human endurance and determination with $2500 on the line.
11:30 a.m. MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block—Witness this blocklayer 20-minute battle as 16 mason and their tenders work as a team to push their skills to a 1st place finish and win $10,000 in cash and prizes.

12:15 p.m. Spec Mix Bricklayer 500—The day’s main event with 20 competitors coming from all parts of the world to claim the title of World’s Best Bricklayer! This is ranked as the WOC’s top attraction. See each bricklayer-mason tender team compete for a 2013 FORD F250 Super Duty XLT truck and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes!

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Masonry Veneer Live!

Masonry Veneer Live (Booth N1413) provides attendees a unique opportunity to learn quality installation techniques from industry experts in brick, cast stone, and masonry stone veneer. In this one setting, attendees will have a close up view of how these important cladding products should be installed.

Representatives from the Brick Industry Association (Booth MVD05), the Cast Stone Institute (Booth MVD05, MVD06), and the Masonry Veneer Manufacturer’s Association will provide hands-on demonstrations of product installation.

Along with these demonstrations, the area features key industry suppliers who will showcase the newest in tools, materials, and equipment for this important masonry market segment. Visit Masonry Veneer Live! in the North Hall next to World of Masonry, Tuesday–Friday, during show hours.

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Safety Boot Camp

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Are you up for the challenge? The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (Booth N1447) (SAIA) Safety Boot Camp challenge will give you an opportunity to perform a visual inspection of various types of scaffolding. These inspections will simulate actual conditions that could be encountered on masonry construction jobsites.

You’ll be given an opportunity to meet with a scaffold safety professional to ask preliminary questions about the type of equipment they will inspect. The work site will feature a number of scaffolding systems, set up prior to the show. There will be up to six static scaffolding displays in the approved area. SAIA staff will “set-up” common mistakes that are routinely seen on jobsites and cited by OSHA inspectors. A mentor will then review the checklist/report throughout the walk-through at the various stations. During the review, the mentor will escort the contestant through the site to explain what the violation is and to help provide a way to solve the error. Check out the challenge in North Hall next to World of Masonry Tuesday–Friday, during show hours.

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Stucco Live!

Stucco Live is a new educational area that will feature interactive displays of common stucco techniques. One area will focus on the installation errors commonly found in the field on stucco projects. Participants will be given a test question sheet to guide them through an inspection of built exterior walls featuring several phases of the stucco installation. The walls will feature common details, such as weather barrier installation, lathe anchorage, waterproofing penetrations, and joints. Some details will be properly installed, while other will feature a misapplication.

After completing their inspection form, the attendee will be mentored on how well they identified both the good and the bad. Herb Nordmeyer, author of The Stucco Book, the Basics, will serve as host and lead instructor. Nordmeyer is a leading stucco authority, with more than three decades of experience. Another area will focus on final stucco applications. Instructors from the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) training center will be demonstrating several techniques.

Visit Stucco Live! in the North Hall next to World of Masonry, Tuesday–Friday, during show hours.