Lunch Box Presentations

The following presentations are available at no cost.  Please contact us to set up a time and location.

  • What is the difference between concrete and clay pavers? How do I specify?
    This presentation will focus on the benefits and styles of the many pavers available in today’s market. What are the benefits and differences of the various paver types - concrete pavers vs. clay pavers? What are the costs and advantages / disadvantages of each? How do I specify? Should I consider the thickness, shape and layout of the paver in the specification? Are all pavers permeable? This presentation will focus on these common questions architects have when considering pavers for their commercial and residential projects.

  • Cost and construction of various types of retaining wall systems: Advantages and disadvantages of each.
    How does a CMU wall compare to Cast in Place? What is the cost / constructability difference between a cast in place wall and a segmental retaining wall system? The differences in cost and ease of construction can be quite dramatic. Retaining walls also offer a variety of cost effective aesthetics. Whether you’re creating a landscape wall, a property improvement or a sloped grade, a segmental retaining wall will add beauty to your commercial or residential project.

  • How to diffentiate your project by offering a new and unique finished product using the latest hardscape ideas.
    What are the newest and most appealing hardscape products in pavers and walls? Complete hardscape packages add value and appeal to your commercial and residential projects. This presentation will show you how owners are incorporating new retaining wall design and products coupled with concrete or clay pavers to add curb appeal. Many new exciting retaining wall and paver products have hit the market recently. Find out how to differentiate your project and offer a new and unique finished product.

  • What are the benefits to budget, longevity and aesthetics that natural stone thin veneer brings to a project?
    Natural thin veneer stone is now more affordable than ever to use as an adhered veneer with costs that are often similar to the price of manufactured stone. Provide your project with the superior look of real stone with natural thin veneer stone that is as easy to install as the traditional manufactured stone products. This course will identify the requirements by which a natural stone qualifies as an adhered veneer. It will also cover the requirements for installation under the UBC and IBC as well as regional climate effects on stone durability. (AIA Credit Available for this presentation)

  • Admixture Systems for Water Repellant Concrete Masonry Walls.
    One of the most important considerations in designing concrete masonry walls for exterior use is water-repellency. This presentation’s focus is on the importance of water intrusion through concrete masonry walls. We will discuss integral water repellant technologies, water-repellency testing, wind driven rain, maximum absorption levels, practices of construction and how repellants impact the performance of masonry walls.

  • If These Walls Could Talk: Concrete Masonry Wall Systems.
    Learn why concrete masonry wall systems are the preferred wall of choice. We will discuss case studies that reveal concrete masonry wall systems construct faster, cost less, are more flexible, and are more aesthetically pleasing than competing systems. Additionally, we will relate and compare characteristics of mold, fire safety, crack control, thermal penetration, and moisture penetration within concrete masonry.