Posted by admin on September 25, 2020
By Harold Friberg
“Massive fire decimates apartment building under construction on Everett waterfront” ¹ was the headline on July 17, 2020 following a devastating fire that destroyed a four story wood frame multi-family complex under construction in Everett, WA. Firefighters were able to save a second building under construction nearby from a similar fate, however, there was some damage to this building. The heat was so intense that one of the ladder trucks windows were blown out and an aid car sustained damage. This is not an unusual headline. On July 23rd in Reno, Nevada a three story wood frame town home complex that was under construction, was also destroyed by a fire.²
Once the construction of these complexes is completed the fire resistance is increased be-cause of the active fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers and alarms, that are in-stalled. If the construction materials that are used to construct these complexes is so easily inflamed how reliable are these fire suppression systems? A seismic event could disrupt the power and water needed to activate these systems, then what?
Concrete masonry is a building system that will keep these projects from becoming infernos during construction and, after they are occupied, provide a passive fire protection system that is noncombustible. The reinforced concrete masonry system provides a building that will withstand the damage from a fire.
With that kind of protection available why is the concrete masonry system not used more often to construct these multi-family complexes? One answer might be, the perceived no-tion that using concrete masonry is too expensive when compared to conventional wood frame.
Photo courtesy Everett Fire Department
Curious as to whether masonry was, as most people believed, too expensive, the Masonry Institute of Oregon and the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, in May of 2019, commissioned a cost study that compared the initial cost of construction for six different building systems. The systems included conventional wood frame, light gauge steel stud, reinforced concrete masonry, precast concrete and two types of insulated concrete form walls.
The results found the conventional wood frame system was the least expensive but the reinforced concrete masonry system was the next least expensive at only 3% higher than conventional wood frame. The rest of the systems ranged from 6% greater (light gauge steel frame) to 14% greater (insulated concrete forms). The cost of wood framing materials can be volatile so that a 3% difference last year might be less than 1% now.³ The cost study has shown the concrete masonry is affordable.
Concrete masonry is fire resistant, durable and inexpensive. Shouldn’t your next project take advantage of the benefits of Concrete Masonry?
For more information about the cost study or the fire resistance of Concrete Masonry please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-224-1940
Creating a healthy living environment includes considering the harmful pollutants that might be used to create a surface covering. Using ceramic tile eliminates many of those concerns since ceramic tile does not contain these contaminants:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): Some VOCs emitted by nonceramic building products can contribute to a wide variety of health problems, including “sick building syndrome.” Because ceramic tile is produced (fired) at extremely high temper-atures, producing what is called an “inorganic” material, it has zero VOCs.
Allergens: Ceramic tile’s hard-fired surface won’t absorb dust mites and is also inhospitable to bacteria, fungi, mold, and other irritants that contribute to aller-gies.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a chemical associated with various respira-tory issues, including asthma. This can be a concern for some materials, such as wood products that use formaldehyde. Ceramic tile contains none of the formaldehyde found in some other products and it is not subject to these concerns.
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Another successful Masonry & Ceramic Tile Insti-tute of Oregon Golf Tournament was held on July 24th. Although there were restrictions imposed be-cause of the Coronavirus, the joy of getting outside and enjoying a game of golf was evident.
Since the ability to have a catered lunch and awards program was curtailed, pictures of the win-ners are unavailable. However we want to cele-brate their accomplishments.
1st Place tournament winners are the team of Tony Fenning, Mike Wilkinson, Scott Miller and Mike Mo-yer with a score of 14 under. The prizes were $100 to each player and a crystal trophy.
Prizes of $75 and a trophy to each player was awarded to the 2nd Place team of Randy McAdam, Daylan Askew, Neal Antonini and Korey Shimojima with a score of 11 under.
3rd Place was presented with a trophy and $50 to each player for the team of Scott Breeden, Bill Ruecker, Mike Garvey, and Chris Dillard with a score of 10 under.
The Duffer Trophy for the most strokes with a score of 2 over was gra-ciously accepted by the team of Levi Massie, Dave Bonife, Randy Piltz and Jay Jones
Debra Van Allen received $50 for being closest to the pin on Hole #13, while Jerry Baysinger was awarded $50 for his long putt on Hole #18.
Long Drives went to Ryan Raffety and Mike Moyer, each received $50 for their efforts.
The Putting Contest and “Beat the Pro” challenge provided a chance to benefit a charity and share the proceeds with the winners. Between the two contests we were able to send $360 to the American Cancer Socie-ty, while giving the three finalists in the putting contest $60 each and sharing $20 each with the winners who “Beat the Pro”.
The “ Beat the Pro” winners were Jerry Abide, Jay Jones, Ryan Raffety, Bryan McMahon, Robert Ray, Tim Benson, Chris Wayburn and Scott Miller.
The Putting Contest finalists were Dave Tischer, Patrick Sweeney and Jon Acord.
We also held a raffle where four lucky participants received various gift cards that totaled $300. The winners were Rex Turney, Scott Everist, Bill Rueker and Charles Ray.
The Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon assumes no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of this document