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      Architectural Enhancements with Concrete Masonry

      This presentation discusses the aesthetic benefits and options available when using concrete masonry materials and construction. Concrete masonry units are discussed, including available sizes, colors, textures, and finishes. Mortar and the effect of color, joint profiles, and tooling are reviewed. The various aesthetics that can be achieved by different types of bond patterns are introduced. Finally, examples of aesthetically pleasing concrete masonry buildings are shown and discussed.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Review performance characteristics for CM wall systems.
      2. Explore unit design options for form & function available with CM materials.
      3. Learn how mortar options and bond patterns can enhance the performance & aesthetics of your design.
      4. Review how these design elements have been integrated into completed buildings.

      Keywords: concrete masonry, aesthetics, masonry bond patterns, masonry mortar, color, texture.