Masonry Symposium Attendee Information

2019 WMA Masonry Symposium
February 20 & 21, 2019


February 20, 2019:

The Ingleside Hotel - 2819 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072 

February 21, 2019:

Miron Construction Co., Inc. - 1471 McMahon Dr, Neenah, WI 54956

3.5 AIA Credits Approved

Schedule of Events

Symposium schedule will follow same schedule for both February 20 & February 21.

7:30am – 8:00am...........Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am...........Announcements

8:15am – 9:15am...........Balanced Fire Safety Design 

Concrete Masonry Fire Walls

Kevin Cavanaugh  

This program reviews fire statistics and the ASTM E119 Fire Test Method, which is used to qualify and quantify fire walls. Building Code over-reliance on Active Systems is reviewed to gain a better understanding of how useful and valuable noncombustible, passive fire wall systems are. Recent cost studies comparing different wall systems are briefly reviewed and highlighted.

9:15am – 9:45am.............Break with Exhibitors

9:45am – 11:15am...........Structural Masonry

  Sam Rubenzer  

Learn about the latest methods for advanced structural masonry design. Projects studies looking at poor, better, and best structural masonry designs will be reviewed.

11:15am – 11:45am...........Lunch 

11:45am – 1:15pm.............Architectural Issues Relating

     to Fire Safety and Architectural Design

      Pat Conway 

Learn functional, constructible, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing masonry details to address fire safety issues and other loadbearing and non-loadbearing masonry details such as fire rated control joints, beam pockets, masonry lintels, thin masonry solutions, interior partitions, and prefabricated masonry ideas.


Download the Registration Brochure Here

Register Online for the 2019 WMA Masonry Symposium

 February 20, 2019 – The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee
 February 21, 2019 – Miron Construction, Neenah
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Speaker & Topic Information


Kevin Cavanaugh, Consultant & Independent Product Rep. 

Mr. Cavanaugh is a concrete and masonry industry consultant and independent product representative for Trinity Lightweight, cfiFOAM and Concrete Chemicals. He represents his clients, and serves on committees, at ACI and NCMA meetings and delivers Continuing Education presentations relating to Energy Codes and Fire Safety.               

Pat Conway, Director, Technical Services & Education 

Mr. Conway is a registered architect in Wisconsin, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), IMI’s Director of Education, co-Director of IMI’s national masonry technical team, faculty member of IMI’s Contractor College, and distinguished masonry speaker and author. 

Sam Rubenzer, Founder, FORSE Consulting & Structural Engineer 

Samuel Rubenzer has over 20 years of experience in structural engineering. Early in his career, he worked as a structural engineer for design firms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and spent 5 years at RAM International and Bentley Systems providing training to structural engineers on how to use structural software programs and design tools. Sam founded FORSE Consulting in January 2010 and continues to assist fellow structural engineers with designs on a variety of projects, building types, and uses of software programs. Sam is an expert in structural software programs and speaks at national structural engineering conferences on the use of software programs for the industry. He has also been the structural engineering consultant to the Wisconsin Structural Masonry Coalition since 2010. Sam has an MBA from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Sam is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of Illinois and a Professional Engineer (PE) in many of the Midwestern states.