Panels Installed at 1000 Museum

Miami, FL (June 2018) – The first panels installed by Building Blocks for Zaha Hadid’s much anticipated 1000 Museum tower went up this week. Installation will continue through the summer and is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2018.


The luxury condo is the last building that Hadid herself worked on before her untimely death in 2016. Her studio, Zaha Hadid Architects, posthumously saw the design to completion. It is a stellar example of the firm’s signature fusion of art and architecture. The futuristic “scorpion tower” on Biscayne Boulevard is bound to become an icon of the Miami skyline.


One Thousand Museum

1000 Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL 33132

Summer in the City: Party for the AIA Conference

Building Blocks is co-sponsoring a rooftop party during the AIA Conference on Architecture with Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Graphisoft, Walter P. Moore, and YKK AP.


The evening will be hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper. All AIA conference attendees are invited to join us for a toast to the city and the summer.


We would love to see you there!

Summer in the City

June 21, 2018

6:00 to 8:30 pm


Hudson Mercantile

500 W 36th Street

New York, NY 10018


Facades+ New York City

Building Blocks is looking forward to the Facades+  symposium and workshop event in New York City later this month. The two-day program unites top professionals from the worlds of design, fabrication, and construction to consider how high-performance envelopes in the context of New York City’s unique architectural landscape. Facades+ is considered the premier conference on high-performance building enclosures. Read more or review the program. The conference is hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper.


Facades+ New York City

April 16-17, 2018


Metropolitan West

639 West 46th Street

New York, NY 10036

Building Blocks to Provide GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA (February 2018) – Building Blocks has been selected to provide Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) panels for the latest Hard Rock Hotel. The hotel is located in the French Quarter of downtown New Orleans. It is set to open in spring of 2019. The hotel is an 18-story building with 350 hotel rooms and 62 apartment units featuring prime views of the historic district in the Hard Rocks’s signature music-focused environment.


Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Convention

Building Blocks will attend the PCI Convention in Denver next month. The four-day program brings together members of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute with industry non-members for committee meetings, education courses, and training sessions. The PCI Convention & National Bridge Conference is presented in collaboration with The Precast Show tradeshow.


PCI Convention & National Bridge Conference

February 20-24, 2018


Colorado Convention Center

700 14th St

Denver, CO 80202


The Facade Tectonics Institute

Building Blocks has joined Facade Tectonics as a supporting member. The Facade Tectonics Institute is an international member organization with the mission of carrying out progressive and broad-based research in building facade technology. The intent is to catalyze and foster a deep dialogue of collaborative research activity that bridges the fragmented market segments of the building industry. It ties the industry, government, academia, design professionals, and building ownership into one comprehensive conversation.


The Institute conducts one annual conference and a series of half-day Forums at a changing roster of international venues. It publishes the Facade Tectonics Journal and produces technical guides, research reports, and books addressing diverse areas of building facade technology.

Learn more about membership

and their mission.

New GFRC Manufacturing Facility

We are thrilled to announce that Building Blocks has begun operations at our new glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) manufacturing facility. The 7-acre site outside of Orlando, Florida was chosen because of its proximity to our Florida markets and ease of shipping throughout the East Coast and Midwest United States. The plant employs highly trained technicians in a team-based, continuous learning environment.


Building Blocks uses GFRC for new construction in four distinct applications – cladding, curtainwall, formwork, and unitized wall systems. Our unitized system incorporates GFRC cladding, Schüco windows, and ThermaFiber insulation into a comprehensive prefabricated wall. It immediately provides a dry floor upon installation and delivers superior performance throughout the life of a building.


With the establishment of our production facility, Building Blocks is on track to introduce a proprietary mix of GFRC to the market. Preliminary tests indicate that our GFRC offers lower vapor permeability and less expansion than existing GFRC mixes. This will reduce tolerance requirements and deliver an even higher performance facade material for our project partners.


We continue to furnish terra cotta from Boston Valley Terra Cotta for both restoration and new construction projects.


Continuing Education at Smith + Gill

Building Blocks is scheduled to deliver two continuing education programs at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture over the next few weeks. The first Lunch & Learn session, on Wednesday, May 31, will focus on the high-performance capabilities of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), as well as its manufacturing process, system capabilities, and design flexibility. The second will expand on GFRC fundamentals to discuss its specific use in recladding and overcladding projects. The second session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16.


Building Blocks is an American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved provider of continuing education for practicing architects. See here for more information about the AIA CEU courses offered.


Jimmy Lee Joins Building Blocks

Jimmy Lee

Chief Operating Officer

Jimmy Lee will join Building Blocks as Chief Operating Officer starting June 2017. He is formerly the President of GFRC Cladding and Vice President of GFRC 360. Previously, he was with Harmon Contract W.S.A and Curtain Wall Design and Consulting. Jimmy has over 30 years in the high rise cladding industry.


His expertise in pre-fabricated panelized systems spans a variety of materials to include precast and GFRC, granite panel systems, unitized aluminum curtain wall, and metal panel systems. Jimmy has a reputation in the industry for designing wall systems that solve client challenges. He prizes effective design and the preservation of architectural aesthetic.

Lunch & Learn at SOM Chicago

Building Blocks visited the Chicago offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on Wednesday, May 17 to host a lunch seminar about the manufacturing process, system capabilities, and design flexibility of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC). The session focused on complex facade skins and high-performance designs.


Building Blocks is an American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved provider of continuing education for practicing architects. See here for more information about the AIA CEU courses offered.