Washington square mockup

Washington Square Mockup Complete

Miami Beach, FL –  Our facade mockup for Washington Square is complete. Washington Square is a new development at 601 Washington Ave in Miami’s South Beach. The mockup pulls together all of the building’s facade elements into one panel. It incorporates glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), windows, and also insulation. Owners and architects approve this mockup prior to construction. Morris Adjmi Architects is the architect together with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe as the architect of record.


Building Blocks will furnish and install the unitized glass fiber reinforced concrete and window facade.  It is also important to note that GFRC is a Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board approved material. The completion of the Washington Square mockup is a key step towards the final building. To learn more about our involvement in this project see here.


Washington Square

Guest speaker SAIC

Guest Speaker at SAIC

Chicago, IL – Matt Seymour spoke today at his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He shared his masonry restoration work with a group of historic preservation students. Matt shared his knowledge of the GFRC and terra cotta restoration process. He also gave a presentation about the ongoing restoration at 125 S Clark in Chicago. Students then had the opportunity to view the project from Federal Plaza and ask Matt about his experiences after graduation.


Matt has managed terra cotta, brick, and stone facade restoration projects to local and federal preservation standards. He earned his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from SAIC in 2011. Matt is also a member of the Landmarks Illinois Skyline Council.


Chicago skyline in black and white

Lizzie Amundsen Joins the Team

Lizzie Amundsen

Lizzie Amundsen

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Chicago, IL – Lizzie Amundsen joins the Building Blocks team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She is formerly the Co-Founder and Director of a museum app and Associate Director of a media company. Previously, she worked as a gallerist and a curator. Lizzie has over 10 years in marketing, sales, and business operations in the creative industry.

Chicago skyline in black and white

Brendan Deely Joins Advisory Board

Brendan Deely

Brendan Deely

Advisory Board

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks welcomes Brendan Deely to the Advisory Board. Formerly, Brendan was President and CEO of L&W Supply Corporation and Senior Vice President of USG Corporation.


He has nearly 30 years of diversified leadership within global corporations, publicly traded companies, and mid-cap specialty manufacturing and distribution businesses. Above all, we value his experience in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Brendan has a reputation for value creation as a CEO, Corporate Director, and also as a board member. He is an excellent addition to our Advisory Board.

Suffolk Construction

Lunch & Learn at Suffolk Construction

Miami, FL – Building Blocks discusses the benefits and applications of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) architectural products at Suffolk Construction. The Lunch & Learn session is Wednesday, February 8, 2017.


We are an American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved provider of continuing education. As a result, we give Lunch & Learn presentations for practicing architects. We also provide continuing education for contractors and engineers. Specifically, we teach sessions about GFRC and terra cotta. See more information about the AIA CEU courses we offer here.