Presentation at Facades+ NYC


Building Blocks has again been asked to speak at the Facades+ conference, this time in New York City. Kevin Miske, President of Building Blocks, will join Jared Della Valle of Alloy and Alberto Franceschet of Permasteelisa to discuss reclad planning processes and projects in a session titled, Overclad and Reclad in NYC: New Materials in Rehabilitation Projects.


Facades+ NYC

April 6 and 7, 2017


Register here with our code for discounted admission.

Discount code: DDNYC17


Guest Speaker at SAIC

Matt Seymour of Building Blocks, spoke about his work in masonry restoration to a group of historic preservation students at his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), on Friday, February 17, 2017. Matt shared his knowledge of the GFRC and terra cotta restoration process and provided 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 exterior brick, terra cotta, and stone restoration projects to local and federal preservation standards. He earned his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from SAIC in 2011 and is a member of the Landmarks Illinois Skyline Council.


New Advisory Board Member

Brendan Deely

Advisory Board

Building Blocks is pleased to welcome Brendan Deely to the Advisory Board. Brendan is former President and CEO of L&W Supply Corporation and former Senior Vice President of USG Corporation.


He has 27+ years of diversified leadership within global corporations, publicly traded companies, and mid-cap specialty manufacturing and distribution businesses. His experience in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets, as well as his reputation for value creation as a CEO, Corporate Director, and member of board and executive committees, is an excellent addition to the Advisory Board.

Lunch & Learn at Suffolk Construction

Building Blocks discussed the benefits and applications of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) architectural products at a Lunch & Learn session for Suffolk Construction staff. The session was held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.


Building Blocks provides education sessions for engineers and facade consultants in addition to AIA Continuing Education courses for practicing architects. See here for more information about course offerings.


Presentation at Facades+ Miami


Kevin Miske, President of Building Blocks, will speak alongside Angel Suarez of Perkins + Will and Trevor Barret of Physical Security Hurricane Wall at the Facades+ conference in Miami this month. Their session, Miami Matures: High-Performance Facade Design for an Evolving Market, is a crash course on the guiding principles of high-performance facade design.


The session will cover the attributes of high-performance facades, methods of precipitation management, flexibility of systems, performance analyzation of curtain wall system drawings, and considerations for evaluating cost vs. performance of a high-performance system. More information about the session and the overall conference can be found in the program.


Facades+ Miami

January 26 and 27, 2017


Versailles Contemporary

Building Blocks has contracted with Tutor Perini to furnish and install the GFRC facade for Versailles Contemporary, a new eighteen-story condominium high-rise in Miami. The project is being developed by Alan Faena for his famed Faena District in South Beach. Versailles Contemporary is being designed by Brandon Haw Architecture with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe as the architect of record.


Learn more about Versailles Contemporary.