1000 Museum

Panels Installed at 1000 Museum

Miami, FL – The first panels installed by Building Blocks for Zaha Hadid’s much anticipated 1000 Museum tower went up this week. Installation continues through the summer. It is scheduled to complete in September 2018. See here for more about our involvement in the project.


1000 Museum is the last building that Hadid herself worked on before her untimely death in 2016. The Zaha Hadid Architects studio posthumously saw her design to completion. Furthermore, it is a stellar example of the firm’s signature fusion of art and architecture. The futuristic “scorpion tower” on Biscayne Boulevard is certainly bound to become an icon of the Miami skyline.

AIA conference party at Hudson Mercantile

AIA Conference Party 2018

New York, NY – 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 is hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper. Most importantly, we invite all AIA conference attendees to toast the city and the summer.

Summer in the City

June 21, 2018

6:00 to 8:30 pm


Hudson Mercantile

500 W 36th Street

New York, NY 10018

Invitation for Summer in the City party
New York skyline from the water

Facades+ New York City

New York, NY – Building Blocks looks forward to the Facades+ symposium and workshop event in New York City next month. The two-day program unites top professionals from design, fabrication, and construction. Together, they consider high-performance envelopes in the context of New York City’s unique architectural landscape. The event fosters collaboration and innovation. Consequently, Facades+ is 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

GFRC for Hard Rock

GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Building Blocks will provide GFRC for Hard Rock in New Orleans. The glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is cladding panels. The new Hard Rock is located in the French Quarter of downtown New Orleans. The building is 18-stories. It features 350 hotel rooms and 62 apartment units. The rooms have prime views of the city’s historic district. The signature Hard Rock music-focused environment is appropriate for the music-centered culture of New Orleans. It opens in Spring 2019.


Hard Rock New Orleans


PCI Convention 2018 in Denver

PCI Convention 2018

Denver, CO – 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 the purpose of committee meetings, education courses, and training sessions. The PCI Convention & National Bridge Conference is coupled with The Precast Show tradeshow. The tradeshow is the largest precast-specific trade show in North America. As a result, the combined event brings together over 1,000 attendees.


PCI Convention & National Bridge Conference

February 20-24, 2018


Colorado Convention Center

700 14th St

Denver, CO 80202


New York skyline for Facade Tectonics

The Facade Tectonics Institute

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks is a supporting member of Facade Tectonics. The Facade Tectonics Institute is an international membership organization. The group carries out progressive, broad-based research in building facade technology. Likewise, they catalyze and foster a deep dialogue of collaborative research activity. Their goal is to bridge the fragmented building industry. Hence, they tie industry, government, academic, design, and building ownership professionals into one comprehensive conversation.


The Institute conducts one annual conference. They also host a series of half-day forums at national and international venues. Furthermore, they publish a journal and produce technical guides, research reports, and books addressing diverse areas of building facade technology.

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Learn more about membership

and their mission.

New GFRC manufacturing facility for Building Blocks

New GFRC Manufacturing Facility

Kissimmee, FL – The new Building Blocks GFRC manufacturing facility is up and running. It is a 7-acre site near Orlando, Florida. The site is close to our Florida markets. It also supports easy shipping throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. The plant employs highly trained technicians in a team-based, continuous learning environment.


We use glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) for new construction in four distinct applications: cladding, curtainwall, formwork, and unitized wall systems. Our unitized wall system combines GFRC cladding, Schüco windows, and ThermaFiber insulation into a complete prefabricated wall. This system provides a dry floor immediately upon installation. It also delivers superior performance throughout the life of a building.


Building Blocks is set to introduce a proprietary mix of GFRC to the market with the establishment of a new production facility. Preliminary tests show that the improved GFRC offers lower vapor permeability and less expansion than existing GFRC mixes. This reduces tolerance requirements and delivers an even higher performance facade material.


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


Chicago skyline in black and white

Jimmy Lee Joins the Team

Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee

Chief Operating Officer

Kissimmee, FL – Jimmy Lee joins the Building Blocks team as Chief Operating Officer. He is formerly the President of GFRC Cladding and Vice President of GFRC 360. Previously, he worked with Harmon Contract W.S.A and Curtain Wall Design and Consulting. Jimmy is over 30 years in the high rise cladding industry.


His expertise in prefabricated and unitized systems spans a variety of materials from precast, GFRC, and granite to metal panel systems. Jimmy is known for design wall systems that solve client challenges. He prizes effective design and the preservation of architectural aesthetic.

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AIA Education at Smith + Gill

Chicago, IL – Building Blocks will deliver two continuing education programs at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill this spring. The first focuses on the high-performance capabilities of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). It defines the manufacturing, system capabilities, and design. Similarly, the second session expands on GFRC fundamentals. It specifically covers recladding and overcladding projects.


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

Boston skyline in the evening

Facades+ Boston Conference

Boston, MA – Building Blocks will attend the Facades+ Boston conference next month. The one day program features a morning symposium and afternoon workshops. Industry leaders including Elkus Manfredi Architects, Walter P. Moore, and Thornton Tomasetti host these sessions. The conference is hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper.


Facades+ Boston

June 6, 2017


MIT Samberg Conference Center

50 Memorial Drive

Campbridge, MA 02142

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