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Masonry Institute of Iowa

6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-252-0637



Student Field Days

Architectural Student Field Day - Every October, the Masonry Institute of Iowa holds Student Field Days. This event is designed to give architectural students a taste of designing and building with masonry. The students get to design a project in class,and during the Student Field Day, they tour a finished project, a project in process, a block plant, and finally a brick plant. At the brick plant, they get to implement their designs


Engineering Student Field Day - On April 20,  60 ISU Engineering students will participate in the hands-on experience of actually building a masonry structure in the parking lot by the Town Engineering Building.  Brad Perkins, P.E., Lecturer, ISU, has been instrumental in getting this event scheduled each year. This event allows the students to create masonry structures or mini Campaniles and experience masonry hands on. The students leave this event with a great appreciation and excitement for Masonry.


**NEW THIS YEAR** UNI Student Field Day

Approximately 45 construction management and interior design students and their instructors from the University of Northern Iowa attended its first student field day on Thursday, April 13 to learn about building with masonry.

The students toured King’s Material concrete block plant in Cedar Rapids as well as view videos that showed them the step by step process to make bricks and cast stone.

The students also toured Jorgensen Plaza, an under construction senior retirement community where the architect, general contractor, concrete block supplier and mason contractor spoke about the project and its use of masonry.

Next, the students toured Panther Village, a finished complex built with masonry. The architect, UNI’s Department of Residence, brick and block supplier spoke about the project.

Finally, the students learned to lay brick at Carl Schuler Masonry in Waterloo.




Masonry Institute of Iowa
6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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