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Fire Station #45 The West Sacramento Fire Station #45 was completed in 2007 by Townsend & Schmidt Masonry. Read More ...
Fire Station The beautiful San Manuel Fire Station of Highland, CA Read More ...
Verona A residential Apartment Complex with custom finished block, planter, and site walls with a pre-cast capping. Read More ...
Alameda Cinema This very large CMU structure had some special challenges for Pacific Masonry including working with tight accesses on a down town city street, CMU walls in excess of 50 foot from grade and numerous levels of extensive integrated structural steel elements. Read More ...
Galen Center The University of Southern California's Galen Event Center on the Los Angeles campus features seven sculptures that, at 46-ft 8-in. high x 11-ft 8-in. wide, are among the world's largest brick murals. Read More ...
USC Stairs Outside and stairs view of the University of California's Galen Center by Masonry Concepts, Inc.  Read More ...
Golf Clubhouse The Indian Wells Golf Clubhouse was selected as the winner in the Commercial category in Masonry Construction’s “Project of the Year” contest (2008 Best Commercial Project of the Year).  Read More ...
Hollywood Museum Madame Tussauds Hollywood Museum incorporates concrete masonry to extend its versatility and practicality, helping to broaden the definition of sustainability to include, economy, environment, and architecture. Read More ...

Why Masonry?

Four Reasons Why Your Next Building Should Be Built with Concrete Masonry:

  • It’s Green
  • It’s Affordable
  • It’s Flexible and Attractive
  • It’s Safe
Want Proof? Visit for real life case studies and a photo gallery of masonry projects.

Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc.

Who is MCAC?

Established as the first and only statewide mason contractors association, the Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc. (MCAC) was formally incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation on April 1, 1963 as the California Conference of Mason Contractor Associations, Inc. (CCMCA). Originally formed to give California mason contractors a greater voice in labor negotiations, MCAC expanded to become an organization representing both open-shop and signatory mason contractors of all sizes and specialties on a variety of issues related to the trade. In 2011, the association restructured and took on its new identity as the MCAC to more accurately reflect its member makeup from a regional presence to more individualized participation. Today, MCAC is comprised of mason contractors as well as suppliers with ties to the masonry industry. The Association is headquartered in the state capital of Sacramento, CA.

What Does MCAC Do?

MCAC is designed to enhance opportunities and services to mason contractors through the exchange of ideas and resources. This exchange is founded upon the principals of information sharing and peer-to-peer networking not only between contractors and suppliers but also among related trade groups with shared interests.

What Relationships Does MCAC Have with Other Industry Trade Organizations and State Government?

MCAC is the conduit that all mason contractors can use to voice their needs to other industry organizations and state government leaders. MCAC represents its members in related organizations to increase member visibility and recognition of the masonry industry. These affiliations create a greater presence for the masonry industry overall and a louder voice before our state decision-makers.



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SEND NO MONEY NOW! Reserve your desired advertisement option for the 2014/15 edition of the MCAC Membership Roster.
You will receive an invoice as the release date approaches.

Fax or Email the attached Form to Place Your Order Today!

PLEASE NOTE: Advertisement space is subject to availability. Ads will be printed in black & white and must be camera ready.
Color options and typesetting may be available at additional costs.

Ads for 2014/15 DUE March 21, 2014

Cover locations are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Julie Trost at the MCAC office for assistance with ad creation or layout.

STEP ONE: Select An Advertisement Option Below.



In July 2013, we distributed a survey developed by the Masonry Institute of America (MIA) and the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) to determine the impact of coring on the masonry industry especially as it relates to Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) projects. The results of the survey are in. Here is what you had to say. View your answers in graphical format by clicking on the following link.

Thank you to all who participated!


A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Washington D.C.—Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Julie Trost, Executive Director, of the Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc. (MCAC) has recently completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at West in Culver City, CA.

“Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating...



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Governor Brown Approves Significant Changes to California’s Prevailing Wage Law

PROLOGUE: In an effort to provide important information to MCAC members, we utilize many resources including articles written by experts and professionals on particular subject matter. This MCAC Legislative Alert is such an article, and the author’s information is supplied at the end of the article if you want more information or have any questions.

Note – The following will be effective January 1, 2014.

Over the weekend (October 12-13, 2013), Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills, Assembly Bill 1336 and Senate Bill 377, which make significant changes to California’s Prevailing Wage Law and, in particular, the procedures for enforcing the law. These changes potentially impact all public works contractors and awarding bodies in the state.

Deadlines for Serving Civil Wage and Penalty Assessments and Filing Civil...


$12/year for 4 Issues. (Introductory Price. Limited Time Offer) - Preview Issue Here

Showcasing innovative new products, new technology, new systems, new objectives, research, and environmental concerns, this new magazine launched in summer 2013 as a resource to unite all segments of the masonry industry into one collaborative voice working to strengthen the position of the highest performance and most beautiful wall system – masonry.

This magazine can cause a paradigm shift to using high performance masonry for all it’s worth by educating those who design and construct masonry buildings, commercial, industrial and residential. Plus every issue will have fresh design ideas to inspire Architects to use masonry. Use it as a tool for your clients, architects, engineers, or subscribe for your own company.

To subscribe email This e-mail address is being protected...


To help subcontractors ensure that their lien, stop notice, and bond rights are protected, McLENNNON LAW CORPORATION created a handy checklist for use with each project. It sets forth deadlines, suggested actions, and links to forms and relevant statutes.


Dan McLennon is on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area ASA, as well as Government Relations Chair for ASA California.

This information is available to MCAC members as a result of MCAC membership in the American Subcontractors Association of California (ASA California).                    




In today’s construction environment, more items are being brokered out to third parties. The latest is the construction material testing procedure. Your project may have a company that represents themselves as a testing agency, but the actual material testing may be by a third party for cost reasons, or because the lab represented on your project is too busy.

When test results are low or marginal, you, the contractor, are assumed guilty until proven innocent. There are a few simple steps to follow to make sure that everybody follows consistent procedures.

1. If the wall must be cored, core 7 to 14 days after grouting.

Historically, we have found that coring walls 7 to 14 days after grouting yields slightly better shear bond between the grout and the unit. This is likely a result of the grout strength being closer to the unit strength in the 7 to 14 day period. Be proactive...


The good news is you do not need to tear down the wall and start over, but you do need to find void areas and verify that in place grout is interfacing with the surrounding units. The first question is exactly where are any grout voids, and secondly
how big are they? Several nondestructive testing methods can be used for finding grout in concrete masonry walls, including infrared thermography, microwave radar, and impact-echo. If you have a good ear you can sometimes detect grout voids
by simply “sounding” or tapping the wall with a small ball peen hammer. Once you think you’ve found a void verify the void by drilling into a mortar joint and using a borescope or videoscope to get an idea of its size.

Please view or download PDF for illustrations that accompany this article.

Once the...



50 Year Historic Anniv

Top 5 Sponsors

Mason Contractors Association of California (MCAC) Would Like to Give a Special Acknowledgement to Our Top 5 Sponsors of 2012/13!

1. Kretschmar & Smith, Inc.
2. Masonry Institute of America
3. ORCO Block Co., Inc.
4. Angelus Block Co., Inc.
5. Vandermeer Forest Products


Kretschmar and Smith Masonry


Masonry Institute of America


Vandermeer Forest Products


Orco Block


Angelus Block

Your Generous Contributions Continue to Support the MCAC Mission to Inform, Represent, Protect and Promote the Masonry Industry and Its People.

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