Symbiont Construction’s MCAA Masonry Certification


Symbiont Construction’s MCAA Masonry Certification

Brick. Block. Terra-cotta. Tile. Stone. Owners, architects, and engineers have favored these building materials for their versatility, durability, and fire resistance. 

As a recognized leader in educational, municipal, manufacturing, and commercial construction, Symbiont Construction’s Masonry Division has been self-performing masonry for over 60 years.  To continue to deliver quality workmanship, Symbiont Construction has pursued a specialty certification through the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Masonry.  Our masons have completed courses on masonry products, quality assurance best practices, ethics, safety, and bidding – which have cumulated in the completion of the MCAA Masonry Certification program.  Through continuing education, our masons will continue to lead the industry in best practice masonry construction.

Masonry – A Brief History

Masonry is the craft of fabricating structures in stone, clay, brick, or concrete block. The earliest largest-scale implementation of masonry occurred in the 4th millennium BCE. The stone pyramids across Egypt still stand today due to the stonemasonry technique developed by skilled masons of the time. Likewise, ancient masonry structures in the Assyrian and Persian empires were built from sun-dried bricks made of clay. While architects select masonry for its color, texture, and aesthetic appeal, modern developers select masonry for a variety of additional reasons.

Masonry – Modern Benefits for Developers and Business Owners

Fire Resistance
With wildfires tearing through the United States each year, fire resistance has become a key consideration.  Compared with other building materials (e.g., wood, vinyl, foam insulation, gypsum), masonry provides unequalled fire resistance.  When building codes require fire-rated construction systems, masonry is often a key component of these code required systems, from fire barriers to fire walls.


Masonry is built to stand the test of time. Masonry does not warp, rot, or rust. Unlike steel construction, where metal is exposed and requires regular coating maintenance, masonry leads to savings in building maintenance costs. Masonry holds up better in moist and corrosive environments and is specially suited for housing chemical storage areas, wastewater treatment equipment, and wet process areas.

Versatile Construction

A wide variety of block types are available for different aesthetic and functional purposes. Split face masonry is seen in attractive exteriors, acoustic block is selected for its sound deadening quality, and glazed block provides a smooth finished surface. From a structural perspective, masonry walls can function as loadbearing elements, which allows designers to eliminate additional framing. Also, its relatively low thermal conductivity provides many options for cost-effective insulation.

Sustainability and Community

To fulfill sustainability goals that aim to minimize impact on the environment and support local communities, developers look to masonry for its unique sustainability impacts. Byproducts created by industries (such as fly ash and slag) are often utilized as admixtures in the production of CMU blocks. The recycled material not only innovatively reuses byproducts, it provides a lot of positive benefits in the block’s durability. Sourcing recycled materials are just the start. Even our teams are locally sourced – our masonry projects are performed by local laborer and from local materials.

Symbiont’s Masonry Solutions

From new buildings to remodels and additions, Symbiont’s Masonry Division brings both aesthetic design and durability to communities and industries. Our masonry work on educational buildings provides our communities a lifelong place for the children of tomorrow to learn. Our work for municipalities shows up on the faces of village halls and in wastewater treatment facilities. For food and beverage processors and other manufacturers, we’ve performed numerous masonry additions and internal masonry remodeling. The fire resistant quality of our work is especially appreciated by the medical facilities we’ve worked with.  The historical aesthetic of masonry work, which is not to be overlooked, is clear in our work for senior living communities and the exteriors of our multi-use developments. 

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