John Chrysler's efforts assure that masonry construction remains a preferred building material.
John Chrysler's efforts assure that masonry construction remains a preferred building material.

There's a bond that's stronger than mortar linking block producers to the design community. This bond of confidence is an important link needed to develop and expand the concrete block market. With confidence, the architect/designer becomes masonry construction's greatest ally during the important stage of the decision process.

For the past decade or so, the building climate in California has been strong, vibrant, and to some extent, cautious regarding safety issues. Building officials and owners have been proactive in approving only those building systems that will stand the test of the next great seismic event.

Fortunately for producers and the contractors who work with our product, masonry construction has garnered more than its fair share of the construction market. The confidence by a well-trained workforce placing quality products to create a durable and sustainable building system has earned credibililty for masonry not only in California, but also nationwide.

John Chrysler's name may not be recognized by many producers across the country. But his continuing efforts to assure that masonry construction, especially as it relates to concrete block, remains a preferred building material has earned him the honor of being named one of this year's Influencers.

Formorethan15years,Chryslerhas been leading the effort as the executive director of the Masonry Institute of America (MIA) in Torrance, Calif. MIA's mission is to provide technical support for the Southern California union signatory masonry contractors and their partners, including producers.

Chrysler has provided a persuasive voice in the California building code development effort. Last year, he supported masonry by updating the 2007 Masonry Codes and Specifications for California, a joint effort between MIA and the International Code Council.

What earns him recognition as an industry influencer is the knowledge he has provided other masonry support groups. His coastal experience has helped implement the California guidelines nationwide. In this role, Chrysler has represented the masonry industry's interest in several professional settings.

These include the Structural Engineers of Southern California, ASTM, the International Conference of Building Officials/International Code Council, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute, and the Building Seismic Safety Council.

Inspection program

One of Chrysler's greatest contributions has been his involvement in the current nationalization of the masonry special inspection program. With his help, the Masonry Society has developed a comprehensive training seminar aimed at helping inspectors, engineers, and building officials identify and check key quality assurance masonry construction on the jobsite.

A World of Concrete seminar will use the 2006 International Building Code and the 2005 MSJC as primary references, and it will review related ASTM standards and inspection guides. Attendees will learn code inspection requirements, proper placement of materials, mortar and grout, flashing, movement joints, how to determine the compressive strength of masonry, and appropriate severe weather procedures.