ALL Masonry Project Honored with Top Masonry Award

Robert J. Richardson Middle School was honored with the Excellence in Masonry award by the Masonry Advisory Council in the Educational–New Elementary category. The architectural firm of STR Partners, LLC designed this award-winning building and ALL Masonry was proud to serve as the mason contractor.

ALL Masonry set red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple accent brick panels to punctuate the clean, white masonry walls of the middle school. Small, square windows sparkle on sections of black manganese brick. STR, with the service of Rauch Clay Sales Corporation and ALL Masonry Construction Company, animated the building’s appearance by placing the glazed brick panels of varying colors in between the standardized windows. The result was a lively and vibrant exterior reflective of the surrounding community. (MAC 2018)

Video provided courtesy of the Masonry Advisory Council.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial – Essential October Events

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, per its name, comes every other year. It’s a significant opportunity for our city to showcase and teach about the world-class architecture we have here. Architects, designers, artists, scholars, historians, and the public get together for a few months to discuss what they’re working on, what they do, and what they need to show the world.

Here are five events we’ve hand-picked from the public programs available this October. Continue reading “Chicago Architecture Biennial – Essential October Events”

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Restoration vs. New Construction: a Cost Comparison

Are you trying to decide between restoration and a whole new building? Wondering what it’ll cost? We’re contractors. We’re here to advise.

Maybe you’re planning a new project, or you’re looking for a contractor. You might think the whole structure needs to be overhauled. You’re stressed about the budgets, the permits, the workload. But this is really rarely the case! Furthermore, restoration is often the best option when you’re on a tight deadline. As long as your foundation is safe and stable, we can renovate a façade to save you serious time and money. Continue reading “Restoration vs. New Construction: a Cost Comparison”

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4 Simple Tips for Finding the Best Contractor in Chicago

Looking for a contractor? It doesn’t need to be so difficult.

There are the Yelp reviews, endless pages of business listings on Google, and there’s even your friend who says he knows a guy. So how do you decide who to work with? Let’s look at what it means to hire a contractor for your project in Chicago.

  1. You want someone with roots here. A company founded in 2013 might do good work, but a family-owned business since, let’s say,  1960 will really know the lay of the land and their work. Our story started in this city almost sixty years ago. History is important. Find out how it happened for us.
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Malcolm X College

2. You want a full team backing you with their decades of individual experience. Where is the contractor located? Who are they working with? How do they run their business? There’s something to be said about a winning track record in any industry. Our employees stick around because we’re a strong team.

3. Look around. What did you have in mind? Choosing your contractor can be tricky when you haven’t seen what they’ve done before. Check out photos of their projects online. The best contractor will always share evidence of their work!

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University of Chicago Laboratory

4. Ask questions. We’ve blogged about it before, but it can’t be overstated: communication is everything in our business. Here are some more tips on things to consider, and here are some of the big questions to start with. We’re available on Facebook to talk, anytime.

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Southwest Area School

 

Each photo here is just a glimpse at some of our own work. Our mission, after all, is simply “to provide a skilled team to perform masonry services with the highest level of integrity, quality, efficiency, and safety at a competitive price.” We’ve got you covered.