Outdoor Gold Lot Events

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Don't miss MASONRY MADNESS™ at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas this February! It's a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world and it all takes place on one day, at one location.

9:30 - 12:00 PM
The MCAA's Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional competitions held throughout the country to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. The exciting competition spotlights our industry's finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry. Contestants are divided by experience level, "First Years" who are just entering the trade through "Third Years" who are just about to enter the workforce as journeymen. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their know-how.

10:45 - 11:30 AM
At the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender®, the world's top mason tenders compete for the fastest time setting up their SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® workstation. Watch as they haul tons of brick, block, equipment and materials to beat their peers and take home $2,500 cash and prizes.

11:30 - 12:00 PM
MCAA's Fastest Trowel on the Block is hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America (www.masoncontractors.org) and is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of the industry's workforce. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry's best are invited to compete. This contest proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product. The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship.Each contestant's goal is to complete as much of a 30 foot long wall as possible, using 8"x 8"x16" CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

12:00 NOON
Who is the nation's best bricklayer? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP competition at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas will answer the question. Each team consists of a mason and mason tender building a 26 foot 8 inch, double wythe brick wall. The most bricks laid in one hour and counted under the quality rules wins the event. Judged by over 20 highly qualified industry experts, the award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. The judges will check each mason's wall for workmanship and production to determine who will make it to the winner's circle, where over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. The champion is awarded the title "World's Best Bricklayer" and handed the keys to drive home in the grand prize, a new Ford F-250 4x4 SuperDuty Truck. Learn more at www.specmixbricklayer500.com.

The Western Star Trucks Get Tough Challenge
Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 3 - Thursday, February 5


Watch contestants demonstrate their operating and safety knowledge of Class 8 severe duty trucks including concrete mixers and dump trucks. This challenge will feature tasks that often occur on construction sites such as: backing into park stations; parking parallel to a curb; backing along an S-curve, performing a three-point turn, and driving over a ramp made of granular fill.

Self-Leveling LIVE! Sponsored by 

Gold Lot, front of North Hall

Tuesday February 3 - Thursday, February 5

The editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION are presenting Self-Leveling LIVE! In this live interactive work zone, subject matter experts will demonstrate how to use this material and associated products to expand your business. 
Self-Leveling Live will focus on four aspects of this flooring procedure:
1)    How to place self-leveling flooring materials – Spectators will watch a contractor mix, pump and place self-leveling material. The demonstration will simulate the contractor activity commonly employed on elevated slabs.
2)    How to grind and polish self-leveling flooring materials – Using pre-poured slabs, spectators will learn how to properly grind and polish flooring materials to ensure an enhanced look and greater durability.  
3)    How to decorative treat self-leveling flooring materials – Using pre-poured slabs, spectators will learn how to apply decorative treatments to create a finished floor slab.

The daily schedule for these activities are:
10:30 a.m.      How to pour self-leveling flooring materials
11 a.m.          How to decoratively treat self-leveling floor materials
1 p.m.            How to grind and polish self-leveling flooring materials   
2 p.m.            How to decoratively treat self-leveling flooring materials  
3 p.m.            How to pour self-leveling flooring materials

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday, February 3 - Thursday, February 5


9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In this live, interactive work zone, experts from the Federal Emergency Management Association and supporting associations will demonstrate how to construct safe rooms. Safe Room Showcase will present five examples of safe room construction including insulating concrete forms, concrete masonry units, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete and prefab steel on poured concrete footings. 

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday, February 3 - Thursday, February 5


The Slab Construction Showcase will feature several examples of the newest techniques contractors can use to form, place, treat, or repair concrete on flatwork applications such slab on grade, elevated floors and pavements. Each of this customized editorial activities are designed to encourage attendee interaction while learning of a new construction activity. Manufacturers will be allowed to select an exclusive product/application category.   

Category Exclusive Activity
How to Use a Roller Screed on a Curve   
Placing concrete on curve with a large radius can be difficult. Contractors often add finishers for the placement process to keep at desired rates.
Using a roller screed can minimize crew size without sacrificing efficiency and helps ensure that the fresh concrete is struck off with minimum working.  

Creating a High-Gloss Concrete Slab without Polishing   
In recent years, there has been a great deal of research on how to efficiently create a polished concrete floor. One recent innovation has been the systematic approach that combines placing, power troweling, and curing to create a serviceable, durable, and flat polished surface with equipment most concrete contractors already own.
This Showcase Activity will consist on three slab areas. Fresh concrete will be placed on the morning of each day. The sponsor will then demonstrate an innovative process and technique with which concrete contractors can begin to refine a slab’s surface during initial placement. In this process, contractors spray a special material prior to troweling. Using a power trowel, contractors incorporate the material into the concrete. When the slab is hardened, it’s gloss surface offers reduces permeability, increased surface density and increased resistance to abrasion when compared to polished concrete surfaces. A third concrete slab that is at least 15 ft. x 15 ft. will be placed prior to the show’s opening. On this slab the sponsor will demonstrate additional techniques contractors can adopt to create a slab with a easily workable, dense high-gloss surface.

Tuesday-Thursday, February 3-5,
during show hours
Gold Lot, Booth G52370   


Pervious in Paradise provides attendees, sponsoring exhibitors, and researchers an opportunity to display, discuss, and demonstrate the new equipment and test procedures for this rapidly growing market. You will have three ways to learn about this unique material: sponsor demonstrations, interactive experiences, and an alley construction demonstration

Be sure to stop by and:
-    Learn why all pervious concrete mixes are not alike.
-    Watch the testing techniques used to assure that a pervious concrete will place properly and be durable in a freeze/thaw environment.
-    Check out the competition between the pervious crews to get the perfect density.


Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 3 - Thursday, February 5

Get in the driver’s seat during the exciting John Deere Operator Challenge. Put your speed and accuracy to the test on a 4WD loader, skid steer, backhoe, or excavator, and score points toward the top daily prize. For each event, the operator is timed and penalized for errors and not accomplishing a task. This is a must-attend event for anyone in the concrete production industry; it’s packed with excitement, fun, and an opportunity to learn something new! Don’t miss the excitement of watching contestants perform stunts with construction equipment.

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday, February 3 - Thursday, February 5

World of Concrete is participating in a research demonstration project of the Construction Robotics Semi-Automated Mason (S.A.M.).  SAM, is a bricklaying robot. The research project will be to compare the quality of the final wall as compared to a similar assemblage constructed by a mason. Visitors to this live work zone demonstration will be asked to participate in a brief survey that will answer the question, “do you think you can use this technology on an upcoming project?   

Be sure to stop by and:
- learn more about SAM and Construction Robotics;
- see pictures and videos of construction projects SAM worked; and
- watch the system work live.

Special thanks to:
SPEC MIX, Belden Brick, Hydro-Mobile, AZ Best Block and EZ Grout,

For more information about Construction Robotics and the SAM system visit www.robotics.build

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