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 MIAMI, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A design and construction exhibit opening here May 6 will help commercial and residential property owners in areas impacted by Hurricane Andrew rebuild with materials and methods that assure safe, substantial and affordable structures.
 The exhibit uses photographs and a video to show how poor design and lack of construction craftsmanship caused thousands of structures to be destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. Another part of the exhibit uses full- scale construction mock-ups to show how to build foundations, walls and roofs into monolithic structures that can stand up to hurricanes and tornadoes.
 The exhibit was built and is being operated by the International Masonry Institute (IMI), a labor-management trust based in Washington, D.C., that serves the members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen (BAC) and the contractors who employ its members.
 IMI's Hurricane Andrew Design and Construction Exhibit is located on the west side of the Cutler Ridge Shopping Center parking lot, 20505 South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1), Miami, just south of Caribbean Boulevard. The shopping center is 17 miles south of Miami International Airport. The opening is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 6.
 As part of the opening, guests will have an opportunity to visit a special mobile training center IMI set up as an emergency response to Hurricane Andrew. The center, also on U.S. 1, about a mile south of the exhibit, provides young men and women from the area with the beginning masonry skills necessary to help rebuild South Florida the right way. As these young apprentices leave the training center and begin working in the area, they'll continue in an apprenticeship program run by BAC's Local 1 in Miami. During their apprenticeship, their startup skills will be developed into those of a fully rounded masonry craftsperson in brick, marble, tile, concrete or plaster.
 The training site is also the location of a full-size hurricane- proof masonry demonstration house being built as a training exercise. The masonry house has been designed by IMI to replace the thousands of mobile homes blown away by Hurricane Andrew. It can be built atop all that remains in many mobile home parks, the concrete pads to which the frames of mobile homes were attached.
 "We're not selling anything at our exhibits, but we are giving away sound advice," said Rod DuChemin, the exhibition project manager for IMI and BAC. "Homeowners and commercial property owners who want to build or rebuild the right way this time can stop by our exhibit and see precisely how masonry can help them accomplish that goal."
 The mock-ups at the exhibit show design and construction elements that can make a residential or commercial structure hurricane and tornado proof.
 "Our mock-ups," DuChemin said, "demonstrate how walls, foundations and roofs can be tied together with steel and bond beams so they resist storms with winds in excess of what Hurricane Andrew delivered."
 The mock-ups are in front of an exhibition trailer IMI has placed on the site. They're full-size, and put together so that the underlying construction details are revealed.
 The mock-ups also show the proper methods of attaching roof tiles and applying stucco to concrete block walls to waterproof and beautify them. Another mock-up demonstrates the value of hurricane shutters for windows and doors.
 Beginning May 7, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Labor Day. Active and retired members of BAC have volunteered to help operate the exhibit and answer questions.
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 /CONTACT: Rod DuChemin or Harry Krause of the International Masonry Institute, 305-378-1552 or 305-588-4835/

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