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Roger Carter Recreation Co... - 12/18/2014

The Roger Carter Recreation Community Center in Ellicott City, Maryland has been awarded Excellence in Green Building. The building was designed utilizing 12″ Omni Block by Marks, Thomas Architects ( The building came in under budget and is very energy efficient for a building of its kind. Kemper Masonry located in Seven Valleys, PA (717) 428-1614 laid the block for the project. Ron, from Kemper, said “it lays up just like regular CMU. It’s a no brainer and was easy to work with.”

Rocky River High School - 12/17/2014

The Omni Block used in Rocky River High School locker room addition was layed up by Zavarella Brothers Construction (Cleveland, OH). Chas Svec located in Maple Heights, OH ( manufactured Omni Block for the nearby project. Dan Zavarella, owner of Zavarella Brothers recently emailed Omni Block, “In a short meeting with my foreman and crew to explain the system to them, they were laying block in minutes. Common sense! Great product! Great Idea!” This is the typical feedback that we receive from masons across the country when laying Omni Block, even for their very first time.

Omni Block Hits Cleveland - 10/15/2014

Chas Svec, Inc. manufactures Omni Block in Cleveland. The masonry firm owned by Danny Zavarello utilized Omni Block in the Rocky River City High School expansion project in Rocky River, Ohio. The 12″ Omni Block was selected for the energy efficiency and the durability of a single-wythe masonry wall. The architect desired to leave both the exterior and interior faces exposed, which Omni Block is designed to accomplish. Notice the 3 layers of insulation and 4 layers of masonry face shells as depicted in the construction photos. Mr. Zavarello found that, “Laying Omni Block was the same as typical CMU and the inserts went right in”.

Split-Face Omni Block is m... -

The Omni Block split-face was manufactured this week (October 13) at Yavapai Block in the high desert of Prescott, AZ. Tyler Smith, owner of Yavapai Block confirmed that the manufacturing loss due to breakage during the actual splitting of the block was higher than standard CMU but less than he expected. He also indicated that he would slightly change the mix design when running Omni Block to reduce the loss percentage. This is the first mass produced Omni Block split-face block and was manufactured for an upcoming local church project that will be erected by Laipple Construction, a local masonry firm. Bill Laipple, owner of Laipple Construction has been looking for an energy efficient concrete block and his extensive research led him to Omni Block. He and general contractor Paul Lutz are responsible for the upcoming church project and several single-family residences in the Prescott area.

Cooperative Construction i... - 09/28/2014

A cooperative construction project in Charleston, SC has started. Architect Bill Huey & Associates, Renew Urban Charleston, American College of the Building Arts and the supplier of Omni Block, Adams Building Products have collectively worked together to construct a cost-effective “prototype” structural energy efficient single-family residence at 155 Wentworth Street. To learn more about the American College of the Building Arts and Renew Urban and their other projects please visit

Conventus Project – ... - 05/05/2014

The winter weather finally eased a bit which allowed Great Lakes Concrete Products to manufacture Omni Block for the Conventus project at 1001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. In order to get the magnitude of the Conventus project please visit Denver Persinger, GM of Great Lakes commented that Omni Block ran the same as standard block. In order to keep costs in line, it is paramount to start at the production level. Persinger runs a Besser V312 machine and experienced no issues when he and his production crew ran Omni Block. The portion of the Conventus project that calls for Omni Block requires both the 8″ and 12″ models. Thomas Johnson is the mason and has just taken delivery of the Omni Block materials. Actual job site photos will be posted as they become available.  

Dwell Magazine – Sim... - 04/04/2014

If you are into the clean lines of modernistic architecture, close to “net zero” energy strategies, and economical construction, then Simpatico Homes of northern California is right up your alley. Not that long ago, renown architect, Robert Swatt, a principal at Swatt|Miers 
Architects based in Emeryville, California contacted Denny Miller of Omni Block and began his extensive evaluation of Omni Block’s insulated concrete block system. Swatt’s goal was to have the lower portion built on-site and then install the modular second floor with pre-fab components. Simpatico, which is also run by architect Steven Stept of Swatt|Miers, places a strong emphasis on affordability, which, in the oft-pricey realm of prefab housing, is something they are able to achieve via the careful sourcing of materials. Homeowner, Seth Krubiner is shown relaxing in his modular home space. Notice the exposed natural beauty of Omni Block installed in a “stack bond” pattern. The mason nicely “tooled the joints” approximately 1″ deep to make the block pattern more pronounced. For the complete Dwell Magazine article and pictorial, please visit

Structural Testing Update - 03/30/2014

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) has recently re-tested both the System 12 and System 8 individual block units. These new test results continue to show that different block plants that have manufactured Omni Block easily pass the ASTM C-140 test minimums and meet the ASTM C-90 test criteria. The pages are listed here but can also be found at on this site. Click page to enlarge then click again to zoom

Exposed Block - 02/23/2014

An Omni Block home in the Scottsdale area has recently been completed and photos taken. The “industrialized contemporary” architecture is exactly what the homeowners were looking for. The brashness of the block, inside and out, lends itself to a unique motif but also maintenance free finishes. The exterior was treated with a water soluble penetrating sealer. The interior hard surfaces are softened by furniture, area rugs and wall artwork. The metal barrel ceiling is insulated immediately above with a spray foam insulation. The walls can be left exposed and meet code with Omni Block’s interior cell insulation and off-set and constricted cross-webbing.

Independent Cost Estimator... - 02/10/2014

Jim Nuckolls with Construction Cost Systems, Houston, TX has evaluated Omni Block and compared its cost to other wall assemblies. Omni Block provides a superior wall, a more finished wall and is less money than other assemblies. Omni Block is typically $2 to $2.50 more than standard uninsulated CMU. Mr. Nuckolls’ estimate to furr and insulate a standard CMU wall is $4.29. Not only is it less money to use Omni Block but there is more useable space and interior durability. Please Double Click Letters Below