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Rich:  2003 IBC with City of Phoenix Amendments is correct.  Prism tests are typically not done.  We use type S mortar and 1900 psi cmu which provides a f'm of 1500 psi per 2003 IBC table 2105. and the unit strength method.  During construction, we test the grout per ASTM C 1019 and the block units per ASTM C 140.  Construction needs to be inspected (masonry and rebar) per the Chapter 17.  We typically use local materials testing and inspection firms for this work.
Greg Michel
DLR Group
6225 N 24th St Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602.956.8358 (fax)
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From: Rich Lewis [mailto:seaint04(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 2:44 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Phoenix AZ Masonry Construction

I’m working on a job in Phoenix and am wondering what the typical requirements for masonry construction inspection in this region are.  I have a 50’ x 80’ split face CMU bearing wall office building.  Are prism tests usually required during construction?  Is rebar inspection required by a third party?  My understanding from reviewing Phoenix’s web site is the 2003 IBC, with addendums, is the code.  Since IBC uses ACI 530, is the inspection requirement mandatory, or up to the engineer?


Thanks for your help.