WHO I AM
Ron Hunsicker is a masonry expert and professional engineer licensed in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.
Ron works with building owners, designers, building material manufacturers and vendors, and contractors to determine the causes of problems with masonry systems. He has performed over 700 commercial, industrial, educational, and residential site investigations and written hundreds of formal reports which assessed problems, established causes, and suggested remedial actions in efforts to limit damage and establish responsibility.
By reviewing contract documents -- details, drawings, and specifications -- before they are put to bid, Ron helps designers produce better documents that help build better buildings.
An excellent speaker, Ron increases brand awareness by presenting technical seminars to groups from two to two hundred in professionals' offices, at meetings of local and state chapters of professional and industry organizations, in contractors' offices, at trade shows, in factories and in college classrooms.
He has answered thousands of technical questions and conducted many plan, detail, and specification reviews. He has also authored technical brochures and reviewed many promotional pieces.
Ron has a decade-long involvement with the development of the masonry structural design code, the "Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures" (the 530-Code). He is a voting member of the Veneer and Glass Block Subcommittee and the Partitions and Empirical Design Subcommittee of the TMS 402 Committee, the organization which writes the 530-Code.
As a voting member of ASTM International Committee C12, "Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry," and of Committee C15, "Manufactured Masonry Units", he helps develop product standards, testing methods, and installation guidelines for bricks, concrete blocks, thin masonry units, and mortar.
A long-time member of The Masonry Society, Ron is a former member of its board of directors. He has been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute since 1974 and is a member of the Pennsylvania and National societies of professional engineers.
A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Ron earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He has experience as an estimator for a general contractor, a structural engineer, a building code official, a zoning officer, a specification writer, and as technical services manager and then Manager of Architectural Services for a clay brick manufacturer.