Cesar Silva Wins the 2022 Colorado SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®
Silva takes home 1st place and the title of “Colorado’s Best Bricklayer!”
Sheridan, CO – Cesar Silva puts down 529 bricks in 60 minutes with the help of his mason tender Omar Mayorga with DM Construction to pull the “Colorado’s Best Bricklayer Title!” Obtaining first place and the title is not the only thing the Silva-Mayorga team won, they earned themselves tickets to participate at the greatest event the construction industry offers, the SPEC MIX BRICKELAYER 500®, taking place in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete Tradeshow on January 18th, 2023. Across North America 22 regional events take place, only one team at each of these regionals can advanced to the World Championship in Las Vegas! Each team consists of one mason and one mason tender, together, they must demonstrate that they have the skills to compete in what is known as the Superbowl of Masonry.
Given a 26-foot-wide wall and one hour, these teams must build the tallest brick wall with little to no craftsmanship errors to win the chance to wrangle at the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 in Las Vegas. Battling in Vegas comes with its perks; these teams can win a Ford F-250 truck, a Kubota RTV-X1140, a Essick Pro12 Mortar Mixer, and money, a combined total of over $125,000 in cash and prizes! Contenders will go all in to claim the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
At the regional event in Colorado, Silva won with a 50-brick lead, laying a total of 529 bricks. Silva claimed the top spot and won a cash prize of $500, as well as a 4-foot Stabila Level.
Behind Silva, mason Francisco Rodriguez and mason tender Jaime Garcia with Francisco Masonry laid 479 brick. The Rodriguez-Garcia team achieved 2nd place and the title of “Top Craftsman”, meaning they had the perfect wall! For their efforts, they won a total of $650, and a 2-foot Stabila Level.
Lastly, in third-place mason Alejandro Galindo and Rafael Parra Castro with ASCO Construction had a 359-brick count. For their work, the Galindo-Castro team won $250 and a 2-foot Stabila Level.
Accompanied to the Colorado Regional event is the JR. BL500. This contest is a shortened version of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, where students and masonry apprentice’s display their skills for the chance to win cash and prizes! These competitors will battle for the “JR BRICKLAYER 500 CHAMPION” title. The JR. BL500 first-place winner was mason Omar Mayorga and mason tender Juan Cabral with JP Masonry. With a final brick count of 133, this team won $100, an etched Marshalltown trowel, and a 4-foot Stabila Level. In second place was mason Daniel Pino and mason tender Ben Pino with Big Horn Masonry Inc. Close behind in third place was mason Rafael Parra Castro and mason tender Alejandro Galindo with ASCO Construction, who also competed in the Colorado Spec Mix Bricklayer Regional. Both the second and third place winners walked away with $100 and a 2-foot Stabila Level.
In 2019, the SPEC MIX organization partnered with other masonry associations to create the JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Competition. In 2022, of the twenty-two Regional Series competitions, twelve will also hold JR. BRICKLAYER 500 contests to give high schoolers and masonry apprentices the chance to compete for their state title. The program has proven remarkably successful and highly supported by the Mason Contractors Association of America, school administrators, and numerous masonry supply manufacturers and dealers. To learn more, visit https://www.specmix.com/jr-spec-mix-bricklayer-500/.
If you are interested in becoming a fan, the 21st annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will take place on January 18th, 2023, at the World of Concrete tradeshow in Las Vegas; the Las Vegas Convention Center Bronze Lot. At this competition, you will see 26 world-class masons lay it all on the line to claim their portion of the total purse valued at more than $125,000. Prizes include a new Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty truck, Kubota RTV-X1140, Multiquip Pro 12 Mortar Mixer, Additionally, there will be other prizes from Hilti, IQ Power Tools, Stabila, Marshalltown, STIHL, Blaklader Workwear, and Belden Brick.
If you have any questions, or would like to set up an interview with any of the competitors, please contact Brian Carney at 612-859-4505 or by email at Brian.Carney@specmix.com
SPEC MIX is your North American source for high quality, factory produced cement-based building materials that are preblended for the construction industry. SPEC MIX products are precisely engineered to meet ASTM and building code requirements. Projects designed for the installation of brick, CMU, stone, stucco or building repair and restoration, SPEC MIX offers a full line of products packaged in 80 & 3,000-pound bags produced with state-of-the-art batching equipment to ensure quality and consistency from start to finish. For optimal jobsite efficiency, safety, and productivity, we provide contractors with numerous silo material mixing systems that maximize a contractor’s cost savings, safety and profitability. For more information, visit www.specmix.com.
2022 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 COLORADO REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||CESAR SILVA||OMAR MAYORGA||DM CONSTRUCTION||SHERIDAN, CO||529 BRICKS||$500|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ||JAIME GARCIA||FRANCISCO MASONRY||DENVER, CO||479 BRICKS||$300|
|2ND PLACE||FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ||JAIME GARCIA||FRANCISCO MASONRY||DENVER, CO||479 BRICKS||$350|
|3RD PLACE||ALEJANDRO GALINDO||RAFAEL PARRA CASTRO||ASCO CONSTRUCTION||GRAND JUNCTION, CO||359 BRICKS||$250|
2022 JUNIOR SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 COLORADO REGIONAL RESULTS
|PLACE||MASON||TENDER||COMPANY/SCHOOL||CITY, STATE||RESULT||PRIZE AMOUNT|
|1ST PLACE||OMAR MAYORGA||JUAN CABRAL||JP MASONRY||DENVER, CO||133 BRICKS||TBA|
|2ND PLACE||DANIEL PINO||BEN PINO||BIG HORN MASONRY INC||FT. COLLINS, CO||1106 BRICKS||TBA|
|3RD PLACE||RAFAEL PARRA CASTRO||ALEJANDRO GALINDO||ASCO CONSTRUCTION||GRAND JUNCTION, CO||101 BRICKS||TBA|
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ONE MORE CHANCE TO QUALIFY
The new Wild Card Challenge will send additional Regional Series competitors to Las Vegas for the World Championship! At the end of the regional season, the bricklayers that post the top adjusted brick counts could win a FREE ride to Vegas and chance at becoming the 2022 World’s Best Bricklayer!