Category: Features

The 2015 IBC Will Impact Your Masonry Business. Here’s Why…

Building codes are a strange combination of perceived confliction. In one respect they are constantly changing, forcing the collective construction industry to re-educate themselves under the new provisions every three years. This process is expensive and frustrating, leading to descriptors such as ‘change for change sake’. Yet they are concurrently perceived as being slow to react and resistant to the adoption of new technologies – and when those ‘significant’ changes are implemented, they are generally met with near hostility as designers, contractors, and owners alike struggle to understand why ‘the way things were’ no longer work. I’m generally not...

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Silica 101: Tool Innovation and Compliance

Innovation has played a huge role in the settlement of our country and in how well we live, work and play. More than a century ago, westward expansion was improved with the Conestoga wagon, steamship and railroad. Farmer productivity soared with John Deere’s singing plow and Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper. The Industrial Revolution brought innovation to machines for quarrying and cutting stone. There are those who say the concrete masonry unit (CMU) revitalized the industry, and productivity and safety have been enhanced with advancements in mortar, saw blades, ergonomic design, protective gear and cordless tools. Steve Jobs once quipped:...

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Build with Strength Campaign Promotes Concrete Products For Buildings

Last year, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) launched Build with Strength, a multi-million dollar coordinated industry campaign to educate the building community about the benefits of concrete and concrete products for building construction. The campaign is designed to reverse 10 years of market declines for concrete and concrete products in the low- to mid-rise building market, especially for apartments, hotels and dormitories. Communications, direct project promotion, education and building code advocacy are the key strategies behind the program. The program is based on significant market research undertaken by NRMCA to better understand the that a great majority...

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All About BIM-M: Building Information Modeling For Masonry

Background and Overview While many contractors may be apprehensive toward new modeling techniques involved in masonry projects, one large initiative aims to give the trade a seat at the table with designers and architects. Though other wall types have had their own versions of BIM, or “building information modeling,” for awhile, BIM for masonry endeavors to fill the gap. In order to advance the market share for our industry, an Initiative was started in 2012 to create modeling for masonry. According to the website for the project, BIM-M’s mission is: “To unify the masonry industry and all supporting industries...

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The Mortar Has Set On The 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

Louisville, Kentucky served as host for the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference put on by SkillsUSA. Designed to increase the quality of our nation’s skilled workforce with a combination of “citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training,” it works to create a strong upcoming generation of our workforce. Over 16,000 attended the show. Among them were students, instructors, and partners in the business world. Friends of Masonry, Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns were the guest speakers who spoke during Wednesday’s lunch about their careers in masonry. As a prelude to the competition day, they motivated and...

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