Category: Features

Key Considerations for Successfully Winning Masonry Contracts

At the outset of a construction project, the early bidding phase is an important time for masonry subcontractors to demonstrate they have the experience needed to successfully complete a project and can work in lock step with construction managers, including the ability to coordinate schedules, work within established budgets and achieve a project’s full scope. Since vendor selection is a multifaceted process, subcontractors should be prepared to demonstrate they possess the experience and capabilities required to complete the scope of work. One consideration construction managers use in vetting potential masonry subcontractors is to review the prequalification and financial stability...

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Codes and Standards for Manufactured Stone Veneer

ASTM Standards Although adhered manufactured stone masonry veneer (MSV) has been in use for over 40 years, ASTM standards governing the units and their installation are brand new, having just been first published within the last five years. Before that, there was building code acceptance criteria, but not all manufacturers complied with it, leading to variability in constituent materials, product characteristics, and field performance. According to Chris Hines, Technical Leader at Boral Stone Products LLC, “Leaders in the industry started thinking that there should be a governing standard, to agree on standardized materials, testing and performance. “ After more...

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MCAA Mid-Year Meeting 2017: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The 2017 MCAA Midyear Meeting took place in scenic Steamboat Springs, Colorado from Monday, August 28 to Wednesday, August 30 2017. The Midyear meeting allows members and suppliers to get away from the day-to-day in their businesses and enjoy the scenery of the year’s location. Most importantly, however, the Midyear meetings allow contractors to come together in order to network and advocate for the industry. Known primarily as one of the top winter skiing destinations in the world, Steamboat Springs is also the childhood home of MCAA Chairman Mike Sutter’s wife Colleen. Located in the upper valley of the...

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TLC for Hand Tools

  From the stone mason and automotive mechanic to the dentist, hair stylist, professional fisherman, carpenter and craftsman, high quality tools are essential for high quality results. And whether you have fish scales, mortar, grease, wood chips, dirt, dust or hair in or on your tools, they need routine cleaning and tender loving care (TLC) for long-term performance and function. The study of psychology goes in many different directions, including personal and professional habits. Of the many definitions of “habit”, this one seems to be the closest to applying to hand tool maintenance:  a behavior pattern acquired by frequent...

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Preparing The Next Generation Of Masonry Professionals: Wallace Community College

Masonry instructor Kenny Allen has a lot to say about the trade. “The word ‘mason’ is universally accepted as one with the highest skill,” says Allen, who also serves as a recruiter for the Wallace Community College’s Selma Masonry/Building/Trades Program, an MCAA program in Selma, AL. “The vernacular of masonry permeates widely from biblical scholarship to literature and everyday language,” Allen says. “Masonry bookmarks mankind’s constructional evolution whereas other mediums are lost to the ages.”He’s quite passionate about the trade – and how the school’s program can help meld the masonry tradesmen and tradeswomen of tomorrow, enabling students “to market...

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