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Building Codes: The Foundation for a Resilient Nation

The devastation brought by natural disasters is all too prominent in today’s media. Deaths, injuries and property loss demonstrate the fragility of communities in the face of these events. Increased community resilience provides a mechanism to lessen the impact of these events and assure that communities can continue to thrive.   The Alliance for National & Community …

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Tech Talk: Determining Strength Of In Place Masonry Materials

Insert fig. 1  Caption: Figure 1. Laboratory compressive strength testing of a concrete block coupon.  Why would you ever need to know the strength of materials in a building that is already constructed and has been standing for years? Sometimes building use changes, and the structure is retrofitted to accommodate new tenants. This change in use may …

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HARDSCAPING – The Hybrid

The combining of masonry and landscaping creates a new hybrid – Hardscaping.  Growing up as a second-generation stone cutter and mason, learning the trade from my father, I was always interested in landscaping. Little did I know, over the next three decades that combining the two would bring me into the new world of their …

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The Legacy of the Trade: The 2019 MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame Inductees

In 2019, the MCAA will be introducing six new inductees into the Masonry Hall of Fame. On Thursday, January 24th, during the MCAA Annual Convention at the World of Concrete, the newest members of the prestigious group will be honored at the Vdara.  This year, Kenny Foeste, Clem Hellmann, Alonza Lewis, Robert Merrill, Michael Sutter, …

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