Feature Articles

East Norport Drive Residence

Elements Paving Stones contribute beauty, elegance and high-end quality to this 17,000 square-foot residential concrete paver project on East Norport Drive in Port Washington, Wis., and helped the project earn a Silver Award in the Best Residential Driveway Application category in the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance’s 2016 Excellence in Hardscape Awards. …

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A Story of Renewal: Flats East Bank Cleveland

Cleveland has been called the City of Comebacks, and for good reason. Consider Lebron James and the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. These days, the city is becoming known for such things as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Clinic and a progressive government that sees economic development of the inner city and improvement of local education as priorities. …

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Last-Minute Stone Solution for a Modern Design

Architects for the BBVA Compass bank envisioned a modern façade, clad mostly with metal panels. However, the city of Kingwood, Texas, rejected the plan during the building permit phase, as all new buildings there are required to be clad with a defined percentage of masonry to preserve the design and architectural integrity of the community. The original design did not come close to meeting this requirement, so a last-minute solution was needed.

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ThermaPANEL: Snow-Melting, Solar Pool Heating and Patio Cooling

Hardscape installers are not usually tasked with the installation of hydronic or electric cable pavement heating systems. However, they do need to be involved with the scheduling of the trades that install these systems, and quite often work hand in hand with the mechanical or electrical contractor to allow for a clean and seamless installation.

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Demand for Creative Construction Strategies Paves Way for Modern Concrete Block Suppliers

Construction professionals who design and manage large projects agree that a concrete product supplier that can quickly create and deliver high volumes of quality products is an absolute must. Yet the rush to finish a high school athletic complex on a tight deadline with atypical foundation specifications revealed that a firm also equipped to provide customized solutions to meet architectural and engineering challenges is priceless.

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Fall Product Review

Mason contractors need tools they can rely on. Masonry Magazine has put together this article on the latest in saws, saw blades, hammer drills and grinders — so you can know what tool to choose for the job. …

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WOMEN IN MASONRY: Building on a Strong Foundation

Throughout its nearly 90-year history, General Shale has been a leading provider of building materials solutions for North America. While the company has long been a key player in the production of brick, stone and concrete block, over the past few years it has navigated a rebranding, greatly expanded its portfolio of masonry products, and established a robust digital community.

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