Feature Articles

Masonry Chimney Checklist for Weather Resistance

With winter weather arriving, masonry chimneys face months of prolonged exposure to wind-driven rains and melting snow. Continuous subjection to inclement weather can result in chimney deterioration, which, in turn, can present a potential safety hazard for the building’s occupants.…

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Wall Assemblies and Code Requirements: A Systematic Approach

In a construction environment challenged by ever-increasing permit and code requirements, one principle remains steadfast: the size of a building project does not necessarily correlate to the complexity of the project. At less than 500 square feet, a recent addition to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Boston ranks among the smallest pro bono projects Cameron Roberts, principal of Cameron Roberts Advisors, has undertaken in a career that spans more than 25 years. Yet, the addition also represents one of the most complex projects Roberts has managed, when viewed through the lens of building envelope codes and permits.…

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Innovations Take Pressure Off Tight-Squeeze Jobs

It used to be an article of faith in the masonry industry that tight, cut-up jobs would slow production to a crawl and slice into profits. New innovations in scaffolding are turning that rule on its head, enabling masons to fit scaffolds into narrow alleys and elevator shafts and work more efficiently. It’s all a matter of choosing the right scaffolding product for the job and using it correctly.…

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Navigating LEED v4 for Concrete Masonry

Phil Bonnell has reason to be proud of the sustainability profile of his company. As VP and general manager of Basalite Concrete Products Northwest Region, Bonnell always has felt proud to provide an inherently sustainable product to a customer base that places high value on everything green.

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Brick: An Old Way to a Better Tomorrow

Since early mankind moved out of caves and into communities, brick has been a desired construction material. With readily available materials, a simple manufacturing process, and durable and sustainable results, brick prominence was easy to understand. …

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Handheld Tools

Whether your mission is to cut, grind, hammer or measure, you need the correct handheld tool for the task on your jobsite. Manufacturers are more innovative than ever in keeping handhelds light, efficient and brimming with functionality.…

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MIA CEU Course Teaches Stone Specification

Choosing the right stone for a project is more difficult than it sounds. Architects and designers must weigh a number of factors, including functionality, durability and availability, when selecting stone for construction projects. New training opportunities offered by the Marble Institute of America are aimed at helping designers and architects better understand natural stone and how to select the right material for the job.…

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A Hometown Hero Comes Home

May 25, 2015, was unlike any other Memorial Day celebrated in the historic Borough of Ephrata, Pa. On this Memorial Day, a special ceremony took place: the dedication of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. The centerpiece of the plaza is a statue of one of World War II’s best known soldiers, Major Richard D. Winters……

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Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

John Smith, Jr.

John Smith, Jr. receives the 2015 MCAA C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner (First Year), Masonry Skills Challenge

Synpro Products

Masonry Magazine Video News Interview: Michael Goyne

Hydro Mobile Inc

Interview with Kevin O'Shea of Hydro Mobile, Inc.

Interview with Mark Kemp – Chairman, MCAA

Interview with Masonry Contractors Association of America Chairman, Mark Kemp

Mortar Net Solutions

Interview with Steve Fechino from Mortar Net Solutions

Pullman Ermator

Interview with Lyndon Kelsey of Pullman Ermator

Keene Building Products

Interview with Jim O'Neill of Keene Building Products