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The Mystery of the Wandering Drip Edge

Robert C. Haukohl, David C. Fortino Photos courtesy of RRJ and Brick Industry Association Our first reaction on seeing the photographs was disbelief. A seemingly ordinary five-story, recently-constructed office building, brick masonry veneer supported on shelf angles at each floor, and stainless-steel drip edge pieces sticking out of the building at odd angles looking like they were ready …

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Masonry: Not Only Strong, But Beautiful

Words: Chris Bettinger, Masonry Association of Florida Board of Directors, Masonry Association of Florida ProMasonry Chairman, Architectural – Commercial Sales Specification Representative Photos: Bradley Masonry  I had a choice in writing this article. Should I focus on masonry specifications, strengths and tolerances or, the inspiration masonry finishes can offer? There have been many articles written that prove the performance values and case studies that confirm …

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Safety and Efficiency, Can They Coexist?

Words: Sarah Hurtado Photos: iQ Power Tools  We’re all looking to be more efficient in our daily tasks, but safety is just as paramount. Every business owner wants their company to run efficiently to maximize profits, while every employee wants to work in a safe environment to ensure their wellbeing. Too often, the safety aspect becomes compromised when …

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Design Intent and Constructive Collaboration

Words Paul Potts Indications and Words  Designers are responsible for converting the design intent into specific indications and words in the construction documents; and it’s the contractor’s responsibility to interpret those indications and words to bid and construct the project. It’s not the designer’s intent but the words and indications that get priced in the contractor’s bid1.   Throughout this article there will be references to architects, engineers and designers, but …

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ARCHITECTURAL CAST STONE TECHNICAL RESOURCES AT A GLANCE

Words: Jan Boyer, Executive Director, Cast Stone InstituteAll photos courtesy of the Cast Stone Institute ®  The Cast Stone Institute ® (CSI) is the recognized industry authority for architectural cast stone – providing expert counsel to the architectural, engineering and mason communities. Recently CSI Technical Committee and Board of Directors undertook the detailed task of reviewing all of the CSI Technical Bulletins. …

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GEN NXT: Evan Schroeder

Words: MASONRY Magazine  Photos: Evan Schroeder   Editor’s Note: We had the opportunity to talk with Evan Schroeder of Schroeder Masonry in Leipsic, OH. Evan is a third generation mason and Vice President of Operations in the family business. He is proud to continue his father and grandfather’s legacy and of his place in the masonry industry. We …

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Building with Molded Brick: Rich History, Modern Look

Words: Jason Raivel, Sales Manager, Potomac Valley Brick & Supply Co Photos: Potomac Valley Brick, Chris Spielmann of Spielmann Studio  DC, Maryland, and Virginia have a long tradition of beautiful masonry. Driving through many of their cities you’ll spot rowhouses, hospitals, schools and other institutional buildings constructed with molded brick. Clay deposits and other raw materials (such as sand) are readily available throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, which is why local plants have been producing molded brick for …

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