Category: Departments

December 2016: From the Editor

This issue of Masonry is my last. A new editor, Dan Kamys, will take over the reins in January when the magazine passes from Lionheart’s to MCAA’s jurisdiction. Whether the topic is workforce development or the new silica rule or safety, I know Dan and the MCAA will continue fighting for the real concerns of your small businesses.

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December 2016: Chairman’s Message

I just returned from Washington, D.C., having met with our BIM-M partners. For those who are not familiar with BIM for Masonry, known as BIM-M, it will allow those in the design community to easily include masonry in their designs. Previously, when architects or engineers designed and modeled projects with BIM, they were not able to model with masonry, as there was no software to allow this.

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December 2016: Government Affairs

I am typing this piece a mere four days before Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016: Election Day. I am reflecting on what a crazy year 2016 has been (as the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory parade rolls by on the television screen!) and what might be turning up as we kick off 2017. By the time this piece is published and you are reading it, we will know who is going to be sworn into the U.S. presidency on Jan. 20, 2017, which party will be in control of the U.S. Senate in the 115th Congress, and who might be the Speaker of the House should current Speaker Paul Ryan resign (as some experts in Washington, D.C., now expect). All three of these answers will play a crucial role in shaping 2017.

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December 2016: Trowel Tech

Mason contractors across the country face similar challenges when out in the field. With the help of Hohmann and Barnard’s director of technical services, Jeremy Douglas, Masonry delivers answers to some of your most technical, complicated questions.

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December 2016: Business Building

If I asked each of your construction project managers, field superintendents and crew foremen exactly what they were accountable and responsible for, would they know? Could they list what targets, goals and results they were trying to accomplish on the projects they are working on? One of the biggest problems business owners and managers have is getting their people to be accountable. But this problem is also one of the easiest challenges to fix.

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