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University Project Shows Rainscreen Success with Granite

Words: Jason Kron Photos courtesy of Michael Grimm Photography While open joint, or rainscreen, cladding systems have become an industry standard, many design teams overlook the opportunity of incorporating natural stone into the plan. These open joint systems gained popularity in recent years for their benefits to a building’s lifetime performance, with terracotta and metal …

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Success in 2021: An Update on the Florida Department of Corrections’ Masonry CTE Program

Words: Cassandra Stern Photos: FDOC Editor’s Note: In April 2020, we spoke with Robert “Swede” Melgaard, Career & Technical Education Programs Administrator for the state of Florida’s corrections facilities. The previous article generated a significant buzz, and when the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) Masonry CTE Program successfully conducted a second inter-institutional masonry competition earlier this …

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The 2021 MCAA Midyear Meeting In Photos

The annual MCAA Midyear Meeting took place from September 12-16 at The Historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Events included MCAA Meetings, the always-popular Speed Dating, and the Masonry Hall of Fame Induction Awards Dinner, presented by MCAA Strategic Partner SOLA. Optional tours included a Haunted Walking Tour and a tour of Graceland. The companies …

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Practicing Fall Safety In Masonry

Words: Steve HansenPhoto: af_istocker  All construction work carries an element of risk of physical harm. So does driving to work every day. What matters most is how we deal with those risks—how we eliminate the risks when possible and mitigate risks at other times.  We covered the statistics of working at heights in our height …

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