The Fechino Files: Mentors

Steven Fechino Most of us know the basics about building arches, but how many of us can layout the arch, construct the template and build the arch without having a mess to clean up once it is constructed?   If you are in this trade, you have mentors. Mentors are the people that have taught you …

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The Importance of Brick Veneer in Limiting Moisture Issues

Words: Andrew W. Wagner, P.E. Senior Engineer, Division Manager, WDP & Associates    Photos: Breedfoto,  Moisture is an overwhelming post-occupancy issue faced by the construction industry. In recent years, studies have indicated that over 80% of all building insurance claims are related to moisture issues, and of those claims over 80% result from building envelope issues¹.      While brick …

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Get Your People To Do Things Right!

(How To Build An Accountable Responsible Team!)  Managing a construction company is a near impossible task to handle effectively. There are so many moving parts and issues, people and customer problems, and nothing in your control. And to make it worse, you’re required to perform perfectly at very low prices. The many pressures of managing your company include: trying to …

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The Big Four

Dan Kamys, Editorial Director –   I can’t believe this is already my fourth World of Concrete. I also can’t believe that this is only my fourth World of Concrete. Each year, I gain a new appreciation for the industry. Whether it be the companies sharing the latest and greatest technology, tradespeople putting their skills on …

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A Fond Farewell: Chairman’s Message

Paul Odom, MCAA Chairman As I sit to write this very last Chairman’s Message, it’s New Year’s Eve and so many things run through my mind.  First and foremost, the end is near, and it’s been a fun (and busy) eight years.  For those of you who don’t know, as a board member, you start as Secretary, then move on to …

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