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Embarking on the Masonry Career Path

Words: Nick VaccaroPhotos: sturti, xavierarnau The world of masonry is a significant component that makes up the construction process. Much like other specialty trades, the work of a mason is very much an art form that has been passed down from one generation to the next. In many scenarios, a bricklayer’s son has joined the …

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Making Art With Masonry

Words: Nick VaccaroPhotos:  Cascadia Architectural Photography Services LLC Those who appreciate fine architecture recognize it as an art form. Like a painter with a palette of various color shades, the different building materials serve the same purpose. They are the colors applied to the canvas. Each requires a specific skill, and its roots can be …

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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beating The Winter Blues

Words: Vanessa SalviaPhoto: ilkercelik Winter is a cozy time of family togetherness, fluffy slippers, mugs of steaming hot cocoa, and everyone in the household getting along all the time. At work, you can’t wear the fluffy slippers but everyone is joyful and happy to go to meetings where they can snack on snowflake-shaped cookies. Oh, wait …

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Granite Plays Key Role in Challenging Gardens Upgrade

Large pieces, specific color requirements create beautiful new spaces at Michigan’s Frederik Meijer Gardens  Words: Jason Kron, Director of SalesPhotos:  JK Masonry, David Sparks Photography  Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home to one of the nation’s premier sculpture and botanical gardens – Frederik Meijer Gardens. In 2017, Meijer Gardens announced plans for a $115-million expansion, including …

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GEN NXT: Logan Foster

Words: MASONRY Magazine Photos: Logan Foster  Editor’s Note: In the first GEN NXT interview of the year, we sat down with Logan Foster, Operations Manager of Masonry Cosmetics. Logan was born into the masonry industry as his father, Don Foster, has worked in the industry for 40 years. Masonry Cosmetics is the new sponsor of the …

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Cost Savings & Availability Make Concrete Masonry Ideal for Demanding Building Applications

Words: Michael VaughnPhotos: Echelon Masonry  The construction marketplace has changed dramatically over the past few years, with wood being the framing choice for multi-family and other commercial construction mainly due to cost. The shortage and rising cost of lumber coupled with the impact of global climate change have combined to drive owners, developers and contractors …

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On The Level: Keson and SOLA: Introducing New Products and More Innovations

Jude Nosek There is nothing permanent except change. –Heraclitus (450 BC). In 2005 I interviewed a marine biologist about how he and his co-workers used fiberglass tape measures to conduct their surveys. Sometimes these surveys took place on the land adjacent to the sea, sometimes in the tidal pools, sometimes in the sea itself. A …

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