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Design That Engages: Oakland University Engineering Center

Words: Holly WellesPhotos: SmithGroup, Jason Robin Photography  Oakland University (OU) resides in the small city of Rochester, Michigan, a mere 16 miles outside of Detroit. Students partake in several studies, from art and medicine to everything in between. The campus features sprawling green lawns, a picturesque lake, and now, a vibrant new engineering center.   The …

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Masons Guide To Job Site Handling And Maintenance Of Architectural Cast Stone

Words: Jan Boyer, Executive Director, Cast Stone Institute The knowledge of the mason about architectural cast stone is crucial to assuring a quality project for the owner, architect and general contractor.   The first thing to consider when working on a job that involves architectural cast stone is to get good quality product from a Certified Cast Stone Institute …

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GEN NXT: Max Berry

Words: MASONRY Magazine Photos: Max Berry, DS Masonry    Editor’s Note: We had the opportunity to chat with Max Berry, a Mason Foreman at D.S. Masonry in Chandler, Arizona. Max works with his step-father at DS Masonry and already has accomplished much in the masonry industry. Max reached out to us with some impressive pictures of a …

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Best Practices For Outdoor Living

Words: Christopher Rodermond Photos: Warchi, TerryJ, Jason Finn  Designing an outdoor living space has come a long way for your customers. A couple of decades ago they may have only spent time choosing a grill and table to set on top of a rectangular concrete slab. But today, Americans of all stripes and means have rediscovered …

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Better Health Means Easier Work

Words: Cassandra Stern Photos: fizkes, PeopleImages, vittaya25 Let’s face it: masonry is hard work. I had the opportunity to lift some CMU blocks at this year’s World of Concrete Convention during the Fastest Trowel Competition set-up, and it was no easy task! From lifting brick and block, bending and twisting to lay courses, reached and stirring …

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Dealing With Employment Claims

Words: Paul PottsPhoto: AzmanJaka Please note this article does not provide or attempt to provide advice or assistance to private citizens or businesses regarding employment law or related matters. Please consult your state department of labor, EEOC publications or a private attorney.  In employment law there are two broad categories of civil claims brought by …

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Mason Apprentice Scholarship

Words: Alan Herrera Photos: Mortar Net Solutions  Mortar Net Solutions, a leading supplier of moisture management solutions and pioneers of the masonry industry, continues its generosity into 2020 with an expanded Masonry Scholarship Program.   In an unprecedented time where social distancing is the norm and household incomes are uncertain, every professional industry is being challenged. Steven Fechino, …

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