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Digital Decline: Detoxing From Devices To Manage A Healthy And Productive Work-life Balance

Words: Ashley JohnsonPhoto: Morsa Images We have reached a critical point in civilization unlike any other. Our society is consumed by digital technology – at work, at home, at school – even pets have access to dedicated channels on TV. The average adult checks their smartphone 63 times a day. On average, adults spend more …

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Building a Green Energy Wall One SolaBlock At a Time

Words: Nick Vaccaro, Rich HicksPhotos: SolaBlock  Like so many other industries, the construction industry is aggressively going green. One significant new player in the masonry sector is SolaBlock, the innovative manufacturer behind the Solar Masonry Unit (SMU). The SMU is a robust, standard-dimension masonry block that directly harnesses energy from the sun and channels the …

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MCAA Gateway: June 2021

Submit Your Company For The MCAA Safety Advantage Awards Sponsored By Federated Insurance  Words: Dan Kamys  The MCAA Safety Advantage Awards (sponsored by Federated Insurance) are presented annually to companies who submit the lowest incident rates for the year. Incident rates are calculated by multiplying the number of injuries and illnesses from the OSHA Form …

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Chairman’s Message: Coming Together As A Community of Masonry Professionals

Paul Oldham, MCAA Chairman   I’m writing this article just a few weeks before the World of Concrete 2021. The MCAA staff has been working diligently to coordinate with Las Vegas on hosting a safe event. I know it will be different this year, but it will be another successful year. It is understandable for …

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Tips for Exercising in the Summer

Words: Sa Bal Photo: Rattankun Thongbun Summertime is the perfect time to step outside your home and enjoy. It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year since there’s an array of exciting activities to choose from. Whether you want to cycle along the coastline or go for an early morning run, summertime is best.  If you’re …

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Case Study: The Aston on 14th Street, Washington, D.C.

Words: Carrie SniderPhotos: Maxwell Mackenzie How about this for a building design challenge? Take an empty lot, rich with local history, and create a mixed-use building that honors the past as well as fits in with the modern commercial buildings around it. Doesn’t seem too complicated, does it? That challenge was exactly what Bonstra-Haresign Architects …

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Unusual Ways to Relieve Stress

Words: Vanessa Salvia Photo: psisa We’ve all seen the stress reliever balls that are soft and squeezable. Maybe the ball has a face and when it’s squeezed the eyes pop out. Do these really work? If it brings you a smile or a laugh, then yes. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter decreases stress hormones …

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