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The Mission To Build Masonry’s Workforce

Construction Jobs: There’s Still a Labor Shortage – Fortune   Persistent Workforce Shortages Challenge Commercial Construction – U.S. Chamber of Commerce  Labor Shortages Create New Challenges – Masonry Advisory Council   Skilled Labor Shortage Intensifies Despite Economic Recovery – MASONRY Magazine  The United States has a building problem.   Construction costs are climbing, production is lagging, and businesses …

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Masonry’s Workforce Issue: Part 1 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

The State of the Masonry Profession: Why the Workforce Issue Exists  Some of the world’s most significant architectural achievements have been built by masons. The Egyptian Pyramids, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China are all significant architectural achievements masonry professionals have built throughout history. And bricklaying’s most important tools – …

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Where To Go: Part 2 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

Solutions for Change   The workforce of the 21st century is drastically different than the workforce of the 20th century. Despite the fact that society transitioned into a post-Industrial era in the late 1990s, many of our workforce practices and perspectives still reflect traditional methodologies. This misalignment significantly contributes to the trades’ struggle to recruit and …

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Focus, Collaboration, and Building The Future: Part 3 of XYZ University’s Whitepaper For The MCAA and MASONRY

Step 4: Be Future Focused  Future-focused companies position themselves for future success by preparing for who and what may come next. Failure to learn about and strive to understand the younger generations quickly makes a company irrelevant.   Millennials came of age during the Great Recession, and the generation to follow – Generation Z – saw …

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Tech Talk: Control Joints

The discussion of Control Joints should begin with a correct definition of the term. Control joints in masonry are vertical weak planes intentionally built or cut into masonry to control where cracking occurs. Control joints should be installed in any masonry assembly that expected to experience net shrinkage over time.    Usually, we think of control joints in …

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Rebuilding From Within

After severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the Haine family has a happy home once again.  In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of the United States. After four days of heavy rain, the reservoirs to the north and west of Houston were filled to capacity, forcing the Corps of Engineers to perform upstream …

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Case Study: GRS Bridge

New technologies and materials are helping states and local public agencies meet the country’s high demand for infrastructure improvements.  One that’s seen more widespread implementation in recent years facilitates building bridges better and faster while improving maintenance for longer bridge life.  It involves bridge abutments and is known as the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge …

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Chemical Safety

One of the most common misconceptions about chemicals is that they aren’t harmful as, say, falling from a mast climber or hitting yourself with a nail gun. That’s one reason chemicals don’t come up in conversations about safety as much as incidents with machinery or equipment. This type of disregard often leads to masons ignoring …

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