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Why Bid Shopping Hurts The Masonry Industry

Bid shopping is an unethical practice that is defined as “the methods that contractors use to secure subcontractor bids that are lower than those noted in the bid that was originally submitted.” Bid shopping typically occurs in one of three distinct ways: before the contract is awarded (pre-award bid shopping), after the contract is awarded (post-award bid …

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Software Detailed: PlanGrid

Despite being one of the oldest industries, mason contractors still face common job site challenges: availability of current plans, coordination between teams, and communication with the general contractor. When a firm is working on multiple job sites, schedule delivery and project accuracy are crucial for maintaining a profitable business. Arming employees with the best productivity …

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Recent Developments In Saw Technology

  As a masonry professional, you may have a favorite make or model of saw, but oftentimes new innovations and updates can be overlooked in favor of “old reliable.” With a look out for the upcoming silica rule implementation in June, we take a look at some of the recent developments associated with saws. What …

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Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule On Crystalline Silica Exposure

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its final rule on exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. The final rule is one of the most significant health standards ever issued by the Agency and will have a profound impact on the construction industry generally, and mason contractors specifically. Construction …

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Case Study: Country Club Drive Residence

A single-family, private residence in Port Washington, New York was a winner in the 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards. Working closely with the principals from the firm of Todd O’Connell Architects, the owners embarked on a quest to locate the perfect brick. The Atlanta Blend HMOS from Glen-Gery Corporation provided the look that the homeowners envisioned. Then, instead …

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Case Study: Mesa Community College

The vision of Mesa Community College’s arts sector included transforming two adjacent buildings into a world-class and acoustically correct performance space. Taking an adaptive approach to the project, a shuttered movie house and its neighboring building underwent an expansion that resulted in the reuse of a prominent space for the enjoyment of the community. It also expanded …

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