D+D Online February 2011

In This Issue...


‘Mini-B,’ Pint-Size Passive House, Opens to Big Buzz

by Gary Henry

The Passive house “Mini-B” is fascinating on two fronts.


Business Blueprint for Challenging Times: Seven Keys to Success

by Jeff Locke

According to the Department of Commerce, the construction industry continued to experience decline during 2010. As we start a new year, it’s no surprise that now more than ever, professionals in the painting business need to think outside the box—combining strategy with expertise to increase profitability.


Colors Enrich Victorian Flavor of Ghirardelli Project

by Jill M. Speegle, Editorial Assistant, Durability + Design

A blend of 19th-century historic architecture and 21st-century technology meld in the historic Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, a showcase for restoration of classic buildings.


Tales from the Trenches: Mastering the Art of Delegation

by Steve Ryan

I was sitting at the Donut Kitchen coffee shop when “Giuseppe” and his brother, “Little Joey” D’maro, rolled in mid-morning. I’ve known the D’Maro family since I was a kid. I got my first black eye from Nicky, and attended my first funeral with their parents, Mary and Big Joey. D’Maro and Sons Painting has been around since Columbus placed the flag and staked a claim to the New World.


Polishing Rookie Shines as First Job Proves to be a Winner

by Gary Henry

When his floor polishing subcontractor’s sudden, unexpected departure left concrete contractor Tom Maya in a bind, his 27-year-old daughter Cori Sutton decided to jump in, finish the job, and save the day.


New Possibilities for Polyurethanes: Waterbornes on Metal

by Margaret Kendi, Pete Schmitt and Raymond Stewart

Material-science advancements in one-component (1K) water-borne urethane coatings have led to increased interest among formulators and users regarding their suitability for architectural direct-to-metal applications.


Ritual and Renewal at Desert Pilgrimage Believers Call ‘World’

by Shawn Wardall

Our annual pilgrimage known as The World of Concrete, or to diehards and true believers simply as “World,” last month drew nearly 50,000 attendees to that oasis of concrete, metal and diversion in the desert, Las Vegas.


Concrete-Dyeing Project Cooks up New Look for ‘Fudds’

by Jill Speegle

Renovating a functioning restaurant can present a daunting assignment—not to mention a highly time-sensitive one—but Coatings Technology, a Modesto, Calif., contractor, served up a unique dyed-concrete project in less than three days.


   
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