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Robots Help in $52M IL Housing Project

Currently, the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois is undergoing a $52 million project is slated to add 166,000 square feet of new barracks for military personnel by October 2020.


Report: $1B Needed To Retrofit Seattle Buildings

According to the City of Seattle’s National Development Council, in their most recent Funding Unreinforced Masonry Retrofits report, vital earthquake safety fixes have been estimated to cost...


Mixed Reality Tool Helps Masonry Projects

A Melbourne, Australia-based company is bringing yet another augmented reality tool to construction workers, this time into the process of bricklaying and other masonry projects.


Student Tests Masonry for Design Improvements

In the hopes of changing how masonry walls are built, Ph.D. student of civil engineering at York University in Toronto Adrien Sparling recently conducted a series of tests to determine how d...


LEGO Bricks Save Crumbling Buildings

A new project using LEGO bricks to repair masonry in public spaces has ignited the imaginations of people across the globe, and it all began with a single artist.


New Peelable Masonry Cleaner Unveiled

A new cleaner has been released for use on masonry substrates where traditional rinsing is impractical.


Workers Fired After Skipping to Protest

More than 100 protestors in the United States lost their jobs last month after taking part in the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, including at least 70 employees in the construction ...


Epoxy Designed for Anchoring to Concrete

Concrete products manufacturer Sakrete has introduced a new line of epoxy products for anchoring bolts or other objects into concrete.


Masonry Contractor Faces Repeat Fines

An Illinois masonry contractor with a history of health and safety citations now faces $77,606 in new fines for alleged violations of federal fall protection rules.


Grout to Reinforce Masonry Structures

A new injection grout is made to help reinforce masonry on aging buildings and bridges


Injection Grout Made for Masonry Bridges

Masonry restoration mortar systems manufacturer Cathedral Stone Products Inc. (Hanover, MD) recommends its specially formulated injection grout for reinforcing masonry in aging bridges and o...


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


Brick Cleaner Removes Grime Without Water

A new cleaner from Cathedral Stone Products Inc. (Hanover, MD) removes dirt from brick and stone with the help of just a wet sponge, according to the manufacturer.


Watching Paint Dry Unlikely to Offend

Watching paint dry might be an unintended, peripheral part of your job, but rest assured that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) censors have deemed such a program safe for view...


Satin Finish Made for Masonry

Benjamin Moore & Co. has added a masonry coating formulated for commercial and residential applications to its line of Ultra Spec paints.


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

DANVILLE, PA--Federal safety authorities are investigating the fatal fall of a masonry worker at a hospital jobsite in Pennsylvania.


Restoration Reveals Historic Tiles

PALO ALTO, CA—Entombed by layers of mortar, paint and wax, a pair of 90-year-old decorative tiles has emerged during a building restoration project, according to reports.


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


Silica Rule's Foes Report New Costs

Slashing silica exposures in the workplace will cost billions of dollars more than the government estimates, opponents of the plan say.


Bricklayer Gets 3rd OSHA Strike

A Pennsylvania contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties topping $100,000 for serious hazards at two different worksites.


7th OSHA Case for Stucco Contractor

A Pennsylvania masonry contractor already deep in overdue debt to federal authorities for chronic, serious safety violations can now add $235,700 to his tab.


Webinar Tackles Wall Systems that Work

Overcoming product compatibility challenges to produce a functional masonry wall design is the focus of an upcoming free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Stucco Contractor Liable in Fatal Fall

Federal safety authorities are holding a Georgia masonry contractor responsible for a 19-foot fall that claimed the life of an employee last September.


Free eBook Covers Historic Renovation

Renovating buildings that have survived generations is no easy task, especially when it comes to coatings, but a free new compilation of expert advice can help teams tackling these projects.


Sealer Beefs Up Alkali Resistance

Dunn-Edwards Corp. has reformulated its EffStop Premium masonry primer/sealer to improve its alkali and efflorescence resistance.


Masonry Primer/Sealer Gets a Makeover

Dunn-Edwards has rolled out a more alkali-resistant version of its Eff-Stop Premium epoxy-fortified acrylic primer/sealer for interior and exterior masonry.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Study: Silica Rule May Cut Cancer Rate

The U.S. government’s controversial plan to reduce silica exposure on the job has gained fresh support from a new cancer study that says the changes could save lives.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Concrete Product Tackles Efflorescence

NewLook International is touting a permanent solution for concrete and masonry efflorescence with its new admixture, called EffLock.


NewLook Admixture Stops Efflorescence

An end to efflorescence in concrete and masonry is the claim of NewLook International's new admixture, called EffLock.


Masonry Firm Cited in 70-Foot Fall

Federal safety authorities are accusing a Florida masonry contractor of recklessly allowing an employee to use defective fall protection before he lost his life in a 70-foot fall.


Best Practices: Tips for Specifying
And Applying Elastomeric Coatings

Water-based elastomeric coatings are often the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. But they can be tricky to apply correctly and should be avoided for some applicat...


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


Webinar Details Masonry Wall Success

Selecting air barrier systems, through-wall flashings, reinforcement/anchoring systems and other masonry wall components for optimal compatibility and effectiveness will be the topic of a fr...


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


NJ Contractor: 5 Years, 11 OSHA Cases

A New Jersey masonry contractor with a history of fall protection, scaffolding and other violations is now facing nine new federal citations and nearly $91,000 in fines for the same hazards.


Directory, Specifying Top New D+D Issue

Expert advice on renovating historic structures, coatings removal, specifying coatings for commercial architecture and a brand-new painting contractor directory are all part of the new issue...


Free Webinar Takes on Coatings Removal

Tackling the challenge of removing coatings from masonry will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Free Webinar Tackles Building Moisture

Common problems of moisture intrusion in single-wythe masonry buildings will be the topic of a free educational webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Primer Seals, Bonds to Rough Exteriors

Sherwin-Williams has introduced PrimeRx Peel Bonding Primer, a high-build product designed to bond even to alligatored or peeling exterior coatings.


 
 
   

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