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UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


Border wall prototypes (worth $3 million) were recently demolished, after serving their purpose for the Trump administration. With an additional $20 million used to pay for prototypes and smaller mock-ups by the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2017, which have also since been dismantled, do you think the extensive testing period will pay for itself in the years after the final structure is complete?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


ASTM International announced a new test method for detecting corrosion-inducing bacteria. Do you think that industry professionals will be persuaded to new techniques, or continue to practice conventional test methods?


Aldermen in Evanston, Illinois, recently declined to paint a rail bridge that reportedly does not belong to the city; the bridge belongs to the Union Pacific railroad company. Do you think the company should be held accountable for the bridge's appearance?


Swiss chemicals company Sika is interested in buying a portion of BASF’s $3 billion construction chemicals business, which will reportedly be up for sale this month. Do you think this is a good move?


Authorities for Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium are seeking $30 million from the state to make repairs to the facility, saying they’d like to get the structure in “preventative maintenance mode.” Do you think preventative maintenance on a structure like this is feasible?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019?


The company—which gets about $4 billion in incentives—behind a $10 billion Wisconsin project is now unsure what kind of facility they’re going to put on the property. Do you think large incentives are appropriate for construction projects like this one?


Research out of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging has characterized the different odors of acrylic paints and identified the harmful odorous substances. Do you think such research is helpful to the industry?


A recent update for the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium project reports that the project is one-third complete and officials have exceeded their diversity performance goals. Do you think such success in these goals will become more common?


According to a recent report, by percentage, New York City’s fatal falls more than doubled the national number. Throughout the United States, 17 percent of worker deaths were caused by fatal falls, whereas fall events were behind 36 percent of work deaths in NYC. Are you surprised by these numbers?


Just before the government shutdown, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Management and Budget that ban the retail use of methylene chloride, but not the commercial use. Do you think this is a good idea?


A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violations. Do you agree with this ruling?


PaintCare Inc. has launched a new grant competition with the goal to develop recycling options for latex paint. Do you think this will help solve the problem of leftover architectural paint?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2019?


Ontario recently unveiled plans for legislation that open up the restrictive bidding process for municipal and public projects, which can only hire from particular union groups or contractors. Do you think this is a positive move?


2019 color trends for commercial projects have recently been released. Do you think commercial spaces need special considerations for their interior coating aesthetics?


Rice University researchers recently reported building a "better" epoxy with the addition of graphene foam, noting that it is substantially tougher than pure epoxy. Do you think this will be a long-term epoxy solution?


Will newly developed nanomaterials like graphene revolutionize the protective coatings industry in the next 10 years?


Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—was officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a project?


Two more paint companies have reportedly joined other manufacturers and box stores in discontinuing paint-stripping products that contain methylene chloride and NMP. Do you think the industry is moving in the right direction regarding these chemicals?


The state of Massachusetts has set aside funds in the budget to help home owners deal with crumbling foundations as a result of pyrrhotite-tainted concrete. Do you think the state should be doing more to help?


To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality app that trains users in settings that mirror actual environments, without the associated dangers. Is this a step in the right direction to combat fall hazards?


The CDC recently found that some of the heat index guidance given by the OSHA might not be sufficient. Do you think your industry takes proper precautions when dealing with heat safety?


A report on issues at a Texas football stadium has found that cracks in the concrete slabs occurred because of excessive water, a result of re-tempering the initial concrete mixture. Is there ever a time when this practice is appropriate?


Officials from chemical company Arkema were recently indicted over explosions that occurred at a Texas plant during Hurricane Harvey last year. Should the company face charges over an incident brought on by such extreme conditions?


NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?


Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials say that the one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s $1.5 billion sports venue is finished, about 11 months after the building opened to the public. Do you think the intricate design of the roof was worth the multiple construction delays it caused?


Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Are these issues among your top concerns?


Last month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Field with Irises near Arles.” Do you think art conservation such as this is important for coatings companies to be a part of?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city is inviting architects from all over the world to participate in a design competition for the O’Hare Airport expansion plan. Do you think this is an effective way to approach big projects?


The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year. Do you agree with this move?


A recent industry roundtable discussing facade maintenance cited access point maintenance as an issue that building owners need to be more aware of. Do you agree?


A recent feature argues that, with regard to air and water barriers, the importance of fastener penetrations, such as at cladding attachments, is often overlooked and underestimated. Do you agree?


A recent D+D feature described several cases of roof-coating failure that had initially stumped roofing professionals. Have you ever had a job failure that wasn’t caused by what you initially thought?


The EPA recently granted approval to the Kansai Paint Group for its paint that repels mosquitos, the first of its kind to be approved by the agency. It is slated to be available in the U.S. this summer. Is this something you will invest in?


A recent feature notes that proper training programs are a necessity to prepare workers to recognize variables that cause a roofing system to fail. Do you agree?


A recent blog on the role of architects states, "As a professional providing a service, an architect's first duty is to his or her client, with a supplementary duty to the public for safety and welfare." Do you agree?


Concrete sealers, like almost every other construction material, have limitations. Which facet do you think is the most misunderstood?


The Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red. What color do you think it should be?


Researchers have started modifying the color of a certain bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “growing” biodegradable, non-toxic paint. Do you think research such as this is worth pursuing?


Reports surfaced last month that New York State police is investigating Turner Construction for bid-rigging and kickback schemes. Do you think the U.S. has a pay-to-play problem in the construction industry?


A report recently surfaced that details Apple employees accidentally running into the brand-new headquarters’ interior glass panels and hurting themselves. What kind of remedy do you think would best fix this problem?


Preliminary research released last month on China’s “air-purifying tower” has found that since launch, the tower has created more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, reducing smog levels to moderate on otherwise severely polluted days. Do you think the greenhouse technology employed here will take off in other cities?


According to a D+D feature published in January, hybridization and specialty additives will allow further development in the realm of waterborne roof coatings. Which area do you think will see higher performance?


Last month, a developer demolished a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in Montana, prompting outrage from building conservancy groups. Do you think the developer had a right to demolish the building?


A Bahamas developer recently filed suit against China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages and charges the firm with submitting fraudulent bills and collecting undeserved fees in regard to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort. Do you think the amount of damages the developer is claiming is accurate?


The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the world’s first modular stadium, made of shipping containers, allowing it to be disassembled and reassembled practically anywhere. Do you think this type of stadium construction will catch on?


In early December, it took officials two attempts to implode Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome. After the initial attempt, no one spoke about the situation until 30 minutes before the second attempt the following day. Do you think that was handled appropriately?


In November, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons had been removed from a city construction site. Have you ever run into anything bizarre on a job site?


A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?


A “Live Stadium Cam” has been set up so that those interested can watch the construction of the new NFL Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, which broke ground in mid-November. Do you think there is value in live streaming construction?


Local government officials in Rome have enacted an ordinance that heavily restricts automotive traffic on the boulevard next to the Colosseum after extensive cleaning and restoration work that was recently completed. Architects have said that the traffic was a major reason for the amount of soot and grime that had to be cleaned off the historic structure. Do you think more historic sites should limit traffic?


The president of the Gilders’ Studio noted in an interview with D+D last month that industry-wide education is lacking when it comes to understanding what exactly gilders do. Do you think the knowledge gap between specialties in the industry has gotten too wide?


In August, construction on the world’s skinniest skyscraper was halted because of severe cost overruns. This is partially due to an omission of major necessities—such as cranes—from the budget. Have you ever forgotten to budget for something your project needed?


As part of an ongoing color war, artist Anish Kapoor has been banned from using artist Stuart Semple's color-changing paints, Phaze and Shift, after previously being banned from several of Semple's product lines. This is in response to Kapoor getting exclusive artistic rights to using Surrey Nanosystems' Vantablack. Do you think this color war is still justified or has it gone on long enough?


Vienna-based LightGlass Technology debuted a line of self-illuminating glass for use in windows, doors, elevators and other construction efforts. Is this technology worthwhile?


A New York architecture firm announced plans to tether a structure from an asteroid, with residences at an elevation of 105,000 feet. Do you think this project is possible?


Manufacturers are increasingly using robots to perform repetitive tasks to save time and money. Is this a serious threat to the construction work force?


Hyperloop One and design firm Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled more detailed plans for the Hyperloop, a hybrid mass-transit system that would combine high-speed transporters with smaller, autonomous vehicles, being considered in the United Arab Emirates. Is the Hyperloop the future of transit?


Which social media platform do you refer to the most?


How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?


A group of Dutch universities and businesses joined forces to create what they call the world’s first “biobridge,” in this case a footbridge incorporating very strong girders made from environmentally friendly biocomposite materials. Is technology like this likely to be scaled up for larger infrastructure uses?


Are you planning to attend SSPC 2017 Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in Tampa, FL?


Oklahoma had its largest earthquake ever, at a magnitude of 5.8, last month, and the state ordered more wastewater injection wells to be shut down. How should the state and neighboring Texas proceed in light of the increase in quakes over recent years?


Last month, a painter fell to his death on a water tower job, working for a firm with numerous safety violations and falls in its history. What more can be done to prevent such tragedies?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


Mergers have been everywhere in the coatings industry lately, with giants like Sherwin-Williams and Valspar, Dow and DuPont getting in on the act. Are all these corporate marriages good news or bad?


What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?


A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?


The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?


When renovating an old structure, like a ship, where does the responsibility for informing workers about possible lead exposure lie?


A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?


How much weight do you give to announcements of new coatings technologies discovered in the lab?


How has the downturn in oil and gas production affected your business?


How do you like to learn new skills for your job?


As a coatings professional, when you tackle “small” painting jobs around the house, do you still observe the same kinds of safety precautions you do on the job?


When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?


Do you take advantage of free webinar programming offered by Technology Publishing Co. and other organizations?


When do you hire a consultant?


Is it more important to complete projects on time or within budget?


When companies are charged for fraudulently posing as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), what do you think the appropriate punishment should be?


Recycled concrete is often used in nonstructural applications like highways and sidewalks. Do you think it is likely to find a place in buildings and bridges?


Which is your preferred method of resolving project and contract-related disputes?


Drones are becoming so popular in construction and other industries that a commercial “droneport” specifically for the vehicles is being designed. Do you think a drone airport is necessary?


Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?


How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?


Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?


Drones are increasingly being used for bridge inspections; do you think drones are as effective at detecting bridge defects as people are?


What technology do you use to view your PaintSquare Daily News newsletters?


Will you be attending the SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT conference Jan. 18-21 in San Antonio?


How much do you (or your company) depend on or use coating manufacturers’ color forecasts in your business?


Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?


During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?


The Golden Gate Bridge is getting a $76 million metal "net" system to deter jumpers from using the bridge to end their lives. Do you think this is a good use of those funds?


How would you describe your email habits?


It seems that bridge failures have been making the headlines more frequently, and many U.S. bridges are nearing or exceeding their life expectancy. Do you think most bridges are safe?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed rule on Beryllium limits?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


How often do you or your employees seek additional training?


Drones are seeing more use in infrastructure work. Does your company plan to use them?


Worker fatalities are on the rise in the energy industry. Why do you think that is?


How have advances in coatings technology kept up with innovation in other construction materials?


Which of these most influences your decision to purchase or specify a coating?


How much gray hair does your staff have?


Planning a vacation this summer?


A recent poll of women architects in the UK found increased reports of sex discrimination just since last year. What do you see?


A Chinese company has just built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days from prefab components. Would you live in it?


Five years after the deadly BP explosion in the Gulf, which aspect of the offshore industry still needs the most safety attention?


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


Should federal agencies have the right to mandate safety and security rules (such as hair length and protective gear) that may conflict with religious preferences?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


The UK, which has the world's smallest houses, has for the first time adopted minimum space requirements in homes. Good idea or bad idea?


A Chinese company has 3D-printed a five-story apartment building. Would you live in it?


A new system allows workers to anonymously text information and photos about site hazards and near misses to employers. Good idea or bad idea?


A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?


How do you rank your priorities in building design today?


Assuming the highest level of competence by each, who is generally the better painter: a robot or a human?


The magic coatings genie has offered you the coating of your dreams! So what’ll it be?


Not attending SSPC 2015? Why not?


Critics say that today’s “starchitects” are pushing design extremes that are structurally risky. What do you think?


Overall, how do you feel about the year ahead for your company or your position?


Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! So what'll it be?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! What will it be?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


How are you shopping for the holidays this year?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


Do you expect to still be in a coatings-related industry in five or so years?


Do you conduct drug tests on your employees?


What is your top priority in evaluating a green building product?


"98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure s**t," renowned architect Frank Gehry recently declared with a middle-finger salute. What's your take?


How well do you think weight limits are being enforced on bridges and highways?


Overall, how much do your clients really care about using green building materials and processes?


About how often do you see full compliance with fall protection on a project?


Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has said that architects “have nothing to do with the workers.” Should architects concern themselves with worker conditions on their projects?


 
 
   

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