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): At the end of January, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued stronger worker safety guidance to aid employers in implementing a COVID-19 prevention program and to better identify risks that could lead to exposure and contraction of the virus. Do you think the changes will be effective?


With JPCL and SSPC officially ending its 37-year partnership next month, what are you most excited about regarding the new publication?


New York-based construction technology company SQ4D Inc. recently listed a 3D-printed home for sale that it says is the first slated to receive a certification of occupancy in the U.S. Do you expect the market will see more of these types of homes?


Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that companies denied forgiveness of the of their Small Business Interruption Loan under the Paycheck Protection Program are eligible for an employee retention tax credit. Do you think the decision will save businesses in the industry?


In January, the “Buy American” policies initially set forth by former President Donald J. Trump got a boost after President Joe Biden signed a new executive order aiming at increasing government purchases of American-made products. Do you think the EO will help build back the industry’s economy?


As promised during his campaign, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office in January. Do you think similar fates will come for other pipeline projects in the U.S.?


Recently, engineers from Purdue University discovered that adding small amounts of nanoscale titanium dioxide to cement could make the material more sustainable. Do you think the resulted material could outweigh any potential health and safety concerns?


Recently, civil engineers from the Cork Institute of Technology announced that they were planning to recycle wind turbine blades for a future pedestrian bridge. If proven successful, do you think the recycled blades will be incorporated in more civil infrastructure projects?


Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper surfaces for residual use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. How soon do you think the industry could see the utilization of these coatings in residential properties?


Early this year, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM, alongside other entities, started to monitor COVID-19 ribonucleic acid in wastewater. Do you think the efforts will help to better manage the spread of the virus?


Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), ruling that there are unreasonable risks to workers and consumers in 26 out of 37 conditions of use. Do you agree with the ruling?


At the beginning of 2021, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority officially launched their newly combined organization: The Association for Materials Protection and Performance. Do you feel the combined organization will provide more value to the coatings industry than when the organizations were separate?


In January, Notre Dame Cathedral officials reported that they were considering implementing lasers for the decontamination and cleaning efforts of the structure. Would you ever consider this technology to weed out contamination without using chemical or mechanical abrasion?


Based on nanomaterial cement mixture research conducted by Penn State University scientists, do you think the nanomaterial is promising for the sealing leaks in oil and gas industry?


In December, former President Donald J. Trump signed the “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” which orders all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal courthouses and certain other federal buildings be designed in “classical” or “traditional” styles of architecture. Do you think the EO will overly confine architectural style?


Toward the end of 2020, former President Donald J. Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, which allotted $10 billion for highway infrastructure programs. Do you think the funds are enough to make up for the losses in state transportation revenues and make up transportation system maintenance?


Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently unveiled a new National Recycling Goal that aims to increase the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030. Do you think the endeavor will successfully create more jobs and help to conserve natural resources?


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has recently awarded a $600,000 grant to Rolls-Royce University materials science and engineering professor and technology center director Elizabeth J. Opila with the aim to increase turbine engine coatings’ temperature tolerance by 200 degrees Celsius. If successful, do you see the coatings being utilized in other infrastructure forms?


Regarding the PaintSquare Connect product pavilions, is there a pavilion that you would have liked to see more contractors or suppliers?


At the end of November, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city had decided it would repair the West Seattle Bridge, as it was the quickest, most cost-effective option. Do you think the decision will prove wise in the long run?


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, alongside local airport officials, recently announced that work to modernize and upgrade Los Angeles International Airport Terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B) would finish 18 months ahead of schedule. Do you think other commercial projects will see an uptick in reduced work schedules despite COVID-19 restrictions?


Regarding the PaintSquare Connect curriculum, what tracks would you have liked to see more content?


If participating in the PaintSquare Connect Rewards Program, what are you doing the most to rack up points?


Recently, Virgin Hyperloop announced that it has successfully conducted its first trial involving human passengers in its levitating hyperloop capsules. While the trial only reached 107 mph, how long until you think tests will be conducted at full speeds (600 mph+)?


In a new study by the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, a team of academics and industry partners are looking at how mass timber could be used in healthcare construction projects. Do you think the building material is could better benefit the industry?


In November, the Biden-Harris transition team announced a plan to tackle climate change. Do you think Congress will support carbon capturing and storage infrastructure projects?


In November, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a new city ordinance, banning the use of natural gas or other fossil fuels in all new residential and commercial building construction projects. Do you think other cities will follow suit?


Last month, United States Federal Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order to the Small Business Administration to release the names and precise loan amounts of all Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan borrower recipients. Do you agree with the need for transparency?


Recently, international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti announced the launch of a software that uses artificial intelligence to identify and assess damage and deterioration in building envelopes and structures. Do you think the T2D2 software will be successfully adopted by building inspectors?


The United States Navy recently announced the launch of its new research competition, “Rust-A-Thon.” Do you think the endeavor will prove effective in developing new protective coating materials?


With the public comment period slated to come to a close next week regarding the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29, do you think the industry will choose to more strictly regulate the chemical?


The Phoenix Street Transportation Department, in collaboration with Arizona State University, recently completed a series of cool pavement applications around the city. If proved to help reduce heat island effect, do you think other cities located in warmer climates will adopt the technology?


London-based Heatherwick Studio recently released design plans for a proposed flood-resistant ecological park in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Do you think expect other new coastal commercial projects will take similar approaches to potential flood protection?


The Long Ridge Energy Terminal recently announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen. While its slated to be the first-of-its-kind for the nation, how soon do you think other plants will start making conversions to carbon-free energy production?


The U.S. Green Building Council reported last month that more than 130 LEED projects have engaged in its Safety First pilot credits in support of “healthy reopening plans in response to the pandemic.” Do you think the number of projects will continue to increase?


For the first time in American history, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a National Freight Strategic Plan regarding long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce and other essential parts of the freight system. Do you think the plan will help maintain the nation’s competitive edge across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and e-commerce?


In October, the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded the University of Connecticut $768,000 in federal funding for the continued research on premature degradation of concrete foundations containing pyrrhotite. Do you think the grant will help UConn develop a reliable and efficient way of testing the corrosive mineral?


Reports have recently indicated that businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues. If you or your company received a PPP loan, do you plan to apply for loan forgiveness or use the tax write offs and pay the loan back?


How likely is it you will participate in a future virtual event?


In recent reports by both the Associated Builders and Contractors and Associated General Contractors of America, data showed an increase or rebound in employment and construction backlogs. Do you think the industry is out of the weeds regarding the negative impacts experienced from the COVID-19 pandemic?


Last month, engineers from RMIT University announced the development of an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in wastewater infrastructure. How long until you think the material is commercially available?


On Nov. 10-12, Technology Publishing Co. will be hosting its virtual coatings event, PaintSquare Connect! What are you most looking forward to about the multi-day event?


Next week Technology Publishing Co. will be hosting its virtual coatings event, PaintSquare Connect! What are you most looking forward to about the multi-day event?


Last month, the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers announced the official opening of the $5 billion SoFi Stadium—one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. Although spectators won’t be able to visit the structure until 2021, do you think the stadium will eventually pay for itself?


Recently, researchers from Kazan Federal University published a paper detailing how sunflower oil could be useful in corrosion prevention. In the study, the multifunctional oil-inhibitor proved successful in protecting surfaces against gas hydrates and pipeline corrosion. Could you see the biodegradable oil being used in future corrosion protection practices?


In late August, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—released guidance on counterfeit respirators. Do you believe the guidance has had a positive impact on how employers can keep their employees safe?


Recently, two court-mandated engineering reports found that an 18-foot-high section of the border wall in Mission, Texas, was at risk of failure should the structure endure a “high flow event” from the nearby Rio Grande River. To mediate the structure’s current erosion and concrete cracking, nonprofit Fisher Sand and Gravel plans to conduct increased inspections, plant grasses and add a layer of rocks. Do you think the plan will work to resolve the issues?


At the end of August, the AGC found in a recent survey that, despite COVID-19-related project delays and cancellations, the demand for skilled laborers remained high. In the survey, some firms reported that funding or assistance from the federal government would help the industry, do you agree?


In September, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic issued a Request for Proposals worth up to $5 billion in foreign and domestic construction projects for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Global Contingency Construction Multiple Award Contract. However, the contracts’ incumbent expiration date isn’t until March 2024. Do you think the early RFP will provide the Navy with more project flexibility?


In August, the DOL issued its Final Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyards. According to OSHA, the final rule is slated to impact approximately 12,000 workers employed in nearly 2,800 establishments. When do you think affected entities will successfully reach compliance?


Last month, construction of the two 318-meter-high towers for Turkey’s 1915 Canakkale Bridge, set to be the longest suspension bridge in the world, reached completion. Slated to have a 2,023-meter-long (over 6,600-foot-long) main span, how long do you think the structure will be able to hold the world record?


In the wake of a new construction schedule, DEMAG CC-8800—the world’s fourth-largest crawler crane—has begun work on the $1.66 billion Las Vegas’ MSG Sphere. While the crane is reported to weigh 869 tons, an 850-ton counterweight is slated to be added for stability. Do you feel these measures will prove successful in lifting the 182-ton center compression ring for the domed roof?


Recently, New York officials announced that the Hudson River rail tunnel project had climbed $275 million in price and delayed the project’s start date by another year. Still requiring the approval for a February 2018 draft environmental impact statement and confirmed financial backing, do you believe the project will stay on the new timeframe?


Last month, a new wearable exoskeleton was unveiled with the aim to help contractors, tradesman and management tackle health and safety as well as labor shortage challenges. Do you think these goals will be achieved by this type of product?


A recent study has found that bird death from collisions with turbine blades dropped by 71.9% when one of the blades is painted black. Do you think that this technique will become popular?


The Seattle Department of Transportation is considering whether to repair or replace the West Seattle Bridge (built in 1984) after serious cracking was found in March and emergency work went underway. What do you think the bridge’s fate will be?


Chemists have reportedly developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks,” that they say can store energy until required for powering devices. The trick is a polymer coating. Do you think this technology will eventually be commonly used?


Last month, a gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore killed two people and seriously injured at least seven others. While the cause is still unknown, reports have been documenting the city’s aging gas infrastructure, which was installed in the 1960s. Do you think that's the culprit?


An industry professional in New York was recently sentenced to 24 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $420,000. Do you think that penalty was warranted?


SSPC and NACE within the last month have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge as well as unveiling ad-hoc committees to assist in the details of the merger. In addition to this, the two announced a handful of virtual town hall meetings to take place over the next few weeks. Do you plan on attending a meeting?


Construction material prices have reportedly risen for the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. Have you found this to be true for your company?


French President Emmanuel Macron has officially dropped the unpopular idea of building a modern spire atop a restored Notre Dame Cathedral. Do you think this was a wise decision?


Last month, OSHA issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures. Do you think this needed extra guidance for uniformity?


A $100M fix was approved for San Francisco’s leaning, sinking high-rise Millennium Tower that involved drilling 52 concrete piles 30 feet into bedrock. Do you think this solution will work?


Quarterly earnings reports were released late last month (including those from the top coatings companies such as Sherwin-Williams, PPG, AkzoNobel and RPM), with the first wave of COVID-19 impacts on revenue. How long do you think it will take for these top companies to recover?


In July, the Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association and its member companies submitted an action to the General Court of the European Union seeking an annulment of its recent classification of TiO2 as a Category 1B carcinogen. Should the ruling be challenged?


Last month, OSHA issued a directive that provided safety and health officers with guidance on how to enforce silica standard requirements. Do you think clarification on the enforcement of this rule was necessary?


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reportedly designed a new face mask that is designed to be easily sterilized and reused multiple times. While the mask is being made as a response to COVID-19, do you think the design will be popular in the paints/coatings industry as well?


A U.S. District Judge recently ordered that details of an inspection and fix be provided for a $42 million privately funded segment of the U.S.-Mexico wall after the portion was found to be showing signs of erosion months after completion. Do you think we’ll see more erosion issues as border wall construction progresses?


Nine states recently issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement discretion policy. In regard to relaxing company compliance and monitoring requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, do you think the EPA’s policy should be fought or approved?


Researchers at Espoo, Finland-based Aalto University recently published findings about new potential uses for an armor-plated superhydrophobic material. Do you think the coatings have will one day benefit photovoltaics, among other applications?


Last month, New York City began opening up nonessential construction sites as directed by the phased reopening of the state put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Given current circumstances, do you think that the reopening occurred too soon, or should have happened sooner?


Throughout May and June,researchers from Arizona State University and the EPA were looking at new approaches to monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. Do you think the practice will prove to be a faster indicator of an infected community verses current individual testing methods?


In June, officials with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority announced that they would be cutting $371 million from Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal project in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you think the pandemic’s effect on air traffic will cause budget cuts on other commercial airport projects as well?


Last month, researchers from the University of Houston announced that they had started using chitin and 3D-printing techniques to produce bulletproof coatings. Do you think the U.S. Department of Defense-funded project will successfully develop a coatings technology that will be capable of resisting various impact, lasers and simultaneously absorb toxic gas?


Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, recently announced that they were developing a novel surface coating aiming to “contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions and polymers with anti-viral and anti-microbial activity,” a route in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. How soon do you think a coating like this would be available to the public?


In May, the WaterJet Technology Association announced that it had partnered with the Houston Area Safety Council to create a new field verification training and certification program for safe and standardized hydroblasting operations. Do you think the program will be more beneficial to professionals than WJTA’s mid-1980s reference: Industry Best Practices for the Use of High-Pressure Waterjetting Equipment?


The United States Geological Survey released last month its first map of where the mineral pyrrhotite could occur in the nation. Pyrrhotite is a mineral that consists of iron and sulfur. When exposed to water and air, it can break down to form secondary minerals that expand and crack concrete, causing concrete structures to fail. Do you think the map will benefit future residential construction efforts?


International research firm, Lux Research Inc. recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” which claims that the first passenger-carrying high-speed Hyperloop projects shouldn’t be expected to open until 2040—at the earliest. What timeframe estimate would you give the Hyperloop?


In May, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced that they had developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they claim to be effective in killing viruses, bacteria and spores. How soon until you think the coating will be brought to the market?


Recently, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nation’s water infrastructure. Do you think the legislation will have a positive impact on pending Army Corps projects and EPA-headed endeavors?


Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators. Do you think the additional guidance has been beneficial to the industry?


The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently announced a preliminary proposal of a $1.75 billion seawall around the lower Charleston Peninsula in South Carolina. Do you believe other U.S. coastal cities will begin to combat future flooding and rising sea levels with new infrastructure projects?


The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced the creation of its Pro Support Center, a website that the firm says is dedicate to tools and education resources for painting contractors and other professionals. Do you think this will be beneficial to industry professionals in the commercial sector?


In May, President Donald J. Trump officially gave the order to senior adviser Jared Kushner and associated aides to seek cost estimates for coating the United States-Mexico border wall. Do you think coating the wall will be a benefit to the infrastructure?


Recently, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, along with city Chief Operations Officer Patrick Brophy, began rolling out guidelines for reopening construction projects in the city. Do you think these rules will be used to influence other cities and high-risk COVID-19 areas to reopen the industry?


The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced last month that it had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers over redefining Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Although the redefinition wouldn’t go into effect until June 22, do you think the suit will successfully postpone the change?


University of Central Florida researchers were recently reported to be working on a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus. If created, do you think the coating will be available to the public before or after there is a cure?


Last month, SSPC and NACE International announced that an “overwhelming” majority in each of the associations voted in favor for the two to merge. After over a year of discussions, do you believe this will be a positive step for the coatings industry as a whole?


Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you believe the memo successfully aided in reopening construction sites?


Recently, wastewater officials reported a surge in backed-up sewer lines and even overflowing toilets, among other issues, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you believe the industry will see a continued increase of negative effects on sewer systems and pumps until the pandemic is resolved?


In April, PaintSquare Press published “Cool Roof Policy Updates Trend in US Cities” regarding the installation of reflective roofing products on new and existing buildings in the United States. While the last 10 years have shown a major uptick in adopting policies by U.S. cities, how long do you believe it will take to incorporate a policy in each of the nation’s states?


In April, Italy suffered another bridge collapse, causing increased scrutiny over the conditions of the country’s road bridges. Do you believe the recurrence reflects more on how the infrastructure is built, how Italian officials conduct routine inspections or both?


The European Union recently published the official delegated regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen by inhalation. Should TiO2 powder products carry more than 1% of the substance, the product will now be required to display a cancer warning. Are you in support or opposition of these measures?


Recently, the Wyoming House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to ban the disposal of wind turbines in Wyoming-based landfills, in addition to a bill allowing for turbine base materials, such as blades and towers, to be buried in abandoned coal mine sites. Do you believe the push to adapt new disposal alternatives is sustainable?


Researchers at University College London recently reported on the development of a new coating that activates in low-intensity light to kill bacteria. Given that the research has since been published, what do you think the timeline is before we see this type of protective coating on the market?


Mayor Byron W. Brown, of Buffalo, New York, recently announced that the city would be launching a $30 million Environmental Impact Bond to capitalize on the Rain Check Buffalo program, which focuses on implementing green infrastructure. Do you think other cities will follow suit for similar programs?


Technology Publishing Co. recently announced the launch of its new event, “Commercial Contractor Connect.” As a commercial coatings contractor or supplier, what are you looking forward to the most?


Last month, Germany firm Muehlhan began applying new coatings to the roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5-miles-long) cable-stayed Øresund Bridge. Slated to take 13 years and an estimated 300,000-400,000 liters (79,000-106,000 gallons) of black paint to complete, do you think the project will meet its deadline?


Recently, global coatings firm AkzoNobel and start-up company Apellix announced an update on their collaborative efforts to build a computer-controlled spray-painting drone. Do you think once developed, the technology will become popular in the commercial coatings industry?


In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, many industrial coatings-related companies have cancelled or postponed their slated events, conferences and competitions. Do you think the decision will have negative impacts on the industry as a whole?


Lacking a sustainable business model and unable to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school operating, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin announced it will be closing in June. Do you think the school’s closing will negatively affect the future of architecture?


Last month, OSHA announced the revision of the National Emphasis Program to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica in general industry, maritime and construction. Do you think the revision will provide best practices in keeping workers safe from the hazardous material?


In taking action against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, how do you feel your company will be affected as a result of growing health and safety efforts, non-essential business closures and social distancing?


Last month, President Trump issued a draft order entitled “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” which would roll back a decades-long tradition that bars the government from taking a stance on an official architectural style. If put into effect, do you think making “classical architectural style” the preferred and default mandate will have a positive or negative effect on American architecture as a whole?


Recently, a team of researchers from the UCLA Smaueli School of Engineering developed an ice-prevention coating. Described as a hydrogel, how long until you think the coating will be available for marine and protective coating applications?


The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)—which applies to the market and use of NMP, on its own or in mixtures containing equal or greater than 0.3% (weight percent NMP)—is set to take effect this spring. Do you think the EPA’s upcoming risk evaluation of the chemical will land on a similar restriction?


President Trump recently announced an expansion of tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to cover products made of the materials, such as nails, tacks, staples, cables, certain types of wire, bumpers, various car and tractor parts, among others. Do you believe the expansion will help stabilize the industry?


Recently, members of Congress introduced the Bridge Investment Act—a bipartisan bill that intends to invest $20 billion into repairing the nation’s failing infrastructure. Do you believe the investment will make a positive impact on structurally deficient bridge infrastructure?


In January, more than 45 pieces of machinery and over 100 workers completed the construction of a prefabricated hospital—slated to aid those affected by the coronavirus outbreak—which houses 1,000 beds, in just 10 days. Do you think the use of prefabricated materials will become more popular in other commercial facility construction projects?


What are you most looking forward to at CORROSION 2020?


Back in December, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation, requiring that all commercial, residential and multifamily construction be “solar ready.” Do you believe the legislation will urge residents to take advantage of solar power?


On Feb. 1, the SSPC Board unanimously approved to proceed with SSPC and NACE merger discussions, taking the spotlight at the Coatings+ 2020 conference with its Town Hall meetings. With NACE’s board meeting approaching March 14, do you predict that the association will also approve moving forward with the merger?


Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Science have reported that they’re looking at new ways to design pigments to be more stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues. Do you think their research will be successful in determining key ingredients for vivid colors so that pigments can be discovered over shorter time periods?


India-based multi-disciplinary architectural practice Studio Symbiosis recently revealed designs for Aura air-purifying towers, envisioned to help Delhi, India, reduce increasing levels of air pollution. Do you think the technology would be useful in other cities across the globe?


Last month, Connecticut lawmakers announced that federal funding for research on pyrrhotite and its impact on foundations was included in a spending bill. Do you think the research will help residents come up with a plan to combat the area’s deteriorating foundations?


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers recently developed a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology. Do you think the research findings will one day be beneficial to applications in heat transfer, camouflage or even clothing as to protect personal privacy?


What did you enjoy most about Coatings+ 2020?


Michigan Department of Transportation has recently adopted the use of unmanned, remote-control boats for conducting bridge inspections. Do you think the safer, less labor-intensive technology will become favorable by other DOTs for bridge inspections?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Do you think the results of the evaluation will help protect individuals in the industry?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors are currently showcasing “The Coolest White” paint—an extremely reflective white paint—in the “State of Extremes” in Israel’s Design Museum Holon’s Decennial Exhibition. Reported to prolong the lifecycle of urban building and structure coatings to 30 years, do you think the coating will be used in more future projects?


Throughout the month of January, SSPC and NACE began a series of updates to keep the industry informed about the ongoing discussions between the organizations regarding their possible merger. Do you think the scheduled release of information and milestone timeline will be beneficial in preparing the industry for the collaboration?


Following a lawsuit filed by the British Blind & Shutter Association, U.K. courts decided to cut part of the country’s combustible cladding ban, noting that it shouldn’t have included materials used on shutters, blinds and other products designed to reduce a building’s heat gain. Do you agree with the decision regarding high-rise buildings?


Last month, the City of Dallas unveiled “Big Tex,” a tunnel-boring machine slated to dig a 5-mile-long tunnel under the city that intends to provide flood protection for 100 years began its work. Expected to reach competition by fall 2023, do you think the $300 million project will successfully protect roughly 2,200 properties from future floods?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2020?


Recently, New York City-based major construction project jobsites have been hit with a series of surprise inspections as an effort to reduce the amount of construction worker injuries. However, some construction workers claim that more work still needs to be done to successfully prevent accidents. In the industry, which risks do you believe pose the biggest threat to jobsite safety?


In December, global coatings supplier PPG announced that it was planning to implement a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally. Do you think the decision will positively or negatively affect its quarterly sales reports?


Last month, Boston-based company Apis Cor announced the completion of what it touts as the largest 3D-printed building in the world. Constructed in just 21 days, do you think we will see more rapid commercial construction projects with the use of 3D printers?


On Nov. 18, a 510-foot-long suspension bridge collapsed in southwest France, resulting in two fatalities and several injuries. Although a cause has yet to be determined, a concern raised as a result has been whether structure’s weight limits were being exceeded. Should the county consider upgrading its infrastructure or increase its precautionary warnings to avoid future incidents?


In December, the University of Arkansas opened a $79.6 million residence hall which includes three buildings built from cross-laminated timber. Although the structure has been dubbed the largest mass timber building in the United States, how long do you think it will be before another mass timber project takes its place?


Recently, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation released a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding updates to National Bridge Inspection Standards. With comments due by Jan. 13, 2020, do you believe the new requirements and inspection interval adjustments will help better properly evaluate and inspect these types of structures?


At the end of November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the ban on all retail distribution of methylene chloride to consumers for paint and coatings removal officially went into effect. Do you believe the ban will help protect consumers from the chemical’s health and safety risks?


In early November, a sinkhole roughly 100 feet long and 20 feet deep opened in Downtown Pittsburgh, causing a Port Authority G31 bus to partially sink with it. Do you think the incident is a wake-up call to upgrade Pennsylvania’s infrastructure?


In November, AIA released 133 new and updated Construction Management documents, including the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) and the Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa) families. Do you think the revised documents will improve the coordination and safety within the construction industry?


Last month, a 380,000-gallon oil leak was reported near Edinburgh, North Dakota. At first, the spill was reported to affect 22,500 square feet of land, but later that number was reported to actually be 10 times that amount, totaling roughly 209,100 square feet. Do you think the industry needs a better system when estimating environmental damages during initial response times?


At the end of October, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that it began exploring options for a new global headquarters. Being headquartered in Cleveland since 1930, do you think the move will be beneficial for the global coatings supplier?


Construction work recently began on The Boring Company’s tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to reports on the endeavor, the project is slated to be complete in time for the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. Do you think this target date will be achieved?


The EPA announced last month that it would be receiving comments regarding a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride until Dec. 30. Do think the information collected will successfully promote a list of actions needed to address those risks within the timeframe, as required by TSCA?


In late October, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that merger discussions were continuing. In moving forward with intentions to keep both existing brands as separate entities in the marketplace and create a hybrid structure that includes both corporate and individual membership options and combines value propositions, do you believe the merger will positively benefit the industry?


Last month, the Commercial Painting Industry Association officially launched to provide more resources to commercial painting business owners, as well as create a deeper connection between commercial industry leaders. Do you think the member-based organization will be beneficial for professional commercial painting contractors?


A 10-page update released by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board showed that the reason behind the Philadelphia Energy Solutions explosions that occurred in June could be pointed to a degraded piece of metal piping. Given that the segment of piping had high nickel and copper content, which is susceptible to corrosion caused by the hydrofluoric acid in the process fluid, do you believe this incident could have been avoided?


Following NYC’s initiatives set by the Climate Mobilization Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future retrofits. The initiative aims to cut energy usage by more than 50%. Do you believe the plan will be successful?


In October, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a program that aims to reestablish the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, which would provide federal grant money to states in need of bridge repairs or replacements found by the Federal Highway Administration. Do you believe this can help save some of the country’s most structurally deficient bridges?


Last month, the European Commission officially decided to classify titanium dioxide in its powder form as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer in humans” despite various objections. Do you believe that the TiO2 classification will increase health and safety protection for those within the coatings industry?


Researchers at Stanford University recently produced an “anti-solar panel” prototype that collects energy from the night sky through tapping into the temperature difference between Earth and outer space. Do you believe the technology has equal potential for green energy as existing solar panels?


Recently, the city of Milwaukee Plan Commission and the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved changes to the Ascent timber building (slated to be the tallest wooden building in North America) to make the structure even taller. How long do you think the structure will be able to keep this title after its completion?


Danish wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced that the Hornsea Project One—what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms—was nearly finished and on track for its 2020 completion date. In pushing the U.K. closer to its 2030 goal of deriving a third of its electricity from offshore wind, do you think more countries will convert to offshore green energy practices?


PPG recently announced the launch of PPG Services, a “digitally-enabled service platform” that aims to allow businesses to identify and connect with painters and then manage and schedule general painting maintenance projects. Do you think the platform will prove beneficial to commercial businesses with multiple locations, as intended?


Earlier this month, crews began dismantling the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina) with guillotine-like saw blades in order to use concrete portions for an existing offshore artificial reef. Slated to be complete by 2020, do you think this method of removing the bridge’s piles and spans will prove to be financially effective?


According to a survey released from the Associated General Contractors of America, along with Autodesk, 80% of construction firms reported to struggle with filling hourly craft positions. Since the survey’s findings were released, the AGC has called on the federal government for help. Which, if any, of the federal requests to aid in filling craft positions do you think will be the most useful?


The Mackinac Bridge, located at the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan recently received a new paint job with help from a Ruby+Associates-designed movable scaffolding system. Without the innovative equipment, do you think the project would have been able to reach completion within a year?


In a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, misclassification of employees as independent contractors no longer violates the National Labor Relations Act. However, some claim that the ruling will further hurt the industry as misclassification already points to lower operational costs and further inconveniences contractors who correctly classify their workers to be competitive against others who don’t. Do you think the rule will help or hurt?


In August, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the reestablishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, known as the SSPC Steel City Chapter. Do you believe the chapter will attract new members from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, as well as western Maryland and other northeastern states?


At the beginning of September, it was reported that a panel of independent experts approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Do you think the installation of 52 new piles, extending twice the distance into the bedrock of the north and west sides will prove to reduce future sinking and improve the structure’s seismic performance?


The comment period ends next week for U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s August request for feedback on its current respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. In receiving feedback on “the effectiveness of engineering and work practice control methods not currently included for the tasks and equipment,” do you think appropriate control measures for pieces of equipment connected to silica exposure will be revised?


Last month, a new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states. The report aims to provide an assessment of the current construction project pipeline, based on various data collected from the 10 key states over a five-year span. Do you think the study will help improve future construction methods?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


Over the summer, Danish architecture firm COBE was tapped for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund. With plans to be fully carbon-neutral, do you think the potential icon of sustainability and durability will inspire a future generation of architectural projects?


Lake Charles, Louisiana-based SOWELA Technical Community College recently received a $1 million donation for the development of a pipeline academy from TC Energy. Do you believe the regional learning center will positively affect the oil and gas industry?


At the beginning of August, a “waste-to-energy skyscraper,” ideally to be housed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, was proposed by United States-based designer Honglin Li. Given an honorable mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, do you think the design has the potential to become an actualized project?


In July, a ceremony was held to celebrate the competition of the 1.5-billion-euro Chernobyl New Safe Confinement. The infrastructure—known as The Arch—is reported to be the largest moveable land-based infrastructure ever built and took a combined 33 million working hours to construct. Given a lifespan of 100 years, do you believe the essential structure for proper disassembly and decommissioning of radioactive materials will pay for itself?


In July, an Italy-based project titled, “Urban Flying Opera,” used drones to paint a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city of Torino. With more stories of drones being utilized for this type of coatings work, do you think the technology has the potential to eventually replace commercial painters?


Toward the end of July, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would promote the expanded use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform is slated to push the domestic content threshold from 50% to 95%. Do you believe this will help to boost the U.S. industrial economy?


A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls could lead to annual heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy cost savings up to 11% for stand-alone retail stores, 8.3% for single-family homes and 4.6% for medium-sized office buildings. Do you believe the cost savings is worth sacrificing a building's style?


Announced in mid-July, a historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the U.S. to use an electrically isolated tendon system (EIT), which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension tendons with reported minimal changes to construction schedules. Would you consider using this technology?


Last month, the New York State Assembly approved legislation establishing a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manufacturers and producers in conjunction with the American Coatings Association that allows consumers to recycle specific types of paint. Do you think the program will help or hurt local governments with paint collection and disposal services already in place?


In the beginning of July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $33 million contract for four miles of border wall work in Texas. Environmental regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, among others, for this section of work, were waived. Do you think this is the best policy to speed up the construction?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


As reported by the Center for Climate Integrity early last month, various U.S. coastal communities are expected to pay $416 billion in seawall protection services over the next 20 years. Do you think all 50,000 miles worth of coastal barriers will be successfully installed or will we see the abandonment of waterfront communities?


In New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders recently passed Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050. Joining six other states with zero-emission electricity goals or requirements, do you think the U.S. will eventually have similar legislation pass in all 50 states?


Last month, SSPC and NACE confirmed that merger talks were beginning to make headway. With organizations expected to host a membership vote by the second quarter of 2020, do you think industry professionals will be ready to adapt to this possible change?


In June, ground broke on the $2 billion, 170-mile passenger South Florida Rail Project, which will connect Orlando and South Florida. Expected to remove 3 million cars from Florida roadways between the points of travel, do you believe the infrastructure will pay for itself?


In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new lead standards to protect children, lowering dust-lead hazards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot to 10 micrograms on floors and 250 micrograms to 100 micrograms on windowsills. In addition to the grant program passed in March, do you believe the EPA’s efforts will prove effective?


In June, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis went on record to say that Pittsburgh’s International Airport couldn’t afford to not rehabilitate the facility. Although PIT only sees a fraction of annual passengers since its opening in 1992 (from 38 million to 8 million), do you agree that a $783.8M project—that includes decreasing the size and upgrading the terminals—is necessary?


The Florida Department of Transportation recently released information on an $802M infrastructure plan slated to take place in Miami over the next four years. The project involves a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to three major highways, all slated to be constructed at the same time. With holidays, weather, special events and unforeseen circumstances all taken into account, do you think the project will be successfully completed by fall 2023?


Recently, Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge was struck a second time since its last incident in October. According to reports, Dank Silver (the tanker ship involved) damaged the fender system that serves to protect the bridge. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett noted that the structures themselves are designed to handle this kind of damage, however, with reoccurring instances and increased water traffic, do you think fenders are the best option for bridge protection?


With responses due for the “Building a Safer Future” by July 31—a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety for high-rise housing in the United Kingdom involving various revisions including: increased residential building height; revised concept of duty holders; and stronger voices for residents (to name a few)—do you think the new Implementation Plan will help to prevent future tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire?


Plans were released for what Canada is dubbing the “world’s tallest hybrid building.” With more architects and design-build contractors choosing timber for green building standards, do you think more cities should be following this model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?


In Michigan, Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, suggested selling several state-owned transportation assets to raise money to rehabilitate various roads and highways versus raising the state’s fuel tax. Do you think this is a good idea?


Just last month Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 136 and Senate Bill 231 into law. Bill 136 lowers the prevailing wage threshold amount for public projects and restores the prevailing wage for workers on those projects to 100% and Bill 231 removes language that prohibits contractors and subcontractors from entering into agreements with labor organizations while working on public projects. Do you think this will successfully help those working in construction unions reach economic recovery?


Last month a panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back an injunction that halted construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. According to the panel, the lawsuit was dismissed due to a new presidential permit. Do you expect we will see more exercises of presidential authority for pushes of this kind of infrastructure in the future?


In May, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame to be rebuilt to its “last known state.” Do you think this is the rightful decision for the historic landmark, or would a proposed innovative design have been more appropriate?


Recently in South Carolina, the Ben Sawyer Bridge had to close due to heat, which ultimately caused the bridge to become stuck partially open. Do you expect we will see more of these instances throughout the summer?


Last month, President Donald J. Trump announced the lift of United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminum products for Canada and Mexico. Do you agree with this move?


Last month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened what is being touted as the world’s widest suspension bridge in the world. With six lanes of traffic running in each direction, the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge is intended to shift traffic, ultimately decreasing travel time around Cairo and on various highways. Do you believe other major cities could benefit from this type of massive infrastructure?


A team of scientists from the University of Cambridge has developed the smallest pixels ever made with the help of a thin polymer coating. With hopes to one day use the product for displays on the exterior of buildings, how soon do you think we can expect to see this technology?


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, external corrosion was the culprit that caused an offshore pipeline to spill roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil into Refugio State Beach, California. Do you think a better inspection system could be implemented to prevent these types of ocean-based hazards?


Recently, Colorado passed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft. Do you think this legislation should be adopted in all U.S. states?


Researchers from the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Welfare Center, Carderock Division are currently evaluating coatings that could possibly mitigate corrosion on Navy vessels. How soon do you think we could see these developing products on the market?


At the tail end of April, NYC passed a green roof bill, requiring all new commercial and residential buildings in the city to have 100% green roofs made up of plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three. Do you think 100% coverage is an achievable goal?


In Dubai, a $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park has completed its fourth phase of construction, including the base of a concentrated solar tower (slated to be the tallest in the world). With the ability to power 1.3 million homes, cutting 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, do you think more countries should be funding these kinds of solar-powered innovations?


AkzoNobel, along with a consortium of 13 partners, launched a new research project aiming to collect wasted solar energy absorbed by buildings in April. In a plan to create both transparent- and opaque-type panels that won’t disrupt the building’s aesthetics, do you think we will eventually see the finished product on all types of building exteriors?


In a recent report conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, just over 47,000 bridges in the United States are classified as structurally deficient or in poor condition. However, the rate at which these bridges are improved is at its lowest point since the Association began monitoring the data. Why do you believe this might be?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, announced just last month that there would be major updates taking effect in the city’s building code, including reducing barriers to cost-effective construction and developing a wider range of materials and technologies. The changes represent the first major revisions to the standard in 70 years. Do you think other cities are in need of these kinds of upgrades?


A bill was filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, after a Florida county’s Bee Ridge treatment facility witnessed a pipe burst, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater, some of which flowed into a stormwater system and out into Sarasota Bay. The proposal suggests that if another sewage spill were to occur, $1 would be fined for every gallon lost. Do you think this legislation will encourage more improvements in wastewater infrastructure?


Recently, Tnemec acquired manufacturer company ProPolymer Coatings. Do you think these new products will be a profitable addition?


In April, a stress corrosion crack was to blame for a gas pipeline explosion that occurred just north of Mexico, Missouri. Reports indicate that the pipeline was previously tested in 2015, involving a magnetic field test. However, when a hydrotest was taken of the pipe following the incident, the test failed four times prior to its success. Do you believe pipeline inspections should be using hydro-technology over magnetic methods?


At the end of April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. However, no agreements were made on how the plan would be paid for. In anticipation of what ideas will be brought to the table in the next bipartisan meeting, how do you think Congress will decide to fund this proposal?


Tragedy struck Paris last month when the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire, which destroyed the spire and two-thirds of the wooden roof. Since the incident, an international competition has been launched in efforts to recreate the spire and damaged areas, slated to be built by 2024. Do you think it’s possible that a design can be chosen and completed in this short five-year time frame?


Recent testing has revealed that a nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid particle erosion, extends the life of steam turbine blades. With these new findings, do you expect more steam and gas turbine blades will have this type of coating?


Late last month, Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company purchased The Bod 2, a modular gantry-based 3D construction printer. With the ability to produce buildings 12-by-27-by-9 meters, as well as three-story structures of 300 square meters per floor, do you think other commercial-based companies could benefit from having a similar system?


SSPC and NACE have announced that they will be discussing “synergistic opportunities” amongst one another. Do you think this is a good idea?


U.S. Rep. Llyod Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills last month that would create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm work, as well as potentially provide more money for career training and apprenticeships. Regarding the proposal, do you think this solution will prove more useful in the current worker shortage or cause more problems in decreasing wages?


Late last month, North Dakota-based contractor claimed that his company could build 234 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for $1.4 billion, a fraction of the funding requested by the president. Do you think that we will see other companies speaking up to compete for a cheaper solution?


Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, recently brought forth a bill that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention. Currently, OSHA has guidelines and recommendations to avoid heat hazards, but there is no set standard for heat exposure. Should OSHA write its standards or should warmer states be pushing their own legislation?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


In March, the EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use, but not for contractors and professionals. Based on the number of health risks, medical claims and even deaths, do you think this is fair to workers who will have to continue to work with the common chemical?


Recently, an opening ceremony was held for the debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, which includes a 150-foot-tall interactive centerpiece dubbed "the Vessel." Do you think other U.S. cities will be inspired to start building more innovative structures?


Researchers from Michigan State University plan to add more data-tracking sensors to the Mackinac Bridge. With progression of the prototypes since 2016, do you think this kind of technology will make its way to assist the preservation/management of other bridge structures?


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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