CS/SB 286: Concrete Masonry Education on Governmental Oversight & Accountability Agenda 4/3 @9:00 AM
ONE MORE DOWN, AND ONE MORE TO GO!
GENERAL BILL by Regulated Industries ; Richter ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Latvala ; Detert ; Garcia ; Bradley ; Flores ; Smith ; Bean
Last Action: 3/31/2014 Senate - On Committee agenda-- Governmental Oversight and Accountability, 04/03/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building Location: On agenda (GO)
Watch it LIVE on Thursday: http://www.flsenate.gov/
The MAF Sponsored award for the 2011 AIA Florida/Caribbean Masonry Merit Award winner by HUUM Architect's Scott Hughes has made the cover of Florida Design Magazine. Ensconced in the hillside which overlooks the water, the structure is a series of expansive and intimate courtyards and cantilevered decks, which architectonically echo the diaphanous volumes of the interior, spaces which seem to defy gravity, even while embracing the solidity of Minnesota limestone and stucco facades. Views to the southwest encompass the dynamic activity of the marina in an inland waterway and track the movements of sun, wind and water. View more details here: http://www.huum.com/River-Road
Green Fest 2014
Join my friends in #USGBC Central FL at the #GreenDrinks Green Fest 2014 event 6-9 p.m. April 9th at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 North Thorton Ave., Orlando. There will be a lot of sustainability information from #organic gardening to #recycling to caricatures to #solar power. It's a kid friendly event with a DJ. Check it out.
Houston Wood-frame Apartment Fire
A construction worker narrowly escaped death Tuesday when a fire ripped through a newly developed wood-frame apartment building he was apparently working on in Houston, Texas.
What started as a small fire quickly became an unmanageable blaze as strong wind gusts ignited the flames, according to the AP.
Watch the video here: http://mashable.com/2014/03/26/construction-worker-leaps-raging-fire/
The House Bill 147, passed unanimously out of Transportation and Economic Development Committee yesterday. Rocky Jenkins, Pat McLaughlin, Curtis Leonard and Jim Painter made the trip to Tallahassee to support our bill.
We have one committee stop in each Chamber - SB 286 has Senate General Government Oversight and Accountability which we will try and get on the agenda for the morning of April 3rd and House Economic Affairs Committee which meets again on the morning of April 4th.
To view the meeting video: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=2443575804_2014031370&committeeID=2705
MAF State Apprentice Contest to be held with Spec Mix BL 500 Regional in Jax - September 2014
This year, the Masonry Association of Florida State Apprentice Competition will be held at the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 Florida Regional competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Tentative date and location is set for September 27, 2014 at the CEMEX Jacksonville Plant on Old St. Augustine Road.
Details to follow. Questions? Contact Al Herndon email@example.com
CS/HB 147, the Concrete Masonry Education Act passed through the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee yesterday with a unanimous vote. The video showing several MAF members supporting the bill is available here:
Our bill is heard starting at 16:28 and ending at 20:20.
SUSTAINABILITY aka RESILIENCY
Reprinted from TMS Sustainability E-Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 4
Sustainable designs should also be resilient ones. The links below feature several projects rebuilding in areas damaged by natural events. Note that in the first two articles, “concrete” and “cinder blocks” are used to mean everything from concrete, to grout, to concrete masonry. Two examples where correct terminology is needed!
New Exterior Helps Pay for Tenn. High School Addition :: WRCB-TV
A 13,000-square-foot addition at the Walker Valley High School in Charleston, Tenn., has been built -- and is covered in reinforced concrete. [editor’s note: it is really a brick veneer over reinforced concrete masonry] The addition of the concrete is expected to make the building more resilient during tornadoes, and adding it also meant the Federal Emergency Management Agency would contribute to the structure's cost. "The entire outside is reinforced concrete ... So it's basically built like a bunker," said Cason Conn, a senior project manager at Tri-Con, the project's contractor according to this report.
Exam of 2013 EF5 Tornado Site in Okla. Reveals Construction Flaws :: The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Chris Ramseyer is an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma, a concrete-use expert and was a member of an American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute team sent to Moore, Okla., in 2013 following an EF5 tornado. The storm destroyed two schools and killed dozens. In this article, Ramseyer discusses some of the construction flaws he and the team found.
Group Backs Bill to Help Curtail Wind Damage to Homes, Businesses :: PropertyCasualty360
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety backs legislation filed by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, to bolster research on making homes and businesses less susceptible to wind damage. "Tragic high-wind-related disasters during the last two years alone ... are clear signs that we need to focus on significantly reducing the vulnerability of our communities to these types of devastating events," said Debra Ballen, the group's general counsel and senior vice president of public policy. Read more.
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