Tanner Brooks, a young concrete mason for an outfit based in the Phoenix area knows he has it good. Even as an apprentice, he's likely making more money than his former schoolmates and he has no student loan debt. He's also just 19 years old. "It allowed me to pay for my own vehicle, my own place to live, and I live comfortably," Brooks said. "I don't struggle all." He also didn't struggle to find his job. In fact, he says construction companies were calling him while he was in school, when he started working as an apprentice before he ever graduated. Numbers recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) show the Phoenix metro area added nearly 14,000 construction jobs from March 2018 to March 2019. But it's not just Arizona -- it's nationwide. To read more, click here.
PCA report delves resilient construction at big picture, granular levels
Published: Thursday, 09 May 2019 10:13 Written by Concrete News
A new PCA report presents historical data, evidence from external sources, and structural material comparisons supporting the premise: Cast-in-place or precast concrete, or concrete masonry construction methods lead to longer lasting buildings owing to their ability to stand up to normal wear and tear plus resistance to extreme weather events.
“The Real Value of Resilient Construction” addresses design, engineering and life cycle criteria for owners and lawmakers or officials behind policy affecting public or private building design. "U.S. taxpayers cannot afford to continue building and rebuilding the way we did in the past. Strong, robust structures ensure community continuity and provide long lasting value for scarce taxpayer dollars," says PCA CEO Michael Ireland—emphasizing a position the industry has held as Congress and government agencies take stock of escalating post-disaster costs rooted in sub-par construction.
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Members of the Concrete Coalition of Florida presented at the National Concrete Masonry Association's Town Hall event held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at their annual convention in Orlando's Lake Buena Vista resort.
The MAF's ProMasonry Chairman and Board member, Chris Bettinger presented the accomplishments of the Masonry Association. Matt Sitter, president of the Florida Concrete Products Association gave an overview of the FC&PA's BlockStrong program and Jim Painter, Executive Director of the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council informed the attendees about Florida's state masonry check-off program. Also speaking were MAF program partner, the AIA Florida's executive Director, Vicki Long and Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.
Thank you to everyone who made the “Castor for Congress” event on March 28, 2014 in Tampa a success. We had over 30 industry representatives and raised over $13K for her re-election campaign. In return she agreed to work harder on our National Check-off legislation to sign up more co-sponsors and on getting the bill moving in committee.