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Another Day, Another Wood-Framed Apartment Fire

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
Waterbury, Connecticut, Blaze Highlights Vulnerable Construction Methods. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, days after a wood-framed retail-apartment complex under construction in Oakland, Calif., was destroyed for the second time in a year, five firefighters were injured in a fire that dest...

Mount Pleasant Hotel First South Carolina Building to Use Lumber Said To Be Strong As Concrete

Thad Moore
Walk down the halls of the Home2 Suites when it opens this fall in Mount Pleasant, and it won't seem much different than any other hotel. But just beneath the surface, the hotel is breaking new ground, developers say. Its corridors will be supported by cross-laminated timber, a relativ...

NCMA: Concrete Products University Now Available

National Concrete Masonry Association
NCMA's Concrete Products University Online has courses which address specific topics in the concrete masonry and hardscapes industry. Each CPU online course focuses on important technical information, to help you maximize the profitability of your company. CPU Online courses are a great...

Lessons Not Learned

Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy
Massachusetts belatedly confronts construction fire dangers By Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff August 12, 2017  THE NIGHT SKY GLOWED in East Longmeadow as firefighters raced toward a sprawling retirement complex being built on acres of farmland. They arrived minutes af...

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor's Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial co...

The Latest: 7 Treated For Smoke After Senior Facility Fire

Fire Engineering
11/17/2017 In this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 photo, residents are evacuated from the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community during a fire in West Chester, Pa. At least 20 people were injured in the massive fire at the senior living community about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. (St...