Joanna Masterson's Articles

Building Envelope Considerations for Food Processing Plants

The selection of essential components that comprise the building envelope—walls, ductwork, roof and interior doors—have a significant impact on a food processing plant's efficiency, durability, safety and sanitation.

Sound Construction: The Impact of Wall Building Techniques on Noise

Sound masking technology can be used in combination with walls built to the suspended ceiling or demountable partitions in order to provide a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to deck-to-deck construction.

What Is Your Company Doing to Help Close the Skilled Trades Gap?

Three contractors offer insight on how their companies are dealing with the pending shortage of skilled craft professionals.

Charging Ahead

Although the construction industry faces a looming workforce shortage and numerous economic hurdles, there’s a lot to be excited about regarding the materials, tools, equipment and technology that help bring construction projects to life. Check out a small sampling of innovations firms can take advantage of now and expect in the near future.

Plotting a Path to Success

During Greg Hoberock’s more than 30 years in the construction industry, his can-do spirit has helped him grow a one-man pipe insulation company into a multifaceted firm licensed to work in eight states,  deal with union threats, and step up to serve as 2013 national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

California Governor Backs Prevailing Wage Expansion

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) enacted two pieces of legislation that will expand prevailing wage requirements across the state.

OSHA Proposes Rule on Tracking Injury and Illness Data

Under a recently proposed rule, companies with 250 or more employees would be required to submit injury and illness records to OSHA on a quarterly basis.

Wisconsin Leaders Support Technical Education Funding

The legislature passed several bills that dedicate more resources to career and technical education.

$550 Million Approved for S.C. Highway Projects

The South Carolina Infrastructure Bank Board voted unanimously to allocate up to $550 million for state highway construction

Missouri DOT Unveils 20-Year Transportation Plan

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) expects revenues to reach $17.3 billion during the next 20 years, 91 percent of which is legally required to be spent on roads and bridges.

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