- PRESS RELEASE The BIM for Masonry Project Update July 10, 2014 Media contact: ...
- July 7, 2014 CONTRACTOR ALERT! Public Works Contractor Registration is NOW OPE...
- In the February 25 issue of the MCAC newsletter we reported that the Governor’s 201...
- IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA MASONRY CONTRACTORS April, 2014 For the past severa...
Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc.
Who is MCAC?
Established as the first and only statewide mason contractors association, the Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc. (MCAC) was formally incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation on April 1, 1963 as the California Conference of Mason Contractor Associations, Inc. (CCMCA). Originally formed to give California mason contractors a greater voice in labor negotiations, MCAC expanded to become an organization representing both open-shop and signatory mason contractors of all sizes and specialties on a variety of issues related to the trade. In 2011, the association restructured and took on its new identity as the MCAC to more accurately reflect its member makeup from a regional presence to more individualized participation. Today, MCAC is comprised of mason contractors as well as suppliers with ties to the masonry industry. The Association is headquartered in the state capital of Sacramento, CA.
What Does MCAC Do?
MCAC is designed to enhance opportunities and services to mason contractors through the exchange of ideas and resources. This exchange is founded upon the principals of information sharing and peer-to-peer networking not only between contractors and suppliers but also among related trade groups with shared interests.
What Relationships Does MCAC Have with Other Industry Trade Organizations and State Government?
MCAC is the conduit that all mason contractors can use to voice their needs to other industry organizations and state government leaders. MCAC represents its members in related organizations to increase member visibility and recognition of the masonry industry. These affiliations create a greater presence for the masonry industry overall and a louder voice before our state decision-makers.
The BIM for Masonry Project Update
July 10, 2014
National Director of Industry Development
International Masonry Institute
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) initiative continues gaining momentum with the New York State Concrete Masonry Association (NYSCMA) pledging to continue sponsorship, and Duke Concrete Products of Queensbury, New York coming on board as a new sponsor.
The initiative is identifying barriers to and strategies for the full implementation of masonry materials and systems into BIM software for the design and construction industries. The purpose of the initiative is to unify the masonry industry and all supporting industries through the development and implementation of BIM for masonry software...
July 7, 2014
CONTRACTOR ALERT! Public Works Contractor Registration is NOW OPEN Last week we reported that a new fee and online registration process had been established for the administration and enforcement of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) prevailing wage requirements on public works projects.
The website for contractors to register as eligible public works contractors is now open.
To register, contractors must complete an online application and pay a non-refundable $300 fee as well as meet a series of criteria such as maintaining Workers’ Compensation coverage for all employees and a current Contractors State License Board license in their applicable trade(s).
The new online system also provides a Read More...
In the February 25 issue of the MCAC newsletter we reported that the Governor’s 2014-15 Budget included a proposal to consolidate all public works and prevailing wage enforcement under a single unit with that unit supported by a new registration fee on contractors working on public projects.
That fee becomes a reality on July 1, 2014. All contractors and subcontractors that intend to bid or work on public projects will be required to pay a non-refundable annual fee set initially at $300. The fee may be adjusted (but not more than annually) so that it generates adequate funds to cover program costs which are currently $11.4M.
The budget proposal as approved will restructure funding for the administration and enforcement of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) prevailing wage requirements replacing current funding sources with the public works contractor registration fee. Gone are the Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU) fees -- billed in arrears to awarding...
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA MASONRY CONTRACTORS
For the past several years, the Concrete Masonry Association and Masonry Institute of America have worked diligently to convince designers that masonry is the material of choice, not because it of its long history, but because new research and development of masonry prove that it is the most environmentally advantageous building material.
One example is the composition of masonry grout. Historically, grout is a material that is made using Portland cement, aggregate and water. The manufacturing process of Portland cement uses an enormous amount of energy, so extensive research has been conducted to show that fly ash and slag (by-products of other industries and referred to as Supplemental Cementitious Material, or SCM) can be used to replace Portland cement without compromising the long-term structural integrity of the grout. The use of fly ash and slag is the reason that...
On May 27, 2014 Cal/OSHA announced investigators have been deployed to inspect construction sites over the coming weeks.
Enforcement will focus on:
• personal fall protection devices and equipment,
• trench safety,
• moving equipment at ground level,
• overall equipment safety,
• power lines, and
• the especially dangerous elevated working areas.
The Cal/OSHA press release identifies the San Francisco Bay Area as a target but the crackdown comes in response to four recent fatalities throughout the state. On May 21, a worker on a San Jose residential project fell 3-stories. On May 20, a worker on a San Mateo project fell 9 feet from a wall. That same day, a worker on a San Diego project near the top of a 22-foot rebar column was killed when the column fell on him. On May 18, a worker on a Riverside train bridge project was crushed to death in a collapse. So, be prepared for statewide enforcement.
Description: Inner Access Decks (Hatch Decks)– A platform unit designed and constructed to carry at least one person and allow access from the scaffold level below by opening a hatch embedded in the deck. Inner Access Decks are equipped with end hooks that engage the scaffold bearer, a hatch for access and may contain an integrated ladder. Inner Access Decks are generally rated for uniformly distributed loads.
Items that should be considered when using this checklist as a tool for making purchasing decisions.
• Ultimately, the purchasing decision comes down to the purchaser. This list is not intended to be used as a “Pass/Fail”, but rather to arm plank purchasers with an aid in the decision making process.
• Inner Access Decks covered in this list are those intended for spans of 10’ or less. For solid sawn wood planks or engineered wood planks, refer to the appropriate SAIA purchasing guidelines.
• Only those items that are listed in bold...
The Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet
The most common type of rolling tower/mobile scaffold is simply a single bay supported scaffold tower with casters. Mobile scaffolds may be constructed using tube and coupler scaffold, fabricated frame scaffold or modular type scaffold. As with any supported scaffold, however, it can be configured in many different ways. This tip sheet highlights some of the key items to keep in mind when inspecting, erecting, maintaining, and using mobile scaffold.
Definition of rolling tower/mobile scaffold: A powered or unpowered portable, caster-or wheel-mounted supported scaffold.
Users of rolling tower scaffold must walk around the area in which they will work to remove any materials that may be a hazard to workers as the scaffolds are introduced onto the site. Particular care must be made to note floor hazards such construction debris, holes in the floor, etc....
In this Issue:
Solutions To Safety, Health And Environmental Issues Are Changing Fast
EHS Products and Services Listings
100BuyersGuide Document available at:
- The BIM for Masonry Project Update July 2014
- Contractor Alert! Public Works Contractor Registration is Open
- Contractor Alert! New Annual Fee for Public Works Contractors Effective July 1, 2014
- Important Notice to California Masonry Contractors
- Contractor Alert! Cal/OSHA Construction Crackdown In Effect Now
- SAIA Guidelines on Purchasing Inner Access Decks (Hatch Decks)
- Rolling Tower/Mobile Scaffold Tip Sheet
- ISHN 2014 EHS Buyers’ and Resource Guide
2015/16 MCAC MEMBERSHIP ROSTER - ADVERTISEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Reserve your desired advertisement option for the 2015/16 edition of the MCAC Membership Roster. Fax or Email the attached Form to Place Your Order Today!
WHAT YOU GET:
All advertisers in the 2015/16 MCAC Membership Roster receive:
- 1 complimentary roster
- A free listing in our Index of Advertisers at the end of the roster
- Your ad promoting your product and/or services at the fingertips of masonry industry and affiliated businesses
PLEASE NOTE: Advertisement space is subject to availability. Ads will be printed in black & white and must be camera ready.
Color options and typesetting may be available at additional costs.
Ads for 2015/16 DUE March 20, 2015
Cover locations are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Contact Julie Trost at the MCAC office for assistance with ad creation or layout....
In July 2013, we distributed a survey developed by the Masonry Institute of America (MIA) and the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) to determine the impact of coring on the masonry industry especially as it relates to Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) projects. The results of the survey are in. Here is what you had to say. View your answers in graphical format by clicking on the following link.
Thank you to all who participated!
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Washington D.C.—Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Julie Trost, Executive Director, of the Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc. (MCAC) has recently completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at West in Culver City, CA.
“Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating...
Scaffold user waiver forms now available *online exclusively to MCAC members. The forms are designed to provide mason contractors with protection when faced with the common situation of other trades using the mason contractor’s scaffolding.
*Member login required to access forms.
Once you have logged in as a Member you will see the form links on the home page in the "MEMBERS NEWS" section. The forms will open in a new window which you can save to your computer.
March 11, 2015MCA San Diego Membership Night Read More...
Top 5 Sponsors
Mason Contractors Association of California (MCAC) Would Like to Give Special Acknowledgement to Our Top 5 Sponsors of 2013!
1. Kretschmar & Smith, Inc.
2. Masonry Concepts
3. New Dimension Masonry, Inc.
4. Masonry Institute of America
5. Frank S. Smith Masonry, inc.
Your Generous Contributions Continue to Support the MCAC Mission to Inform, Represent, Protect and Promote the Masonry Industry and Its People.