Prefabrication: Have You Jumped on the Bandwagon?

Have you jumped on the prefabrication bandwagon? Today’s labor-constrained construction environment and the opportunities available in manufacturing walls, floors and ceilings suggest you should.    “Componentized construction, as I call it, is growing,” says Dan Wies, president of Wies Offsite and its parent company, Wies Drywall & Construction Corp. in Missouri. “This bandwagon is on quite […]

AWCI Member Spotlight: Western Partitions, Inc.

Over the past six or so years, Western Partitions, Inc. has been in expansion mode, and today the Wilsonville, Ore.–based head office oversees nine branches, from Seattle and Salt Lake City to Phoenix and Albuquerque. Operating with 1,500 field staff and 300 office personnel, the contractor does a brisk business—about $400 million annually.    Specialty and […]

Standard(s) Stuff

Whether you’re a wall and ceiling professional who earns a living in manufacturing, sales or contracting, a portion of your workday is likely devoted to the reading and interpretation of specifications. If you find yourself in the latter two fields—sales and contracting—these specifications most often find their way into your life via bound manuals that […]

Leaders, Safety Reviews and Prefabrication

Here we are in fall already—a good time for me to remind members that AWCI’s Industry Leaders Conference is Oct. 17–20 in Boston at the Boston Park Plaza, the largest independent hotel in the city. It will be a great get-together where attendees can share their experiences with colleagues across the country. But it will […]

Get Started

Don’t turn away from the feature article on page 44 when you notice the “alphabet soup” in the second paragraph: UL, ANSI, ASCE, USGBC. This one is all about ASTM and the standards that wall and ceiling contractors need to be aware of. While that is the primary focus, the article also provides insights on […]

The Dreaded PTO, Part 3

Yes, there is a consensus belief among estimators that vacations, or even PTO in general, should be avoided like the plague—held with the same regard as a root canal sans Novocain. For most bidmeisters, the vacation fiasco starts with the preparatory phase in which the subject is coerced into vacating the office, usually just at […]

Prefabrication: Accept It

The “Mission Impossible” movies and TV shows begin with Jim Phelps or Ethan Hunt receiving an assignment briefing: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it ….” Of course, it’s not really a choice. Phelps and Hunt could never admit a job is too big to do.    It’s similar with prefabrication. You need to know […]

Mental Health in Construction

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry is among many groups that have pledged to stand up for suicide prevention in the construction industry, part of a coalition organized by the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The construction industry has a problem with mental health and suicide, and through AWCI’s safety and education programs, […]

Armstrong World Industries Acquires BŌK Modern

Armstrong World Industries has acquired BŌK Modern, a pioneer in the design and development of integrated architectural metal systems for a range of interior and exterior applications.    BŌK has built its business on collaborating with architects, designers, general contractors and installers to create an expanding portfolio of innovative architectural metal solutions, including façades, rainscreens, fencing […]