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Pension Programs in Sorry State

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 10/01/2013 3:47PM

After healthcare, another issue weighing on me is pensions. Our union affiliations across the country inform us of the precarious conditions of the local union pension plans.

OSHA, Healthcare: It's None of Their Business

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 09/25/2013 3:47PM

I think you almost have to be overly optimistic to succeed as a business owner these days. That is why I found it strange that I was so discomforted by waiting in the conference room at the regional OSHA office.

Affirmative Action in the Construction Industry

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 06/13/2013 2:54PM

Brooks Gentleman looks at the history and effectiveness of affirmative action projects in the construction industry.

Murphy Was an Optimist

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 04/30/2013 4:38PM

Anyone associated with the construction industry knows that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. Here's a look at why things go haywire on construction projects.

You Wood Never Believe This

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/20/2013 5:00PM

Accoya is nearly too good to be true but our research shows it is a revolutionary wood.

Woodworkers: Regain Your Independence From LEED

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/13/2013 5:00PM

Don't follow the LEED: the design community should regain its independence and not be beholden to a process that is tantamount to a 12-step program for responsible construction.

Woodworkers: Don't Follow the LEED

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/07/2013 9:48AM

LEED, originally drafted as a format to realign priorities towards energy efficiency and environmental stewardship has morphed into a strict guideline, limiting creativity and compromising common sense in construction.

Scantily Clad Wood Windows: Something's Rotten

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 07/25/2012 6:00PM

There is a serious problem with using aluminum clad wood window replacements in historic applications. Once water breaches window seals, it will be containedin a built-in sarcophagus, accelerating wood rot.

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