As the building industry continues to combat a skilled labor shortage, some industry peers are laying the foundation for future workers.
For high school students who ultimately want to escape the cubicle and make a nice living, the construction industry beckons. In the current issue of Engineered Wood magazine, we showcased the construction training courses at Oak Creek High School in Wisconsin that are helping prepare the next generation of builders.
Here are just a few of the many similar programs springing up coast to coast:
There are many noteworthy architects and builders who chose technical training over a college degree. Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most revered architect, dropped out of college in his first year. Mies van der Rohe, Europe's most acclaimed architect, began his career as an apprentice brick mason.
While there are many benefits to attending college, high school students who forego the college path get to enter the workforce without the 200 000 $ debt associated with the typical four-year private college. We think that van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright would have heartily approved of their decision.
At LP, we understand the challenging dynamics of the building industry—deadlines, limited skilled workforces, potential liabilities, reputation management and inventory shortages, just to name a few—and how those are amplified during this time of unparalleled unknown amid COVID-19.Continue Reading
Many consider a Southern style house to be one that looks like it's been standing for generations, even if it was recently built. Modern Southern home trends can likely be described as "traditional" and "authentic." We recently spoke with Veronica Smith, head designer and co-founder of Smith House Company based in Texas, to gather her advice around creating charming Southern style homes.
While LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing offers both flame-spread and burn-through resistance, it's important to remember these are different concepts as they relate to construction and the code. Flame spread is the propagation of flame across the surface of a material and can be minimized with "fire retardants" that delay ignition. Burn through is the penetration of flame through an assembly and is countered by the "fire resistance" of the assembly. And then there is the notion of "fireproof" materials. As a refresher, let's ask a few experts the definition of each term.
In the building business, in-person communication has always been a vital component in talking to potential clients in a personable, efficient way. With social distancing disrupting common business practices, like in-person meetings, building professionals have had to pivot plans to adjust to the current landscape while maintaining a steady stream of business.