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Women in Construction Week was founded by the National Association of Women in Construction. NAWIC was created in 1953 by a group of women to create a support network for other women in the industry. There are 120 chapters and over 4,000 members of the organization. The focus of Women in Construction Week is to promote women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC provides us the chance to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in construction. We will be celebrating some of the amazing women making strides in the construction industry so stayed tuned next week as we highlight some of their projects. If you want to find the chapter near you for events next week you can check out their website or Facebook links below.

https://www.facebook.com/NAWICWICWeek/

https://www.nawic.org/nawic/default.asp

Interior Design Remodeling Trends for 2021

This last year has had many of us spending more time at home and has piqued our interest in remodeling our homes. Since more of our time is being spent in our kitchen, living room, bathrooms and bedrooms it’s worth it to invest in our dream home.  We have the top trends of 2021 to inspire you.

The Pantone core classic colors for spring and summer 2021 are earth tones with compliments of metal pieces like hammered metal sinks and pendant lights. We’re slowing down and taking the time to really appreciate nature and the environment around us.

 

Larger kitchen and dining spaces are trending in 2021. Families are spending more time at home for breakfast, lunch and dinner so more remodels include a kitchen island with dining space attached. Quartz is a popular trend in countertops and is a form of engineered stone, made from ground-up particles of stone bound together with plastic resins. It’s one of the hardest minerals on earth making it extremely durable and typically a more affordable option.

 

Indoor-outdoor living is a trend that is gaining popularity because of the many benefits. Creating a space to bring nature and the outdoors to your home without leaving is key to most homeowners. These areas add space, function, value, and beauty to your home. The options are limitless and it will bring you together as a family.

 

Working from home has become essential for many people so there is no better time to create a work-from-home space. Having a designated workspace in your home will help you separate the time for work and home life and help you to be focused, efficient, and more productive. Home office remodels are flexible and can be done with a lower budget. By taking advantage of these trending design ideas you will be making your life easier and investing in a home you love and want to live in.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is an opportunity to share the stories of Black Americans who have helped shape the world and have also made an impact in the construction industry. Black Americans have contributed to the foundation of how we work, live, and play but sometimes their stories go unnoticed. We would like to share a few stories about these impactful individuals.

Paul Revere Williams was licensed as an architect in California and in 1923 he became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. He became known as “Hollywood’s architect”, designing homes for Carey Grant, Lucille Ball, and Frank Sinatra. He also designed civic and commercial buildings throughout the city including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Williams was awarded the AIG Gold Medal in 2017, making him the first Black American to receive the award.

Alexander Miles was an inventor and a businessman. He is best known for dramatically improving passenger safety with his patented innovation of a mechanism to automatically open and close elevator doors in 1887.

Alice Parker graduated from Howard University with honors. She is known for inventing a furnace powered by gas. Her goal was to offer a central heating system that was more efficient than wood or coal. It allowed people to customize temperatures in different rooms using a heat exchanger and a series of burners and ducts.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Black History month click on the link below. The Smithsonian has virtual performances, events, lectures, and family activities all month long.

https://www.si.edu/events/heritagemonth

Construction Dive

Construction Dive, a leading industry publication, is looking for nominations of women doing an amazing job leading the construction industry. They need your help to find these women and highlight them. You can nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered. The categories are rising stars, mentors, top executives, and others.

Women selected will be mentioned in the Construction Dive newsletter and on their website during Women in Construction Week which is March 7th-13th, 2021. All you need to do is fill out the survey from the link below and tell them about the accomplishments and talents of the strong females you know in the construction industry. The nominations end on February 10, 2021.

https://www.constructiondive.com/news/call-for-nominations-constructions-top-female-leaders/592843/

Thank-you isn’t enough!

I just want to take a minute and thank all those brave men and women that have served our country and who are serving. They have a special place in my heart. My husband’s brother Marc was in the Navy during the Gulf War and was lost at sea. Marc sacrificed his life for our freedom. I am thankful for that everyday.  My father-in-law who we call Papa served in the Coast Guard. When I think of these two men the words that come to my mind are brave and strong. Make sure you take the time to thank those you know who have or are currently serving our country.

The International Surface Event. Join us in Vegas!

The International Surface Event

The International Surface Event

 

Exciting news to share with you guys today!
In January, we’ll be heading off to Vegas for The International Surface Event and we want you to come along!

Take the weekend off from the daily grind and come to Vegas. You know you need a break. We’ve even got you some free tickets to get into the event. Stop by our booth and let us show you how we can simplify your business. Learn how our software can save you not only time but also money. We are confident that we can change the way you do business.

Not only do we have free tickets waiting for you, but we will also have special offers exclusive to The International Surface Event and lots of swag. Because who doesn’t like free stuff? Find us in booth #6674 at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 23-25 2019. Stop wasting time and energy on paperwork and spend more on your craft. We’ll show you how.

 

Get Free Tickets to the Event HERE!

 

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