Masonry Magazine | GEN NXT: Jennifer Key


GEN NXT: Jennifer Key


In our first GEN NXT of the year we sat down with Jennifer Key, a student enrolled at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jennifer has been working in masonry since her freshman year of high school and was one of the 2020 Mortar Net Mason Apprentice Scholarship recipients. We’d like to thank Jennifer for taking the time to share her story with us as well as JagClamp for sponsoring this important series.




280 Broadway in Manhattan Revamped For the Future


New York City’s Sun Building, also known by its address at 280 Broadway, recently received a $17.5 million restoration of its historic facade. The Sun Building, so-named for The New York Sun newspaper that once claimed it as its headquarters, is a historic 1846 structure. It is New York City’s first department store, the city’s first commercial building designed in the Italianate style, and the first commercial structure in the city to be clad in Tuckahoe marble. Challenges in restoring this landmark building included matching Tuckahoe marble on its facade, along with the sheer size of the building. The restoration, done by Urbahn Architects, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), historic conservator Jablonski Building Conservation, construction manager Jacobs, and contractor Lo Sardo General Contractors won a 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The Lucy G. Moses Awards are the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for preservation excellence.




Is Your IOU to the IRS Growing?


The physical work a mason does is hard enough and adding to that the tax you pay can also make it seem even harder! I always remember coming home tired at night and when April 15th came and it was time to pay taxes again, it bothered me that I wasn’t able to keep more for myself, not to mention when I would retire.





Building More: Charging For Tools and Equipment:

Part 1, Should I?


We have all done it. Do not deny it. We have all pounded a nail in with a crescent wrench at one point in our life. We knew it wasn’t the right tool for the job, but it got us by, and we kept moving. Too many companies treat their businesses the same way. This is an egregious error that prevents a company not only from growing but realizing profit potential. The reality of tools is that their only function is to make you more money. Tools and equipment are an investment and must create a return for your company.





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