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by John Hinson on Jul 1, 2014

Do airports ever stop expanding? With more and more people traveling for business and pleasure, it seems not.Now the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has launched the major construction phase of its $2 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a seven-year ongoing renovation that Marek Brothers is thrilled to be a part of.The... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 30, 2014

There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant . . . the utility knife.Many workers use utility knives to cut drywall, ceiling tile, strapping, puncture shrinkwrap and open packaging. But one wrong move and these blades can do serious harm.In fact, nearly 40... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 26, 2014

Most people don’t think much about their feet, until a foot begins to hurt. Damage to even one bone, ligament, or muscle in the foot can be very painful and make it difficult or impossible for you to keep on your feet and do your job. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that work related foot injuries are common.Foot injuries can result from:Broken... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jun 25, 2014

The Plaza de Armas building, which was built in 1865, is getting an $8.4 million dollar renovation, which was approved by the city of San Antonio. Marek is teamed up T.S. Byrne Construction Services for this historic makeover of epic proportions.The goal of this building, which is located next to the Spanish Governor’s Palace, is to put the four... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 18, 2014

Hot weather causes more fatalities than any other weather-related source. Heat waves rarely are given adequate attention but in fact, they claim more lives each year than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. Heat waves are a silent killer. Heatstroke also affects both genders equally. However, because many men were exposed to heat in the... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jun 16, 2014

The Dallas branch is proud to announce that we are this year’s recipient of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award for companies with between 300,000 and 600,000 annual man-hours.This year’s winner of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award for companies with between 300,000 and 600,000 annual man-hours is Marek Brothers Systems in... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 9, 2014

 The “War on Falls” was declared with only one thing in mind – to prevent injuries by eliminating fall exposures. Zero tolerance and suspensions are merely tools to deal with a violation after it occurs. The ultimate goal is eliminate the exposure in the first place. That can only be accomplished by each and every one of us understanding what is... read more

by Sumner Hunter on Jun 5, 2014

Why are residential drywall companies like comedian Rodney Dangerfield? Because sometimes we get “no respect at all”. I have often wondered why it is that many homebuilders seem to think that almost anybody can do residential drywall. Over the years, I have seen several people go into the drywall business. They usually don’t have much money,... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jun 3, 2014

The San Antonio Downtown Pearl District is getting yet another addition to this up and coming trendy destination. Pearl, which is a 22 acre site, is quickly becoming a culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River. This culinary and cultural destination has an abundance of entertaining... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 30, 2014

Power tools are used daily in our line of work; we use them to cut metal, secure fasteners, and shape materials. Knowing how to identify and use power tools safely and correctly is very important to our trade. That is why it is a valuable and necessary part of our Workforce Development Program.On Tuesday May 6th, our Austin apprentices who have... read more

by Chris Kelley on May 27, 2014

On May 15th 2014 ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) held their annual crawfish boil and construction expo. With 150 -200 pounds of crawfish to feed the public, it was time for Kenny Ocheltree, Scott Vlasek, and myself to get the water boiling and seasoned up for some crawfish. And of course, it is time for Scott’s “world famous” boudin... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 27, 2014

WHY TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER?Actually, we have no control over rain, snow, sleet, wind, lightning or sunshine. But we can control what happens on our job as a result of the elements. Some of the biggest problems on construction jobs are caused by wind and lightning. Wind probably causes the most accidents; lightning can be deadly.  WATCH OUT FOR... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 23, 2014

Marek was happy to aid in the planning of and to participate in the San Antonio Construction Career Day which was held on April 9th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. The event benefited 600 students who were given the opportunity to explore the different professions which are offered in the construction industry.At the event students had the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 19, 2014

Sprains and Strains Sprains and strains continue to be one of the highest types of injuries within our company. By following a few simple rules, many of these injuries can be avoided or their severity greatly reduced. Medical evidence has shown that performing warm-up exercises before work and after breaks reduces strain and sprain type injuries.... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 13, 2014

Marek was the recipient the ASA San Antonio Pioneer Award for 2013. This award was given to Ralph, John and Bill Marek for their 75 years of endurance and success. The pioneer award is presented to persons that have made great changes and advancements within their industry, thereby bettering the construction industry as a whole.The criteria on... read more

by Chris Kelley on May 8, 2014

On April 4th and 5th Marek held its 35th annual Fishing Fools and BBQ cook-off at Thousand Trails Resort on Lake Conroe. With 14 fishing teams and 13 cooking teams it was a great turn out this year. Thank goodness the weather held up for us (rain was predicted all day in the forecast).Friday evening, we started the BBQ cook-off, with our jack pot... read more

by Paul Godwin on May 6, 2014

 After attending the Spring 2014 BIMFORUM in Boston, it is apparent that there is still an ongoing debate within the industry on how BIM should be used throughout the development of a project. The theme of Optimizing Design with BIM led to a wide variety of presentations that showed how there are very different methods in how BIM is utilized.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 5, 2014

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are devices designed to prevent accidental electric shock and electrocution by preventing ground faults. They also protect against electrical fires, tool/appliance overheating, and destruction of wire insulation. GFCI’s are required by building code in “wet” locations like kitchens, bathrooms and... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 30, 2014

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans. But, there was also significant pushback from certain... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 29, 2014

Jobsite sanitation is critical to your health and well being. All kinds of diseases can be present around the jobsite locations, drinking water containers and toilet facilities. If you have a medical condition such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures etc that can be jeopardized by weather conditions, work elevation, or chemical reactions... read more


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