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where the prefabricated panels will
be built, and then sent via drone for
precision erection on the wall. Only
a small cadre of the tradesmen will
be required on site to join the panels.
Due to the growth of population and
the diminishing availability of agricultural land, farming will be done
in green buildings clad with EIFS
to sustain temperatures needed for
agriculture in varied climates. Due to
its lightweight, energy efficient nature,
EIFS will play a crucial role in life as
we will know it by 2118.
-Dryvit Inc.
Industry challenges and changes

the
next 100 years, we believe, will be
all materials and applications for finishing walls and ceilings, as are being
tested today for tomorrow. We truly
see our drywall finishers catching up
with other trades in using technology
on job sites.
-DC14 Apprenticeship Program
Looking back on the previous 100 years,

it is impossible to predict accurately
the look and feel of our industry
100 years from now. Who foresaw
two world wars or the incorporation
of technologies like computers and
cellphones? The cellphone alone has
dramatically changed the way we can
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approach business-always at a client's
beck and call.
Certainly, automation seems to be
a predictable direction in which the
industry will be pushed. Robotics are
already present in many ways, and our
reliance on time-saving equipment
has always been a constant. It will
be interesting to see how these types
of automated machines are made to
adapt to situational applications like
blasting and painting water towers

with the day's weather conditions
along with harnessing the energy
from the sun.
Job sites will look more like factory
assembly lines with sophisticated equipment installing portions of the work.
Oversight and coordination by humans
will still be critical. The workforce will
require both a sound understanding
of construction principles along with
computer programming skills.
Companies that will lead the industry

For anyone willing to adapt and grow, the
industry is bright and opportunity-filled.

and bridges. We think and hope the
human element will need to remain
involved on an intrinsic level to direct
not only the workflow, but also certainly the human client interaction.
-Finishing Chicago
Continued improvements in products and

systems will result in much lighter,
durable and environmentally sound
building components. Exterior wall
systems can be expected to interface

will have successfully identified developing technological enhancements and
applied those to resolve the challenges
the industry faces.
-Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter
During the last century,

the wall and
ceiling industry has been searching
for product that competes with the
thermal, sound and environmental
qualities of conventional plaster systems. This search will continue, but

the result will undoubtedly remain the
same. Over the last several years, the
industry has begun to acknowledge
that the theory of these alternatives
being "cheaper" simply doesn't hold up
when you account for the downstream
costs over the life of the wall or ceiling. There is and will always be only
be one way to achieve the wall and
ceiling sought by customers, and only
one way for our industry to provide a
wall and ceiling product that is cost
efficient over the life of the structure.
There is, however, a new angle
being researched. Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh is studying
how plaster systems are applied. As with
most industries, it appears the plaster
industry is now open to automation.
Assistant Professor Joshua D. Bard at
the Carnegie Mellon University School
of Architecture has been working
with his students to automate plaster application. The financial, moral
and ethical impact of robotics in our
industry will undoubtedly represent
the most significant changes in our
industry over the next 100 years.
-Operative Plasterers' and Cement
Masons' International Association
In one word, the

future is about customization. Our digital footprints will
allow technology to deliver us with



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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