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Construction Techniques

Modular Construction: Shipping Container Architecture

December 4, 2017

Via: ConstructConnect

What does a retail district in Nashville, an apartment complex for homeless veterans in Orange County, CA and a condominium building in Detroit all have in common? They were all built using repurposed shipping containers as the primary building material. […]


Construction Site Safety, Regulations

OSHA issues extension for compliance with crane operator certification requirements

December 4, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA had issued a final rule in September 2014, […]


Construction Processes, Financial

US commercial real estate to grow through 2019

December 1, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Despite the ULI’s findings, Bloomberg recently reported that the suburban office market is on an upward march as older millennials opt to move away from urban centers to smaller, more affordable cities nearby. And employers are tagging along. One of the contributing factors […]


Construction Processes, Legal

FL relaxes contractor licensing laws in Irma’s aftermath

November 30, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Florida, which has a stringent set of contractor licensing laws, suspended its licensed roofing contractor requirement in 2004 when Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan rolled through the state causing extensive damage. The state’s building codes were overhauled after Hurricane Andrew […]


Construction Processes, Financial

A new platform offers a solution to construction cost overruns

November 30, 2017

Via: www.bdcnetwork.com

The Bonita Springs (Fla.) High School will cost $14 million more than its original $50 million to complete. Rising costs of construction materials and labor are driving this overrun. New York City’s School Construction Authority is over budget on more […]


Construction Techniques

Self-folding electronics could enable advanced robotics

November 29, 2017

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

As demand grows for more versatile, advanced robotics and other technologies, the need for components that can enable these applications also increases. Producing such components en masse has been a major challenge. But now, in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, […]


Construction Techniques

The Role of Construction Companies Before, During and After Disaster

November 29, 2017

Via: ConstructConnect

When hurricanes or natural disasters hit an area, efforts turn to disaster relief and cleanup and calls go out to companies that specialize in these areas. The Coast Guard is called, rescue missions are deployed, and The American Red Cross […]


Construction Techniques

The race to codify resilience design

November 20, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Last November, the International Code Council launched the Alliance for National & Community Resilience for the purpose of developing a whole community benchmark rating system by 2018. The alliance’s members include such heavy hitters as Target and Kaiser Permanente. Two […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction material prices continue to climb in September

November 17, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

A stronger international economy is sure to be welcome news for companies like Caterpillar, which suffered along with a weaker global market over the course of the last few years. Late last month, the construction equipment giant reported an 11% annual […]


Construction Processes, Design

Vertically folding walls save space while opening up rooms

November 9, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

The new Vista Air vertically folding wall system from Construction Specialties features a low-profile design that uses quietly meshing gears in lieu of traditional counterweights, tension springs, straps, and pulleys. The result is a clean, open aesthetic with no obtrusive […]