DPR signs with HammerTech for all of its U.S. projects

September 11, 2019

Senior leaders at DPR have three criteria when vetting a new construction technology program: It must increase efficiency; create engagement at all levels of the company; and work well consistently across all of the firm’s 27 offices. The Redwood, California, […]

DOL apprenticeship plan stirs debate among contractors

September 4, 2019

The provision in question would recognize select groups as Standards Recognition Entities (SREs), which would establish criteria for structure, curricula and training for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). This would allow industry groups, associations, schools, states, localities and unions to become […]

Don’t Change the Rule Exemption for Construction Apprenticeship

August 28, 2019

Via: ENR

The politics are tangled when it comes to the Trump administration’s initial decision, which still could change, not to include construction in its proposed apprenticeship rule revision. The proposal now leaves the industry out of a planned Labor Dept. effort […]

Construction Processes, Legal

Illinois law sets maximum retainage on private projects

September 12, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

A new Illinois law sets the maximum retainage clients can withhold from contractor payments on private projects. The change went into effect on August 20, and is expected to help many general contractors and subcontractors receive bigger checks earlier in […]

Construction Processes, Design, Interaction of Expertise

From project planning to post-construction: Navigating the commissioning process

September 12, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

In our previous post on building commissioning we tackled the basics and answered the five Ws: what it is, who it benefits, when it’s required, where it falls in the design process and, ultimately, why it matters. We also explained […]

Construction Techniques

Highway Construction Detour Planning System Debuts

September 11, 2019

Via: ENR

If necessity is the mother of invention, frustration must be its father. For civil engineer Javier Devesa, a highway construction project manager in Washington, D.C., his frustrations with manually planning and filing lane closure requests with the DOT have inspired […]