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Category: Construction Processes


Construction Processes, Financial

US DOT Awards $1.2B for IIJA “Mega” Projects, including Hudson Tunnel

January 31, 2023

Via: ENR

The Biden administration has picked nine high-profile surface transportation projects to share nearly $1.2 billion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grants, topped by a $292-million award for an early-phase element of a mammoth planned New York-New Jersey Hudson River […]


Construction Processes, Legal

New Jersey Governor Signs Low-Carbon Concrete Law

January 31, 2023

Via: ENR

New Jersey enacts legislation that offers a financial performance bonus for concrete producers who provide low embodied-carbon products for state projeNew Jersey’s new financial performance bonus for concrete producers that provide low embodied-carbon products for state projects is believed to […]


Construction Processes, Financial

The Hidden Cost in Construction

January 30, 2023

Via: ENR

Many construction and engineering companies are so focused on winning projects that they overlook the importance of managing plant and equipment cost-effectively. With sector margins tight, it’s a dangerous oversight. Chris Knight, Global Industry Director for Construction and Engineering at […]


Construction Processes, Financial

In Praise of Escrow for Taking Tension Out of Construction Payments

January 30, 2023

Via: ENR

I was working for a general contractor on several fast-track student housing projects in the late 1990s to fill a need in the Boston area, especially on smaller campuses that had limited space. One fast-tracked campus apartment project I remember […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Facing charges in worker’s 2021 trench collapse death, contractor surrenders to police

January 26, 2023

Via: ISHN

The owner of a Vail, Colorado construction company facing felony manslaughter charges has surrendered to local law enforcement after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in Breckenridge, Colorado, issued an arrest warrant on Jan. 24, 2023, related to the findings of […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Construction is among the industries most at risk for ACA penalties

January 24, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

The average annual employee turnover rate for the construction industry is 68%, according to data issued by job search site Zippia, more than 10 percentage points higher than the national average of 57.3%. Why does that matter? With new employees […]


Construction Processes, Legal

NJ law allows contractors to use private inspections

January 23, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

The move provides local governments with several avenues to speed up the construction permitting process, according to the release. For instance, the law also includes a more streamlined bidding process to contract with private inspection agencies or enter into shared […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Cost for construction materials ‘decline steeply’ in December

January 23, 2023

Via: Construction Europe

Plunging prices for diesel fuel, lumber, and steel slowed inflation for materials and services used in construction in December in the US, but relief may be short-lived, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction input prices log biggest drop since April 2020

January 20, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

December’s reading represents the smallest yearly increase since January 2021, according to ABC. “Recent consumer and Producer Price releases indicate that inflation is fading, though it remains well above the Federal Reserve’s 2% target,” said Basu in the report. “Should […]


Construction Processes, Legal

AGC panel: An overly detailed safety plan can be a liability

January 20, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Ensuring your company’s safety program is set up to protect you when facing a potential OSHA fine is a challenging needle to thread. That was the message from a group of panelists highlighting “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” […]


Construction Processes, Design

What is Cable Railing?

January 20, 2023

Via: gb&d magazine

Cable railing isn’t just installed for safety on a deck or porch, though that’s a huge benefit. Today there are also many great cable railing systems that are aesthetically pleasing enough to go indoors. “The popularity of aluminum railing with […]


Construction Processes, Legal

DHS strengthens deportation protection for undocumented workers involved in employment claims

January 19, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Often earning low wages and experiencing discrimination, all while facing the ever-present threat of deportation, undocumented workers in the U.S. don’t get many wins, said Luz Castro, deputy director of national policy for Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Industry Groups Seek Cancellation of FHWA IIJA Funding Memo

January 19, 2023

Via: ENR

In the latest chapter in a long-running controversy, 18 business organizations—including several in construction and related industries—have asked the Federal Highway Administration to cancel a controversial 2021 guidance document recommending how state departments of transportation should prioritize projects that draw […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Contractor cited for continuing to expose workers to potentially deadly falls

January 18, 2023

Via: ISHN

Less than four months after citing a Trenton, New Jersey roofing contractor for exposing unprotected workers to deadly fall hazards, OSHA is once again holding the employer responsible for putting its workers’ safety at risk. As part of its Local […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction Material Prices Fall in Dec., But Outpace Goods in 2022

January 18, 2023

Via: ENR

Inflation appears to be impacting construction materials prices more than other sectors of the economy even as it eases. Construction input prices fell in December at a greater rate than the Producer Price Index, but still outpaced the wholesale level […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Pennsylvania County Sues Contractors Over 1980s Jail Construction

January 13, 2023

Via: ENR

A Pennsylvania county government is suing the contractors that designed and built its jail more than 40 years ago, alleging work was never completed because a bond beam shown on plans was never placed. Officials say the construction oversight hastened […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Uncertainty Reigns in Pricing 2023 Infrastructure Projects

January 10, 2023

Via: ENR

The request for qualifications didn’t exactly stir a frenzy of competition. A $265-million to $310-million design-build highway improvement project advertised by Washington State transportation officials in November and due early last month attracted only Guy F. Atkinson Construction and Walsh […]


Construction Processes, Design

Could Salt Be a Material of the Future? Innovating with Crystallized Salt Panels

January 10, 2023

Via: ArchDaily

Sodium chloride, most commonly known as salt, is everywhere. Ancient in its uses and abundant in nature, it preserves local ecosystems, de-ices roads, is vital in a variety of industrial processes, and is likely sitting on your kitchen table as […]


Construction Processes, Financial

US construction pay growth outstrips rest of private sector

January 9, 2023

Via: Construction Europe

Average hourly earnings for workers in production and non-supervisory roles increased to US$33.15 last month. That represented a jump of 6.1% on December 2021, according to analysis by the Association of General Contractors (AGC). The rise exceeded the 5% increase […]


Construction Processes, Legal

New York adopts new labor law to ‘protect integrity of public work’

January 5, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

The law requires contractors and subs that want to win public projects to register with the Department of Labor and provide a series of disclosures about their business every two years. The goal is to ensure previous labor law and […]