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Category: Design


Construction Processes, Construction Techniques, Design

Should Designers and Contractors Become Technology Companies?

December 5, 2019

Via: ENR

As technology disruption continues to accelerate in our industry, this is likely being discussed in boardrooms around the world. Design firms and construction companies absolutely should become technology companies, but becoming a tech company is much different than becoming a […]


Construction Processes, Design, Financial, Procurement

Project Planning: Estimate, Budget, and Forecast

December 3, 2019

Via: ENR

The project planning process starts with a proposal estimate. Taking the time and effort to make a great proposal plan is a sure way to give the executing team the best shot for project success. The proposal estimate will have […]


Construction Processes, Design

Modular Monitor: Why does offsite construction matter?

December 2, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Hype for modular construction has hit a level of ubiquity. It seems like every month another prefabricated hotel tops out at a record height for the delivery model, or a city official lauds the practice as the panacea for affordable […]


Construction Processes, Design, Sustainability

Updated ASHRAE standards focused on ventilation design, air quality in residential applications

November 26, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

ASHRAE has released updated editions of its standards for ventilation system design and acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ). ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, specifies minimum ventilation rates and other measures for new and existing buildings to […]


Construction Processes, Design

How the FIU tragedy could change bridge construction projects

November 22, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The National Transportation Safety Board has all but concluded its investigation into the March 2018 Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse, which killed six people and injured several others. Its findings, foreshadowed by an earlier report from OSHA’s Office of […]


Construction Processes, Design

New retrofit design guide for metal roofing published

November 11, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new design guide, “Retrofit Metal Roofing.” The manual provides code-compliant and market-ready materials, methods, and best practices to re-roof buildings using metal roofing and light-gauge steel framing systems. Chapters are dedicated to […]


Construction Processes, Design, Procurement

Blow up your mindset: Recovery speed is about process and materials

October 15, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

When rebuilding after a disaster, applying design-build process and thinking is much more effective than is perceived. The Build Back Better¹ philosophy of recovery after a disaster has wide acceptance. But there is a culprit in its full potential: bias. […]


Construction Processes, Design, Interaction of Expertise

Substantial decline in Architecture Billings

September 19, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Demand for design services in August took a markedly downward swing compared to July’s already soft score, according to a new report released today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 47.2 in […]


Construction Processes, Design, Procurement

A primer on progressive design-build

September 13, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Using this method, owners manage only one single source design-build entity contract as opposed to the multiple contracts used in traditional design-bid-build project delivery. Design-build entities are selected based on a procurement process that asks them to develop a design […]


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 […]