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Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Sustainability

High speed, high tech: how contractors keep up with data center construction

January 22, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

For construction companies building data centers, speed is everything. “End users aren’t looking to wait a year for a secure and reliable facility,” said Jason Walker, senior project manager for HITT Contracting. “So projects like Vantage’s … go from pad-ready […]


Sustainability

Flooding damage to levees is cumulative — and often invisible

January 21, 2020

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with climate change could pose significant challenges for the nation’s aging levee system. […]


Sustainability

New ODOT Office Focuses on Mega Projects, Tolling

January 20, 2020

Via: ENR

The Oregon Dept of Transportation has put a fresh focus on clearing up traffic woes in the Portland metro area by forming a new Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery. “The creation of this office not only signals […]


Sustainability

Study: Construction apprenticeships lead to higher average pay than college degrees in Illinois

January 16, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

It should be noted that Illinois is a union-heavy state, so geographic areas without a major union presence might not have access to the same labor-management joint programs and the wages in nonunion areas are often lower. Other findings contained […]


Sustainability

Survey ranks toughest construction jobs

January 15, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

A new survey of contractors and consumers found that roofing is perceived as the most physically demanding construction trade, while electrical work seems to be the most difficult to master. CraftJack, a contractor lead service, surveyed 1,609 contractors and 652 […]


Sustainability

USDOT launches interactive map to encourage opportunity zone investment

January 13, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Communities qualify as opportunity zones if they are nominated for the designation by their states and are certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. The zones carry significant tax benefits for businesses and others. When the federal government can […]


Construction Processes, Legal, Sustainability

States pick up the slack in efficiency policy as federal government lags

January 6, 2020

Via: BDCNetwork

Despite little action on energy efficiency at the federal level, many states forged ahead with significant policy initiatives in 2019. Among these: Washington, Colorado, and Hawaii adopted expanded energy and water efficiency standards, including for faucets, commercial kitchen equipment, and […]


Sustainability

Labor supply and capability of workers worry contractors

January 3, 2020

Via: BDCNetwork

Most construction companies expect demand for their services and hiring to expand in 2020, but even more companies are worried about their ability to find qualified workers to hire, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America […]


Construction Processes, Design, Sustainability

Willis Tower becomes largest U.S. building to earn LEED Platinum

January 2, 2020

Via: BDCNetwork

The Willis Tower is currently undergoing a more than $500 million renovation that will transition it from an office building into a neighborhood that delivers life and work experiences. As part of this evolution, Willis Tower, under LEED’s latest v4.1 […]


Sustainability

Raised Bridge, Road Resolve Iowa City’s Flooding Problem

December 23, 2019

Via: ENR

Iowa City’s Dubuque Street, a key artery that parallels the Iowa River, had a history of flooding—but in recent years floods have been worse and have had a much bigger impact. The road carries more than 25,000 vehicles a day […]