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Sustainability

This world-first facility will turn human remains into soil

December 3, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Olson Kundig recently unveiled the design of the world’s first facility for “natural organic reduction,” a process that gently converts human remains into soil in about 30 days. The project was designed in partnership with, and for, Recompose, the company […]


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, Financial

$3.9B P3 road project in Virginia breaks down into small bid packages for minority-owned businesses

December 2, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last February that HRCP had won the $3.3 billion design-build contract for the Hampton Roads bridge and tunnel. Northam said it is the largest project in VDOT history. HCRP includes construction industry heavy hitters Dragados […]


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 Site Safety, Hazards

Missouri company repeats trenching hazards

November 27, 2019

Via: ISHN

When OSHA inspectors saw employees of Blue Nile Contractors, Inc. exposed to trenching and excavation hazards while installing water lines at a Kansas City, Missouri jobsite, it wasn’t a first for the company. Among the violations arising from that May […]


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 […]


Sustainability

Lack of Vocational Training Leads to Construction Labor Shortage

November 26, 2019

Via: ConstructConnect

As this next generation of children begins to reach adulthood, the push to get a four year college degree is seen as the only solution to achieve career success. Any other direction is frowned upon by parents and society. Unfortunately, […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Office construction lifts U.S. asking rental rate, but slowing absorption in Q3 raises concerns

November 25, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Arising tide of new office projects may be skewing the national average rental rate upward and obscuring increased leasing challenges for second-generation properties in many markets, Transwestern’s latest U.S. office market report suggests. Monthly asking rent averaged $26.97 per square […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards, Regulations

Surprise inspectors stop work at more than 2K NYC construction sites and counting

November 25, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Still, some construction workers and their advocates say that city construction sites are dangerous and that more attention needs to be paid to safety training. To that end, last week, the New York City Department of Buildings announced that its […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Interaction of Expertise

Architecture Billings Index rebounds after two down months

November 22, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Following a two month decline in demand for design services, architecture billings got a bounce in October, according to a new report released today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score in October is […]