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Sustainability

Texas wins $1.1B Tesla Cybertruck factory

July 23, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Austin and Tulsa put together competing incentive packages to attract the factory, which could bring 5,000 to 7,000 jobs, Reuters reported. Musk had stated that major deciding factors for the Tesla plant’s location would be tax incentives, access to a […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

OSHA’s new COVID-19 investigations, silica guidance

July 22, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

OSHA has been fairly aggressive about updating the construction industry about how employers should respond to actual and suspected cases of COVID-19 and how it will enforce suspected violations of health and other safety standards during the pandemic. However, a […]


Sustainability

UCLA team nabs $2.9M grant to turn CO2 into concrete

July 22, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Sant, who is also the director of UCLA’s Institute for Carbon Management, said the product will have a carbon footprint 50% to 70% lower than that of regular concrete used in construction. The production of cement results in more than […]


Sustainability

Study: Increased productivity could add $5.4B annually to US, Canadian construction industries

July 21, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

The researchers used data from 1972 to 2010, but according to Jochen Teizer, a co-author of the study, there is no reason to believe that since that time the industry has seen significant gains in productivity despite the rising popularity […]


Construction Site Safety, Regulations

Cities, OSHA crack down on COVID-19 jobsite violations

July 21, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge across some parts of the country, jurisdictions are cracking down on construction firms that don’t follow jobsite guidelines for social distancing, handwashing and other coronavirus-related precautions. Many areas have given 30-day grace periods […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Construction costs decrease for first time in 10 years

July 20, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Associated Builders and Contractors’ Chief Economist Anirban Basu echoed Rivetti’s sentiments about competition, saying that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the average construction firm leader is more concerned about demand for their services than any other consideration, including […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

4 things to know before taking on an infrastructure project

July 17, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

These days, contractors in the infrastructure space might consider themselves lucky as the coronavirus crisis ravages other industries. Roads, bridges, tunnels and similar projects that end up serving a public need often push forward despite economic or social turmoil and […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Readers Respond: PPP loans help keep workers on payroll

July 16, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Thousands of the country’s construction-related firms have benefited from federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to help them weather the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis. Data released last week by the the federal government showed that it issued $521 […]


Construction Processes, Legal

NYC construction inspectors issue 41 coronavirus-related stop work orders

July 16, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

DOB, construction workers and New Yorkers are all working to make sure COVID-19 safety protocols are observed at the city’s construction sites, and actual compliance has been relatively high, said Andrew Rudansky, press secretary for DOB. “A large chunk of […]


Sustainability

Florida to require sea level studies for coastal public construction projects

July 15, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

The Florida DEP’s rule will use a “systematic, interdisciplinary and scientifically accepted approach” and assess flooding, inundation and wave-action damage risks over the proposed structure’s expected life or 50 years, whichever is less. The assessment must take into account, among […]