Tag: material

Construction Processes, Design

Bamboo in Architecture: Same Material, Different Uses

May 8, 2023

Via: ArchDaily

If we were to design an ideal building material, it would look like bamboo. At least, that’s what Neil Thomas, director of the London-based structural engineering firm Atelier One, claims. Its tubular shape, vascular bundles, fast growth rate, and ease […]

Construction Processes, Procurement

Rising material and labour costs add US$97 billion to expenses of US subcontractors

April 21, 2023

Via: Construction Europe

Subcontractors in the US were hit with additional costs of US$97 billion in 2022 due to rising costs of materials and labour, according to a new study from Billd of nearly 900 commercial construction professionals across the US. Just over […]


Backlog inches lower as material, labor worries weigh on contractors

October 22, 2021

Via: Construction Dive

The falloff in ABC’s recent Construction Backlog Indicator stands in contrast to the optimism expressed earlier this year as the pandemic was showing signs of receding. Despite the challenges, in The Marcum National Construction Survey, released last week, construction executives […]

Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Material Thefts, Project Delays and The Need for Security

July 23, 2021

Via: ENR

Read the news any day of the week and you’ll find story after story of construction site lumber, appliance and equipment theft. What makes these thefts particularly painful is not only the cost of the equipment, but the cost of […]

Construction Processes, Procurement

Gilbane CEO: Impacts of material price squeeze will continue for years

July 14, 2021

Via: Construction Dive

Gilbane Building Company CEO Mike McKelvy notes that COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that his company has faced. Founded in 1870, Gilbane was in operation during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920. Now, the contractor is expanding […]

Construction Processes, Design, Financial, Procurement

How to Manage Risk with Controllable Costs in Construction

February 26, 2020

Via: ConstructConnect

Anyone who works in the construction industry knows that anything can go wrong at a moment’s notice. Weather and injuries can delay a project, material shortages may increase prices and lack of communication can completely derail plans. When these things […]


Elusive Recipe: Approval Process for Recycled Road Materials

February 25, 2020

Via: ENR

Even without political influence in the mix, searching for effective recipes for recycled asphalt materials in road projects has been long and arduous. The recent investigation and guilty plea of an Illinois state senator, however, has opened a window on […]


New material points toward highly efficient solar cells

November 12, 2019

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

Solar cells, incorporating the mineral perovskite, have been the focus of attention since the material was first shown to work in 2009. Solar cells that are built using this material are more efficient than current solar panels. Current solar panels […]

Construction Processes, Legal, Procurement

Material suppliers sued in US over deadly London building fire

June 17, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Grenfell had undergone a substantial renovation in the years leading up to the fire, and, according to a BRE Global report on the fire, the pre-renovation makeup of the exterior would have been able to better withstand the fire. In […]

Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

Salesforce Transit Center officials move forward with steel girder repair

January 18, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

In a December presentation to the authority, consulting engineer LPI reported that fissures in the damaged steel girders evolved from small cracks that formed in welded areas of the beams. This, the firm said, led to cracks in the flanges. […]

Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction material prices continue to climb in September

November 17, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

A stronger international economy is sure to be welcome news for companies like Caterpillar, which suffered along with a weaker global market over the course of the last few years. Late last month, the construction equipment giant┬áreported an 11% annual […]