How Preventative Maintenance Improves Construction Worker Safety

March 1, 2021
Talmage Wagstaff - Construction Executive

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and can cause serious trauma to the body at minimum depending on the height the employee is falling from. It can be difficult to spot hazards on a construction site when one is looking with an untrained eye, however, a quick sweep of most any construction site will reveal a great number of machines that need to be properly maintained and calibrated in order to continue to safely operate.

From the largest tower crane to the fleet of pickups used to haul materials between jobs, there are many pieces of equipment that need to have preventative maintenance performed in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely.

Reprinted courtesy of Talmage Wagstaff, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

'Ribbon of Light' Begins to Unfurl in Los Angeles

February 22, 2021
Aileen Cho - Engineering News-Record

The new Sixth Street Viaduct, when completed next year, will be hard to miss. Ten pairs of continuous arches will create a sinuous profile as the 3,060-ft-long, 100-ft-wide viaduct soars over the 101 Freeway, several railroads, the LA River and the downtown Los Angeles arts district.

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E-Commerce Trends for Commercial Construction

February 15, 2021
Joe Altieri - Construction Executive

Change burst onto the scene in 2020 like a wrecking ball and smashed norms without discrimination. The pandemic, and subsequent closures and lockdowns, brought Godzilla-sized destruction world-wide. But it didn't take long to realize that the construction industry would largely escape the devastation and even thrive through the chaos.

Reprinted courtesy of Joe Altieri, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

How to Increase Hispanic Representation in the Construction Industry

February 8, 2021
Ed Segovia - Construction Executive

Over the last several months, much has been written about essential workers, which includes those in the construction industry. The build environment requires workers to be on jobsites daily while also risking exposure to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, construction workers have had to work quickly and nimbly to adjust to the new realities of a COVID-19 world.

With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting Hispanic communities, it is important to highlight the role the Hispanic community plays in the construction industry and the impact they have on the future of cities. In California, nearly one-third of construction workers are Hispanic.

Reprinted courtesy of Ed Segovia, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Plans Proceed for Permanent Airport in Antarctica

February 1, 2021
Peter Reina - Engineering News-Record

Penguins would be unwelcome neighbors to one of the world’s most remote projects if the Australian government goes ahead with plans to build an all-weather airport in East Antarctica, 5,000 km from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Accelerate Innovation As the Pandemic Lingers, But Keep Your Firm's Adoption Rigor

January 25, 2021
Cyrus Izzo & Phillip Ross - Engineering News-Record

Go to any property and construction technology panel and someone is inevitably going to say that the construction industry has been slower than other sectors to adopt tech-forward practices, but this ignores how responsive construction has been to solving problems for as long as people have been building.

Reprinted courtesy of Cyrus Izzo, ENR and Phillip Ross, ENR

Massive Omnibus Bill Has Cuts and Hikes for Construction Programs

January 18, 2021
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

The omnibus federal spending portion of the massive coronavirus relief package contains a collection of increases and cuts for key construction programs in fiscal year 2021, compared with the previous year’s enacted level.

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California Poised For Growth Despite Pandemic Impacts, Regulations

January 11, 2021
Erica Berardi - Engineering News-Record

Despite California’s strict government interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s economy is poised for post-pandemic growth at a faster rate than the rest of the U.S, says a new report from the University of California-Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.

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Four Ways to Instantly Improve Communication and Safety On Construction Sites

January 4, 2021
Derek Jones - Construction Executive

It is no secret that communication on construction sites directly affects the site's safety and incident numbers. Falls, electrocution and burns often lead the OSHA cited safety incidents, and also cause the most life-altering injuries on construction sites in the U.S. Per the CDC, 61% of workplace electrocutions occurred in the construction industry. It’s no wonder that safety precautions in the construction industry are often considered to be the bare minimum mandated by OSHA.

When a construction company takes on new employees or hires temporary site help, they assume the responsibility of keeping those new employees safe while they are on site. If an employee is injured due to inadequate or broken safety gear, that is the fault of the construction company, not the employee that is tasked with using the broken or damaged equipment. Although the employee should know that the use of broken or damaged safety equipment is a risk to their health, allowing broken and damaged safety equipment to remain on site is a dangerous game to play.

Reprinted courtesy of Derek Jones, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Traps on Mandatory Vaccination Rules in the Workplace

December 29, 2020
Amy R. Patton, James R. Moss, Jr. & Raymond J. Nhan - Payne & Fears

In the coming weeks and months, COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed around the United States. Employers will have questions about vaccination procedures, such as whether they may require employees to be vaccinated, what they may ask about employees’ vaccination records, and whether they must accommodate employees with religious opposition to being vaccinated. Recently, the EEOC updated its guidance, What You Should Know About COVD-19 and the ADA Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws, to address these vaccination concerns. This alert addresses the essential points of the EEOC’s guidance.

Reprinted courtesy of Amy R. Patton, Payne & Fears, James R. Moss, Jr., Payne & Fears and Raymond J. Nhan, Payne & Fears
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How Onsite Clinics Increase Health and Safety for Construction Employees

December 21, 2020
Chad Henriksen - Construction Executive

Construction jobs come and go as fast as the seasons, but chronic pain and potential damages from the job follow employees much longer. As construction sites look to maintain workplace health and safety, they frequently offer affordable and gracious health and medical packages, but oftentimes fall short of providing real-time nearby assistance.

The construction workplace can be dangerous. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks construction as the sixth most dangerous occupation for workers based on the numbers of non-fatal injuries. According to a recent survey, these injuries cost the industry nearly $190 million each week. Overexertion involving outside sources, such as lifting, pushing and carrying items make up for nearly 17% of these costs.

Reprinted courtesy of Chad Henriksen, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

COVID-19’s Long-Term Changes to the Construction Industry

December 14, 2020
Deanna L. Koestel - Construction Executive

COVID-19 has changed how people live, work and interact in their personal and professional lives. While time will bring back some semblance of normalcy, there will be some facets that will be changed for the foreseeable future. That is clearly the case in the construction industry as it has had to quickly navigate and rethink safety, supply chain issues, design changes and more, many of which have been “in the works” for years. Many of these sweeping changes and new approaches, discussed below, will remain in place long after the outbreak has subsided.

Reprinted courtesy of Deanna L. Koestel, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

State Dept. Embassy Building Program Continues Busy Pace

December 7, 2020
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

As the State Dept. office in charge of embassy construction adjusts to workplace changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it has continued to award a stream of construction and design contracts for new projects at posts around the world.

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Ford Begins Construction on $700-Million Rouge Center Expansion to Add Electric F-150 Production Line

November 30, 2020
Jeff Yoders - Engineering News-Record

A 500,000-sq-ft hybrid electric F-150 truck manufacturing facility is being built at Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich. Once it's completed in summer 2021, the $700-million production facility is expected to add 300 jobs and produce Ford's F-150 PowerBoost hybrid truck.

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ABC Launches Tech Alliance to Help Contractors Transform the Construction Process

November 23, 2020
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - Construction Executive

Associated Builders and Contractors announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Alliance—a consortium of firms that create construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members, the majority of which are classified as small businesses and primarily perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. Consisting of 13 companies, the Tech Alliance will leverage technology solutions to help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

“The need for technological solutions—both big and small—in the construction industry is clear, especially given changing work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Abeles, ABC’s vice president of construction technology and innovation. “I look forward to the exceptional products, education and dialogue the Tech Alliance companies will bring to ABC members and our evolving industry, especially as we continue to implement technology to revolutionize the design, build and delivery process.

Reprinted courtesy of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

How Low-Carbon Concrete Could Shape Sustainability in Construction

November 16, 2020
Emily Folk - Construction Executive

As a wide variety of industries explore sustainable improvements, many look to options like process changes to improve efficiency while cutting resource uses. Those alterations can help, but it's sometimes necessary to do things differently regarding the materials used.

The construction industry is a prime example with its use of concrete. Cement is a binding material that mixes with sand, water and gravel to make concrete, the world's most widely used construction material. Portland cement—invented in the early 1800s—is part of the vast majority of concrete used today. The process of making it causes problems for the environment, however.

Reprinted courtesy of Emily Folk, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Construction Adds 84,000 Jobs in October, Largest Gain Since June

November 9, 2020
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

The construction industry continues to recover from its coronavirus-caused deep drop in employment, adding 84,000 jobs in October, the industry’s largest monthly increase since June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

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How the Construction Industry Weathers the COVID-19 Storm

November 2, 2020
Corbett Nichter - Construction Executive

No one could have predicted the speed and reach of COVID-19 in the last few months, or the overall impact to the construction industry. There have been drastic changes in operations and implementation along with disruptions to the industry’s supply chain. Safety on the job site has become more important than ever, especially as contractors focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Financial standing plays a major role in construction projects, and coming out of COVID-19 will be no different. Because of the pandemic’s far-reaching impact, there may be unforeseen delays in project funding due to the dip in Q1 market conditions and Q2 earnings reports. In North Texas, for example, more than $2 billion in bond referendums were pushed from May 2020 to November 2020, and potentially even further. The biggest uncertainty is that the pandemic’s true depth is not understood, but the construction industry is made up of committed and hardworking thought leaders who will push through and work together to resolve these challenges.

Reprinted courtesy of Corbett Nichter, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Building Space

October 26, 2020
Jessica Porter - Construction Executive

The effects of COVID-19 on the global economy are far-reaching, and the construction industry is no exception. No one can predict precisely how the shutdowns and new way of living will impact the industry long term. Though business will never return to normal, it will continue, and construction will adapt.

The markets most likely to experience significant change include health care and office construction. Some markets, including hospitality, arena and convention centers, may never return to the construction levels contractors once experienced. The jury is still out on education and municipal construction, as the United States awaits guidelines on how to reopen public schools, and colleges and universities go virtual.

Reprinted courtesy of Jessica Porter, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

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Innovative Strategies for LEED Certification in Green Building

October 19, 2020
Ruben Mejia - Construction Executive

The trend toward sustainable construction is changing the way projects are designed and built. The demand for green buildings continues to rise driven by increasing concerns over global warming, tighter environmental regulations and a growing focus on occupant health. In response to this demand, the construction sector is embracing green practices including delivering LEED-certified commercial projects.

LEED, a third-party certification program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, has verified the sustainability of thousands of buildings. Last year the program announced it had surpassed 100,000 registered and certified global LEED commercial projects and noted that the organization certifies more than 2.6 million square feet of space each day. And, according to data from Statista, the number of LEED registrations has steadily increased since the certification program’s implementation in 1993 with registrations in the United States alone reaching approximately 69,066 in 2019.

Reprinted courtesy of Ruben Mejia, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Billionaire Brothers Raise U.S. Property Bet With LA Project

October 12, 2020
Benjamin Stupples - Bloomberg

David and Simon Reuben are continuing their run of big investments in U.S. real estate, financing a $275 million loan for a major construction project in Los Angeles.

The British billionaire brothers funded a senior mezzanine loan for the $2.5 billion redevelopment of the city’s Century Plaza site, according to a statement Friday. They previously acquired a stake in another loan for the project, which includes two residential towers, retail space and a luxury hotel.

Bringing BIM to the Modern Built Environment: An Interview with Prof. Martin Fischer

October 5, 2020
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

We talked with Professor Martin Fischer of Stanford University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the run-up to WDBE. Our discussion covered what drew him to the discipline and the practical challenges of applying BIM in the modern built environment.

An essential part of contemporary design, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a valuable collaborative practice when supported by the right suite of tools and workflows. It helps disparate teams work together, model progress on a build, and has been an area of interest for Professor Fischer since the start of his career.

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Taking the Mystery Out of BIM Data Mining

September 28, 2020
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Information mining as a way to affect the productivity curve in construction.

Success in the AEC industry comes down to productivity. Unfortunately, as we all know from many famous studies, productivity has not changed much in the AEC industry. However, there is a deep well of potential for BIM to help show us how problems in our project delivery workflow can be re-thought. VIATechnik is achieving a finer understanding of our productivity levels by collecting and organizing data output from the software backbone of the project. This has the potential to truly impact the industry as we discover ways to improve communication and move closer to a single shared source of information for all project teams.

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COVID-19: The Catalyst to Permanently Transform Construction Safety With Live Field Data

September 21, 2020
Mike Merrill - Construction Executive

Construction is considered an essential service, which is why many projects have continued to hum along even as large portions of the economy have shut down. And while some projects may slow or experience delays from budgetary constraints, experts forecast that the construction industry could soon be busier than ever. Still, amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 is a silver lining: construction companies now have the opportunity to examine safety processes and update their technology and operations in ways that will positively affect their businesses for years to come.

The 2020 FMI Industry Report shows 66% of firms believe that maintaining a safe worksite is the number one concern for their future success. Now, since the advent of COVID-19, safety managers must do everything they can to protect their workforces, which is where technology comes in.

Reprinted courtesy of Mike Merrill, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

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