New Orleans Officials Select Developer for $1-Billion Riverfront Project

May 10, 2021
Autumn Cafiero Giusti - Engineering News-Record

Plans for a $1-billion riverfront entertainment district moved forward after New Orleans convention center officials selected a developer to transform an adjacent, 39-acre site into the new destination.

ENR may be contacted at ENR.com@bnpmedia.com


Construction Adds 110,000 Jobs in March

May 3, 2021
ABC - Construction Executive

The construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 931,000 jobs since April 2020, recovering 83.6% of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The construction unemployment rate fell to 8.6% in March from 9.6% in February, but it is still 1.7 percentage points higher than in March 2020. Unemployment across all industries declined from 6.2% in February to 6.0% in March.

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


Nonresidential Construction Spending Stabilizes in January 2021, Down 5% Since January 2020, Says ABC

April 26, 2021
ABC - Construction Executive

National nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9% on a monthly basis in January 2021 but is down 5% since January 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $799.1 billion for the month.

Spending was up on a monthly basis in nine of the 16 nonresidential subcategories. Private nonresidential spending increased 0.4% in January, while public nonresidential construction spending increased 1.6%. Only four nonresidential construction categories have experienced growth in spending on a year-over-year basis, all of which are primarily publicly financed segments.

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


Utah’s Budget Surplus Will Give State Transportation Projects $1B Boost

April 19, 2021
Brian Fryer - Engineering News-Record

State-funded construction projects are among the top beneficiaries of a $1.5-billion budget surplus carved up by Utah lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session that ended March 6.

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Is the Pandemic Forcing An Evolution in P3 Work?

April 12, 2021
Jim Parsons - Engineering News-Record

Before 2020 and the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, public-private partnerships in the U.S. had evolved far beyond their one-of-a-kind transportation infrastructure origins, with agencies and institutions of all sizes applying the P3 delivery method to a variety of construction, operations and maintenance projects.

Reprinted courtesy of Jim Parsons, Engineering News-Record

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2021 Outlook: Emerging Technologies Impacting the Construction Industry

April 5, 2021
Chris Ruffo - Construction Executive

While the AEC industry has largely transitioned to BIM over the last decade, it’s only been more recently where new design technologies have emerged for the built environment, further extending what’s possible with BIM. These new technologies include digital fabrication, real-time visualization, virtual and mixed reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, generative design, reality modelling, IoT and the development of digital twins. In fact, the industry is already seeing accelerated adoption of these emerging technologies out of necessity.

With the challenges of working remote coupled with project delays, the entire building industry is looking for creative ways to maximize project efficiency. What technology trends can be expected to dominate this space in 2021?

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


Drones: A Valuable Tool for the Construction Jobsite

March 29, 2021
Mike Sobola & Luisa Winters - Construction Executive

Aerial imaging and data gathering via drone is not just a luxury these days, it’s a necessity. Aerial drone data delivers valuable insights during every construction phase, from preconstruction bids to site handoff. There are many ways drones help construction managers save time and money every day.

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

Mr. Sobola may be contacted at mike@midatlanticdrones.com
Ms. Winters may be contacted at luisa@midatlanticdrones.com


Q&A: The Challenge of Meeting LEED Materials Requirements

March 22, 2021
Tommy Linstroth - Construction Executive

Green construction is not going anywhere but up in 2021, and reaching LEED certification is an important goal of many builders. But like anything, the devil lies in the details, and it can be a challenge for design teams and contractors to meet LEED material requirements. We spoke with Tommy Linstroth, CEO of Green Badger, a provider of cloud-based LEED documentation management services, to learn more about how the construction industry can face this challenge.

Q: What is the main hurdle to understanding LEED-compliant materials requirements?
A:
One of the biggest challenges is learning about and understanding the LEED requirements. And even though they've been out for a couple of years now, following and implementing these guidelines is not common practice yet in the construction industry. There are pockets in the industry that tend to comply, but it’s still more common that they do not.

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


AI-Powered Construction – An Interview with Aviv Leibovici of Buildots

March 15, 2021
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

In the 100th episode of the AEC Business podcast, Aarni Heiskanen interviews Aviv Leibovici, the CPO and co-founder of Buildots.

Buildots is an innovative construction tech start-up established in Israel in August 2018. The company was created with the aim of creating the equivalent of a mission control room for construction sites. Bringing together AI and wearable hardware, Buildots technology creates seamless construction process visibility and fully digitized construction workflows with the aim of optimizing processes, minimizing delays, and avoiding budget overruns.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at aec-business@aepartners.fi


Create a Culture That Better Supports Women in Construction

March 8, 2021
Laura Beebe - Construction Executive

The pandemic has accelerated vast changes in the workplace and exposed critical gaps employers and their employees face on a day-to-day basis. One of the top contenders? The challenges women face simply showing up to work.

More than 600,000 women left the U.S. workforce in September—that’s eight times more than the number of men. On top of that, one in four women is considering downshifting her career or leaving the workforce entirely.

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


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.

Ms. Cho may be contacted at choa@enr.com


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.

Mr. Reina may be contacted at reina@btinternet.com


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.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


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.

Ms. Berardi may be contacted at BerardiE@enr.com


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
Ms. Patton may be contacted at arp@paynefears.com
Mr. Moss may be contacted at jrm@paynefears.com
Mr. Nhan may be contacted at rjn@paynefears.com


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.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


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.

Mr. Yoders may be contacted at yodersj@enr.com



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