Construction Volume and Skills Shortages Rise Globally

August 15, 2018
Joanna Masterson - Construction Executive

Global construction activity is increasing—with the exception of a notable reduction in the United Kingdom—but the industry faces more work with fewer workers, according to Turner & Townsend’s 2018 International Construction Market Survey.

Of the 46 markets examined, 21 are expected to warm up, 23 are stable and only two are likely to cool off. Infrastructure stands out as the hottest sector for the future, followed by commercial construction.

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


Project Team Delivers Fast-Tracked Soccer Stadium in Time for Opening Match

August 8, 2018
Justin Rice - Engineering News-Record

About 17 months after D.C. United broke ground on its approximately $500-million soccer-specific stadium in Southwest Washington, D.C., crews completed substantial construction on Audi Field in time for the team to host its first Major League Soccer match in its new digs on July 14.

Mr. Rice may be contacted at ricej@enr.com


Groups Ask OSHA for National Heat-Protection Standard

July 31, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – Engineering News-Record

A coalition of more than 130 groups and nearly 90 individuals is calling on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue the first nationwide U.S. standard to protect workers in construction and all other industries against excessive heat on job sites.

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


Concerned about Unionization? Show this Post to Your Employees

July 21, 2018
Wally Zimolong - Supplemental Conditions

The Buffalo News has an article that shows that unionization is not the rainbows and unicorns that organizers promise. The story involves the Ironworkers organizing of a company call Wendt Corp. Over a year ago, Wendt’s employees voted in favor representation by the Ironworkers. But, Wendt and the union still have yet to agree on a contract. As we often tell employees thinking about organizing, voting in favor of the union and receiving the benefit of what the organizers promises are different things. An affirmative vote means only that the employer must bargain in good faith with the union. It does not mean the employer is forced to sign a collective bargaining agreement containing all of the goodies the union promises employees.

Mr. Zimolong may be contacted at wally@zimolonglaw.com


What the Construction Industry Says About Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

July 18, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – Engineering News-Record

As construction industry officials pore over the many rulings authored by federal appellate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, they see a philosophy that relies on, and does not go beyond, the text of federal statutes and regulations.

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


Despite Headwinds, Execs See Market Up Through 2019

July 11, 2018
Gary J. Tulacz - Engineering News-Record

The construction market has entered its tenth year of growth, and it seems the near-term outlook continues to be positive. What is surprising is that industry firms continue to see bright prospects throughout the next year, despite perceived headwinds caused by rising materials prices and staff shortages.

Mr. Tulacz may be contacted at tulaczg@enr.com


Construction Owners Seek Success Through Collaboration

July 2, 2018
Alisa Zevin - Engineering News-Record

The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) is an organization dedicated to promoting the role of capital construction owners within the planning, design and construction process. The following is a question and answer session with Gwen Glattes, project controls manager at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and board member of COAA, detailing her involvement in the organization. Glattes outlines how she got started with COAA, what’s happening currently and what she sees for the future of the organization.

Ms. Zevin may be contacted at zevina@enr.com


Better Design of HVAC Systems with VR

June 13, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Retrofitting new technical systems into an existing building can be tricky. CTRL Reality, a Finnish AR/VR application development company, is completing an experimentation project demonstrating how HVAC design and installation are easier and cost-efficient with the help of virtual reality.

Teijo Lehtonen CTRL Reality“We did research on the business use of virtual and augmented reality for five years at the University of Turku before starting up our company a year ago,” said CEO Teijo Lehtonen. “We’re focused on industrial and cultural travel applications.”

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Ivory Coast Seeks Return of Golden Age With Roads, Bridges

June 6, 2018
Pauline Bax & Olivier Monnier - Bloomberg

Ivory Coast plans to renew most of its road network and ease congestion in the largest city, Abidjan, as part of a $6.4 billion plan to improve infrastructure in the world’s biggest cocoa producer.

Reprinted courtesy of Pauline Bax, Bloomberg and Olivier Monnier, Bloomberg


Sweco Boosts Construction Productivity and Quality with AI

May 30, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Artificial intelligence is a much-hyped technology, but there are only a handful of real-life implementations in construction. Sweco is one of the first in the world to showcase the use of machine learning in structural design.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Survey: Manual Processes Hurt Quality Control and Add Costs on Construction Sites

May 24, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

A new survey of 500 US executives and managers in construction and engineering found that nearly half still use manual collection processes to capture critical data on job sites. These manual processes increase the time needed to make decisions, hurt work quality, and leave firms facing unnecessary costs.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Care for Life: Sharing Construction Safety Ideas and Best Practices Creates Industry Unity

May 16, 2018
May 2nd, 2018 - Lauren Pinch - Construction Executive Magazine

In conjunction with Construction Safety Week, May 7-11, Construction Executive interviewed Greg Peele, general manager and executive vice president leading Skanska USA’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations.

A 29-year industry veteran, Peele has spent the last 18 years with Skanska. As part of his leadership role, he sets the tone for the company’s safety culture on 18 active jobsites in his region.

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

Ms. Pinch may be contacted at pinch@abc.org


House FAA Bill Moves Up on the Runway

May 3, 2018
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

A bill to extend the Federal Aviation Administration programs, including the agency’s airport infrastructure grants, through 2023 has cleared an important hurdle with overwhelming approval by the House. Construction officials are focusing intently on the legislation because it is one of the few major infrastructure measures with a chance of enactment this year.

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


Mock-Up Work Raises Confidence in Radical Steel Structure

April 11, 2018
Engineering News-Record

The steel sector is so excited about structural engineer Ron Klemencic’s composite steel superstructure, expected to speed office tower construction, that at least three steel fabricators are studying it, many months before erection is set to begin on Seattle’s 850-ft-tall “proof of concept.”

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


Theories Outrun Reliable Facts in Florida Bridge Collapse

March 29, 2018
Scott Judy, Richard Korman, Aileen Cho, and Jim Parsons - ENR

The signature pedestrian bridge, built with state-of-the-art techniques, was supposed to make history and increase safety. On March 15, it did accomplish the former—at the terrible expense of the latter.

Reprinted courtesy of Engineering News-Record attorneys Scott Judy, Richard Korman, Aileen Cho and Jim Parsons

Mr. Judy may be contacted at judys@enr.com
Mr. Korman may be contacted at kormanr@enr.com
Ms. Cho may be contacted at choa@enr.com


Blaze at Denver Construction Site Kills Two, Injures at Least Six More

March 22, 2018
Mark Shaw - ENR

Two people are dead after a three-alarm fire erupted at a construction site near downtown Denver on March 7. The mid-day fire, which destroyed a partially completed apartment building and burned hot enough to damage at least 40 cars in the area, forced construction workers to leap to safety from second and third floors.

Mr. Shaw may be contacted at shawm@enr.com


States Push Rapid Growth of Microgrids

March 14, 2018
Ethan Howland- ENR

California and Massachusetts are preparing to spend millions to support microgrid projects as the micro­grids—energy systems that can run separately from the wider grid system to protect critical facilities from power outages—are gaining steam nationally and worldwide.


New Ideas On How to Cope With Lawsuit Discovery

February 28, 2018
Kenneth Rubinstein – ENR

For better or worse, dispute resolution is a necessary part of construction. In theory, the two sides should be able to quickly and efficiently present their claims to a neutral third party (a judge or arbitrator) who then decides a fair and equitable outcome based on the facts, the parties’ contract and the applicable law. In reality, however, document discovery in the age of email and electronic documents has caused the cost of dispute resolution to skyrocket to the point where some believe that it is not cost effective to contest any but the largest issues.

Mr. Rubinstein may be contacted at Krubinstein@Preti.com


Taiwan Earthquake Kills 12 and Triggers Investigations

February 22, 2018
Saibal Dasgupta – ENR

Investigators are closely looking into the structure and construction method used in the Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial and residential complex, which collapsed partially during the 6.4 earthquake in Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast on Feb. 8. Nine of the 12 people killed in the quake were in this complex.


Construction Adds 36,000 Jobs in Jan., Jobless Rate Dips from 2017

February 15, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – ENR

The construction industry saw a jump of 36,000 jobs in January and a sharp year-over-year drop in its unemployment rate but an upturn from December’s rate, the Labor Dept. has reported.

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


Productivity Gains Found in New BLS Data

February 7, 2018
Alisa Zevin – ENR

After decades of reports about stagnant or slipping construction productivity, a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, “Measuring Productivity Growth in Construction,” shows gains in several construction sectors. Many economists say the study uses more reliable productivity measures than those used before.

Ms. Zevin may be contacted at zevina@enr.com


Contractor Faces Charges in 2016 Trench-Collapse Death

January 31, 2018
Tim Newcomb - ENR

For the first time in Washington state history, an employer faces felony charges for a workplace fatality.

Harold Felton, 36, died in a January 2016 trench collapse at a West Seattle residential sewer-line project. Phillip Numrich, 40, then-owner of Alki Construction, now faces second-degree manslaughter charges, filed on Jan. 5 by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


OSHA Cites Contractor Following Trench Collapse

January 24, 2018
Johanna Knapschaefer – Engineering News Record

Schnabel Foundation faces up to $212,396 in proposed penalties in connection with the death of Mark Camire

Following the death of a 32-year-old Dunbarton, N.H. laborer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Schnabel Foundation Co. for failing to protect its employees against crushing hazards while installing permanent foundation supports beneath the Woburn, Mass., Public Library.


New Customer Service Role Raises Client Advocacy to Its Highest Level

January 10, 2018
Jim Parsons - ENR

It’s the rare construction firm that doesn’t pride itself on putting customers first. But are those customers getting what they truly want? And when employees are asked to go the extra mile on a project, are they clear about where to go?



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