Amazon To Build Headquarters in New York City and Washington, DC

December 4, 2018
Jim Parsons, Engineering News-Record

As Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters between New York City and metropolitan Washington, D.C., draws plaudits and criticism regarding incentives used to lure the e-commerce giant, contractors are weighing the impacts of major new construction programs in what are already the nation’s top two construction markets.

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


Shale Gas Fuels U.S. Chemical Plant Construction

November 28, 2018
Pam Radtke Russell - Engineering News-Record

McDermott project managers held their breath as a nearly 3,000-ton module journeyed on a carefully ballasted barge along the Gulf Coast to Lake Charles, La. Anticipation mounted as the module arrived safely to the site of the $1.9-billion ethane cracker McDermott was building for a joint venture of South Korean Lotte Chemical and Houston-based Westlake. Over the course of the next two days, self-propelled modular transporters shuttled the component to its intended spot, where it was placed carefully on preconstructed piers. As seamlessly as two Lego bricks snapping together, the module fit snuggly in place. Over the next two months, an additional two heater modules—each over 2,500 tons and 155 ft high—made the daylong journey from Gulf Island Fabrication in Houma, La., and were set in place without a problem.

Ms. Russell may be contacted at Russellp@bnpmedia.com


Fall Protection Tops OSHA’s 2018 List of Most Frequent Safety Violations

November 21, 2018
Joanna Masterson - Construction Executive

For the eighth year in a row, fall protection was the leading workplace safety violation cited by OSHA in 2018. More than 7,200 violations were recorded through Sept. 30. And for the first time, eye and face protection joined the list in the 10th spot, with 1,536 violations in fiscal year 2018.

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


Modern Technology Is Influencing Construction Safety

November 14, 2018
Michael Rivas & Scott Chinn - Construction Executive

How is technology influencing the construction industry? The short answer is in each and every aspect of construction. Technology and construction are both ever-evolving industries–from the world’s first skyscraper to the under-construction Vista Tower which will be Chicago’s third tallest building when completed in 2020.

Reprinted courtesy of Michael Rivas & Scott Chinn, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Report Finds Construction Labor Shortage Impacts Jobsite Safety

November 6, 2018
Donna Laquidara-Carr - Construction Executive

Safety has been a top concern in the construction industry for decades, but there are new challenges on jobsites whose safety implications need to be addressed. The most recent USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, a quarterly report based on surveys of general and trade contractors conducted and analyzed by Dodge Data & Analytics, explores the degree to which several factors that now impact jobsites raise safety concerns among contractors. Findings show that factors such as skilled worker shortages, shorter construction schedules, greater project complexity, an aging workforce and the use of marijuana, alcohol and opioids all play a role.

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


Uruguay's No.1 Construction Firm Smells Opportunity in Argentina

October 30, 2018
Ken Parks - Bloomberg

Uruguay’s largest construction firm is scouting for highway, rail and energy projects in Argentina even as South America’s second-largest economy slips into a recession and a corruption scandal stalls investment.


Design for Salesforce Transit Center Flange Fracture Fix Coming Soon

October 23, 2018
Nadine M. Post - Engineering News-Record

Investigators for San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority are searching for the cause of brittle fractures in the tapered bottom flanges of twin 80-ft-long built-up plate girders in San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center. With shoring in place to relieve the loads on the problem girders, which span Fremont Street, shoring contractors are turning their attention to similar parallel girders that span nearby First Street, though no cracks have surfaced there.

Ms. Post may be contacted at postn@enr.com


Embedding Digital Readiness Into Corporate Culture

October 16, 2018
Jay Snyder, Alyssa Menard & Sabine Hoover - Construction Executive

Engineering and construction leaders need to think about how they will change processes, systems and operations in preparation for the industry’s inevitable digital transformation. Done right, it can be a game-changer. But companies must ensure that their change management plan addresses both technology and culture, or they will be doomed to fail.

“For us, digital transformation is really that intersection of technology innovation and business innovation,” stated Mark Peacock, principal and global IT transformation practice leader with The Hackett Group, in a 2017 CIO article. “It’s how you’re taking digital technologies and, as a company, fundamentally changing the way you’re delivering products and services. It’s about applying technology innovation to come up with new business models, which really drive new revenue above the line and new ways to deliver products and services.”

Reprinted courtesy of Jay Snyder, Alyssa Menard & Sabine Hoover, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Construction Gains 23K Jobs in Sept., Jobless Rate Trends Mixed

October 9, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – Engineering News-Record

Construction added 23,000 jobs in September but the industry’s unemployment rate showed uneven trends, rising from August’s level but declining year over year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

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


Oracle Unveils Collaborative Test Site for Construction Tech

October 2, 2018
Jeff Rubenstone - Engineering News-Record

Looking to bolster development of new technologies for construction and give industry players a place to test new products, Oracle has created a Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab. Located on the campus of the former Textura headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., the 15,000-sq-ft initial phase of the facility is designed to resemble an “in-progress” construction site, ready to be rigged with the latest in sensor and automation technology for testing and demonstration.

Mr. Rubenstone may be contacted at rubenstonej@enr.com


Construction Gains 21,000 Jobs in Aug., Jobless Rate Stays Low

September 25, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – Engineering News-Record

Construction added 23,000 jobs to its workforce in August as the industry’s unemployment rate held even with July’s but fell year over year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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


Construction Groups Sign Pledge to America’s Workers

September 18, 2018
Joanna Masterson - Construction Executive

More than 20 prominent companies and associations have signed President Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” signaling their commitment to creating new opportunities through apprenticeships, work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job training and reskilling. To date, companies such as Microsoft, Walmart, General Motors, Lockheed Martin and Home Depot have pledged to train more than 3.8 million people for new positions.

Associated Builders and Contractors has committed to educating and developing at least 500,000 construction workers during the next five years. Already, ABC members invest $1.1 billion on workforce development to educate more than 475,000 industry employees annually, and ABC chapters have set up more than 800 apprenticeship, craft training and safety programs across the United States. Yet, there are 500,000 open positions in the construction industry alone. The National Association of Homebuilders, Associated General Contractors and North America’s Building Trades Unions have made pledges as well.

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


Construction Worker Shortage Continues To Grow

September 10, 2018
Alisa Zevin - Engineering News-Record

The U.S. construction industry's labor shortage continues to worsen in 2018, according to the recently released Autodesk-Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Construction Workforce Shortage Survey. Among the 2,500 contractors surveyed, 80% report difficulty hiring qualified workers, particularly in the hourly craft positions. The percentage indicates that the shortage continues to grow, up 10% from 2017’s reported 70%.

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


Summer Learning Programs Engage Students in Construction Careers

September 5, 2018
Mike Glavin - Construction Executive

Summer camp is a tradition for many young people across the country. For some lucky students, this summer was filled with blueprints, tools and construction skills instead of sports, crafts and swimming.

Several chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors have partnered with schools and community organizations to provide summer learning to young people interested in gaining a competitive advantage in their future career with quality construction skills. With more than 500,000 jobs available in the construction industry right now, creating opportunities for young people to connect with construction professionals and learn career-ready skills is essential.

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

Mr. Glavin may be contacted at glavin@abc.org


Raising the Bar: Sellen Construction’s Salla Palos and Construction Tech

August 29, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Find out how Palos and Sellen Construction are leading the way in turning Seattle into a real-time incubator for the latest in construction innovation.

When you think about the forefront of innovation in the US, you may first think of New York City or Silicon Valley. However, just like paradigm-shifting companies Amazon and Starbucks, the US home of innovation in many fields, including construction, is Seattle. At present, there are between 60 and 70 major construction projects going on in downtown Seattle. That level of growth requires new ideas and new ways of thinking about construction challenges and processes. Leading the way in creating technologies to meet those challenges and improve those processes is Finnish architect Salla Palos.

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


Technology and the Labor Shortage: Automation Can Empower Workers

August 21, 2018
Yves Frinault - Construction Executive

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data showing that spending in the private construction market has reached $954 billion, surpassing the previous peak spending of $906 billion in 2006.

While spending is on the rise, so is the number of unfilled positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 243,000 construction job openings in May 2018—a nearly 33 percent increase from the 183,000 jobs open just a year before.

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


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



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