December, 2023

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Construction input costs stabilizing but volatility ‘isn’t dead’

Construction Dive

Despite lower materials prices, the construction landscape remains complicated due to high interest rates and long lead times, according to AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

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Single-Family Rental and Build-to-Rent Market Shows ‘Enduring Strength’ in the Long Term

The Pro Builder

Single-Family Rental and Build-to-Rent Market Shows ‘Enduring Strength’ in the Long Term qpurcell Mon, 12/04/2023 - 11:45 After enjoying robust demand during the pandemic, the single-family rental (SFR) and build-to-rent (BTR) sector hasn’t been immune from the challenges facing the rest of the homebuilding industry in 2023. “The overall SFR and BTR sector has seen a slowdown as rising interest rates and persistent construction costs hindered housing development,” says Doug Faron, cofounder and

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Construction had the most fatalities of any industry last year

Construction Dive

Both the number of deaths and fatality rate increased, as the same hazards continued to claim lives in a dangerous profession.

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Rehabilitation Extends Life, Restores Historical Aspects of Minneapolis’ Third Avenue Bridge

Civil + Structural Engineer

By Suze Parker Since the days when flour mills lined both sides of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Third Avenue Bridge has been a central connector in the area. It originally carried freight; today, it links retail and residential neighborhoods, carrying TH 65 across the river in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.

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Optimize Operational Processes With an Industry-Specific ERP

As the use of Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the construction industry is critical to optimizing operations, it's critical that decision makers conduct a thorough software evaluation to find the one that best aligns to their needs.

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New homes standard to make heat pumps mandatory

Construction News

All housing built from 2025 should include heat pumps, according to new government proposals. A consultation on technical requirements for the government’s Future Homes Standard opened on Wednesday (13 December), with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) stating that the requirements will… The post New homes standard to make heat pumps mandatory appeared first on Construction News.

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Government threatened with law suit over HS2 cancellation as Sunak blames transport secretary

New Civil Engineer

A campaign organisation is on the brink of taking legal action against the government over the cancellation of HS2 Phase 2a, but the prime minister has pointed the finger at the transport secretary for the decision. The post Government threatened with law suit over HS2 cancellation as Sunak blames transport secretary appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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What Mortgage Rate Would Really Motivate Homebuyers?

The Pro Builder

What Mortgage Rate Would Really Motivate Homebuyers? ibush Sun, 12/17/2023 - 18:57 Expert opinion varies as to how low mortgage rates need to go before more buyers jump back into the market and get home sales moving again Although there are plenty of factors beyond just mortgage rates that affect homebuying activity—market conditions and affordability, the general economic climate, and consumer confidence, to name a few—there's no denying that low interest rates have, historically, made borrowin

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Washington sheet metal worker recruits other women to the trades

Construction Dive

Tammy Meyen recently joined the International Training Institute in a role designed to help entice nontraditional workers to join the construction industry.

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Auburn University approves $15 million Vehicle Research and Innovation Laboratory to address challenges faced by transit vehicle manufacturers

Civil + Structural Engineer

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn University Board of Trustees recently approved the beginning phases of a $15 million research lab for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The object is to make transit vehicles more efficient with increased levels of safety and reduced emissions. The Vehicle Research and Innovation Laboratory project is proposed as a testing facility to address challenges faced by transit vehicle manufacturers in adopting low- or no-emissions technologies.

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East West Rail: ‘Not yet clear’ how benefits of £6.6bn project will be achieved

Construction News

Ministers have failed to demonstrate how they will achieve the promised benefits of the under-construction Oxford-Cambridge rail link, despite spending more than £1bn on the project to date, a watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) said it was “not yet clear” how the… The post East West Rail: ‘Not yet clear’ how benefits of £6.6bn project will be achieved appeared first on Construction News.

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From Plan to Reality: Unlocking the Power of Aerial Imagery for AEC

Aerial imagery has emerged as a necessary tool for architecture, engineering, and construction firms seeking to improve pre-construction site analysis, make more informed planning decisions, and ensure all stakeholders have access to an accurate visualization of the site to keep the project moving forward. Download our guide and take a deeper look at how aerial imagery can be leveraged to drive project efficiency by reducing unnecessary site visits and providing the accurate details required to

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National Highways’ £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel scheme returns to High Court

New Civil Engineer

Campaigners opposing National Highways’ £1.7bn A303 tunnel underneath Stonehenge World Heritage Site are heading to High Court today, 12 December, for a three-day hearing. The post National Highways’ £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel scheme returns to High Court appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Topcon Aptix and Grade Control Interoperability

For Construction Pros

As the AEMP Telematics standard has paved the way for some equipment performance data to cross proprietary boundaries, the industry next grapples with topographical data for 3D machine control.

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Built on Happiness: Meet Pro Builder's 2023 Builder of the Year

The Pro Builder

Built on Happiness: Meet Pro Builder's 2023 Builder of the Year ibush Tue, 12/12/2023 - 10:20 Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness Rich Binsacca, Editorial Director, and James McClister, editor Chris Schell is happy, but not because of a positive balance sheet.

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Job report signals no reprieve for construction

Construction Dive

As demand for workers in other economic sectors cools, construction still faces a wide margin between the number of available positions and the supply to fill them.

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Innovative Architecture by RKTB Captures Dramatic Views for Mixed-Income Housing in Brooklyn

Civil + Structural Engineer

NEW YORK – Bolstering its reputation for pioneering unique solutions to help developers build on challenging infill sites and meet increasing demand for urban housing, RKTB Architects has announced the completion of an innovative new multifamily residence at One Sullivan Place in Brooklyn. Featuring dramatically cantilevered upper stories that spread out beyond the narrow site and over the rooftops of neighboring buildings, the design captures breathtaking views of the nearby Brooklyn Botanic Ga

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Drying up: Where’s the green-tech startup funding gone?

Construction News

At a time when climate goals urgently demand innovative decarbonisation solutions, funding for green-tech startups in construction is evaporating Picture the scene: it’s 2050, and you’ve just signed a contract to build yet another flying-skateboard distribution centre. You compare materials sourced via the circular economy… The post Drying up: Where’s the green-tech startup funding gone?

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East West Rail | Track laying ‘99% complete’ between Bicester and Bletchley

New Civil Engineer

Track laying for East West Rail’s (EWR’s) first connections stage (CS1) between Bicester and Bletchley is now “99% complete” according to the project promoter East West Rail Co. The post East West Rail | Track laying ‘99% complete’ between Bicester and Bletchley appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Announcing Procore’s 2023 Impact Report

Procore

Today, Procore released its 2023 Impact Report, which showcases the company’s continued environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts. Read a version of Tooey Courtemanche’s opening message below.  Construction transforms our world in both seen and unseen ways. A skyline can completely shift in a decade. But that skyline is not just made of buildings.

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Design Insights: 24 Trends for 2024 [Webinar]

The Pro Builder

Design Insights: 24 Trends for 2024 [Webinar] ibush Mon, 12/11/2023 - 15:12 Four industry professionals' take on what’s next for home building, including trends in home design, master plans, and building products In this webinar from the New Home Trends Institute, four industry pros from the John Burns Research and Consulting team explore what’s next for their particular focus areas.

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Holiday lights add festive mood to construction jobsites

Construction Dive

From a hospital project in Connecticut to a Christmas tree with a family history, contractors took time to make the season brighter.

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Buildertrend unveils groundbreaking construction rebates program in collaboration with Ferguson

Civil + Structural Engineer

Earning rebates no longer requires tedious processes that take up more time than the offer is worth Omaha, Neb. – Buildertrend , the leading construction management platform for residential builders, is now eliminating the hurdles associated with earning rebates – such as lack of access, leverage or time constraints. Buildertrend Purchasing, a new exclusive rebates program, empowers builders to grow their bottom line and focus on what they do best: building and growing their businesses.

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Council warns of bankruptcy after HS2 phase two scrapped

Construction News

A local authority has warned that the cancellation of HS2’s northern leg may force it to trigger bankruptcy proceedings. Leaders of Cheshire East Council said that it had spent more than £11.2m preparing for the rail link, including £8.6m of capital costs funded by borrowing,… The post Council warns of bankruptcy after HS2 phase two scrapped appeared first on Construction News.

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First HS2 viaduct deck beam installation completed in Northamptonshire

New Civil Engineer

A Northamptonshire viaduct has become the first on the HS2 project to have all its deck beams installed. The post First HS2 viaduct deck beam installation completed in Northamptonshire appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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University of Cincinnati’s new hub for campuswide collaboration, learning

Construction Specifier

The five-story atrium within University of Cincinnati’s Clifton Court Hall is designed to induce campuswide collaboration. Photos by Tim Griffith/courtesy LMN Architects. Clifton Court Hall, the new interdisciplinary education building is designed to foster a dynamic ecosystem of multimodal learning, research, and community engagement. The project aims to unite dispersed academic units and create a central hub for the college.

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Opioids and Overdose Deaths In The Construction Industry: A Call to Action

For Construction Pros

Addressing the opioid and overdose crisis requires straight talk to acknowledge that there is a problem. Stigma associated with substance misuse creates barriers to care-seeking for addiction treatment and recovery. Let's talk about it.

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Meta selects DPR for $1B Arizona data center

Construction Dive

The campus, which DPR expects to complete in 2026, will use 12,000 tons of steel, 600 miles of framing studs and 700 acres of drywall.

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Bentley Systems Wins Three Top Honors at the 2023 Construction Computing Awards

Civil + Structural Engineer

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced that it won in three categories at the 2023 Construction Computing Awards. Based on readers’ selections in an online poll, a panel of industry-expert judges made the final decisions. The judges chose Bentley’s ProjectWise as “Collaboration Product of the Year 2023.

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Sunak: construction misunderstood our lockdown message

Construction News

Rishi Sunak has admitted that the government stopped more construction activity than it intended to during the first Covid-19 lockdown. The prime minister, who was chancellor when the pandemic started, this week told an official inquiry that the meaning of key communications was “slightly lost”… The post Sunak: construction misunderstood our lockdown message appeared first on Construction News.

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Polar crane installed at first reactor building of Hinkley Point C

New Civil Engineer

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station team has celebrated a milestone with the installation of a polar crane at the top of the first reactor building. The post Polar crane installed at first reactor building of Hinkley Point C appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Adaptive reuse breathes new life into NYC’s heritage ferry terminal

Construction Specifier

The design firm, Marvel, served as the lead architect on the transformation of the terminal into a historically sensitive multi-use event and hospitality venue. Photo courtesy ©Marvel New York City ‘s Battery Maritime Building (BMB), the city’s last working historic ferry terminal—dating back to 1909 and enjoying heritage status since 1976—has been transformed into a luxury hospitality destination, preserving its unique historical charm through meticulous restoration.

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Green Asphalt Proves 100% RAP Mixes are Viable, Recycled Pavement

For Construction Pros

One asphalt plant is doing what many consider as the unthinkable: producing asphalt mixes from 100% reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), and they can convert any asphalt plant to do the same. Extensive testing says it works, but changing opinions is hard.

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Construction spending inches higher

Construction Dive

Manufacturing and infrastructure investments fueled a 0.1% uptick in October, but warehouse and distribution center outlays tumbled.

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Stantec selected to lead design services for Durham Region Transit’s new zero-emissions facility

Civil + Structural Engineer

The new Thornton Facility will support high energy standards and contribute to reducing carbon impacts OSHAWA, ON – TSX, NYSE: STN Durham Region Transit (DRT) is planning a new bus storage, operation, maintenance, and service facility to support their growing transit operations and transition the fleet to zero emission buses (ZEBs). Stantec , a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been selected to provide architectural, structural, and design services for this new flagship

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HS2 alerts subbies to £1bn pipeline

Construction News

HS2 has published details of its procurement pipeline for the next 18 months, worth more than £1bn in total. More than 300 work packages are up for grabs, ranging in value from £1m to more than £500m. HS2 has provided information on the procurement start… The post HS2 alerts subbies to £1bn pipeline appeared first on Construction News.

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Construction of HS2 control centre near Birmingham hits earthworks milestone

New Civil Engineer

The construction of High Speed 2's (HS2's) control centre at Washwood Heath has passed an earthworks milestone with BBV (Balfour Beatty Vinci JV) excavating 1Mm3 of material at the site. The post Construction of HS2 control centre near Birmingham hits earthworks milestone appeared first on New Civil Engineer.