October, 2023

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Prefab ADUs: A Rising Trend in Affordable Housing and Off-Site Construction Solutions

The Pro Builder

Prefab ADUs: A Rising Trend in Affordable Housing and Off-Site Construction Solutions ibush Sat, 10/28/2023 - 10:44 Factory-built accessory dwelling units utilize off-site construction methods to provide housing at a time when affordability and a shortage of homes have made housing less attainable for Americans Ryan Colker According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency , housing prices have risen significantly in recent years, increasing 52% from 2017 to 2022.

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White House Supports Commercial-to-Residential Conversions

The Pro Builder

White House Supports Commercial-to-Residential Conversions ldeakins Tue, 10/31/2023 - 10:46 The Biden administration has announced new plans to fast-track turning vacant commercial buildings into affordable housing A newly introduced White House plan aims to address a nationwide housing shortage by converting vacant commercial buildings into residential spaces.

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2024’s top construction events

Construction Dive

It’s time to plan for the year to come. Construction Dive has you covered with a full list of the industry conferences, expos and meetings on tap for 2024.

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Superior and WSP Begin Work on FDOT’s $171M Brooks Bridge Project

Civil + Structural Engineer

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Superior Construction, an American family-owned infrastructure contractor, along with WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering, environment and professional services firms, will replace the John T. Brooks Bridge on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This $171 million project, whose design introduces one of the nation’s first unbonded flexible filler internal tendons spliced girder system , will require the team to design and c

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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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Building Safety Fund rejects three-quarters of applications

Construction News

Almost three-quarters of applications to the government’s £4.5bn Building Safety Fund (BSF) have been assessed as not eligible, according to new government figures. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) says that 3,611 applications for the scheme – intended to fund the remediation… The post Building Safety Fund rejects three-quarters of applications appeared first on Construction News.

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Sunak’s ‘scorched earth’ slashing of HS2 means further legs will never be built

New Civil Engineer

Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s “scorched earth” approach to cancelling High Speed 2 (HS2), including slashing Euston’s capacity and removing safeguards on the route, means that the northern legs of the high-speed network will never be built. The post Sunak’s ‘scorched earth’ slashing of HS2 means further legs will never be built appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Affordable Housing Community Utilizes Universal Design

The Pro Builder

Affordable Housing Community Utilizes Universal Design qpurcell Mon, 10/23/2023 - 10:14 About 8% of Maine residents ages 18 to 64 live with a mobility disability that significantly affects their daily activities, according to supportive housing provider 3i Housing of Maine (3i HoME). Within a couple of years, these individuals will have a new affordable housing option that supports independent living.

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Unions call for PLA on $2B Columbus airport terminal

Construction Dive

A local trade group has asked general contractor Hensel Phelps to commit to paying workers a prevailing wage, a policy the contractor said it has already instituted.

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LocLab makes digital twins more accessible with the launch of LocLab Cloud, powered by HxDR

Civil + Structural Engineer

Darmstadt, Germany – LocLab, part of Hexagon, today announced the launch of LocLab Cloud, powered by HxDR. The cloud-based platform offers a secure end-to-end solution for 3D digital twins, allowing management and monitoring of models. It acts as an open platform, enabling partners to upload, update, access and share their own digital 3D content. Generic interfaces facilitate integration with existing systems, such as ERP, FM and IoT.

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Anger as Vistry asks suppliers for 10% discount

Construction News

Vistry has written to its subcontractors asking for a 10 per cent reduction on the prices agreed in current contracts, sparking anger in the sector. In an email sent to suppliers last month, the housebuilder said its exit from private housebuilding – which it announced… The post Anger as Vistry asks suppliers for 10% discount 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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Previously infilled Great Musgrave bridge to reopen without strengthening or weight restrictions

New Civil Engineer

National Highways has completed the removal of infill from beneath the Great Musgrave bridge in Cumbria but there will be no additional strengthening or weight restrictions implemented before it reopens, despite the roads body's previous claims. The post Previously infilled Great Musgrave bridge to reopen without strengthening or weight restrictions appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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5 Smart Approaches for Streamlining Your Construction Project

Construction Marketing

It takes extensive preparation and planning to complete your construction project successfully. Sometimes, even the most experienced developers, contractors, owners, and construction managers find it challenging to maintain the highest efficiency standards and stay organized throughout the entire construction process. However, with the following six approaches, you will streamline your construction projects to ensure you do everything efficiently within the stipulated time and budget.

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Smart Technology and Wellness Features Dominate 2024 Kitchen Trends

The Pro Builder

Smart Technology and Wellness Features Dominate 2024 Kitchen Trends ldeakins Tue, 10/10/2023 - 10:13 The National Kitchen & Bath Association's 2024 Kitchen Trends Research Report reveals rising consumer interest in smart tech and wellness features The National Kitchen & Bath Association recently released its 2024 Kitchen Trends Research Report, outlining an upcoming year of design heavily influenced by smart technology and persistent demand for wellness features.

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Ohio lands $1.5B data center investment

Construction Dive

New Albany continues to attract massive projects across construction sectors, such as Intel’s $20 billion semiconductor plant and Amazon’s $3.5 billion data center commitment.

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Names Quay Quarter Tower 2023’s Best Tall Building Worldwide

Civil + Structural Engineer

New Sydney icon wins unprecedented seven awards, demonstrates importance of structure renewal to mitigate climate change Chicago (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winner of its annual award for best tall building worldwide: Quay Quarter Tower , in Sydney. Winners were also announced in five regional categories, five height categories and a dozen other functional categories (a complete list of categories and winners appears below) at

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Navigating Commercial Building Loan Landscape for Small Business

Wolgast Corporation

Navigating Commercial Building Loan Landscape for Small Business One of the essential components of business growth and sustainability is securing necessary financial resources. For many, this means turning to commercial loans. We checked in with Steve Canole, Senior Vice President of 1 st State Bank, to find out the current commercial financing climate and if there are any changes, insight, or guidance our business owner clients should know to secure financing to fuel their growth.

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£300m HS2 framework becomes white elephant after Sunak decision

Construction News

Eight groundworks firms that were last week appointed on a framework for preliminary works on the HS2 line from Birmingham to the North West look to have been left without any work to do after today's decision to scrap the leg. HS2 awarded £300m of… The post £300m HS2 framework becomes white elephant after Sunak decision appeared first on Construction News.

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HS2 | Timeline of a mistreated megaproject

New Civil Engineer

High Speed 2 (HS2) was supposed to be a game changer for the UK’s transport network, truly ‘levelling up’ neglected parts of the nation and adding capacity to its already oversubscribed railways – after years of revoked promises, it now stands as a sorry symbol… The post HS2 | Timeline of a mistreated megaproject appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Motel Conversion: A Motel Becomes a Model for Affordable Housing

The Pro Builder

Motel Conversion: A Motel Becomes a Model for Affordable Housing ldeakins Mon, 10/09/2023 - 15:01 A dilapidated Econo Lodge motel becomes the prototype for an adaptive reuse program to provide supportive housing Michele Lerner When Jamboree Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit headquartered in Irvine, Calif., approached Manuel Salazar to renovate an obsolete Econo Lodge motel in nearby Anaheim, his first thought was that this adaptive reuse motel conversion would be simple to deliver.

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Construction has happiest workers of any industry

Construction Dive

Rising wages and plentiful jobs have kept employees' spirits high, but watch for signs of discontent, a new report says.

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STV Appoints Angel Peña as Vice President for Rail and Transit in Texas/Mountain Region

Civil + Structural Engineer

AUSTIN, TX – STV, a professional services firm that plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects across North America, today announced that Angel Peña has joined the firm as vice president, rail and transit leader, for the firm’s Transportation Texas/Mountain Region operating group. In this role, Peña will focus on overseeing client relationships and leading STV’s transportation expansion in the Lone Star State – from client services and financial performance to project oversight. “A

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Streamlining Construction Workflows: Hodari Africa  Excels with Autodesk Build

Autodesk Construction Cloud

In the fast-paced and intricate world of project management, having the right tools and technologies can make all the difference. Hodari Africa , a leading project management firm, recognised the limitations of traditional document-sharing platforms and sought a more robust solution to enhance their construction workflows. A Changing Landscape As an independent, agile, and client-orientated professional services consultancy, Hodari provides bespoke development management and project management s

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HS2 scale-back creates ‘chilling effect’

Construction News

Contractors involved in Phase one of HS2 have expressed their dissatisfaction at prime minister Rishi Sunak’s decision to cancel Phase two of the project, while emphasising the need for effective delivery of the government's alternative rail investment plans. Mace Group chief executive Mark Reynolds, who… The post HS2 scale-back creates ‘chilling effect’ appeared first on Construction News.

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Roadmap to reaching 24GW of nuclear in UK promised by end of year

New Civil Engineer

The UK government has promised to release a "practical" roadmap by the end of the year on how it intends to reach 24GW of nuclear energy powering the nation's grid by 2050. The post Roadmap to reaching 24GW of nuclear in UK promised by end of year appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Construction Adds 16,000 Jobs in September

For Construction Pros

Several economic indicator reports relevant to the construction industry were released today, helping to paint a picture of the outlook moving into the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Unmasking construction’s hidden mental health crisis

Construction Dive

In an industry where mental well-being has often been misconstrued as a weakness, PCL Construction boldly addresses mental health concerns.

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Matthew Lunemann, P.E., Joins STV to Help Grow Tunneling and Geotechnical Practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Civil + Structural Engineer

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – STV, a professional services firm that plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects across North America, today announced that Matthew Lunemann, P.E., PMP, ENV SP, has joined the firm as vice president and engineering director in its tunneling and geotechnical group. In this role, Lunemann will oversee the group’s geotechnical initiatives in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with a focus on civil infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

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EU delegation Visits Ireland to investigate MICA crisis

Plant & Civil Engineer

A delegation from the European Parliament has visited Ireland to investigate the defective concrete block crisis. MEPs from Spain, Estonia and Latvia joined Irish counterparts on the three-day mission to Donegal and Dublin. The visit serves as a follow-up to several petitions that were received and debated by the Committee on Petitions, highlighting the issue of defective mica blocks used in construction in Ireland.

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Unions call for parties to adopt asbestos-removal plan

Construction News

A coalition of unions has called for the removal of asbestos from all public buildings within the next 40 years. Unions representing more than four million workers wrote to political party leaders to ask them to include in their general election manifestos a policy to… The post Unions call for parties to adopt asbestos-removal plan appeared first on Construction News.

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Elephant & Castle upgrade sees progress in basement works and prepares for tunnelling

New Civil Engineer

Construction of a new integrated ticket hall at Elephant & Castle station has been completed to basement level five while preparation for new passenger tunnels is underway. The post Elephant & Castle upgrade sees progress in basement works and prepares for tunnelling appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Zero Emission Machines to Shake Up Oil and Lubricants Industry

For Construction Pros

Change is underway in the vehicles oil and lubricants industry as a result of the inexorable move toward zero emission vehicles, in particular battery-electric machines.

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Boston’s year-old $2.3B Green Line Extension needs repairs

Construction Dive

GLX Constructors — composed of Fluor, The Middlesex Corp., Herzog and Balfour Beatty — finished the light rail project last year and will regauge the faulty tracks.

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McCarthy + Barnsley Launch Construction on Brookhaven City Hall, First Mass Timber Municipal Building in Region

Civil + Structural Engineer

Joint-venture team breaks ground on landmark 74,000 square feet city hall building for the City of Brookhaven ATLANTA — McCarthy + Barnsley, A Joint Venture, today announced the launch of construction on Brookhaven City Hall, a mass-timber project that will serve the community of Brookhaven, Georgia near Atlanta. The five-story building is expected to open in Summer 2025, with project partners including the Sizemore Group as architect of record and CPS as program manager.

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Mass timber reframes Idaho ski hotel’s Alpine architecture

Construction Specifier

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of northern Idaho, the Humbird Hotel at Schweitzer redefines mountain architecture with modern construction materials such as exposed cross-laminated timber (CLT), glue-laminated timber (glulam), board-formed concrete, metal, and glass. Skylab Architecture, the project’s architect, describes the resort as “Seattle urbanite meets Idaho ski bum.

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Record proportion of construction workforce are women

Construction News

Women now make up a higher proportion of the construction workforce than at any time since official records began. The construction workforce was 18.8 per cent female in April to June 2023, up 1.5 per cent on the previous quarter, according to the Office for… The post Record proportion of construction workforce are women appeared first on Construction News.

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