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EEOC Sues a Florida Company for Telling an Applicant They Don’t Hire Women

Florida construction company passed over the application to hire a woman as a heavy equipment operator because of her gender, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on August 27th.

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Ancient Ruins Found During Construction Project in Colorado

During preliminary construction on a proposed highway in Durango, Colorado, workers uncovered remarkably well-preserved archaeological ruins, most likely dating back to the Ancestral Puebloan period (commonly referred to as the Anasazi).

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Catcalling Women Must Stop, Owners Demand

The owner of a Boston-based construction company, Cathartes, has laid down the law when it comes his workers making catcalls from construction sites: do it and you’re fired.

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Grassi and Co.’s 2019 Construction Industry Survey Results

To take the pulse of the construction industry, Grassi and Co. hired an independent survey group to take a three-month survey of the industry in New York, and the results are in.

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2020 Olympic Venues Nearing Completion

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have released a report outlining their readiness for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to the report, more than half of all venues have been completed with just a year to go.

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Long Island Industrial District Being Reinvigorated as Green Space

Westbury, New York, officials are rezoning a degraded industrial sector near the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) into a sprawling green space, in an effort to increase sustainability.

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Is The Focus on Modern Construction Automation Misplaced?

hh2 Powertools reported on the rapid growth in investment into construction automation, but an editorial by Chris Stanley, of the Concrete Block Association, says that it’s an enticing solution that overlooks the real problems.

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Vocational Training in Juvenile Detention Center Offers New Lease on Life

This is a bulldozer and forklift simulator. Students using it can earn three different heavy equipment certifications. “The kids, they know, you know, that could be real money, instead of what they’re getting out on the street,” says Earl Gale, one of the instructors at Sojourn High Vocational Lab, inside a juvenile detention center. Gale has been an instructor there for 12 years.

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Viral Social Media Post Shows Not To Judge a Construction Worker by his Dirt

In a post that went viral in late June, a construction worker in Vancouver, Washington, a construction worker made a social media post after overhearing a woman make disparaging comments about his appearance.

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Augmented Reality Changes the Face of Architecture and Construction

Augmented reality, also known as spatial computing, is a term that refers to the way that humans use digital devices to view an altered version of the physical world around them. While the technology began as…

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Top Five Growing Jobs in Construction

As the need to fill job openings within the construction industry increases, now is the perfect time for those who are thinking about a career in construction. However, with the industry being so large and there being...

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New $2.5B TSX Broadway Project Meant to Revamp NYC Times Square

New York City’s Times Square is already one of the most exciting places to visit, and with new construction, it is about to rival Las Vegas when it comes to entertainment. Times Square will be ready to start construction...

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Las Vegas to Secure #1 Spot for Entertainment With Exciting New Construction

New construction broke ground over the past week in Las Vegas. Residents will soon be able to see exciting new development directly on the famous Las Vegas Strip. A new globe-shaped event center has started...

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Going Green: How Open Spaces in Cities Benefit Everyone

The world’s cities are continuing to grow at a rapid rate, and the importance of land use planning is becoming more and more crucial. Cities are comprised of more than just buildings and people. Many cities are...

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The High Life: City Dwellers Prepare for Taller, More Skyscrapers in Coming Years

Ready or not, thousands of new skyscrapers will be built by 2050 according to current trends. City living is continuing to become more and more popular. By 2050, it is estimated that around six billion people will reside...

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Home Shortage Continues as Prices Continue to Rise

Finding a home to purchase with a budget of under $250,000 seems close to impossible in today’s housing market. Labor, land and material costs continue to rise, which is resulting in slowing down the production...

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Top Three Ways Home Builders Can Reach Millennials

The real estate market is at the highest point it has been prior to the recession in 2008. With experts saying home prices will continue to rise over the next couple of years, many are worried that millennials will be...

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Construction Employment on the Rise in 2018

Those who work in the construction sector have something to look forward to as employment rates continue to rise in 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 13,000 new jobs within the industry in May alone...

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How To Choose A Great Cloud-based Solution

Have you ever considered how cloud-based solutions can help you or your company be more efficient at completing your daily tasks? It is important to realize that not all cloud-based services are created equally. Outlined...

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The Telegraph: Eight Failures at Grenfell Tower Inferno

Much has been written in the last two days about the fire at the London tragedy at Grenfell Tower, but The Telegraph, a British paper, has put together a scathing article outlining eight failures that led to such a...

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Case Study: Fahs Construction

Interview with Steve Haynes, IT Manager, Fahs Construction Fahs has been in business since 1954, getting its start as a painting contractor. Today, the New York-based company has...

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Dozens of Startups Looking to Disrupt the Construction Industry

Compared to other long-term business ventures, construction lags far behind in increased productivity, ranking only 1% more productive than it was in 1962. Retailers, financial institutions, hotels and...

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Ancient Roman Concrete Recipe Could Be Answer to Rising Tides

“It’s the most durable building material in human history,” said Philip Brune, a researcher at DuPont, “and I say that as an engineer not prone to hyperbole.” As reported in the Washington...

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ThyssenKrupp Reveals Revolutionary New Elevator System

No cables. Horizontal and vertical movement. It’s being called a revolution in skyscraper construction. “MULTI” is the name of this new system, which has been referred to “like a metro system inside a building...

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New Internet-of-Things Doorbell To Reduce Crime

Ring, which claims to be the “world’s most popular doorbell,” has just announced the next generation of their groundbreaking product. Ring is a doorbell with audio and video capabilities, so customers—or...

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Is The Construction Industry Ready For a Robot Revolution?

As I was reading the news this week I was intrigued to find two headlines that completely contradict each other. The first: “The Construction Industry is Short on Human Workers and Ripe For a Robotic...

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Fire Which Killed At Least 17 Blamed on Cladding

At least 17 people died, and at least 78 more were injured in London’s Grenfell Tower fire yesterday. And while many things affected the growth of the fire—a spark from a cigarette on an eighth-floor balcony, a gas...

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What is a Starter Home Anymore?

Four years ago, a story caused USA Today writer, Judy Rose, to ask: “When did a new, $300,000, four-bedroom house become a starter home?” To be expected, it was couched as a question about those...

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Laborers vs. Builders: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Economics

While the construction industry is in crisis due to massive labor shortages (as we’ve reported here...

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From Furniture to Flight Terminals, Eero Saarinen Designed it All

Some of the most iconic structures in the United States were designed by Eero Saarinen, who emigrated from Finland at age 13. His design work began not with buildings, but with furniture. In 1940, at the age of 30...

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Is California's Housing Market Indicative of Nationwide Trends?

There’s a saying in fashion that as goes California, so goes the rest of America. If that can be extrapolated to other industries, we might be seeing a housing slump over what has been a buyer’s market...

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Construction Industry is Booming--Or Is It?

Today, as I went to read the news to find something to blog about, I noticed half a dozen new articles about the booming construction industry. From the Miami Herald...

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“Magic” Self-Healing Concrete

Arthur C. Clarke, the author of science fiction such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, and inventor of ideas such as the geostationary communications satellite, once wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is...

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Project Loses $60,000 After 23-Year-Old Daredevil Shuts Down Job Site

A woman, Marisa Lazo, described by a friend as “adventurous,” shut down a large construction site in Toronto, Canada, after being found at 3:30am sitting on the hook of a crane some 45 meters...

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Work is such a Crick in the Neck

If you are like me and sit at a desk all day, you may also have a sore neck and a backside that resembles your office chair. Media splashes news of the negative effects sitting all day can cause. Dr. James Levine...

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Smart Technologies in Development to Manage Diabetes

Even as Apple is developing new iPhones and getting ready to move into their incredible ring-shaped campus, they’ve been secretly working on a whole new kind of product: a wearable, non-invasive device that...

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Construction Crew Stumbles into Colonial Cemetery

On a lot that will soon be a 10-story, 116-unit apartment building, PMC Property Group of Philadelphia, PA, dug down to find the remains of at least 38 people. The bodies are in coffins, six-feet underground...

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Home Depot Surprises Traders with Booming Earnings Report

hh2 Cloud Services recently attended the 2018 TUG National Users Conference held in Orlando this last week. It was a great opportunity for our team to connect with our current customers and to demonstrate our extensive...

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New Silicon Valley Construction Projects Draw Mixed Reviews

With Apple’s new headquarters, nicknamed the “Spaceship Campus,” nearing completion, Google has now received the city council’s approval to move forward with their giant tent-like structure...

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New Rotating Dubai Hotel Self-Sustaining

When you hear about an eighty-story luxury hotel that can spin 360 degrees, you know someone must be talking about Dubai. Home to the Burj Khalifa—the tallest building in the world, at a record...

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Construction Plans for Border Wall

Reuters reported this morning that they received an internal report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing the construction of the border wall. Details are still sketchy...

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Labor Shortage Slows New Construction

Not long ago, construction jobs were scarce. When the Great Recession hit in 2008 and 2009, 31% of laborers left the construction industry, and they haven’t come back. In fact, the National Association...

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Mesh WiFi for Construction

It used to be mark of a forward-looking company to have Wi-Fi in the job trailer. Now with the proliferation of online meetings and the connected nature of modern business, it has become a necessity...

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IKEA’s Award-Winning Refugee Shelter

At a time when the refugee crisis seems worse than ever, IKEA’s “Better Shelter” is booming around the world. While IKEA furniture has a reputation (true or false) for being cheap and disposable, in the world of...

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Construction Leading the Way in Mental Health Care

When thinking of health protections in the construction industry, it may surprise many to learn that the industry is helping to lead the charge in mental health awareness and care. Safety concerns are not just...

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The Border Wall and Construction

The Wall. It’s been a subject on the lips of politicians and pundits for well over a year, ever since President Trump has been running for office. And the subject’s not new: a congressional vote for...

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Crowdsharing Construction Equipment?

Taking a cue from the crowdsharing fame of companies like Uber (the rent-a-car-and-driver service that's taking the transportation industry by storm) and Airbnb (the service that lets homeowners rent their...

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3-D Printing Tech

3-D printers have already taken the tech industry by storm—news stories of 3-D printed shoes, wheels, artificial hearts and even guns are breaking one after another. While there are downsides to 3D printing...

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Australian Bricklayers Clever Workflow

As reported this week by Gizmodo, a team of bricklayers in Australia invented a clever, if not entirely practical, way to build a wall. What starts as a simple game of dominos ends with an ingenious and surprising twist...

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