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Pandemic Will Shape the Future of Construction in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is facing tough economic times, and the construction and architecture communities are rallying to see how to address the future of the City of Angels. According to architect Karin Liljegren of Omgivning, an architecture, and design firm, Covid-19 has exposed many deep-rooted problems in Southern California. Among them, the health crisis, the climate crisis, and the racial crisis.

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Mass Transit Construction Sees Turmoil As More People Work From Home

With the lockdowns of COVID and the ensuing conversation about whether working from home or not will remain a more conventional way of doing business. Mass transit projects are taking a funding hit—or at least being highly scrutinized by the backers who are putting up the billions of dollars to fund them. In New York City, for example, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that without federal assistance, they face a $16 billion funding gap through 2024.

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Tesla Begins Construction on World’s Largest Battery Bank

Tesla, the company behind the electric cars and the SpaceX launch vehicle that safely sent astronauts to the International Space Station and brought them back safely to earth, is now turning its eye onto the most substantial ever energy storage system, in Moss Landing, California.

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New Startup Claims to Automate 80% of Construction Work

A new company, Mighty Buildings, has quietly been gaining $30 million in funding from a combination of investors, including Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, SV Angel, CoreVC and more. The company has made the eyebrow-raising claim that it can automate as much as 80% of the construction process.

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Massive Bombing in Beirut Leaves Architecture and Construction Industries Worried

For a country with such a chaotic past, including several recent violent rocket engagements with Israel, Lebanon has had a surprising amount of highly-developed architecture. Add to that the historic nature of the city and its many ancient buildings, and you’ve got a wonderland of architectural design. That could all be gone permanently, however, following this week’s devastating explosion.

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Unexploded WW2 Ordnance Found by Construction Crew in DC

Construction workers got more than they bargained for this week while doing routine construction work on a park in Washington DC—they discovered an undetonated World War 2 era bomb.

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New York Opens Many Construction Jobs Again Post-COVID

In the first step of reopening the construction in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on June 5th that he would allow 32,000 construction sites to reopen.

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New Report Suggests Multifamily Suburban Housing Could Be On the Rise

According to a report from Moody’s Analytics, many people are considering moving out of large population centers as they have seen areas like New York and New Jersey—with very high density populations—get much sicker from the novel coronavirus. The report suggests people will be moving away from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, and to smaller towns like Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina.

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Mammoth Skeletons Found in Mexico City Airport Construction

When excavating in Mexico City, it’s not uncommon to find uncommon things. The city is built on the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochitlan, and that was built on top of even more ancient cultures before it. So when digging, you can be sure to find something. But at the Mexican capitol’s new airport development, construction workers found something they didn’t expect: two huge skulls, along with scattered ribs and limbs.

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UK Report Says that Construction Workers at Among Most at Risk for Virus

Low-skilled construction workers in the U.K., urged back to work by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have one of the highest rates of death from the virus.

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8 Ways COVID-19 is Changing the Jobsite

The construction magazine Construction Dive took an in-depth look at what is coming down the pipeline for jobsites in a post-coronavirus world. It listed eight things that it said will changing in coming months and years—some of which will be temporary but some of which will be permanent.

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Construction Begins on World’s Largest Soccer Stadium

Even as America is reeling from COVID-19 and wonder about the future of sports—both in the short and long term—as we come to struggle with the future where social distancing, masks, and large gatherings are all questions on the tips of our tongues, a $1.7 billion soccer stadium is being constructed in China. When completed—estimated to be in 2022—it will be the largest soccer stadium in the world, including 100,000 seats and 162 boxes.

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Virus Stops Construction at Disney, but Universal Soldiers On

In Orlando, Florida, the center of theme park and resort entertainment for half the country, there has been observed activity in the construction of Universal Orlando Resort, but Disneyworld and its adjoining parks, hotels and resorts remained shuttered.

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Construction Companies Giving Back

Kansas-based construction company Hutton Construction isn’t letting the downturn in projects stop them from working—they’re trading their hammers and nails for masks and gloves, and they’ve gone down to the local food bank to make a difference. Employees and their families are packaging meals for the Outreach Program, a 17-year-old food service foundation based out of Union, Iowa.

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Construction Halted on Notre Dame Cathedral

It was one year ago this week that the news raced around the world: the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which has stood for 860 years, was engulfed in flame. And though fortunately no lives were lost in the fire, which was either caused by a cigarette or a faulty wire, and the stained-glass windows and main structure of the building remained intact, the spire and roof collapsed. The wood roof, known as the “the forest” for its many heavy, ancient wooden beams, were destroyed, along with the lead roof, and a 350-ton mass of scaffolding that was around the structure as part of a restoration project.

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Post-Pandemic Architecture

We’re already seeing semi-permanent changes being made to stores and gas stations: plastic barricades are going up to protect cashiers from the breath of customers and yellow lines are painted in parking lots to mark where queues should form to wait their turn to enter the store. It’s likely that we’ll see many more innovations in the coming months and years as we learn from this pandemic how to curtail future ones. But this isn’t the first time that architecture has changed radically because of mass sickness and disease. Just as COVID-19 is changing modern structures, 18th century tuberculosis, 19th century cholera, and 20th century Spanish flu forever altered the way architecture is used in cities.

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Architecture Firms are Feeling the Pinch, Which Forecasts Trouble Ahead

Even though construction is still mostly operating at capacity, architectural firms—particularly those that work on public works projects—are getting squeezed by the poor economy, and that predicts few construction projects down the pipeline.

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Quarantined Populace? Time to Fix the Streets!

With more than 90% of the country under stay-at-home orders, the streets have been eerily quiet. Of course, there is still the traffic of essential workers, and the trips to the grocery store and pharmacy, but traffic is demonstrably low right now.

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Italian Architecture Firm Designs ICU That Can Fit in a Shipping Crate

Italy has been the country hit the hardest by the coronavirus, seeing an almost 9% death rate (more than 8,000 deaths as of March 27th), and the country is struggling to handle the massive need for hospital space. That’s why the architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati designed an intensive care unit that can be easily packaged and sent to areas in need.

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Emergency Construction of Temporary Field Hospital Underway in Washington

Construction on a temporary field hospital started on Wednesday on a Shoreline soccer field near Seattle, Washington. As of March 19th, Washington had over 1300 cases of the virus, one of the hardest-hit states in the country.

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Construction Companies Doing Their Part to Help Hospital Workers

All across the nation there has been a dramatic shortage in several essential items, but one in particular is protective masks. While hospitals have masks in storage for their needs, the coronavirus pandemic has all but depleted their stores of the precious safety equipment—and they haven’t been helped by the members of the panicked public who bought through Amazon, and other online retailers’, stocks in a matter of hours. This has left emergency workers scrambling to find masks, with some nurses and doctors resorting to using bandannas and strips of cloth.

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Coronavirus Didn’t Slow Down ConExpo, Largest Construction Convention in North America

Last week ConExpo went ahead as planned in Las Vegas, bringing in 130,000 attendees to the once-every-three-years event. The expo takes up 2.7 million square feet of space and is truly staggering in its scope. Taking place on March 10, before most travel bans and mass closures were instituted, the expo move forward on schedule.

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Tiny Home Village Finally Under Construction

After years of delays really to zoning regulations and community concerns, a small, 30-home experiment is being built in Albuquerque.

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Coronavirus is Hampering Construction Efforts in United States

Even though there have been very few cases of the coronavirus confirmed in the United States, it has already impacted the construction industry in several places and may spread to more.

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Top Construction Projects to Watch in 2020

Construction Dive has put out their top six construction projects to watch in the coming year. They’re wide and varied, but each is interesting and will be making headlines.

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Rapid Construction on Hospital in China to Combat Wuhan Coronavirus

Two hospital in China are being special-built specifically to combat the dangerous coronavirus, and a new video from the construction company shows a time-lapse video of the breakneck construction.

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Texas Lego Construction Competition Aims to Get Young Girls into Construction

The Block Kids Building Competition, a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) with feature 50 girls from kindergarten to sixth grade. Each will get 100 bricks and an hour to build whatever they choose.

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Construction Trends to Watch for in the New Year

We’ve talked about a lot of construction trends over the past year—some growing and some waning—but here are five things that we feel confident about saying will be dominant trends in construction in 2020.

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Silicon Valley Making Pledges to Address Housing Construction

California’s Bay Area, home to Silicon Valley, where Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all call home, has a housing problem that is unmatched anywhere, even in Manhattan, the most expensive of cities: the Bay Area’s “low income” designation now applies to a family of four making less than $117,000 a year. The state of California has more than 134,000 homeless, and in the Bay Area that has increased by 17% since 2017.

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Coastal Construction on the Rise—But So is Sea Level

“Coastal ... real estate development is continuing to be faster than inland, which means we are continuing to put ourselves at risk,” says Susan Wachter, a real estate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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Construction for Starship 39A Launch and Landing Facility Taking Off

Built at the Kennedy Space Center pad complex, the new launch and landing facilities for the SpaceX Starship Mk2 prototype rocket are heavy construction. Although work only began three weeks ago, photos show heavy equipment has already cleared a large area next to the 39A ramp.

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Home Depot Foundation Fights Skilled Labor Shortage

The Home Depot Foundation announced its next phase of a $50 million pledge to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople by 2028. They’re partnering with Home Builders Institute to implement youth trades training for high school students in at-risk communities.

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Construction Noise a Nuisance All Night

Michael Riley, a Manhattan-based research scientist for Google, considered installing $40,000 sound-proof windows before settling on a more cost-efficient choice: a pair of $250 noise-cancelling headphones. He had found out that contractors at a nearby building had received an after-hours variance permit that allowed late-night construction.

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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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