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Top Construction Podcasts

Construction industry influencers and contributors abound, making it challenging to hand-pick a subjective list of top podcasts. Regardless, we gave it a shot; we award two pod-thumbs up to the following podcasters.

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Groundbreaker! High School Designed to Promote Careers in Construction

The Clark County School District in the Greater Las Vegas area is opening one of the first of its kind: a full-time magnet high school designed for students who are interested in going into the construction industry.

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Concrete Strike is Hitting Low-Income Communities Hard

With over 5,000 Seattle residents waiting for affordable housing, an ongoing strike continues to delay the construction of up to 1,800 low-income units.

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Iconic Disney Attraction Undergoing Major Construction Overhaul

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland have been serving up thrills to passengers for decades, but one of the most iconic rides—the Pirates of the Caribbean—will close at both parks. Ride closures happen often. But by closing the famous ride simultaneously at both parks, Disney might have tipped its hand that ride upgrades may rest in the offing.

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Construction Crew Finds Mummified Body in Wall of Historic Building

In Oakland, CA, a construction crew working on the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center found a mummified body in a wall.

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Construction Projects Find Archaeological Treasures Across the Roman Empire

This week two construction projects uncovered massive archaeological finds. Two construction crews, distant from each other, discovered previously unknown remains of the Roman civilization.

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New York State Breaks Ground on First Offshore Wind Farm, But It Won’t Be the Last

Last week, New York broke ground on its first offshore wind farm. The construction project represents the first step in a long list of the state’s energy projects. New York expects the South Fork Wind project off the coast of Long Island to operate by the end of 2023.

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Bay Area Contractor Settles with EPA Over Lead-Based Paint Problems

For decades, strict laws have governed dangerous waste handling, including lead-based paint and asbestos. EPA guidelines leave no room for speculation regarding contractor disclosure and mitigation of hazardous materials.

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Letter Claims Construction Destroys Fossils—But Reports Are Conflicting

Multiple paleontologists and scientists criticize a walkway building project located at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite in Moab, Utah; they allege that 30 percent of the site's fossilized footprints lie in ruin.

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Despite Labor Shortages, One Builder is Donating Labor to Schools

Labor shortages plague the construction industry. Even so, Hutton Construction, a Wichita-based company, stepped up to help schools facing the same staffing crisis.

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US Department of Transportation Launches $27 Billion Bridge Retrofit

Last week the US Department of Transportation launched an initiative known as the “Bridge Formula Program,” which aims to be the most extensive repair and restoration project on United States bridges since the 1950s. With $26.5 billion to spend over five years, plus an additional $825 million for tribal transportation, this will be a massive undertaking projected to create many construction jobs—if there are laborers available to take them.

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Fatal Indiana Shooting Started Over Argument About Construction Equipment

Investigators and witnesses claim that an argument on December 28th over ownership of a piece of construction equipment culminated into a fatal shooting.

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Walt Disney World Ride Suffers Construction Setback, Insiders Say

Although Disney keeps quiet about their construction projects—going so far as to own their own company to build in their resorts and theme parks—industry insiders suspect significant damage on the construction site of the upcoming Disney World "Guardians of the Galaxy" roller coaster.

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Massive Colorado Winter Fire Partially Blamed on New Construction and Urban Sprawl

Two factors caused a winter grassland fire to sweep through Colorado’s Front Range, says Johnathon Overpeck, professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan: parched weather and the encroachment of suburbs into grasslands.

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Construction Crews Working Without Permit Before Garage Collapse, Mayor Says

Last week an underground parking garage in Lakewood, Ohio collapsed at Lakewood's Marine Towers Apartments. The structure came down just before 10:00 am on Thursday, December 23rd.

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Studies From Canada Show Increased Mental Health Problems in Construction

Multiple studies indicate that the COVID pandemic and job insecurity affect workers’ mental health. For example, a Canadian study says construction workers experience more mental health issues than most.

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Human Remains Found at Construction Site Not Prehistoric, Anthropologists Say

Workers found human remains in a field while working on a construction site for a Costco store in Redding, CA. Authorities hired an anthropology team from California State University, Chico, to investigate. Later, Native American consultants arrived to oversee the excavation and removal.

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Elon Musk Building Second Starbase

Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, announced on Twitter: "Construction of the Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun." He referenced Cape Canaveral, the same place where NASA maintains its launchpads.

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Thieves Across the Country Are Stealing Construction Materials

Across the United States, in the wake of materials shortages, thieves have been ransacking job sites. They don’t just steal power tools; they take lumber, fixtures, and steel.

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Massive Fire Caused by Radiant Heat and Lumber at LA Construction Site

A ferocious fire tore through a construction site and the surrounding buildings on December 1st, in Upland, a suburb of Los Angeles. Fire crews say "radiant heat and exposed lumber" sparked the blaze. They didn’t clarify the radiant heat source.

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New York Begins Construction on $107 Million “Living Barriers” to Combat Rising Seas

On the southern tip of Staten Island, a new project aims to fight rising sea levels and install anti-flooding structures. In September of this year, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery began work on what they’re calling “Living Barriers,” breakwaters made up of eight massive rock piles.

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Dominion Energy Gets Green Light on Largest Offshore Wind Farm in United States

The Virginia State Corporation Commission greenlit the largest wind farm in the United States. Project owners predict Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) power generator to produce 2.6 GW. The contract includes the largest submarine cable ever awarded in the United States (Dominion Energy’s massive undersea power cables differ from longer undersea cables, including communications cables between California and Singapore).

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World’s Longest Subsea Cable Project Makes California County Communications Hub

A 10,000-mile-long subsea fiber optic cable will connect the city of Eureka, California, in Humboldt County, to Singapore; this turns the county into a central communications hub that will eventually see two more massive projects.

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Chicago Biennial Creates Architectural Oases on Vacant Lots

The fourth edition of the Chicago Architect Biennial wants to connect contractors and architects to turn Chicago's run-down vacant lots into an "architectural oases." Plans include vegetable gardens, community pottery centers, and outdoor art exhibitions. Planners will use vacant land with high crime potential for all projects.

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Construction Begins on Air Force’s Wargaming Facility for Space and Lasers

Space-related construction begins at the Kirtland Air Force base south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The facility offers simulations for space vehicles and energy weapons wargaming.

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Famed Manhattan Skyscraper Developer Sued for $125 Million, Plus Damages

In a complaint filed last week, the condo board of 432 Park Avenue says that more than 1,500 construction errors, some deemed to be “life safety issues,” riddle their 96-story building. The building once stood as a media darling with celebrity tenants such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

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San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Halts Construction as it Begins Sinking Again

The controversial 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco, CA, continues to sink. As of February 2020, the tower had sunk 17 inches since it first opened in 2009. Recent readings show that, despite construction efforts to reinforce the building, it has descended another inch.

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In Anticipation of 20th Anniversary, Construction Industry Historians Reflect on World Trade Center

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, television stations and websites plan a flurry of retrospectives and oral histories. Many will feature the original workers, engineers, and owners who built the World Trade Center.

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Architect Wins Pulitzer Prize for Uncovering Chinese Forced Labor Camps

Alison Killing, the first architect to win the Pulitzer prize, used her knowledge of construction and engineering to identify sites of forced labor camps in China. Killing, from England and now living in Rotterdam, studied architecture and engineering at Oxford. She took part in a community design program called 24 Hour Urban Action. The program studied architecture’s link to death camps throughout world history. In 2018 she met Megha Rajagoop, a journalist who had visited one of the camps; Killing decided to use her expertise to find more.

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More Information Rolls in About Construction Red Flags At Surfside Disaster

A 2018 report noted significant flaws in the South Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida, which collapsed nearly ten days ago. NPR exposed a series of presentations given to the residents in both the North and South Champlain Towers in the fall and winter of 2020. The major takeaway was, "we have to do all this right now."

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Habitat For Humanity Struggling Under Weight of Material Costs, COVID

Habitat for Humanity, the charity organization that builds homes for the disadvantaged, faces financial trials. The first blow came from the virus; safety precautions severely reduced the number of volunteers they could have onsite. The second came from the lack of revenue from closed ReStores, a chain of reuse stores Habitat for Humanity runs to partially fund their projects. The third blow came from supply chain issues—the same issues faced by all residential contractors.

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Report Showed Major Damage Prior to Florida High-Rise Collapse

As crews still search through the rubble of the Surfside, Florida condo that collapsed last week, new reports indicate that the building needed construction repairs as early as 2018.

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Modular Construction Hits the Big Time But Has Historic Roots

Builders chatter about modular construction, particularly over the past few years. Even Warren Buffet entered the market with an ambitious venture into the technology. A new report projects modular construction to be worth $114 billion by 2028.

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Controversial New Legislation Seeks to Protect From Wildfires

Californians face the increasing severity of wildfires at the beginning of fire season. The Los Angeles City Council seeks to slow fires with a new proposal: City Building Code Fire District 1 Expansion. This initiative expands fire safety measures in dangerous neighborhoods, such as Silver Lake and Pacific Palisades. The proposal severely limits the use of wood framing in large buildings (over 150,000 square feet).

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Self-Driving Car Can’t Handle Road Construction, Halts Traffic

Amid the rise of autonomous vehicles, some wonder how these cars will react to unexpected events. A car from the Waymo autonomous taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, experienced trouble handling interaction with road construction.

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Georgia Nuclear Plant Reaches Construction Milestone

On April 25th, 2021, a construction team led by Bechtel, an engineering and construction firm, added a massive cooling tank to Plant Vogtle Unit 4. This is one of only two nuclear power plants currently under construction in the United States.

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Construction Materials Shortage Getting So Drastic It’s Leading to Theft

Nobody in the construction industry sees the material shortage as new news; lumber has climbed more than 300% since March of 2020. According to a survey from the Associated Building Contractors, lack of materials competes for top concern among contractors, alongside the labor shortage.

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Architectural Digest Asks the Question: Is it Green?

Early in 2021, a mansion in Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, marketed as a solar-powered home, sold for $1525 million. The 112 solar panels on the roof generate enough power to operate the house for weeks or even months completely off-grid.

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LA Tackling Housing Crisis Through Backyard Tiny Homes

Los Angeles, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, faces a massive housing shortage. Many people live in wooden barracks. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety plans to react to their crisis by launching the Accessory Dwelling Unit Standard Plan Program. Based on a 2017 statewide law, their directive enables the city to approve the construction of tens of thousands of “high-design, minimal dwellings” in-home backyards throughout the city.

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Massive $20 Billion Chicago Project One Step Closer to Breaking Ground

The $20 billion megaproject, One Central, in Chicago appears to be moving forward, following a dispute with Metra Electric, Chicago’s commuter rail system. Landmark Development, the developer of One Central, reached a tentative agreement this week to work “above, below, and around the tracks in the area without disrupting commuter operations.” Also, Landmark will spend $3.8 billion on a transit connection.

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Construction On Hold After Work Crew Discovers a Slave Graveyard

The Cherokee County School Board stopped construction of the School of Innovation and Technology building project in Cherokee County, North Carolina, due to workers uncovering the presence of a slave graveyard that dates back to the Civil War.

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California Construction Company Intends to Send Tourists to Space

With more companies and countries getting a toe-hold into space, it's only natural that a massive construction project intends to make big profits from future tourist space travel.

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$2.4 Billion Highway Tunnel Construction Unearths Amazing Finds Near Stonehenge

Visitors to England’s Stonehenge admire the magnificent and breathtaking vistas. Still, even spending a short time on site, it’s difficult not to notice the mass of traffic just a few hundred feet away. Although Stonehenge sits on a vacant land plot, a nearby road, built in the 19th century, acts as a major thoroughfare through the region. In 2020, the government conditionally approved the construction of a massive tunnel to silence highway noise.

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New York City Faces One of Its Largest Facelifts in Modern History

Of the five boroughs of New York City, perhaps none is as infamous as Riker’s Island, a 413-acre island that houses one of the country’s largest prisons. The New York City Council has marked Riker’s Island as a target for tear down and renovation; most New Yorkers agree with this sentiment.

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Chinese Construction Market Expected to Spend $1.4 Trillion on Infrastructure Before 2025

According to PRNewswire, a new report, “Construction in China – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2024” shows massive construction undertakings in the country in the first half of the decade. This occurs amid slowdowns in United States construction due to material shortages.

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New Details Emerge About Massive Rail Project Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

A new website has launched for a new public high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with details emerging about the line's construction, known as Brightline West.

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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.

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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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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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