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Overturning Mayor’s Veto, Maui County Council Enforces Two-Year Moratorium on Hotels Construction

This week the Maui County Council voted to overturn Mayor Mike Victorino’s veto of a bill that would halt all new hotel construction for the next two years. Councilmember Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, who introduced the bill, said that this isn’t intended to stop tourists from coming to the island; they only want to give the county more time to figure out how to accommodate the increasing number of tourists, as well as find more available low-income housing for Maui residents.

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Lumber Prices, Which Had Begun to Sink, Have Now Rocketed to Record Highs Again

The National Home Builders Association says increasing prices could cause the average new single-family home to increase by $18,600. Lumber prices hit record highs in May of 2021. During a brief price drop, the construction industry hoped to return to pre-pandemic numbers; unfortunately, costs snapped back up.

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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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Construction Technology Company Hausbots Makes a Robot That Climbs Walls

Hausbots offers a new tool that must be seen to be believed:a robot that looks similar to a small four-wheeled car with two large vents onthe top. The device can drive straight up walls.

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New Director to Oversee Construction of World's Most Powerful Observatory

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory Construction project named Dr. Željko Ivezić, a member of the International Scientific Council of the University of Rijeka in Croatia, to be its project director. Ivezić has been part of the program since 2018 when the institution named him Deputy Director in charge of data management, education, and public access.

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Construction Spending Rises Overall with Residential, But Offices Fell Sharply

According to the Commerce Department on January 3rd, Spending on construction projects rose 0.4% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.63 trillion, less than the Wall Street Journal’s prediction of a 0.7% increase.

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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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$500 Million "COVID-19 Conscious" Skyscraper Gets Funding in Miami

Developers plan to finish converting a Miami skyscraper intended for medical tourism into the first COVID-19 conscious residential, hotel, and medical center.

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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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Artificial Intelligence at Work Sites is More Than Autonomous Machines

Artificial intelligence impacts peoples’ lives across all sectors; they can ask Siri or Alexa a question, use a smart thermostat, or receive recommendations from Netflix. The construction industry also benefits from AI. And AI in construction goes much further than autonomous vehicles.

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Architects Are Finding a New Place to Ply Their Trade—and It Doesn’t Involve Builders

Science fiction literature historically draws on metaverse concepts. Recent innovations, such as Facebook’s name change to Meta and the announcement of their metaverse, have inspired architects to build new creations—virtually.

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Recent Storms Spark Conversations About Building For Disasters

All buildings stand in potential disaster zones, be it tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, says Nadim Wehbe, the John M. Hanson Professorship of Structural and Construction Engineering and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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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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Japan's Prime Minister Admits Country Has Been Overstating Construction Data for Decades

On December 15th, Japan's Prime Minister admitted overstatements by the government regarding the value of some construction orders; this struck a blow to investors and economists' confidence in the country's official statistics.

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Despite Materials Shortages, New Construction is Up

Census data from last week shows a 12% jump in housing starts in November over October; this occurred amid construction industry struggles such as the labor and materials shortage and all-time highs in construction costs.

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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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Skyrocketing Construction Costs Are Endangering An In-Progress Zoo Overhaul

Waco, Texas builders feel the heat of post-pandemic materials and labor price hikes. But perhaps no job site feels the pain more than the Cameron Park Zoo, a non-profit that relies on fundraising to expand. The zoo began construction with financing in place—prices spun out of control.

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Police in Connecticut Using Cameras to Catch Speeders in Construction Zones

The Department of Transportation in Connecticut in conjunction with the state police plans to create a safer environment for road construction crews. In 2021, more than 900 accidents occurred in construction zones; this resulted in four fatalities.

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Construction Company Owner and Employee Charged Related to Deaths

Boston courts failed to charge the Atlantic Coast Utilities construction company with the late February deaths of two contractors. However, the business owner and an employee did catch four counts of perjury charges related to the deaths.

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Two Construction Workers Rescued After Dangling From 23-Story High-Rise

On the evening of Saturday, December 4, scaffolding broke at the Hemisphere Condominium in Hallandale Beach, Florida, leaving two construction workers dangling by their safety harnesses and entangled in scaffolding debris.

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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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Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Manufacturer Mitrex Trying to Go Mainstream

For years, construction technology companies have experimented with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology says this new tech can go mainstream.

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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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Construction Shut Down in UAE Port After Pressure from the US Regarding China

The United States continues to monitor construction in a shipping port near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The US Embassy pressured construction to halt amid evidence of secret Chinese involvement.

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Opposition Grows To “Prison-Like” Dorm Project

UC Santa Barbara students opposed construction of a building expected to house 4,500 students; some refer to it as a prison. The architect resigned in the cloud of a student petition that already contains over 12,000 signatures.

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West African Architects Are Choosing Mud Bricks Over Architecture

West African builders found promise in an ancient material after decades of neglect. Long gone builders used mud bricks in Burkina Faso and Morocco. Modernization replaced these bricks with concrete. Now, architects seek to return these cities to their roots.

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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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Filipino Company Turns to Ancient Material for Safe and Sustainable Future

For architect Earl Forlales, living in a bamboo house is second nature. "Filipinos have been using bamboo (for housing) even before colonial times, for thousands of years," he says.

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Honda Using Autonomous “AWVs” at Construction Site Test

Black and Veatch uses Honda’s autonomous work vehicles (AWVs) at a job site in New Mexico to test their effectiveness. The company pushes the vehicles by towing and moving construction materials and other supplies. Other sites have tried the AWV; but Black and Veatch plans to work Honda’s vehicles harder and longer than at any other site.

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New Report Shows Construction the #1 Most Targeted Ransomware Victim

According to research from NordLocker, ransomware targets construction companies hardest out of 35 different industries. This information comes from an analysis of 1,200 global companies targeted by ransomware between 2020 and 2021.

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Paris Skyline Will Be Changing with Controversial Pyramid

Decades ago, French citizens spat on architect I.M. Pei in the streets of Paris for building the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre. Likewise, some French citizens and activists contest constructing a new glass pyramid—but this one is 42 stories tall.

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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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Contractors Lament Having to Hire Worker Who "Have No Idea" How to Do the Job

Construction companies claim that the labor shortage forces them to pay higher wages for lower-skilled workers. Builders, in particular, feel the pinch as the number of skilled laborers trended downward in their industry before the issue spread into a broader economic pool.

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South Korea Begins Automated Construction Project for Smart Cities

South Korea has started a six-month demonstration of automated construction technologies in the city of Sejong. Planners built this city on a massive “smart city platform” designed to test future tech.

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Texas Governor signs $3.3 Billion Bill for Construction of Higher Education Infrastructure

As part of the $39.6 billion allocated to higher education in the American Rescue Plan, Texas lawmakers have designated $3.3 billion to construct new buildings at state universities and some renovations. The bill includes money because colleges and universities remain financially pinched from the pandemic.

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Rancher Sues to Block Construction, Claims Conflict of Interest

A northern Nevada rancher plans to block construction of the United States’ largest lithium mine with a lawsuit; he alleges a conflict of interest on the part of the project’s chief consultant that downplays potential harm to water resources and wildlife.

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140 Years After Construction Began, Panama Canal Remembers 25,000 Lives Lost

The Panama Canal, which has connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans since 1913, stands as one of the deadliest construction sites ever. An estimated 25,000 workers died; countless more experienced injuries. Now, 140 years after construction began in 1881, Panama remembers those accidents and the problems that caused them.

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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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Construction Unexpectedly Drops 0.5% In September

According to a report issued Monday from the U.S. Commerce Department, construction spending had a surprising 0.5% drop in the month of September to an annual rate of $1.574 trillion. The rate had grown by 0.1% in August.

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Housing Boom Continues to Break Records—But There’s a Twist

With low mortgage rates, plentiful jobs, and the market’s desire for more space, the housing boom in the United States stands at record levels. Last week the National Association of Home Builders announced a 7% jump from August; such levels haven’t existed since the housing boom in 2007.

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US Homebuilder Sentiment Rebounds Despite Problems

Despite supply chain slowdowns and rising housing costs, builder confidence rose 4 points in the last month to 80 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Though down from 85 in October 2020 and down from the record high of 90 in November, analysts consider anything above 50 to be positive.

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"Pricing Insanity" Affecting All Levels of Construction

Whether in board meetings or on job sites, construction employees at all levels express concern regarding the unprecedented hikes in building costs.

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Chinese Economic Growth Shrinking Under Pressure of Construction Slowdown

Amid worldwide growth in construction, the Chinese government takes another tack: deliberate economic reduction. China's economy, the second-largest globally, increased 4.9% year-over-year, compared to the previous quarter of 7.9%. Factory output, retail sales, and construction caused the slowdown.

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California Construction Worker was Shot Seven Times Trying to Slow a Speeding Motorist

On October 8th, Bobby Gale, a Stockton, CA, construction worker, just off work, watched a truck speed through his construction zone. Gale waved his arms and shouted, stopping the vehicle. The driver, identified as Michael Hayes, got out of his truck and shouted racial slurs. Then, he pulled a gun and shot Gale seven times.

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Investment Funding in Construction Technology at Breakneck Pace

Within the United States, investment in construction technology sits at $2.1 billion as of October 2021; this more than doubles funding at the same time last year.

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Crane Use, a Bell Weather of Commercial and Public Construction, Dips in the US and Canada

Construction economists use crane usage to gauge the state of the industry in specific locations. The Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Count, developed to measure that very thing, indicates that the stats from Q1 to Q3 of 2021 don't look great for commercial and public construction projects.

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Data-Driven Safety is “Still Emerging” in Construction Industry

A report issued by Dodge Data & Analytics and The Blue Book Network cites movement in the construction industry toward data-driven safety and digital record keeping. However, the report also uncovers holes in the adoption of this technology.

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Labor Shortage Will Get Worse, Not Better, Reports Show

It’s no secret that the shortage of skilled labor, both in the United States and worldwide, impacts the construction industry. A report released on September 22nd, 2021 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce states that 92% of contractors experienced “moderate to high levels of difficulty” finding workers. In addition, 93% of contractors expect hiring to become more complex.

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Chicago Biennial Creates Architectural Oases on Vacant Lots

The fourth 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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Denver Airport Begins Construction on Massive Solar Panel Project

The Denver International Airport, which has a sincere commitment to sustainability, will begin constructing two large solar panel farms on airport property. Designers estimate that the solar farm will generate enough energy to power 6,000 Denver homes year-round.

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Despite Warnings of Problems, Dubai Reports Low Construction Accident Rate

At Expo Dubai, construction officials reported a 0.03 accident frequency rate (contrasted against 0.1, The United States latest numbers); this came amid adverse working condition reports. More than 25 million visitors have visited The Expo Dubai, a massive undertaking similar to the World's Fair. Construction for the Expo began more than six years ago.

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14 Mobsters Arrested in Decades-Long Construction Union Shakedown

The Colombo crime family targeted a construction union in Queens (the union remains unnamed in the unsealed court paper). Mobsters demanded monthly payments from the union’s health fund. Andrew Russo made the list of defendants. He acted as the alleged boss of the family, accused of taking $10,000 a month from the union fund.

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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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China’s Contest to Name Ugliest Buildings Comes on Heels of Government Decree

China cites a contest, which began all in fun, as an argument to decree against “ugly” architecture.

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Modular Home Construction Has Gone High Class

Most think of modular home development as high production of low-cost structures. But a report in The Real Deal cites a movement toward high-end customers in this space. Modular construction entices luxury buyers with quick turnaround times.

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Switzerland Quietly Leading the World in Sustainable Concrete

Some scientists speculate that concrete production contributes to 6% of the world’s greenhouse gasses. Switzerland intends to improve those numbers with revolutionary concrete creation techniques.

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No End in Sight for Cheaper Residential Construction, Economists Say

Amid declining prices of some building materials, such as lumber, since their early 2021 peaks, other materials costs remain at record highs. Steel, paint, fixtures, and appliances top the list. As a result, economists believe exorbitant prices will persist.

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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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Attracting New Talent in a Construction Market Where Employees Have the Leverage

The construction industry needs new blood; labor shortages exist everywhere, and methods of attracting new hires increase in complexity.

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Texas Reports Delta Variant is Hammering Construction—Again

Despite the rapidly growing population, the pandemic-driven boom in residential housing sales and the high demand for builders with large backlogs, construction in the Lone Star State looks dismal.

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New Residential Construction Booms, But Watch Out For Your Wallet

Despite a tough eighteen months for the construction industry, residential construction proceeds at a break-neck pace. But increased costs and uncertain build schedules increase the difficulty of home construction. Construction spending sits 8.2% higher than one year ago.

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Suicide Plagues Construction Industry

Construction workers commit suicide at three times the national average. Within the construction industry, already the most dangerous profession, more workers die from suicide than job injuries and accidents. Construction has the second-highest suicide rate of any sector in the United States.

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Polish Construction Company Creates Asphalt that Smells Like Flowers

On the lighter side of construction, Budimex and refiner Lodos, a construction firm out of Poland, hit the headlines by introducing a new street construction product with one big design difference: the asphalt smells like flowers.

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Green Construction Group Partners with Actor Michael Keaton to Create Sustainable Concrete

The green startup Nexii, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, also known as the "Steel City," offers an environmentally friendly concrete product that they say will be better than steel in some applications. Michael Keaton, the Pennsylvania native actor, joins Nexii to provide financial backing and a place in Trinity Sustainable Solutions. Trinity intends to implement Nexii's concrete product into Walmart, Rite Aid, Goodwill, and CSX Transportation.

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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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4 Ways Drones Help Concrete Construction

Construction companies use drones mostly to get bird’s eye views of job sites. However, concrete contractors do more with drone technology.

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Major Construction Projects Underway and Planned at Disney

Both Disneyland and Disneyworld intend to use the pandemic’s attendance slowdown to update rides and attractions. Construction persists through the pandemic, preceded by Disney’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy’s Edge land, which opened for visitors just months before the theme parks closed in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Hyundai Buys Doosan, Creating One of the Largest Construction Equipment Companies

Last week, Hyundai Heavy Industries purchased Doosan Infracore, creating a combined company in the top ten largest global construction equipment manufacturers. The plan makes Doosan Infracore a subsidiary of Hyundai Genuine group, of which Hyundai Construction Equipment is also a subsidiary. Both Doosan and Hyundai are South Korean companies. After the purchase, they will continue to operate independently.

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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. History.com released an article about the 10-year-long construction effort; some of the highlights include:

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Apple and Google Preparing Massive Construction in San Jose Despite Pandemic Setbacks

Tech giant Apple intends to construct a new campus complex in San Jose that will cover 85 acres and include their north office. The building site contains a semi-permanent homeless encampment currently. Apple pledged to help the city deal with its homeless population.

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Construction To Start on Test Line For 1000 km/h Maglev Train in China

Chinese construction companies are preparing to build a line in Datong, North China's Shanxi Province, in which they will test the world's fastest ground vehicle—a low-vacuum maglev high-speed train with a top speed of 1000 km/h (621 mph).

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Nonresidential Construction Prices Up 23% Over 2020

According to new data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 12, nonresidential construction prices have increased 23.4% since this time last year, including a 0.8% increase over last month.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Includes $100 Million For Construction Technology

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in the Senate last week includes an investment in construction technology of $100 million spread over five years. The government intends to focus the funds on digital construction technologies such as BIM, 3D modeling software, and digital project management.

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Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 45 States

According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) report in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national construction unemployment rate dropped 2.6% in June compared to the same month last year. Forty-five states experienced decreases, though the rates have not rebounded back to pre-pandemic levels.

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U.S. Department of Energy Invests in Nuclear Construction Methods

The U.S. Department of Energy launched a new initiative on July 7th that invests $6 million into adopting three proven nuclear power plant technologies. By forming a partnership with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, they hope to decrease costs by 10%.

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Mighty Buildings Raises $100 Million for Carbon-Neutral 3-D Printed Homes

Based in Oakland, CA, the construction technology company Mighty Buildings raised $22 million last month, increasing its total funding to more than $100 million as it goes after the sustainable construction market. Mighty Buildings pursues a goal of creating net-zero carbon emission homes by 2028.

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Colorado Contractor Sentenced to Prison For Workplace Death of Employee

Colorado courts sentenced Bryan Johnson, a contractor from Avon, CO, to 10 months in prison. He faced manslaughter and negligent homicide charges after a workplace accident left a man dead in 2018. Johnson didn’t go to trial; he pled guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of 3rd-degree assault causing injury.

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Architecture Billings Index Indicates More Construction In Pipeline

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released its report for May 2021, showing that the demand for architectural services is at a record high. The ABI measures demand through tracking signed contracts. It hit 58.5 in May, up from 57.9 in April. (Anything above 50 indicates an increase over the previous month. Anything lower than 50 marks a decrease.)

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ABC Reports One Million More Construction Workers Needed

According to a new report from Associated Builders and Contractors, the construction industry—already short on workers before the pandemic—needs to hire 430,000 more laborers in 2021 for a total of 1,000,000before the end of 2022.

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Construction Ripe for Tech Innovation? Yes, But with Conditions

Construction companies understand their industry’s tendency to adopt new tech at a snail’s pace; this makes construction a major target for new tech startups, but there’s a catch.

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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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Lumber Prices Drop for Nine Straight Weeks

Dropping to the lowest price they've been since January, lumber fell 4% on Friday to $689 per thousand board feet; this represents a dramatic drop over the last nine weeks after the prices topped out at $1670 on May 7th.

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New York Construction Executive Sentenced for Tax Evasion and Bribery

The Manhattan Federal Court sentenced Vito Nigro, a New York construction executive, to 51 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $1.8 million in bribes he received from subcontractors.

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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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New York City Shuts Down 300 Jobsites Over Safety Violations

After the death of seven construction workers so far this year in New York City, including three in May, the city’s Department of Buildings plans to crack down on safety violations.

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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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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Boosts Construction Stocks

After the federal government passed a bipartisan deal for $973 billion in infrastructure spending last Thursday, the S&P 500 posted its best week since April, closing out Friday at new record highs. Shares of construction giants Caterpillar, Martin Marietta Materials, and Vulcan Materials traded higher on the news.

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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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New Data Shows Input Prices Jumped 24%

Contractors know about massive price jumps in materials. Still, a new report from the federal government shows that non-residential construction input prices rose 23.9% in May over May of 2020, and the prices rose 4.8% since April.

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Report: Construction Errors Led to Mexico City Metro Collapse That Killed 26

A preliminary report issued by the Norwegian company DNV and other international experts—prepared at the request of the Mexican government—found that at least six construction violations led to the collapse of the metro train last month that killed 26.

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Western Heat Wave Especially Hard on Construction and Farm Workers

A blistering heatwave torments the western United States. The heat significantly affects people who work outside, such as construction and farm laborers. In the past week, authorities have put advisories in place for an area containing more than 50-million residents.

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New Report Shows Housing Construction 5.5 Million Units Short

A new report from the National Association of Realtors revealed a slowdown in construction over the past twenty years—primarily due to focus on single-family homes rather than multi-family houses. The result: a 5.5-million-unit shortfall.

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Construction Costs May Spoil Europe's Recovery Plan

Like the United States post-pandemic recovery plan, the European Union passed an €800 billion program to speed the continent's recovery. But now, construction executives and organizations warn that a rapid rise in construction costs may cause a significant speed bump in that plan and may stop the recovery altogether.

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New Graphene-Enhanced Concrete Called “Game Changer”

The University of Manchester and the British firm Nationwide Engineering plans to launch a new product: Concretene. Some consider it a gamechanger in concrete. Product creators tested Concretene on the construction of a gym floor in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Builders used 30% less material than standard concrete, without the need for steel reinforcement. Concretene creators claim that their product could save as much as 10-20% in costs.

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New Artificial Intelligence App Preventing Earthquake-Related Deaths

As the founders of Build Change claim, it’s not the earthquake that kills people; it’s the collapse of poorly built structures. With the release of their new Intelligence Supervision Assistant for Construction app, they hope to save lives with open-source artificial intelligence.

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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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Construction Facing "Perfect Storm" For Robotics

ABB, the Switzerland-based engineering group behind much of the world's automotive factories' robotic assembly lines, holds that the post-pandemic state of mass construction and labor shortage indicates a prime time to integrate robotics into the process.

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Construction Begins on Vertical Solar Dam in the Alps

The Swiss discovered a new way to get energy out of their dams, not through hydroelectric power. Axpo, a Switzerland-based company, partnered with power provider IWB, to use the broad, curved wall of the dam as a vertical surface for solar panels. The project's complexity lies in installing the panels 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above sea level in the Alps.

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