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Investment Monitor cited new April 2022 figures from GlobalData, which indicate that the North American market is far healthier than many other regions of the world—at least in most construction sectors.
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.
Slate Technologies, a California-based artificial intelligence (AI) software platform for the construction industry, announced last week that it is acquiring Splash Modular, a North Carolina-based software designer of industrialized construction (IC) and design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA).
February was a tough act to follow - total construction starts fell 12%.
At the height of the pandemic, the State of Illinois passed the 'Illinois Preference Act', requiring 90% of construction workers must be residents. Recently, that bill was retired after unemployment dropped below 5%.
A report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) out of Austin, TX, showed that people killed in accidents in road construction zones increased 33% over 2020.
In an industry with high injury and accident rates, many raise their eyebrows at new statistics that reveal rising use of cocaine and marijuana. Moreover, drug tests uncover illicit substance abuse after work-related accidents. Opiates and oxycodone also show up in drug screenings.
The Department of Defense, working with the private sector, is building three barracks using 3D printing technology. The project, which is going to be the largest of its kind in the Americas, is scheduled to be finished in 10 months.
Construction in the metaverse and virtual reality excites gamers; some companies say today's VR users represent tomorrow's engineers.
A new partnership between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Construction Ready plans to create more jobs with a free program. Their 20-day intensive course offers people hands-on experience.
Concrete takes first place as the world’s most commonly used construction material. Some criticize concrete’s structural soundness. A group of civil engineers offers Graphene as a superior solution to concrete.
Residential and commercial builders struggle with obstacles that can delay deadlines and blow budgets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, five main problems stand in new property owners' way before builders can hand over the keys:
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.
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.
With costs rising and delays impending, construction site thefts become more commonplace. A Virginian contractor, when viewing security footage, witnessed a white pickup truck pulling up to his job site in broad daylight. Thieves loaded more than 200 2x4s into the bed. They also drove to the backside of the building and stole several panels of OSB.
In Oakland, CA, a construction crew working on the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center found a mummified body in a wall.
The nation currently faces record-high gas prices; some construction companies feel the pain a little worse than others. For example, in El Cajon, CA, diamond Roofing faces prices above $6.00 a gallon.
The supply chain problems that arose after COVID remain. Erin Roberts from Ernst & Young's global construction and engineering practice, says: "With prices as high as 50% more than they were pre-pandemic, it's hard to find the materials you're looking for, which is leading contractors to hoard what they can find, building temporary warehouses where they can store materials. With suppliers, cash rules all, and credit is scarce.
A Friday newsletter from the Associated General Contractors of America claims that Russia's conflict with Ukraine will likely drive up the prices of fuel, copper, and aluminum. The war also could further impact global shipping and supply chains.
A study from the Boston University School of Medicine indicates that construction workers tend to bring home toxic metals; this impacts their families, especially young children. In addition, the study identified up to 30 toxic metal residues on clothing and skin.
This week two construction projects uncovered massive archaeological finds. Two construction crews, distant from each other, discovered previously unknown remains of the Roman civilization.
Anyone who has spent time on a construction job knows that building generates waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 figures, more than 600 million tons of construction waste builds up per year; that's twice as much as all the municipal waste collected from homes and businesses countrywide.
The pandemic affected the hospitality industry with significant shrinkage in the construction of hotels, restaurants, casinos, and other hospitality buildings. But the recent economic recovery shows positive signs, such as stalled projects now underway--some on hiatus since before 2020.
US homebuilders started the season at a seasonally-adjusted 1.64 million in January, down 4% from the previous month, the US Census Board reported last week. Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a median pace of 1.69 housing starts and for building permits to come in at 1.75 million.
Divers in Parkland, FL, from the Broward County Sheriff's Office and Coral Springs Fire Departments pulled a body from a Parkland canal, believed to be a construction worker who crashed into the channel. A short time later, tow trucks removed the dump truck from the murky depths.
Despite being one of the largest sectors of the global economy, the construction industry is notoriously slow to adopt new technologies; this leads to shortfalls in productivity. According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, "Reinventing Construction: A route to higher productivity," labor productivity across all sectors has grown by 2.8% in the last 20 years, but construction productivity has only increased by 1%.
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.
Cybercrime attacks affect more and more companies. The numbers indicate fear expressed by significant corporations. Statista forecasts a $354 billion growth in the cyber security market by 2026. Researchers conclude that the construction, energy, and engineering spaces lie in the crosshairs.
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.
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.
As the world sees construction cost broken records due to lack of labor and materials, Europe warns that a new problem approaches: a massive spike in energy prices.
The Friendship Hospital on the rural outskirts of Bangladesh received one of the most coveted architecture prizes globally, the 2021 RIBA International Prize.
Labor shortages plague the construction industry. Even so, Hutton Construction, a Wichita-based company, stepped up to help schools facing the same staffing crisis.
Lumber prices--in constant flux--rose, fell, and rose again. New analysis shows that high prices don't present the danger so much as market volatility. The cost of lumber fluctuates more than it has since overseers kept records at the end of World War II.
California lives in the middle of a housing crisis, particularly in the Bay Area. They attack the problem by refurbishing old houses, changing zoning to allow multiple-unit splits in existing homes, and upzoning to construct larger buildings with lower rents. Yet, the problem persists.
Although many believe plastic's recyclable properties reduce pollution and alleviate the trash crisis, only 9% of the 42 million tons of plastic used in America each year recycles. Some blame a deficiency in recycling infrastructure. The truth is, recycling facilities can't reclaim most plastics—even if fabricators print that triangular symbol on the bottom.
Most American business sectors currently suffer from the labor shortage, but the construction industry's hiring dearth reaches back further than the pandemic. Builders have struggled to regain workers in every trade since the Great Recession.
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.
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.
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.
Investigators and witnesses claim that an argument on December 28th over ownership of a piece of construction equipment culminated into a fatal shooting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developers plan to finish converting a Miami skyscraper intended for medical tourism into the first COVID-19 conscious residential, hotel, and medical center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For years, construction technology companies have experimented with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology says this new tech can go mainstream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Construction companies claim that the labor shortage forces them to pay higher wages for lower-skilled workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether in board meetings or on job sites, construction employees at all levels express concern regarding the unprecedented hikes in building costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The construction industry needs new blood; labor shortages exist everywhere, and methods of attracting new hires increase in complexity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.