Joanna Masterson's Articles

Senate Committee Advances Federal Design-Build Reform Bill

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report to the full chamber recommending further consideration of a bill (S. 1526) sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would modify criteria for the use of design-build selection procedures for civilian and defense contracts for the design and construction of a public building.

Joint Lawsuit Filed Against DOL’s ‘Persuader’ Rule

ABC filed a joint lawsuit with ABC of Arkansas and a coalition of stakeholders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the Department of Labor’s final “persuader” rule, which will significantly broaden the reporting requirements for employers, attorneys, trade associations and other third-party advisors by redefining what is meant by labor relations “advice.” 

What Should Contractors Know About Resiliency and How It Will Impact the Way They Build and Renovate in the Coming Years?

Aligning building performance expectations with community resilience is essential for continuity of service during and after a disaster and for the service life of a building; thus, development decisions, building science and construction methodologies will evolve to reflect consumer expectations.  

Senior Housing Market on Verge of Peaking

Senior housing occupancy is at its highest level since 2007, and 2015 was a record year for sales and institutional transactions, according to the recent CBRE Senior Housing Investor Survey & Market Outlook. The survey of U.S. senior housing investors, developers and brokers revealed 48 percent of respondents expect no change in cap rates during the next 12-month period, while 31 percent expect an increase in cap rates.

Study Examines 33 Indicators of a Safety Culture

A new SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics takes a close look at 33 indicators of a safety culture in the construction industry, including measures of management commitment to safety and health, worker involvement in jobsite safety, company communications on safety and the degree to which safety is treated as a fundamental company value. 

Global Gypsum Market to Reach $3.8 Billion in Next Decade

The gypsum market, which is currently valued at $1.49 billion, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.9 percent to reach nearly $2.4 billion by 2018 and $3.8 billion by 2026

EEOC Seeks More Data on Employees’ Pay and Hours Worked

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is considering public comments on a proposed a rule that would expand the data collected from certain employers on the Employer Information Report (EEO-1), effective Sept. 30, 2017. Under the proposed rule, federal contractors and private employers with 100 or more employees would have to report pay data and hours worked on the EEO-1 in addition to the existing reporting requirements. 

Website Highlights Chemistry’s Role in Green Building Materials

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) launched a new website, buildingwithchemistry.org, that provides architects, materials specifiers, interior designers, and other building and construction professionals with tools and information about green building codes and standards, materials selection, and the role of chemistry in developing innovative, sustainable building materials.

Philanthropy as a Strategic Initiative

Meyer Najem is proud of the fact it builds more than buildings; it builds relationships. And a big part of that is building relationships with the community surrounding its headquarters in Fishers, Ind. 

Illinois Tops USGBC’s State LEED Rankings

Illinois is the top state for LEED, with 161 certified projects totaling 3.43 square feet certified per person, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) latest ranking of the top 10 states for LEED.

 

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