From the monthly archives: March 2016

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How to Comply With Federal Employment Discrimination Regulations

  In legal terms, Executive Order 11246 expressly prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors that conduct more than $10,000 in government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The executive order also requires government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

Four Factors Influencing the Equipment Rental Market

In the near term, several factors are influencing contractors’ and equipment distributors’ levels of confidence for the year ahead: federal highway funding, bonus depreciation, rising interest rates and Tier IV equipment.

Systems and Processes: Best Practices in Near-Miss Tracking and Substance Abuse Programs

The systems and processes a company employs as part of its overall safety and health program are the physical representations of a company’s leadership commitment and safety culture. They are designed, first and foremost, to identify the conditions that lead to incidents and remove or limit the exposure through elimination, engineering controls or workarounds. Two of the most important processes are reporting near-misses and implementing proactive substance abuse programs. 

Generate Laser-Focused Estimates Using BIM

With progressive BIM technology, construction professionals reduce project errors and generate upwards of 50 percent time savings during estimation periods. 

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.

The Millennials Are Here, and More Are Coming

Technology that renders the worker more productive may allow for increased flex time, engender more interest in the work and support higher retention. That technology also may produce greater precision, fewer delays and bolster recruitment of highly capable young workers who seek to be in an ultra-modern environment. But this technology also may prove expensive, which means that well-capitalized construction firms have the advantage over time. 

AEC Pros Weigh in on Emerging Technologies

AEC professionals expect the IoT to improve equipment management, give clear indicators of a project delay and pinpoint the reason behind a delay. And they believe big data has the potential to facilitate well-informed decision-making on a consistent basis and improve urban planning decisions. 

Built to Last

Some companies—like some building materials—stand the test of time. David Allen Company, Raleigh, N.C., is one those companies, and it’s fitting that the company masterfully installs some of the construction industry’s most durable and appealing materials around: granite, marble, tile and terrazzo.

On a Clear Path

Shon Smith may have taken a roundabout way to the construction industry, but now that’s he’s here, his path is clear: take on more leadership responsibilities and create opportunities for others to succeed. 
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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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